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What sounds like a secret language is the common greeting of two student friends whose paths have crossed in the vastness of political economy. Today the sun is also smiling and our piste ski tour up the Patscherkofel starts around 10:30.
The Patscherkofel – a legend
The Patscherkofel is not just a mountain. It is a legend. Franz Klammer defined the history of downhill skiing here in 1976 in his orange overall. The Olympic community has already gathered here three times: also in 1964 and 2012 at the Youth Olympic Games. Then as now, this mountain inspires. It is not for nothing that it is the home mountain of all Innsbruckers. In addition, the restaurant at the valley station is also called: a resourceful idea.
From the Patscherkofelbahn valley station to the top station
We follow the signposted route for ski tourers along the slope. Like every mountain around Innsbruck, the Patscherkofel is steep. The ascent track is only slippery in a few places, otherwise we both have good grip. We walk up the mountain at a leisurely pace, casually walking side by side and behind each other. It’s like jogging, only higher up. Enjoying nature, reminiscing and thinking about the future. After half an hour, thirst makes itself known.
And when you think it’s not possible anymore, it gets even steeper. Of course, the more ski tours you do, the more you develop a resistance to steep slopes. But it’s always surprising how fast it goes uphill. But we are rewarded with incredible views.
heit geht da Wind. Attwenger, the interpreter of this song, is an Upper Austrian. Presumably he was inspired to write this text on the Patscherkofel. It really whistles. Yes, this is also our local mountain, the Patscherkofel. The wind blows over the Wipptal to the volcanic looking mountain. But we wouldn’t be Innsbruckers if that bothered us. I think it simply belongs to it. And besides, that’s when you really feel yourself.
The last view of our ascent is also special. The Patscherkofel shelter defies wind and weather and is the institution on the local mountain. since 1887! By now it is storming. We stop immediately. The skinning has time.
Because the wind has turned into a storm, the gondola remains out of service for today. This means we can max out the waist of our carving skis and use the whole slope. The snow picks a bit, so always stay deep to avoid crashes.