A week in Sölden

Author: Radu Gruia
Published: 7th March 2016

Last week I went on a snowboarding holiday in Austria. I drove from Birmingham to Sölden, where I met up with some good friends from Romania. It was a seriously long 1100 miles drive, with a stop in the little rural Alsacian village of Battenheim, but it was definitely worth it.

I've enjoyed 5 perfect days of snowboarding which, fortunately, ended without any serious injuries. Sölden was WILD, nothing like last year's trip to Bad Gastein. The après-ski parties kick off as early as 15:30 and go on until the small hours of the night. Everybody is friendly, and thanks to what seems to be too many shots of schnapps and Jägermeister, collectively sing some weird German discofox songs... amazing!

We were fortunate enough to have good snow conditions in what seemed to be a poor winter season throughout the Alps. Snowboarding down the two +3000m glaciers, Rettenbach and Tiefenbach, rewarded us with great vistas. The weather was mostly perfect and the temperature just right, -10˚C to make sure we deserve a warming cup of Jagatee.

Even though it just ended, I'm now looking forward to next year's Austrian escape, and most importantly, to cementing this as a yearly tradition.

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