Get to know an Austrian

Get to Know an Austrian
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Trans Can HigwayGoogle Image Result for (2)photophotophotorodeln01 If you check out my Janury 23rd blog post about my time in Austria called “The Rodelrennen” you will see some funny things that happened along the way there. If you are a skier, at some point you will meet an Austrian. Even if you are not a skier, you will still like the stories of a very passionate and humorous people whose lives revolve around winter sports. As I said in the post, my first experience with the Austrians was on an exchange trip between U.S. and Austrian ski instructors. I was a guest for two weeks in that country and participated in the Rodelrennen(read about it), skied in many areas including the Soelden glacier where the recent World Cup opening races were held, and taught for a week in Kuhtai- a small resort near the Italian border. Witnessing the Hahnnenkamm World Cup Downhill…

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2 thoughts on “Get to know an Austrian

  1. skimeister says:

    Great read Pat. When I lived in Rochester NY we often skied at Snow Ridge in Turin NY.. Rudi Kuersteiner was the Ski School Director there for many years before he went to Whiteface. Otto Fry was the race coach there back then. They both welcomed us as fellow instructors. Fast forward, Rudi was one of my Examiners when I took my Associate Exam at 7 Springs years later.

    Back then there were quite a few Germans and Austrians that skied Snow Ridge. Needless to say we partied with them on a regular basis.

    And Josef Cabe, we had a professional relationship when I was the Operations Manager and Risk Manager at Hidden Valley in the late 80’s/early 90’s. We shared many hearty laughs there and at Ski Shows. If you have not heard his famous Lederhosen joke I will tell it sometime. It is not to be put into print. Fast forward, a few years I had the honor of nominating Josef to the Pennsylvania Snow Sports Museum Hall of Fame.

  2. patmccloskey says:

    Thanks Russ. I had Otto Frei in many a clinic over the years. Good guy.

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