EU2 – Pinzgauer to Guess That Pastry

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Rest day in the EU — got to the gasthaus anyway — even without skis. Strudel and tort tasted just as good as if snow existed instead of grass. Yeah, we lie, tort consumption prep involving turns would have been better. But then, even the big guy upstairs took a day off.

Can't ski so let's drive something interesting.

Can't ski so let's drive something interesting.


Invented in 1832 for Prince Wenzel von Metternich in Vienna, still tasting good to Lou in 2014. Guess that pastry. This is an easy one. Fritz and Lou agreed that this version had the correct amount of moisture to give it high ratings, as it's often too dry.

Lovely deck railing.

Lovely deck railing.

Inviting front door.

Inviting front door.

Typical architecture of an Austrian gasthaus, this one fairly new, built with parts of old buildings.

Typical architecture of an Austrian gasthaus, this one fairly new, built with materials from old buildings to give it the authentic feel.

Tyrolean music adds to the cozy atmosphere, Gemütlichkeit.

Tyrolean music adds to the cozy atmosphere, gemütlichkeit for a rainy afternoon.

Tile fireplace warms us along with a shot of pear kirsch.

Tile fireplace warms us along with a shot of pear juice mixed with grain alcohol (or at least that was our impression as we stumbled home).

New meaning to the strip of death.

New meaning to the white strip of death.

Guess der Hund.

Perhaps more challenging than the easy pastry, guess der Hund. A smaller version is common in the U.S. We've only seen the larger breed in EU.

Loading  the  Pitzgauer for cross country ride home.

Loading the Pinzgauer for cross country ride home. We could close our eyes and imagine racing across the muddy plains of eastern Europe being bracketed by a Russian mortar.


22 Responses to “EU2 – Pinzgauer to Guess That Pastry”

  1. Gentle Sasquatch January 7th, 2014 1:57 pm

    pear juice? Do you mean Obstler? :-) lol

    Gosh the green grass looks depressing.

  2. Lou Dawson January 7th, 2014 2:18 pm

    Gentle, luckily plenty of places in the Alps have good snow cover, though one does have to be careful what they get into. But those white stripes of death through the green grass are pretty amazing graphics. Lou

  3. Pete Anzalone January 7th, 2014 2:21 pm

    Schwarzwälder Kirsch Torte? Mit Schlagsahne?
    What, no snow?

  4. Lenka K. January 7th, 2014 2:50 pm

    Why, it’s a SACHERTORTE.

    And Lou, try to avoid skiing your DPS’s on this white strip of death. You might end up down at the finish line almost as fast as the fastest downhillers out there :).

    Anyway, I’m sure Fritz will take you over to the other side of the Alps, which is still Tyrol, for some good powder!

    Have fun,

    Lenka K.

  5. Jamie January 7th, 2014 3:16 pm

    Hi I apologise in advance as this comment is completely irrelevant to this article!
    I recently bought a set of skis (Volkl Mantra) with Dynafit Radical ST bindings but unfortunately when they arrived the toe piece of the binding had been mounted slightly squint! This meant that when the boot was in place the heel fittings were about 7mm out of alignment. The company have said that they may be able to slacken off the screws and torque the toe piece straight and then retighten the screws. I’m sceptical that this would be a good permanent solution and would have thought that re-drilling the tech-toe would weaken the set-up especially as the new holes made would be so near the old ones. I would much appreciate your advice .
    with many thanks. Jamie Paterson Scotland

  6. SteveR January 7th, 2014 3:33 pm

    +1 for Sachertorte. My German ‘freundin’ says eight eggs per cake.

  7. Scott Nelson January 7th, 2014 5:41 pm


  8. Tom Gos January 7th, 2014 8:10 pm

    Hey Lou, I’m enjoying your architectural observations. I’m curious about those bundles of sticks or dowels suspended above the second floor porch, I’ve seen these before and wondered what the purpose is, do you know?

    And to respond to Jamie, I would first ask for a new ski before accepting a fix. They might be able to adjust the toe as described, but 7mm is a lot to get out of it.

