Category Archives: April 2010

Gornergrat – Zermatt…

Another awesome day to enjoy on the mountain :-)… So lucky!!!! This time I biked from Herbriggen to Zermatt and took up the cog railroad „Gornergratbahn“… http://www.gornergratbahn.ch It’s really impressive up to where in Switzerland the train is leading… The Gornergratbahn brings you up from Zermatt (1620m) to the top station (3089m) within half an hour and of course I wasn’t by myself 😉 Hundreds of tourists enjoyed the beautiful weather and took the convinience of the train to get up and be inspired by the wonderful mountains, 29 peaks over 4000 m… The famous Matterhorn included…

Wow, the view up there is really impressive but pictures tell more than words… So here you go…

okay, that's not the beautiful view, soooo many tourists, in the back the famous Matterhorn...
Liskamm, Castor 4228m, Pollux 4092m
...single trail paradise 🙂 but Hikers aren't Bikers best friends ;-)...

 

hahaha... a tourist took a pic from me 😉 ...in the back to the left: Dufourspitze 4634m, Liskamm 4527 m
Breithorn 4164m, Klein Matterhorn 3883m
...tourist attraction up at the Gornergrat... Berhardiner dogs 😉

 

Didn’t stay up at Gornergrat that long, as there were toooooo many tourists… First part of the downhill session started… First down the stairs and then 800 hm downhill 🙂 On the way down two british guys caught up with me and I thought why not take some pix of them to give an impression of the trail…

Downhilla comin' down :-)...
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those trails were sooooooo much fun 🙂

It was challenging as usual but lots of fun 🙂 Also cool that I didn’t stay toooo far behind them 😉 Met them further down at Grünsee again but they jumped in the water and I said bye and went on… In peak season hikers and bikers aren’t best friends 😉 So it’s always quite interesting how the hikers react ;-)…

Grinjisee, a typical photo place to take a pic from the Matterhorn... Beautiful 🙂

Went on my bike tour and soon got on the next single trail that led me down back to Täsch… Another 800 hm downhill session 🙂 Love it… The only thing I don’t like are the sharp corners, they aren’t always rideable 😉 But also getting better and better in riding them ;-)…

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2early shot ;-)...
...biking along the "Europaweg"...
Weisshorn 4506 m...

 

Enjoy your days and take care out there :-)!!!!

Retro Session and more skiing…

…what a day yesterday 🙂 Went with Matthias, our cameraman to Hintertux to film the rest of my ski-part for our girls ski movie…

As I’m not able to jump off big cliffs due to my several knee surgeries, I wanted to do something special for my part of the movie… So that’s gonna be a surprise for everyone 😉 including me…

Just a few comments on the day… I never skied on such “tooth-pick” skis before… NEVER;-) Even in my racing career the skis were already more shaped and not that long… So it was quite a challenge for the first few turns to ski on 2,05 m Skis and with “front-step-in” skiboots (softer, than soft) but already after those first turns it was like skiing on normal skis – EASY!!! 🙂 And soooo much fun 🙂

Me and Matthias had definetely a fun day on the mountain and I’m already soooo curious how that scene is gonna turn out in the movie;-)…

Here a pic…

Retro Mel 🙂

 

…Gurgl/Ötztal today… It’s all about being spontanious, flexible and making most out of the day!!! (I had to be back at 4 p.m. to take part at our seminar…, was close but I made it…)

…I called my skibuddy Mankei to accompany me to Obergurgl, where I spent quite a few years of my life… Wanted to check out how the snow situation is up there and to check out new skiing stuff for the next winter…

Also Andi came with us, so it was fun to guide the guys around 🙂 First run down the Hohe Mut ended up in skiing grass, as there was NO MORE SNOW anymore;-) I was really surprised that even with having had not that much snow this season, that this part was already completely snow-free… Well, no worries… Was fun 🙂

...where is the snow????
Andi, Mankei...

