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Hemingway and the white noise

He drank with the Locals, oodles of cherry and became embroiled in a passionate affair with an eccentric American woman who later became his second wife: The young Ernest Hemingway was in the 20s during two winter stays in the Montafon burn anything, as an interesting exhibition in the "Haus des Gastes" in Schruns documented. In the Hotel Taube in the Montafon capital, he wrote his first novel "Fiesta" – the prelude to a great writer's career.

Hemingway was also from the then emerging sport of skiing delight and took more tours in the snowy mountains of the rätikon. The Madlen house below the Bielerhöhe, the Wiesbadener hut at the foot of the Piz Buin or in the gauertal valley situated Lindauer hut, with the bizarre three towers have been targets of securitized Tour. Hemingway climbed with seal skins on the running surfaces of the Ski, the ski runs have led, without a doubt, over untracked slopes – today is the big writer would be a Freerider.

"The first transportation system in the valley was built in 1947 in Gaschurn, more followed over the years, quickly", spans, Peter Marko, managing Director of Silvretta Montafon, the arc of wayward literati in the recent time. The largest mountain railway company in Vorarlberg, 2007 through a merger and the Acquisition by the Bank for Tirol and Vorarlberg originated, invested 150 million euros in the infrastructure. A milestone in the construction of the grass, the yoke and the Hochalpila - Bahn, which offers since then, about St. Gallenkirch, the connection of the two areas of Nova and Hochjoch in 2011.

80% gap as a challenge

The panel at the entry into the ski route 55 Nova South, at the top at the mountain station of the castle-drag lift, promises to be a sweaty Fun: 80% gradient, at 375 meters altitude in unpräpariertem terrain, the experienced Snow sports enthusiasts expected. Even more demanding is the ascent on the narrow ridge to the summit, from where only a few tracks lead steeply into the wide valley in front of the versettla cable and the Madrisella. Also on the opposite side, in the wide open Slopes under the Schwarzkopf and the home top, draw freeriders desire a full graphic snake patterns in the virgin snow.

"freeriding is in the Trend of the topography ideal for this," says mountain railway chief Marko. The Boom mountains, but also certain risks, which is why you inform the issue of safety a lot of weight when you eat: panels currently on the ratios, and on the grass the yoke of one special freeride center was established. There you can receive information about the weather, the wildlife protection zones and the layers of Snow off the slopes, the Center also rents professional equipment for dieFreerider. Several ski instructor and mountain guide programs, such as a Freeride Safety Check or Freeride-adventure days to organize and the commitment to more security in the area.

"The Wind blows here generally from the South, in the North - West to North-East, often with wind-drifts and extremely snow-rich Slopes to be expected," says instructor Michael at the start of the Freeride Safety check is flanks. Danger spots are to be found especially adjacent to the ridge line and in gullies and bowls. On steep, grassy slopes of an East through South to West, sliding snow, threatening avalanches. But especially: "freeriders should never venture alone into the grounds!", bläut Michael to the participants. After that, it comes with a helmet, Avalanche beacon, and backpack including a shovel and a sounding rod into the ground: the handling of The devices is practiced, on the departure of the structure of the Snow cover is analyzed, and on a prepared avalanche field, the search with the "Pieps" tested – the curriculum is rich in the afternoon more than 52 Euro value.

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While over the weekend the daily visitors inhabit the slopes and deep-snow slopes, it is under the week in the valley of quiet. Manuel Bitschnau, managing Director of the Montafon tourism, and want to motivate the visitors to longer stays. He also has the Swiss guests in the visor. The Montafon is to Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, the second most popular Austrian winter region.

Highest wine bar in Vorarlberg

The Montafoner not profiling itself as a prudent, down-to-earth host, you also remove the offer constantly: at the Top of the versettla cable in the Nova Stoba was opened by Vinnova, the highest wine bar in Vorarlberg. And this season, a new Après-Ski meeting place with a sports shop in Gaschurn at the end of the new versettla cable-valley slope of the old valley station. What is the popularity of the quaint, upstairs in the village nearby Heuboda, danced to where from 17 at alley tusks, will hardly be detrimental. In the new Restaurant Stoba 7 of the chic Chalet house became an Annex of the hotel in Gaschurn regional specialities such as Sura Kees and beyond.

The next Morning, the views from The Zamangspitz, for mountain common athletes after a short climb, reach, is stunning. All around greets the panoramic view of the dazzling peaks and flanks of the Silvretta, the rätikon and the Verwalls. The view is to the valley, in the distance is a glimpse in the mist of the lake of Constance. From here, in good snow conditions, great terrain rides are about 1700 meters of altitude down into the valley to St. Gallenkirch. Today, it is but the hanging down to the grass-yoke: In the steep terrain concentration is required, continue to the bottom of the Ski in the powdery-loose snow forces rotate gently and rhythmically until the Burning of the thighs of the white noise boundaries. No wonder, had to build Hemingway, the high percentage devoted to, with cherry again.

The trip was supported by the Montafon tourism.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 07.02.2019, 16:58 PM

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