To say the least, I was intimidated by the alps. Have you seen them lately? They are HUGE! Not really knowing what we were getting ourselves into, we just jumped into it without looking. We first arrived at the Hausbergbahn where we found a place to rent ski equipment and take lessons. We opted out of the lessons but maybe next time we will look into it. The staff was exceptionally friendly and spoke English which is always a plus. They had it all, from boots to helmets all the way to jackets and snow pants. Everything was covered if you don’t ski regularly. We grabbed our gear, purchased our all day lift ticket and headed up the mountain.
Once we got to the top we were blown away. Not only did we feel like the tiniest form of life on the mountain, we were also getting passed left and right by both young kids and older folks. How the heck are they able to ski so well? We headed straight for the “kiddy” slopes. We slowly begin to gain our confidence. After numerous runs down the short slopes, we decide to head down the mountain on one of the longer trails. Without realizing what trail we were on, we head down trail marked 1. (see figure one)
THAT WAS A TERRIBLE MISTAKE! We didn’t know it was labeled a red/intermediate trail. Apparently we were not ready for that just quite yet. The first little run went okay. We flew down it without any flaws. Then a few more goes and it got extremely harder. Every next drop seemed steeper than the one before. After I fell twice I decided that I would be safer if I scooted down the side for a bit. With my husband next to my side he encouraged me to try it again. Almost in tears I put my skis back on and finished the mountain. It was the hardest trail I’ve ever done. I’m glad that Eric was there to push me. Without his help, who knows, I may still be sitting on the side of that mountain.
All in all I realized a few things on that mountain. 1. Always read the map first and know what it means to be a red sign. 2. Never give up 3. Believe in your spouse.
With those three rules in mind, you too will be able to accomplish the Alps. Start with what you know you can do. Staying on the beginner/easy trails are not all that bad. Build your confidence. Know what you can and can’t do. Our only regreat was that we didn’t go higher that the first lift. There we numerous blue/easy trails that were higher. Our goal for next time is to make it to all the blue trails.
Tips on what to bring up the mountain:
Trails of Garmisch Classic
The Travelin' Jones
My journey in life.