  9. Chris January 7th, 2014 11:56 pm

    Hey Lou,
    nice to have you here in my place. Hope you change direction to the south side of the alps, it’s a lot better there – you should go to east/southtyrol at the moment, i would, if i could :(
    what are you plans btw?

    Original Pinzgauer xD

  10. Lou Dawson January 8th, 2014 12:18 am

    Jamie, no problem with the comment, 7 mm is quite a bit but alignment of binding during mounting process is part of the process. This is a typical problem caused by inept mounting of pintech binding by unqualified non-professionals. Tiresome… Lou

  11. Lou Dawson January 8th, 2014 1:13 am

    Chris, we’ve already been over to Sud Tirol once, but had to travel to CH for business. This is actually a business trip (grin) with quite a bit of work covering various equipment concerns, we have quite a few driving and transition days, not as many ski days as I’d like. For example, we visited Fritschi the past two days, one day at their offices, one day touring, then we spend today driving. We have lots of interesting information about Vipec binding, I’m excited to do some blogging about it, so look for that info coming soon. Lou

  12. Chris January 8th, 2014 2:01 am

    ou – thought it’s a holiday trip. take care and enjoy your sachertorte – looking forward for the vipec news – can’t wait xD

  13. Jernej January 8th, 2014 2:37 am

    To be fair, the original Sacher should be dry rather than moist although I’d say it’s good in any case. And the dog is obviously some kind of spitz.

  14. Erik Erikson January 8th, 2014 3:28 am

    Lou, in Pinzgau (district of the county of Salzburg) where you are located right now you could still do some touring. Ask for “Torscharte/Marterlkopf” or “Birgkar”, maybe even “Buchauer Scharte”. Great mountains and landscape, and there should be still enough snow, but probably not the best and deepest.. but should be plenty enough to not ruin your chosoyus

  15. Erik Erikson January 8th, 2014 4:08 am

    Did get that one wrong i guess.. you are not in Pinzgau, but were riding a Pinzgauer… cool vehicle, by the way, but I never knew anyone who posessed one but the austrian army…

  16. Ben January 8th, 2014 5:31 am

    Real man’s cup holders in the Pinzgauer!

  17. gilles sierro January 8th, 2014 8:16 am

    Ben, the cup holders were designed for …. Rifles ;-)

  18. Poach Ninja January 8th, 2014 8:17 am

    I own three Pinzgauers myself.
    Those levers on the dash should all be in the down position… if you are driving in the gnar!

  19. Joe Risi January 8th, 2014 10:58 am

    So much inspiration for Wildsnow HQ in Marble! I hope you’ve begun to fill your shipping container chock full of pastries, elusive 4×4 trucks and futuristic “pintechs”! :wink:

  20. JCoates January 8th, 2014 2:39 pm

    Sasquatch, I think it’s probably, technically “Willy’s” (Williams-birne). Obstler is a generic term for all fruit schnapps. Of course Willy’s is the king of them all IMHO.
    I may not know anything about binding cant angles and avalanche delta slope angles, but damn it, I know my Austrian après ski shots!!! :)

  21. T January 8th, 2014 4:26 pm

    Tom Gos, those are drying racks and they vary in style in different parts of austria. I’ve seen those same dowel styles around western austria before with hay on them on farm buildings. looks like corn is hanging off these. balmy conditions !

  22. Martin January 9th, 2014 1:21 pm

    Regarding the Sachertorte (the general term for these pastries is Torte (singular), not Tort): It is NOT supposed to be dry because it should have at least one layer of apricot jam underneath the chocolate icing. There is some dispute about who has the ‘real’ one, Demel or Hotel Sacher, but both of them are not dry. Trust me, I am from Vienna and I’ve tried them both. Third party copies are a different matter though.

    The Pinzgauer was built in Austria for the Austrian army, but they regularly sell off the gear they no longer need. But ex army Pinzgauer are incredibly expensive when in good shape.

    Lou, enjoy your stay in Austria! Will you make a business trip to Pieps as well?


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