Checking Out the Austrian Rooster Comb

Post by blogger | January 23, 2016      
A racer ripping down the streif.

A racer ripping down the Streif. Louie photo.

Training day, you can spectate just about anywhere you want if you stay out of the fenced zone.

Training day, you can spectate just about anywhere you want if you stay out of the fenced zone. We’ll watch the actual race on TV.

Get the hint?

Get the hint? A visit to Kitz is always on the list. It’s such an interesting mix of old Austria and new EU.

With the most famous ski race in the world being held just a 20 minute drive away, we wanted to get a feel for the reality. Juttering steel edges as sharp as razors shred white ice at 120+ KPH. Men grunt and shout under crazy G forces as they scrape for every last ounce of edge grip in the Querfahrt sidehill turn after a desperate pre-jump to handle the Hausberg. It’s mind blowing — and it’s not even race day.

We skinned up to looker's left of the course, snacks came later in the village core.

We skinned up to looker’s left of the course, snacks came later in the village core.

Shopping for wives and girlfriends is easy, just whip out the plastic and get something Tyrolean.

Shopping for wives and girlfriends is easy, just whip out the plastic and get something Tyrolean. Then take out a bank loan.

Louie and I decided on this place for our Austrian getaway palace.

Louie and I decided on this place for our Austrian getaway palace.


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6 Responses to “Checking Out the Austrian Rooster Comb”

  1. Jim Milstein January 23rd, 2016 8:33 pm

    Interesting. Did you buy any Tyrollean wives and girlfriends with your hard-earned plastic?

  2. Lisa Dawson January 24th, 2016 8:13 am

    Hahah, Jim. I guess it’s good that Lou never brings home souvenirs.

  3. Daniel Dunn January 24th, 2016 9:28 am

    What are you shooting photos with these days. Both of you guys for that matter. Thanks!

  4. Wookie1974 January 24th, 2016 12:24 pm

    Oberndorf is cheaper than i thought. Wait till you see Munich.

  5. Lou 2 January 24th, 2016 11:58 pm

    Daniel, Louie has a Sony with a few lenses and I’m using a Lumix DMC-ZS50, I’ve been struggling a bit with the Lumix but am getting it figured out, using full manual mode without physical control dials is always frustrating, but worth the hassle to have such a compact and lightweight camera. Overall the Canon G series cameras are easier to work as full manual and the optical viewfinder works no matter how bright the light. The Lumix electronic viewfinder (EVF) is better than nothing, but without a rubber eye cup to keep out ambient light I’ve had a few times that I could’t use it due to bright sunlight. Perhaps Louie can comment on his Sony, he’s really getting some use out of it. Lou

  6. Louie III January 26th, 2016 3:09 pm

    I have a Sony A7 that I use for most shooting. I have a few lenses, but most of the time I carry a Rokinon 14mm 2.8, and a Sony cropped 55-210mm. The 55-210 crops the sensor down to a APS-C size, but it’s light and compact, and takes pretty nice photos (that racer photo is with that lens).

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