Pitztal, Austria

DSC_1880.jpg

It’s Winter Break in Austria.  An almost Holy week, when the whole country relocates to the Alps of Tyrol, trades tafelspitz for knödels, and sips Aperol spritz in the mountain sunshine.  This was our first time glacier skiing!  It was a proud parental moment, to see Jake and Eli sticking out their wings like little birdies and carving their way down the slopes.  They have morphed past wobbly snowplows into confident kids, who fly down the mountain faster than I do.  They’re not worried about their knees!

Teaching the kids to ski:  Check.

IMG_4056.jpg

Someone still likes to make snow angels :).

IMG_4112.jpg

IMG_4093.jpg

IMG_4040.jpg

The skiing was tremendous, the kind you see in movies, like skiing over a million diamonds at once.  I had an overwhelming feeling that we were too close to the mountaintop, tiny and out of scale with our surroundings.  There was nothing to look up at but sky, because all the rest of the world was down below.

IMG_4073.jpg

IMG_4097.jpg

IMG_4037.jpg

IMG_4055.jpg

At the top of every lift are hüttes selling drinks, and larger huts are scattered over the slopes, where people park their skis and sit outside on broad wooden porches, to warm up with schnitzel and beer.

IMG_4101.jpg

IMG_4105.jpg

IMG_4110.jpg

One afternoon we took the Wildspitzbahn up to Cafe 3440, the highest cafe in Austria, for hot chocolate and bacon dumplings.

IMG_4127.jpg

IMG_4059.jpg

IMG_4062.jpg

An Aperol spritz can make you a little loopy up here!

IMG_4120.jpg

IMG_4064.jpg

Back down in the valley, we stopped in Salzburg for Strudel,

DSC_1847.jpg

DSC_1862.jpg

DSC_1870.jpg

DSC_1825.jpg

and a weird bowl of Liver Noodle Soup.

DSC_1889.jpg

DSC_1888.jpg

IMG_4119.jpg

Tucked in the shadow of the glacier, the Pure Resort Pitztal was the giant frosted cupcake that we called Home for this dreamy winter week.

DSC_1902

DSC_1958.jpg

DSC_1878.jpg

After a long day of skiing there is nothing better than a place with antlers hanging over the table, where you can swim, visit the sauna, and hang out with people you love.

DSC_1924.jpg

DSC_1919.jpg

IMG_4142.jpg

DSC_1908.jpg

DSC_1916.jpg

DSC_1931.jpg

And after 30 years, there is nothing better than knowing your old friends will always be there.

DSC_1819.jpg

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s