Saturday, 17 February 2007

Skiing in the Dolomites, Italy (Part 1)

And I am back - finally!

I have spent a week on white slopes of the Italian Dolomites. It was a great week full of skiing, eating, drinking and of course enjoying quality time with my skiing companions.

Almost the first thing I did when I got home was to check one of the cool features of the official Dolomiti Superski web site. It is called "Check your own ski-performance". In the provided report one can check altitudes reached, kilometers of slopes covered as well as the map with the routes covered.
Besides the skiing activity all of the inactivity can also be seen on a graphical timeline.
Quite interesting indeed.

There are many cute little wooden "rifugi" (refuges/bars/restaurants) on the slopes. Most of them were just calling for a short stop. We named them "traps". They are mainly using various home distilled fruit products for bait. With much success if I may add.

Here is a summary of my 6-day report.

All this is a side product of monitoring the skiers movement within the Dolomites ski area. If you buy a multi-day ski pass, you get one with a chip and your name on it. Every time you use a ski lift, the chip sends a message to the system. I guess they designed the system primarily with the skiers’ safety in mind. In spite of that I just can't get rid of the "big brother is always watching you" feeling.
I have also noticed that my last few rides went by unnoted. Obviously even the Big brother doesn't see it all. I wish!

Once again I have managed to take some gorgeous photos of the scenery. As soon as I download them from my camera, I'll post some of them. Until then - "All you need is just a little patience..."


Jose 21 January 2008 at 20:15  

Skiing, I tried it twice in my life. I flunked. Darn skiis would not obey me, they had a mind of their own. Looks like you had fun though.

Unknown 19 February 2008 at 02:40  

Marko, you rule :-). I am impressed...and jealous. I tata bi to... Warm hello from sunny Florida from your friends Sasha & Blaz. No snow here in Florida :-(.

Travel-PB 19 February 2008 at 15:41  

Thanks. :)

I guess you never thought you would be missing snow and those cold days, when you were moving to Florida.
I hope you too are soon able to take some time off and carve down some slopes.

You are welcome to check on our traveling adventures whenever you want.
A cold hello back to you from M&M!

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