Hi 2012…in 24h it’s 2013! – the first year after the “end”, the end of the Maya calander.
Here is a totaly NEW begin!!
After 11 years of riding in the 4 Vallées (Nendaz/Verbier) I moved to Austria.
To a skiresort close to the swiss border called Arlberg. I live here on 1220m.a.s.l. 5min from Stuben am Arlberg in a nice appartment with Irian Van Helfteren – the flying dutchman – new on the FWT 2012/2013, Mikaela Hollsten from Finland – competing on the FWQ tour and my girlfriend from Finland.
So why this new step and living outside of beautiful Switzerland? – Without explaining all the work which was linked to this move since last June!
The 4 Vallées and the Valais/Wallis is a very dry region. That’s why the wine from Valais is very good and the waiting periods for new snow sooo long!
The mountains are one of the most spectacular and beautiful, and 1000m higher than here in Arlberg, I will miss them!
I had a great time there! Working and riding!
Arlberg has in average a very high amount of snow in winter. And the last 11 years I was regularly looking at the online snow maps (www.slf.ch) and was always wondering about this area. After 2 visits last winter to Arlberg I decided to move here.
Last winter this place had aparently more snow than somewhere else in the world. Cars looked so small!
So a changement will be good after all this years riding the same mountains and lines. Now I live the first time ever in the European Union EU and a lot is new. Like 11 years ago when i moved from Zurich to the Valais/Wallis. Just here I can speak my mother tongue – swiss german! Then the locals here speak a very similar dialect. Great, no?!
Some new things here:
#new mountains+lines#new weather conditions=very different#more SNOW (I cross fingers)#almost more german language than ever(comparing with schooltime 15years ago;)#different food products#€uros#a train- and bus station in front of the house#new friends#new phone numbers#european law#new languages to hear to: finish and dutch#crazy german tourists on the mountain-they are pushing so hard to entering the ski bus!#very good jam(for breakfast)#and when driving to Switzerland crossing this micro small country called Liechtenstein#
Read in the next post “how the winter started in this new world”
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