Thursday, January 20, 2011

Ski Trip: the Remix

Instead of 100 college students, various adult-type people, Henry Moore, 7 church vans, several SUVs, a couple of trucks, the King Electrical trailer, tons of food from Sam's Club and a partridge in a pear tree, our ski trip 2011 consisted of 4 Americans, 2 South Koreans and the German Alps.  We had great weather with lots of sun which made for an easier learning environment but not a lot of powder to shred through.
Day 1:  The Bourne Idiocracy
    After an "on-time Ryan Airflight",  we took a taxi to the train station.  We had some time to kill so we ate across the street at Doner Kabob, a little pocket of Greece in the heart of Memmingenburg.  Then we picked the brain of an Australian guy who now lives in Lindau.  Bailey had an interesting conversation with him:
"Are you Irish?"
"No."  Pause.
"Are you British?"
"No."  Pause.
"Are you South African?"
"No."  Pause.
"Are you American?"  Pause.
"No, I'm Australian."
We changed trains 3 times and made it to Sonthofen where we took another taxi to Fishen where we got the key to our lodge and then on to Schollang.  Our taxi driver was great and got us there safe and sound.  The whole day felt less like Jason Bourne and more like Planes, Trains and Automobiles. 
Day 2:  Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth
   We got up from our Fred Flintstone beds and ate lunch at a cafe near our lodge.  (Three words Germany:  Memory Foam Mattresses.  I'm just sayin'.)  Then on to Oberstdorf  for ski rental and skiing!  Bailey was super excited and stayed that way on the gondola but soon dissolved into frustration and defeat.  Scott tried his hardest to teach her but all she heard was yelling.  Perception is reality people.  I walked back up to the gondola (ouch!) with her and we turned our skis in for the day.  After 14 years of not skiing, it came back to me pretty quickly.  The T-bar threw me into the rocks but I finally got the hang of it.  Score:  Mountain 1.  Bailey 0.
Day 3:  Nothing's Going to Stop Us Now
Davis is a rock star on skis!

Proof of my mad skiing skills.
     Monday we went to another ski slope that had more green runs.  Bailey tried the big mountain at first, but we walked up to the gondola again to get back down.  After lunch Bailey practiced on the bunny slope and got her confidence.  Davis and Scott had been helping Jinhwan and Hyejin and they were all pleasantly surprised that Bailey wanted to try again.  We all made it down in one piece but I decided to call it a day and turn my skis in for good.  If Momma breaks a bone, ain't nobody happy.
Day 4:  Austria Bound

There are no Longhorns in Germany but there are Razorbacks!
     20 minutes from Oberstdorf gets you to Austria and some awesome snow.  I camped out with a book and apple streudel at a cafe across from the ski lift and watched our group tear up the slopes.  Everyone had a great day and came away tired but happy.  Ski Trip Success!
Day 5:  Schollang Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Good Bye!
     Yesterday Germany got some major snow while we were leaving but we had the train system by the horns and got to Memmingen airport in time for our flight home.  It is good to be home.


  1. i love bailey's conversation with the australian... i can hear the whole thing in my head. makes me laugh. only 5 more days!!!!

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