I recently had a wonderful holiday with friends in Selva (Val Gardena) and logged all our ski routes via my Garmin 400t GPS device (this thing is wonderful). I use the great site called GPSVISUALIZER.COM to plot the output from the Garmin to maps. Here’s the skiing day by day for the trip.
GPSVisualizer allows you to link to a GPX file (created from the tracking within the Garmin GPS) and render the track on one of many maps, including Google ariel view. The views shown here show the ‘summer’ view (e.g. without all the lovely snow!) which makes them even more interesting as you can see where we skied through the trees, etc.
When you click on the links below PLEASE be patient – it takes about 10 or 15 seconds before the proper map displays. The Google map rendering is the best one to look at.
Daily skiing tracks and routes:
Daily logs from the Garmin GPS showing max speed and distance:
I have also uploaded the photos (btw taken from my iPhone 4 camera) to my Flickr site – you can also see them here.
So the skiing season is amongst us. We went to St. Anton, Austria this year; just the six of us; Jon (R), Tony, Simon, Richard, Len and Myself. We had a great time (as usual). The resort is just fantastic for skiing and off-piste; we skied more off than on piste this year. The powder was great due to a fresh dump of snow on the Tuesday.
No serious injuries, except Simon who challenged an ice slope to battle. Unfortuneately the slope hit back hard and we suspect dislocated his shoulder; it could of been worse! The drinks were very expensive, but we were on holiday. I have produced a small video. I managed to take a helmet camera which did not take great video but caught some of the action.
The Red Bull team were there for a few days and we saw them larking about at the top of the mountains; very impressive. Those guys know what they are doing. More to come later.
As usual the skiing holiday was great. Verbier in Switzerland; good snow, company and skiing made it a extreme holiday. We managed probably 80% off-piste and by the end of the week I was actually getting the hang of it!
Snow would have been a bit better if we had had a fresh dump, but what was there was excellent. The two black mogal field runs were pretty scary, especially the approach (very narrow footpath with severe drop off), but once on the runs it was not too bad – certainly a test of the legs! I would recommend Verbier to anyone who likes skiing.
Hotel was the Hotel De Verbier, which was brilliant, especially the afternoon tea; which was most welcome after a hard days skiing! Read more on www.microupdate.net
Skiing 2005 was to Obergurgl. What a wonderful place to go skiing, and we had perfect conditions. The motly crew on view (dangling from a chair lift) is Richard, myself, Len and Simon (one of the snowboarders – well you’ve got to humour them…).
We all had a great time on and off piste. Obergurgl is a great resort; easy to get to (Exeter to resort in around 3 hours), great scenery on the flight in, and an easy coach trip from the airport to the resort. The ski runs are mostly quiet (even at the weekends) and there’s great fun off-piste through the trees. Boarders love it, especially as it gets tonnes of snow.