Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Rock the Cradle

St. Anton am Arlberg is thought to be the "cradle of alpine skiing" and regarded as the best resort for advanced/expert skiing in Austria.  Since this is the closest we'll be getting to a cradle anytime soon and we had a friend in town who loves to ski as much as we do, we decided to motor out to St. Anton for a long ski weekend.  St. Anton is located in Arlberg and is one of a half-dozen closely strung together villages/resorts all accessible using the same lift pass.  The terrain is so expansive -- 440 kilometers of trail and 85 cable cars/lifts -- that our three days hardly did it justice.  On the first day we skied Zürs & Lech, day two at St. Anton, and the third day at Oberlech.  
Zürs:  day one, run one.  No sleepless nights with this cradle.
"Is the camera on?  Can you see the red light?"
Beer and goulash soup instead of formula and Cheerios for lunch.
St. Anton:  A really big cradle.
440 kilometers -- 273 miles -- of big.
Oberlech:  One's a crowd?
"I thought you brought the flask?!?"
End of day three.  No lullabies in this cradle.