That’s one of the projects for next winter…

Granatkogel, 3304 m

The next face (Hohe Mut North) is not skied very often… In the year 2001, where I worked as a ski-instructor there, I skied this with Martini (czech ski-instructor in Gurgl) and another guy (can’t remember who that was…) I won’t forget where we skied, on this pic there is quite few snow, we definetely had better conditions but it was pretty much that line that I drew in… It didn’t take long that it was spread out and a lot of people knew that we skied it… Was fun, a challenge and of course we were proud that we did it 🙂 Skied that on a Salomon Ski (Scream 10 Pilot), 180 cm, 110-75-100… My first freeride ski 🙂 (won’t forget that…) GOOD TIMES!!!! 🙂

Hohe Mut North...

I’m quite done with skiing now and it was probably one of the last days on snow for this winter… My knee has given me quite some trouble the past week but I still couldn’t resist to be out in the mountains for skiing… But know it needs some good treatment, the bike-season has already started – the best health-care for the knee;-)…

Serles…

…when you live in Innsbruck and take a look into the Stubaier valley, you can see an impressive mountain – the Serles, 2718 m high…

...the majesty Serles...

Already last year I wanted to ski one of the colouirs but due to my knee surgeries I had to postpone it for this year… And this year nearly the same… Knee problems couldn’t keep me away from it this year… I wanted to do this! Well, it’s not the steepest face or that hard to ski but the left colouir is hardly skied by any people, as you can’t ski in from the top of the Serles… So you have to hike up all the way in the colouir… And that is not so safe, as there is always a danger of falling rocks… When we were hiking up we always heard some rocks and became aware… If you got caught by a rock, well… bad luck…

It took us nearly 3 hours to get up there with our touring gear (never expected that;-)…) from the parking place at Maria Waldrast… But we took it easy, didn’t hurry up the mountain and those bloody switchback-turnings…;-) …3 hours for 2 minutes skiing down…;-)

...on the way up...
I like 🙂
Waldi...
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Waldi on his way down...
Mel skiing down...
Mankei...
...skiing the forrest...
...back down...
"kneippen" in the holy water...
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...the gang who skied the Serles... Mankei, Waldi, Mel:-)
...not the steepest thing I've skied but was on the "to-do list" 🙂

Schaufelspitze, 3333m

…after some days of studying and training at the gym and not feeling really good with my knee, I couldn’t resist the awesome weather, had to join the guys at Friday and accompany them to the Stubaier Glacier…

What was meant to be an easy skiing day turned out to be another awesome day with some big mountain skiing :-)…

Hiked up the Schaufelspitze, 3333 m, had an awesome view there and skied this impressive mountain… Entrance is a very steep colouir, 50° steep but than it flatens out…

...on the way up...
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Schaufelspitze...
view from the top...
Waldi, Mel...
Mankei skiing into the Colouir...
Schaufelspitze 3333m, from this point of view it looks quite impressive 😉

Mission Hintertux…

…Project for the day: Skiing an unnamed colouir near the “Hoher Riffler” at the Hintertuxer glacier with Mankei… Well, the weather didn’t look that inviting when we got up the mountain… Our planned colouir to ski was in fog at the upper part but we decided to hike up there and if we have to, we would wait for a weather window…

...view from the top station of the "Gletscherbus"

...the lower part of the colouir...
About one and a half hours later we were on top of the entrance and sooo lucky that the weather meant it good with us… The sun came out and stayed like that…
...mystical place...
So lucky us, we didn’t have to wait for better weather, skied down to the entrance of the colouir… That was the only sketchy part… Between 50-55° steep, rocky and icy…
...entrance of the colouir...
Mankei sliding into the colouir...
After the first part of getting into the colouir, everything was quite easy… Although the snow conditions were hard, bumpy and icy it was a lot of fun to ski down… 🙂 My feet felt like butter 😉 and I could feel my knee but defineteley worth skiing down there ;-)…
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...impressive rock formations...
...Mel:-)
...the average steepness was around 45°, so not that steep...
...the whole thing...
After ticking off the to-do list for the day we went skiing and were surprised how good the snow conditions still were…
Mankei skiing some wet pow 😉
...playing around...
…another beautiful day on the mountain 🙂 Thxxx to my skibuddy Mankei for the day 🙂

