After three days of skiing on the glacier, we went to the Schlick2000 resort. I was sure that after such spectacular views and heights, I would be disappointed at Schlick.
Schlick2000 is lower than the Stubai Gletscher. The highest peak of Sennjoch is 2240 m above sea level. It is also smaller, but it has the longest downhill course in the Stubai Valley – a three-kilometer blue ski slope, of which Sergiusz said it was the most beautiful route he has ever seen. The top is steep (and does not look blue at all). When you look at small figures of skiers sliding down from a vertical wall at the feet of towering rocks, you can get goosebumps. But after the steepest, but also the most scenic descent, the ski route enters the forest. And it goes, and goes, and goes on a nearly flat, wide slope between the trees. Just a fairy tale for the skier!
When we were rining on the slopes, Willi had his last skiing lesson at the BIG Family Kinderland. This is a separate area at the middle gondola station. Here everything is organized with Austrian precision. One trainer puts the children onto a “magic carpet”, the other one takes them off uphill. The third one forms the skis in a snowplough (here, because of the triangular shape they call it: pizza!), the fourth motivates while driving and catches them at the bottom. And from the beginning, over and over again.
This motivation is the most important thing. So the coach shouts: “Pizza! Pizza!”, so that the really little ones will remember that they have to arrange the tops of skis similar to the pizza triangles. The method is effective so Willi deals better with each ride. Not only he, because the whole group is rapidly making progress.
There are also elements of the crisis because, at the end of a two-hour course in the open air, our four-year-old begins to sleep standing. When he closes his eyes also during the descent, Sergiusz takes him off for a break, and the little one immediately falls asleep on the bench.
After five minutes, he gets up and goes to the lift with new strength. However, he is happy when the classes end. We jump into the gondola and enter the top station to the Panorama restaurant. And in fact, the view here is unbelievable. We are looking at the rocky peaks and paragliders starting to the air from the run-up just below the restaurant.