Skiing on the Arlberg - roads might be closed
Arlberg is a high mountain between Vorarlberg and Tirol and it is also one of the very best areas to ski in wintertime ! It is the area where celebrities, kings and queens are going to ski each year, BUT it happens quite often that there is such heavy snowfall, that all of the roads will be totally closed for several days without warning !
So, when booking a hotel at the Arlberg : Be aware that even helicopters will have no chance at all to fly you in or out !!
For celebrities this does not matter, for the "working-class" it might be a desaster, when you have to be back on the job in time !!!Related to:
- Road Trip
- Mountain Climbing
Beware ! Ticks!Trekking ,Mountainbiking , Outdoors
Beware by any outdoor activity in summer especially in some areas ,that you are exposed to the bite of ticks - those tiny animals insects that look like spiders but feed on human and animal blood. They are bearing 2 incurable deseases - brain meningitis that can have lethal end and another desease that is not curable. The best prevention is to get a vaccine before entering the country if you intend to spend time outdoors in summer.Related to:
- National/State Park
- Adventure Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Dachlawinen - "averlanches" falling from the roofs
Dachlawinen are "averlanches" of snow falling down from the roof of a house and they are a steady danger that might occur everywhere in the alps, where heavy snows will fall in winter. That snow might be quite dry or wet and it might freeze or start melting, depending on the winds or temperatures.
in case of freshly fallen snow that is quite dry, it does not matter a lot when some of the snow falls down on the pedestrians, in case of heavy, wet snow it will completely damage cars and it may as well injure people quite seriously, when they are walking under a steep roof, from where all of sudden a heavy part of snow is falling down to the sidewalk...
These things always happen in sunshine and the only chance that you have to escape them is to walk in a larger distance from the buildings.Related to:
- Family Travel
Ok , here it goes. Public access to internet is not as common as we are expecting it. There are rarely internet cafes and when , mainly in bigger cities. In the small valley villages it is not uncommon that the only internet you can use is the one in the tourism office. And this on a public computer. If you are lucky , your hotel could have Wi-Fi. But it is still not common practice. So if interenet is like the air that you breathe, better check for possibilities to connect through your mobile.
Firn - The hot wind
It comes more and more often - The Firn - the mad warm wind that blows in the valleys. It brings a radical change in the weather - hot tempreatures and rain ,which is lethal for the ski slopes....
It spreads a feel of heaviness in the air , and sensitive persons can have headache , lack of concentration etc during that time...
BEWARE!!! AVALANCHE DANGER!!!
Always check the current avalanche situation at http://lawine.tirol.gv.at/english/ before you decide to go outside of the secured ski slopes.
And use your brain , ski at your own risk.
The 10 FIS Golden Rules for Conduct
The International Ski Federation recommend 10 basic rules to keep the snow pleasure at its best.
1. Respect for others
A skier or snowboarder must behave in such a way that he does not endanger or prejudice others.
2. Control of speed and skiing or snowboarding
A skier or snowboarder must move in control. He must adapt his speed and manner of skiing or snowboarding to his personal ability and to the prevailing conditions of terrain, snow and weather as well as to the density of traffic.
3. Choice of route
A skier or snowboarder coming from behind must choose his route in such a way that he does not endanger skiers or snowboarders ahead.
A skier or snowboarder may overtake another skier or snowboarder above or below and to the right or to the left provided that he leaves enough space for the overtaken skier or snowboarder to make any voluntary or involuntary movement.
5. Entering, starting and moving upwards
A skier or snowboarder entering a marked run, starting again after stopping or moving upwards on the slopes must look up and down the slopes that he can do so without endangering himself or others.
6. Stopping on the piste
Unless absolutely necessary, a skier or snowboarder must avoid stopping on the piste in narrow places or where visibility is restricted. After a fall in such a place, a skier or snowboarder must move clear of the piste as soon as possible.
7. Climbing and descending on foot
A skier or snowboarder either climbing or descending on foot must keep to the side of the piste.
8. Respect for signs and markings
A skier or snowboarder must respect all signs and markings.
At accidents, every skier or snowboarder is duty bound to assist.
Every skier or snowboarder and witness, whether a responsible party or not, must exchange names and addresses following an accident.
Be safe and have a great ski/snow session!Related to:
- Adventure Travel
- Skiing and Boarding
And the avalanche was not the...
And the avalanche was not the end of it! Some native population came to our car to see what was going on :-))) Now seriously: cows are walking freely on the roads, so watch out when taking curves - you can easily encounter one.
You never know what can happen...
You never know what can happen when you drive through the High Alps! Summer does not guarantee there will be no snow! We experienced the avalanche on the road near Timmelsjoch, on the Austrian-Italian border, at the altitude of 2500 metres. Luckily, nobody was hurt but we had some fun watching a mini bulldozer cleaning the road.
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