Saturday, March 6, 2010

Ski Trip To Filzmoos, Austria 2010

That's the Bischofsm├╝tze (Bishop's Mitre), Filzmoos' signature peak at 2,454 meters (more than 8,000 feet). It was first conquered by climbers in 1879.

We just returned from a ski trip to the lovely village of Filzmoos, Austria, south of Salzburg. (We also went there last year, during an incredible four-day-long blizzard.)

Daisy and Emma drove there on February 21 with our good friends Tanya Kancheva and Momchil Blagoev and their son, Victor. (You may recall that Tanya and Momchil showed us around their native Bulgaria on a fantastic trip last April.) I joined them late on February 25 after returning from a trip to the United States for my father's funeral.

Unfortunately, my one day of skiing last Friday was rainy, but we went ahead and skied anyway.

We had amazing food and beer and schnapps, and great conversation.

Naturally, on February 27, the day we had to drive back to Prague, the weather was glorious. But those guys had great weather before I arrived, so all was well.

We stayed at the Rettenegghof in Filzmoos, perfectly situated right on a beginner's slope that was perfect for the kids (and for me, too, a beginning skier). The hotel is also a working farm, and we had homemade butter and fresh milk delivered to our door in the mornings.

Doesn't get much better than that!

Homemade butter and fresh milk, right from the farm.