“Now I am a Part of Lofer“
Here to stay
She lives here, where others go on holiday, gushes Emilie Heinig Hansen from Denmark. The ski instructor finds the Salzburger Saalachtal and its ski paradise simply “hygge“.
“Hygge“, loosely translated as “cozy“, is one of the most important words in the Danish way of life. It means enjoying every spare moment with family and friends. This is also one of the reasons why the Danes are among the happiest people on earth. But where else could she find such a “happy place“? Emilie Heinig Hansen asked herself this and a few years ago discovered the picturesque region on the Saalach over 1200 km away. Here too, she soon realized, sitting and chatting – commonly known as “hoagaschten“ - is also celebrated with delight. Scenically, the 23-year old is fascinated by the stark contrast between her two homes: Denmark, the flat land surrounded by sea and endless open expanses.
Austria and its mountains, a dream for all those who love mountain sports. She grew up in Vedbaek on the Seeland island and also enjoyed the city life in the capital city, Copenhagen, 30 km away. With her mother Karin, a dentist, father Jan, a businessman and sister Katrine, she wandered along the sandy beaches or sailed in a boat to neighbouring Sweden. Then, suddenly after her school-leaving examination, she was drawn, as if by magic, to the Pinzgauer mountains to the “white gold“, the snow. She completed her training as a qualified ski instructor on the Kitzsteinhorn glacier and begins her fifth winter season this year in a ski school, which is just as “hyggelig“ as at home. “Everyone in the company is part of a big family“, she explains in good German. After work, we go sledging together or go for a meal. She is also a member of the “Ski Club Lofer“ and trains keenly for the Giant Slalom. She also loves to discover untouched deep powder snow trails. “For a Dane, it is unbelievable that you can go skiing and earn money at the same time“, says ski guide Emilie, who is also studying “Innovation and Tourism Management“ at the University of Applied Sciences in Puch. In Scandinavia, she used to dance in sparkly dresses to disco music; these days she zooms up mountains in sports' clothing and hiking boots or goes for a bike ride along the “Steinberg“ or “Mayrberg“ circuits. She enjoys competing with the locals in running and mountain bike races. “I miss my parents and friends sometimes and sailing too“, she admits.
Explore the snowy slopes of the Salzburg Saalachtal on 2 boards ...