My favourite activity in the alps |

For my favourite activity in the alps I will have to differentiate between winter and summer, otherwise I really cannot decide which one to choose. There are some fantastic activities on offer in this natural playground.

For the winter activity I will name ski touring. I grew up in the alps and learnt skiing at the age of 3, so it has been quite a thing for most of my life. I started ski touring last year, as it basically combines my two favourite things to do in the mountains, namely skiing and hiking and it has become my number 1 activity for the winter season. It is just amazing on so many perspectives, mostly the remote nature, the landscape, the peaks that you can climb, the joy you can share with the group that took the challenge with you and finally of course, the awesome off-piste runs with powder and potential first lines all around. Even though I have not been a great freeriding enthusiast before I started ski touring, I really enjoy it now increasingly with every ski tour. The beauty about it is also that it can basically be done everywhere, as long as the avalanche level gives you the safety to do. I think it is also a great activity for groups, especially for advanced skiers, who want to try something different. It will be challenging for sure and working together, motivating each other, and finally the feeling of reaching your goal together is priceless and a great way to really get to know people!

On the other hand my favourite summer activity will be hiking. I’d say that it is also particularly suitable for groups, as working together and motivating each other during challenging situations is really a key to success. I remember as a child I always had to go hiking with my parents and at one point I really didn’t appreciate it anymore, but as I got older and met people that are very enthusiastic about hiking, I really started to enjoy it again. There is no better feeling than reaching the peak of a mountain that you’ve been looking at a few hours before thinking: “how on earth will I ever get up there?”. The landscape, the peacefulness and the amazing views never fail to impress. It even gets better when sharing this experience with friends or colleagues, of course not disregarding the well-deserved Schnapps or so-called “Gipfelhalbe” on top :) Enjoy your alpine activities!

View of Lake Achensee, Austria from a walking trail.
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