A SKI TOUR IN A CLASS OF ITS OWN

17.04.2011
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The Fischer Transalp came to an end 6 days, 12,800 metres difference in altitude and 122 km after it began. Tired, but with new experience and friends as a reward, participants Andy, Antonia, Christoph, Kurt, Maria, Martina and Sepp all agreed: crossing the Alps was "a ski tour in a class of its own". Time to take a look at what happened from south to north on the tour now they have returned.


There was only one small change to the route at the beginning, everything else went to plan: the weather was a dream. With high pressure prevailing over the Alps there was neither a cloud in the sky nor any dampened spirits. This meant that all the participants were in a good mood at all times and always good for a laugh despite the tough programme - up to 3,400 metres difference in altitude had to be covered every day. To be honest, however, they did have a little help on the way now and again, such as the cable car in Leogang, for example. This was a seldom occurrence, however, which happened only in the "developed" part of the Alps. The team had to conquer the Grossvenediger (3,662 m, Austria's fourth highest mountain) on their own, but it was well worth the effort and the risk as the view it offers is a truly unique one.

 

The absolute highlight of the tour was Axel Naglich. He turned the tour into a very special experience without showing that he himself is something special. "The Mount St. Elias star gave us the feeling that he was simply one of us as soon as he climbed into the bus in Mittersill," says an enthusiastic Franz Schitter, one of the participants. It was also Axel Naglich who organised paragliders overnight in his home town to make sure that the participants would have an extra burst of adrenaline.


In short: a hard time going up, beautiful and exciting rides going down. This special tour came to an end after a traditional pretzel snack on the Seehorn mountain in the Berchtesgadener Land region of Bavaria. "There are so many positive memories, the Transalp was an incredible experience. For me it's already clear that we will continue with the Transalp next winter," says Christian Lutz, Head of Marketing at Fischer Sports, who himself took part in the tour.