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Outside the box: There is winter off the slopes

Outside the box: There is winter off the slopes

Axel Halhuber talks about how to get in the mood for winter vacation – on and off the slopes.

It doesn’t really feel like going on winter vacation. It often feels like you’re on an emotional zigzag between climate change, expensive lift tickets, and imposed cabin fun. It’s all true: global warming is progressing at an astonishing pace. Anyone who goes skiing for a week — perhaps with their family — probably won’t be able to pay for six-day tickets out of pocket money. And once you’re in the ideal white zone, the German language fires up with words, for example, the manageable elegance of many huts.

But there is that moment when the sun shines on your cheeks while you are sitting in the chair. When the snow sparkles beneath you. When the carving swing turns out really well. And when you play the same song at après ski, whether you want to or not. Then you conclude that the effort is always worth it.

And also because winter tourism is getting better and better. The prevalence of good hotels (with good saunas and indoor leisure facilities for children and adults) is higher than ever, and lifts are becoming more convenient. There is hardly anywhere where more investment is made than in winterizing a home. There are alternatives for anyone who no longer wants to bear the effort and expense of skiing. In the past, poor non-skiers were really on vacation with their loved ones: they dreamed of walking for long hours in the snow, but after three minutes they realized that it was really cold there. They took fifty books with them, but found only the “tavern” or “foyer” a place to read. (Personal note: I think the fact that hotels are finally creating dignified places to stay, such as reading nooks, is the greatest progress.) And the idea of ​​“I’ll go there for coffee” Day 3 with the same milk cream pie in the same pastry shop has been eliminated, because cozy cafés Honestly, it’s not the specialty of ski resorts.

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Modern alternatives to a day of skiing are attractive: on snowshoes through snow-covered trees; To the mountain station, where the exhibition was held; Cross-country skiing for beginners, ski touring for inexperienced people, etc. Winter is getting wider. It is said that there are skiers who choose a five-day pass for this reason.