The Hills Might Be Alive, But I Won’t Be

Much like the Sound Of Music movie, the massive mountains that tower over the county of Austria are impressive. I consider myself an amateur-at-best skier and it will probably be a death wish, but I’ve decided that the next adventure I plan on undertaking is slaloming down the white, fluffy powder of the Alps.

Innsbruck, Austria

Growing up in Minnesota I have had my fair share of exposure to snow and I’ve always loved the daytime trips my friends and I have taken to our local Afton Ski Village. I fully realize that the black diamond slopes in Afton, Minnesota are much different than the elevation of the Central Eastern Alps, but it’s a challenge I am willing to (try) and accept.

While there are many amazing cities to choose from in Austria; Innsbruck, the Capital of Tyrol, is my choice. Located halfway between Munich, Germany and Verona, Italy, Innsbruck is a clan descent combination of history, diverse attractions and beautiful scenery.  One of the most unique characteristics of Innsbruck is the fact that it has hosted not one, but two Winter Olympic competitions. The first was in 1964 and the other in 1976.

The Bergisel Ski Jump Tower is Innsbruck’s futuristic landmark and the venue has seen not only the two Olympic games but also countless other international competitions including the International Four Hills Ski Competition.  It’s new ski jump installation was made in 2001. It also has a café and restaurant open to the public and a panoramic viewing platform that provides a 360-degree view of the mountain scenery.

Bergisel Ski Jump Tower in Innsbruck, Austria, designed by architect Zaha Hadid in 2001.

Thanks to this GoPro video, I could get a taste for what I can look forward to…and also to start mentally preparing myself for the fear that will surely set it when I get to the top of the mountain.


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