We did manage to do our chores beforehand – and of course – we were just here checking the snow conditions for our guests who arrive for half term next week 🙂
It’s our first winter season living here and the weather has been rather ‘random’ this year (as it seems to have been in many other parts of the world!) Last season we visited Obertraun and went skiing in Gosau in January and again in March and the snow was plentiful and there was a massive amount of fabulous snow on the slopes.
It’s not quite the same this year as there has not been the same level of general snowfall in our village of Obertraun and around Lake Hallstatt – however, we’ve been fortunate enough to have had good skiing conditions on the slopes at Gosau. The snow has been cared for and moved around and groomed and this makes for happy skiers 🙂
This year, when we have had a big snow fall – then Paul will enthusiastically get out the snow blower (his new ‘toy’) and clear the pathways and parking spaces. Then the Fohn wind (think of the winds of a giant hairdryer, coming from the south) has arrived and melted the snow around our house – sometimes literally overnight! We hadn’t expected to see quite so little snow in our immediate vicinity … but it is fortunately still great on the pistes. Today we had beautiful sunshine and the occasional flakes of snow to keep things topped up.
Half term is traditionally a busy time and are looking forward to welcoming our guests next week … We hope they have great snow, sunshine, fun and have time to appreciate the stunning views that we’ve enjoyed today!