Hello Austria, It’s Been a While

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | October 8, 2018      

(This post sponsored by our publishing partner Cripple Creek Backcountry. They don’t have Erdinger weizen and they don’t yet have an Austrian location, but they do have skis.)

Back to the Tyrol. Nice to be here. I’ll check out the ISSW avalanche conference (Innsbruck) and make a few industry visits, but mostly I’m enjoying friends and that old-country flavor. No skiing this trip, though they do have the lifts spinning on glaciers such as Hintertuxer.

They're all farmers around here. Instead of skiing, I was going for the apple tree.

They’re all farmers around here. Instead of skiing, I was going for the apple tree. I did not jump the shark on this. The NDAs are in full force under punishment of death, but I’ve got insider backstory on ski gear to help fill the gaps over coming months.

The Dreamliner did not over promise. Amazing aircraft.

The Dreamliner did not over-promise. Beautiful aircraft. You notice the fresher air, better organized interior, with landing and takeoffs hardly noticeable. They climbed the thing to 38,000 feet, then dived into Franz Joseph flaughofen almost like doing a glacier landing in Alaska, 11 hours from San Francisco that I hardly noticed (with the help of modern pharmacology and a few sophomoric movies I’d be embarrassed to name).

On the way from Germany to Austria.

On the way from Germany to Austria, on a whim we stopped at Erding: “Might as well see where all that weissbrau you drink comes from!”

I actually don't drink all that much beer any more, but had a kliner Erdinger just to avoid being run out of town.

I actually don’t drink all that much beer any more, but had a kliner Erdinger just to avoid being run out of town if I’d followed my instincts and asked: “Have you got a nice Napa cab?”

Oh yeah, this is Bavaria, so a bit of meat and potatoes was in order as well.

This is Bavaria, so a bit of meat and potatoes was in order as well.

In English we call it a BHM, or a big hunk of meat.

In English we call it a BHM, or a big hunk of meat. The German way is a process that creates an irresistible crust.

Ebikes. Everywhere.

Ebikes. Everywhere. Though after that high fat schweinhaxe it might be better to burn it off with 100% human power.

Interior of the Erdinger gasthaus. Classic.

Interior of the Erdinger gasthaus. Classic.


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6 Responses to “Hello Austria, It’s Been a While”

  1. Nick Gassaway October 8th, 2018 5:16 pm

    Erdinger is one of my favorites also!

  2. Nick October 9th, 2018 10:29 am

    Great photos!

  3. JCoates October 9th, 2018 8:47 pm

    Weissbier and schweinshaxe?? Even if you’re breaking your diet, you certainly made me jealous (and hungry).

  4. Lou Dawson 2 October 10th, 2018 3:28 am

    The meat and potatoes are on the diet, beer not so much but yes occasionally, more inclined to red wine now and then, but I tried to order red wine with pizza last night here in Italy and they brought a small beer instead, later I found out that ordering wine with pizza is as strange as running down the street without your pants on, or was someone fibbing me? Ah, these cultural norms, get me every time (smile). Lou

  5. Matti Verkasalo October 14th, 2018 5:15 am

    Lou Dawson
    It was great to meet you and hear your opinion of the “instant inclinometry” I was presenting at ISSW 2018 in Innsbruck. Just thought that if you want to mentuon the idea, it could be reader-friendly also to give the address where DIY instructions are given: https://mattiverkasalo.wixsite.com/instantinclinometry
    Happy skiing!

  6. Lou Dawson 2 October 14th, 2018 5:58 am

    Thanks Matti, good stuff!

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