If You want to ski on Shlick2000:
Tschaffinis Umgebung 26 Fulpmes, Stubaital, Tirol,
www.schlick2000.at, +43 (0) 5225 62321.
1 day ski passes: od €18,17 do €32,70 (ADT); od €9,50 do €16,70 (CHD); children up to 10 yrs free of charge.
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.
The Panorama restaurant on the top station of Schlick ski resort is really cool. Self-service and affordable for the family. It is warm, so we go out to the terrace, bathed in the sun, with dazzling views, where skiers rest while sipping Grüner Wetliner. After two hours of hard work on the slope, with the tops of skis formed in “Pizza! Pizza!”, there can be no other order. Willi, getting better and better in speaking German after four days in Austria, orders for himself a homemade pizza (whole) and another one for us (in halves). We take salads – delicious, traditional Kartoffelsalat and rucola, sprinkled with Kernöl, essential pumpkin seeds oil from Styria.
After dinner, we practice downhill skiing, then Willi plays with children climbing the snow pyramid. It is wonderful, full sun, colored parachutes swirling overhead, next to rocky mountains. We sit on the sun loungers with a glass of champagne, the “Anton aus Tirol” – the biggest Après-ski hit – sounds from the loudspeaker, and we feel like the kings of life. We change on the slope – I ride down a gentle blue route and return with a chairlift, then Sergiusz goes down straight a black direttisima and returns to the top.
– You know, darling, I really like it here, because it’s like my hometown, Zakopane. There are high mountains, beautiful ski runs, ski slopes in the forest, only everything is bigger and better – says my husband.
The sun was getting lower and lower, so I and Willi went down the gondola – though he wanted to put the skis on and ride down the slope “by myself” long three-kilometer downhill ride to the lower station. But we agreed that we’ll have a race – me and Willi in the gondola and Sergiusz skiing. On the way, we looked at colorful paragliders in the sky and tracks of forest animals in the snow.
We came back to the hotel tired and happy. We will regenerate like every evening in the sauna and swimming pool. Because new attractions will be waiting tomorrow. After all, the Stubai Valley is not just skiing. If You want to ski on Shlick2000:
If You want to ski on Shlick2000: