Close proximity and wide ranging views: For Andreas and Gaby Feurstein, ski touring in winter is the best way to experience the very best of their home area. To find the sun above the clouds, they joined the author on a tour to the Hirschberg on a foggy winter day.
Heavy fog and minus 9 degrees Celsius: Today the winter weather in the valley is not the kind you’d like to see every day. The car park in the Hütten district of Bizau is easy to find. On the practice slope nearby, a group of kids are taking their first runs and in front of me I can just make out the old Hirschberg chairlift, which was decommissioned some fifteen years ago. Andreas and his sister-in-law Gaby are waiting to greet me. “We’ll need about an hour and half to make the ascent,” says the 35-year-old baker with a confident wink. Let’s get started.