 

…perfect days on the mountain :-)

…two perfect days on the mountain with lots of powder, blue sky and sunshine are behind me… Today I thought – what lucky girl I am 🙂 Others sit in their offices at such a great day and I’m able to work in an “office” that couldn’t be better – THE MOUNTAINS 🙂

Kenny, one of our cameramen from our Girls Movie gave me a call on monday to let me know that he won’t be available for the next day filming with me and Pia… But he suggested that we should accompany him for this job – make some money by skiing and getting in some more footage for the film…

I didn’t have to think about it twice but Pia was a bit suspicious… She wanted to get in some more film lines of her Homeresort Hochfügen, so first it was planned that she would join in to go to Pitztal but suddenly I got a call in the evening that she won’t go… So who would join in to film with Kenny? Didn’t take 5 minutes and I already had a skibuddy for the day… Mankei…

We had to leave early in Innsbruck, took the train up to the Pitztaler Glacier at 8 a.m. and started with some “lifestyle” and “skiing on the slope” filming… It was such a beautiful day 🙂

...view from the top of the mountain...
view from top of the Brunnenkogel... to the left: Wildspitze...

…to be continued 😉

…Oh man, if I don’t write down my thoughts and memories just right after, I forget soooooo many things 😉 My head is like a sieve 😉 …Information isn’t kept in my brain… Floating in and running out… 😉

So back to those awesome days on the mountain… Filmday on Tuesday… After being up on the mountain, doing some lifestyle shots and some fun skiing on the slopes, we headed off-piste… First we found a nice open field within the glacier and mountain – fresh pow inclusive… Mankei told me to ski down as fast as possible, as we weren’t sure about crevasses and if the snowpack would stay… As I haven’t been to Pitztal for ages and had a bit of a weird feeling I skied down – such a cool rush – 3 turns and that was it 😉 Some sluff came behind but nothing to worry about… Mankei skied down after me, also taking a fast line…

...our lines - not that spectacular but sooo much fun 🙂

After having had a good day on the mountain, we were heading down, still looking for some good lines to film… When skiing down Kenny and Mankei found a cool face… They told me to stay up as high as possible to traverse to get to the face… I had no clue where I would ski down… It was already around 1 p.m. and I knew if I would ski this, I would have to be quick as the avalanche danger increased due to the warm conditions…

Traversing the glacier and especially then hiking up to the entrance of the face was a mission… Sank into the snow, moving forward cm by cm… Hard work for a few turns… 😉 Kenny gave me info where to ski, I dropped in and had some great pow-turns down this face… Again some sluff came down but that was it…

Skied down to the car, drove to the ski-area “Rifflsee” and finally had some lunch there… Free food – always good 🙂 Some shots when we were getting food… I’m already curious how this video is gonna be… It’s an image-video for the glacier region Pitztal/Kaunertal and should be online in autumn… hehe, will be funny to watch…

The day wasn’t over yet, took the lift up, saw some lines from the Mittagskogel where some skiers came down this day… Awesome possibilities there!!!

Mittagskogel and surroundings...

Something work to do there next winter 🙂

The weather was just awesome this day, the snow was shimmering – soooo beautiful 🙂 Instead of skiing down the normal way, (it was already past 4 o clock), we decided to ski down a different way… The first part was great to ski, a bit crusty but good – getting further down, snow got less and as we had no clue what to expect we had to “search” our way down… Traversing over gras and bushes… How much fun 🙂

...grassskiing...
...Endstation...;-)
Great day at the mountain 🙂
Kaunertal the next day…
our beautiful mountains 🙂
Another beautiful day, couldn’t get any better… Björn was my skibuddy for the day… He is a cool guy, awesome skier, always great to hang out with…
Kenny and Björn...
...another film team on the mountain... with Harry Putz...

