At 7:00 a.m., the mountain silhouettes emerge in first rays of sunrise as I approach Garmisch. I am one of the early birds and feel well-experienced with my touring ski equipment, now that I am up for my second tour.
I start to shift my skis uphill, surrounded by other sporty outdoor fans. Most of the Garmisch Classic slopes are half-heartedly prepared: If dreams come true and Covid-barriers may be withdrawn, the entire ski region could step into action the very next day. As for today, it is well-organized for touring skis and snow shoe hikers, supported by parking attendants, toilets and almost all slopes available. Less hostility and more useful options, compared to other narrow-minded villages.
Light-hearted, I continue on well-known hillsides. There is no rush and no crowd, instead it is a joyful atmosphere with a chat here and there. Smiling faces glance up to the peaks of Alpspitze, Waxenstein and Zugspitze.
I enjoy the ascent for full 2,5 hours until I reach my favourite winter destination: the Kreuzalm. It is so good to be here, even if it is for a short pause only. I keep my fingers crossed that February comes with the miracle of ski holidays!
The mountain huts sell snacks and beverages to exhausted ski tourers, and a handful of people spreads around in a distanced, friendly manner. Strengthened by a cup of coffee, it is time for a last picture in front of the Alpspitze. Before I apply for model jobs in the sports-shoe market, I might need to make further progress in getting the ski boots up in the air.
Despite my knowledge of the ski area, I choose the No. 1 slope for my descent. It might be less steep than the No. 2 “Horn-Abfahrt”, but – as usual – the frosty, artificial snow makes the hillsides quite slippy. The light touring skis offer less grip than regular alpine skis, in fact they do not offer any grip on the icy parts at all. At least the conditions turn the one-slope-downhill action into a 30-minutes-event, and I am happy with today’s skiing when I reach the Hausberg valley station, safe and satisfied.
|850m altit. difference||6 km||2,5h up||harmless|