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My First Ski Tour to the Wildalm

Making tracks in the glistening snow, the crunching of the snow crystals under the skis and our own breathing are the only sounds. The sun shines in a cloudless sky, a magnificent mountain panorama of the Chiemgau Alps lies in front of us. Our spirits are lifted. On our first ski tour we learn that the journey is the reward and every single metre of ascent is worth it.

 

Namely in the form of a deer which observes us from the edge of the forest and then disappears shortly afterwards with elegant leaps into the thicket or in the form of fresh tracks belonging to a hare in the otherwise untouched snow.  Last but not least, the mountains themselves are the answer as they tower around us in majestic style.  We have good visibility and let our gaze wander from Heutal to Chiemgau to the Loferer Steinberge.  Glorious!  After a few minutes relaxation, hunger finally forces us to stand up and tackle the first metres of the descent. Alongside the “summit destination“ we have planned a culinary destination: the wonderful Wildalm.


At the Wildalm: refreshments and a picture postcard view 

We have definitely earned a refreshment stop at the Wildalm. Situated right next to the piste at 1,260 metres above sea level, the Wildalm is perfect for a culinary rest. We unfasten our skis, stretch out luxuriously and let ourselves sink into the deckchairs on the sun terrace from where we have a glorious panoramic view.  The mountain air definitely makes you hungry and the strenuous ascent, for us beginners at least, has done its best to make our stomachs rumble. It isn't really surprising either as the friendly Wildalm team continuously carry delicious meals past us. We have been reliably informed that the Wildalm burger is particularly famous but the snack plate also makes the mouth water, let alone the home-made cakes.  Fantastic! We order a crazy mixture of everything because we simply cannot decide.  Actually everything served at the Wildalm in front of the magnificent mountain backdrop is highly recommended and worth the sin!  By the way the Wildalm is also a real gem inside. In the winter the oven in the lounge blazes merrily and its crackling creates a real homely atmosphere.

 

The journey is the reward

And then it lies in front of us, glistening and sparkling in the afternoon sun: the descent back to Heutal, directly on the ski piste.  We grin over our skis, breathe the mountain air deeply into our lungs and push off with our poles. The wind whistles in our ears as we glide down the perfectly prepared piste with more or less elegant turns and the cold wind tickles our teeth as we smile.

Postet from
Christina Knauseder-Csipek
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