…hiked up with Björn on a ridge, as Kenny told us there would be a chute to ski and film… but when we got up there, we found out it wasn’t possible to ski… to many rocks… so back down and went up again a bit later trying out another possibility…

Mel...
...on the way up...
...coming down...
...like that pic as it shows how impressive the mountains are and how tiny mankind is...

…got the work done with some more lifestyle, slope and powder shots… Still thinking about those days and how lucky I am/was to spend them outdoors :-)…

…back on track – filming in Gastein…

…just got home from filming in Gastein where we had some good days on the mountain 🙂

Thursday although wasn’t with us – we came to Sportgastein in the morning to catch the inspection cable-car BUT they didn’t let us go up… The reason: 90-100 km/h wind 😦 Sandy tried everything possible to get us up the mountain because the weather wasn’t to bad at all… After waiting, waiting and waiting and Sandy trying, trying and trying, we had to give up… The lift boss wasn’t willing for a compromise…

...no chance of getting up the mountain...
...Pia and Giulia...

So we left Sportgastein and went to Angertal, a skiresort in the Gasteinervalley trying to get some footage there… Well, the weather wasn’t with us, clouds were moving in… Not a lucky day… So a chilling day, portrait shooting with Mirja Geh later in the afternoon, checking out the weather and snow conditions and a nice eve at a pizza place in Gastein…

Friday, bluebird, sunshine, powder – perfect conditions for filming… Again in Sportgastein…

...beautiful 🙂
one of the faces...

It was quite a productive morning but around noon it started to get cloudy again and the light wasn’t good for filming anymore… Also when skiing down, Matthias crashed, hurt himself at his leg, so me and him didn’t go up the mountain anymore… My knee needed also a rest and I’m very, very happy that I’m able to ski and film with the girls again 🙂

Giulia, Sandy, Pia and Kenny headed up the mountain again and were lucky that the weather turned out to be good again 🙂 Happy for them 🙂 So they could film some more pillow lines and tree runs…

Pia loves to jump 🙂

In the meantime Matthias and myself had a nice afternoon in Bad Gastein with kebab, coffee and cake… We checked in to the Mondi Bellevue hotel – a four star hotel with everything you need 🙂 I needed to relax and take it easy with my knee, so whirlpool and swimmingpool were a great option 🙂 Spent quite some time there :-)… The best thing: EVERYTHING FREE for us 🙂 THXXXX to GASTEIN TOURISM for making this possible :-)!!!!

The decision was made that we would stay for another night and go over to Ankogel the next day if the weather was good there. Niklas Hollsten, an awesome snowboarder, rider of the Freeride World Tour accompanied us in Gastein and would also guide us the next day at Ankogel, his “home-resort”… Thxxxx Niklas!!!!

Giulia and Matthias checking news on the Internet while waiting for the train taking us to Mallnitz... What would mankind do without the WWW ;-)????
Ankogel skiresort...

Got up to the top of the mountain, the light was good and Matthias saw a nice, short line to film. Pia was already further in front checking out the area, Giulia wanted to have a warm-up run and Sandy wanted to do a different line, so I decided to hike up there… Bootpacking up in a sluff that came down a day before was not a problem but afterwards I had to work hard to get along cm by cm… I was stuck in the snow up to my hips, could not really move forward, always had to push snow further down to my boots to get on… Hard work 😉 but was worth it 😉 Great pow there…

Giulia loves to ski down steep mountains, so she found a cool one to ski down but it was very rocky at the top-section… I guess she didn’t care, her ski was broken anyway, so she skied down that thing, looking good as always… Niklas and Sandy hiked up an awesome looking colouir, steep – little Alaska face 🙂 I was lucky to see both coming down, Sandy skied down fluid, looking great from my view 🙂 That was definetely the line of the day 🙂

Niklas called it an "unnamed" chute 😉

Until noon we were lucky with the conditions, later on the sun got to powerful, spring conditions and no more pow… So we skied off the mountain, took the train back to Gastein and went home…

HAPPY EASTER TO EVERYBODY 🙂