27 November 2010
27.11.2010 10 °F
Another beautiful day took us back to Obergergl for some more skiing. Today it was much colder and it wasn't long before we were inside for hot chocolate! That is my favorite thing about skiing. The ski day went to crap when we went to the far side of the mountain to meet our friends for lunch. In order to get up the slope you had to get on a t-bar. Just trying to get on the thing I fell over and Curt ended up going up the slope without me. I then had to go around through the entrance again but my ski card would not work so I couldn't get through. I had to get the worker to help me get on. So then it is just me on the thing so I drift to the right the entire time. My legs and hips were so sore trying to hang out this insanely long slope. In the end I hit a snow bank and fell off. So then either way I look to the right and left is 2 feet deep snow. I am about 3/4 of the way up the hill so there is no going down. Plus if I went down I would just have to go up that god awful lift again because it was the only way to get off of that slope. My only real choice was to walk up the hill. It was so embarrassing with all the people who managed to stay on the lift passed me. By the time I got to the top I was exhausted and just done skiing.
Shortly after we left and were able to rest a bit before the Kathreineler festival in the town. Supposedly town people dress up like these demons and they are to punish or capture the bad kids and make it safe for santa to come. The entire town is gathered for the event with beer stands and tons of kids.
The show starts with fireworks and a bonfire being lit. Then the "monsters" come with torchs and dance around the fire. Eventually they rough up some of the older kids.
Another group came running up with a cage and then more came on a cart. A stunt monster rappelled from the third floor of a building to a nearby tree - with a torch!! It is amazing the whole town didn't go up in flames. Another guy rappelled down from the top of a crane. It's quite an interesting thing to see and we just happened to be in town for it. We capped the night with more pizza from the restaurant down the street.