A quick hit here for Friday, then hopefully I’ve got time over the weekend to pump out more Europe content for the coming week. More ISPO, more Sportiva, and more from Austria. For now, while Sportiva product developer Sandro De Voldt and I were going through a pile of boots at the Italy HQ, we cooked up a plan for a short uphill excursion at a local resort. I had not brought any ski gear, so we scrounged up some stuff and did a few hundred meters as a “boot test” of the new Synchro. I’m not much of a guy for touring in freeride boots, but have to admit the cuff range and weight of the Synchro had me thinking this could be a boot for a lot of you freeride type folks reading here. I’ll cover the boots more, but for now, a few photos from our foray.
Any of you Italians out there care to name that pastry? Something like wild berry cake with whipped cream, only in your language? Sandro said he wasn’t quite sure of the English translation, but I think he actually did know it and didn’t want to let on that he consumed mass quantities of these things, which is why he is so skinny and goes uphill so fast.
Map below shows the layout, Baita Passo Feudo is the restaurant. This is actually quite a good sized mechanized skiing complex by U.S. standards, but is just one of hundreds if not thousands you may have never heard of, in the mountains of western Europe.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.