White days in St. Anton am Arlberg
Since we are back from our big trip a ton of things happened. It’s crazy! Time really flies! In the first few weeks it was important for us to spent a lot of time with our families and friends. So we did exactly that. But at the same time we organised a ton of things, had to find a new apartment and also needed to buy a car. Roman also was in Portugal and Iceland for work already. So two months later it felt as when we would have never left… But that’s ok, we like our home country and really enjoyed it to be back again!
Actually we couldn’t wait to spend some time in the mountains again. So we were looking for a region where we haven’t been to yet but always wanted to go to. For Roman this was the Arlberg Region in Tyrol.
As a winter sportsperson in Austria it is a must to know this place. But we didn’t. So why not just visit in summer? There are tons of activities to do in summer too. Fully motivated we packed all our equipment for the mountains and after a six hour drive we arrived in the little village of St. Anton am Arlberg.
The base: Hotel Schwarzer Adler
We stayed at the Hotel Schwarzer Adler, the perfect base for our planned adventures. It felt good from the beginning and we were welcomed by Klemens Tschol, the junior manager. There was just one thing which bothering us: the weather forecast. Unfortunately it looked really bad!
But Klemens took it easy and sat down with us, ordered us two drinks and we made a plan for the next few days. In the end we were confident that our stay will be great despite whatever the weather is going to do. Klemes does a lot of sports by himself and knows the area and his mountains very good. Simply put, a real local and those are the best people to ask for advice (anywhere of the world).
We are definitely not afraid of water but some activities like climbing are just not possible (or fun) in pouring rain. But this was the forecast for the next four days. So we did adjust our plans and went for dinner, a five-course-menu (vegetarian friendly). What a welcome menu!
Shortly after we went straight to bed as we were tired as hell. Our room was huge and had everything we needed and more. On the walls there were old photos of an area when people skied with just two pieces of wooden planks beneath their feet. We loved the photos. Actually the whole Hotel is full with them, it felt a bit like an exhibition every time we strolled through the corridor.
We started our first morning with a yoga session. The perfect activity to rise the appetite 😉
The breakfast afterwards was a treat. We tried almost everything from the buffet and it was delicious. We are breakfast people, for us it’s the most important meal of the day. With pouring rain outside we didn’t feel guilty and weren’t in a rush.
Sometimes we shrink it down or even skip it for mountain adventures but there was no need to do this now…
Later we went to the Arlrock, an indoor climbing gym. It’s close to the Hotel and has everything we needed to make this day awesome! The few people we met there were all very nice and we had a great time. For people who need it there is even more than the climbing and bouldering area. You can find an indoor tennis court, squash or bowling too.
After a few hours of climbing we were pretty exhausted and were already looking forward to the SPA area of the hotel. We tried the indoor and outdoor pools before we ended up in the sauna. What a treat, again!
Powder snow alert
On the next morning we woke up with rain again. Anyway, we wanted to check out the mountains today and went up to 2.809m with the Valluga cable car. We did that because the forecast said it’s snowing up there and we had a free ticket (Arlberg Summer Card) which comes with the stay in the Hotel. So why not?
We couldn’t believe our eyes up there! Starting with 2000m the snow got more and more and there were about 40cm of fresh powder snow on top! That wascrazy, powder in the middle of the summer! That’s rare, even here in the mountains of Tyrol. We just enjoyed it to be up there as there were not many people around.
After this unique experience we checked out the Verwall valley and the lake there. This must be the place to be when it’s not pouring. We just told ourselves we have to come back another time. Back at the hotel we got spoiled with coffee and cake. It’s crazy how much better everything tastes when the weather is bad outside, hehe! We made the plan for the next day. Klemens offered us new e-bikes and as we never rode an e-bike before we were down for it immediately.
Also the weather was supposed to become a little bit better.
New day – new valley
The Darmstädter hut was our goal for this little ride. The hut is almost at the end of the Moostal. We can really recommend this whole valley, it’s beautiful and so divers. The drizzling rain didn’t bother us anymore and we were just amazed by the landscape. You are so fast with those e-bikes and suddenly we stood already in front of the Kartellspeichersee, a lake with a very dreamy blue colour.
Shortly after we sat already in the hut and had a warm tea. It felt a bit like after a skitouring day but with the best part still ahead of us: riding downhill!
We got pretty dirty and wet again but had a huge smile in our faces afterwards. It was just so fun and also made us pretty hungry. Perfect timing! We just took a quick shower and arrived in time in the dining room. Another highlight just in fron of us: Dinner! 🙂
We had to leave on the next day. Unfortunately! Because that’s also when the rainy days were over. We couldn’t do any of our planned climbing or hiking routes but still had a great time in St. Anton. We just have to come back another time!
Thanks to Hotel Schwarzer Adler for having us!