So we awoke Christmas morning to a little something for everyone in their ski “stocking”. Nothing too much, just a few sweets and some little toys to entertain us on our long trips…..overall, kind of a let down….let us not forget we already had our Christmas before we left. But we all quickly got excited…(must admit the word “glacier” slightly freaked me out, and I had thoughts of insane steepness and wondered when I last got my skis sharpened) to make our way to Hintertux Glacier (Hintertux Gletscher)! Another short walk and we can catch a coach bus that will take us about a 45 minute ride up long winding roads to this ski area.
View from the bus we took to get to the glacier.
Just to show the steep curve the bus has make…..Greg wants to ride this on a bike….hhhhmmm.
Bus ride. And these roads are very narrow!
Going up the gondola….another one of those cattle pushing through a crowd to get onto a gondola.
Snuck a pic of some smiles as our day of skiing awaits!
Okay, unfortunately, it was very, very windy. And we did ride a chair lift twice and had two nice short runs on unbelievably good snow! But that got old, so we had hot cocoa and waited for the line for the gondola to go down. We also enjoyed wifi!!!
The glacier proved to be a wonderful experience….of course some steep, but I was never skiing upside down or anything! The snow conditions made it awesome!
Here is an area where we stopped and you could really see the depth of the glacier! Quite remarkable.
Family shot (minus Greg) in front of that glacier.
Pretty picture of Maddy!
We are on a smaller gondola so it is just us….kind of nice when that happened!
Having another break…eating our pb&j’s in a very Austrian, cozy warm, ski house at the top.
This is a massive stove that is in the ski lodge….so warm and so pretty!
Gondola ride down to our bus.
Sitting on the bus.
A view out the bus window on our way home. So amazing how the houses sit on such steep sides of the mountains.
Another pretty(and blurry) view from the bus.
Christmas Dinner….we went to a place that we had been before, but we did not get good service on Christmas at all…..we didn’t let it completey ruin our evening.
I had something called spaetzle(spätzle), with my pork strips. It is a traditional dish of the area, but I did not care for it. Was a pasta/noodle/faintly resembling gnocchi….not really sure, but not for me. Well…Merry Christmas 2012!