Ski vacation – Petzen (Feb. 2013)

We’ve been going to Petzen for four years now. It is a small, family friendly skiing destination in the South of Carinthia, very near to the state border between Austria and Slovenia, and we already feel at home here – people are friendly and greet us like old friends, the slopes are small enough for children to conquer them and large enough for us adults to have our skiing fun as well. Our girls go to the skiing school for a couple of hours every day and we ski all together for the rest of the time. There’s always enough snow, the ski runs are well taken care of and, all in all, we are completely happy here.

This year, there’s been a horrible snow storm at the beginning of our ski holiday, so that the upper slopes have been closed for a day and we had to ski on the bottom slopes, which are quite short, so we – and particularly my hubby – got impatient. However, the next day, there was new show plus the Sun, so as it turned out one day of skiing hell was worth the wait. Look at this beautiful scenery.

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A cable car will get you to the Petzen’s best slopes. However, they are not the highest. Another ski lift will get you to the highest ski run and here’s the view from up there.

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The girls are already pretty good skiers; however, each has her own little challenge. The older is afraid of red ski runs and is a particularly careful skier; the younger, on the other hand, is afraid of nothing, runs extremely fast and brings herself into situations that leave me speechless. Or not.

This is our favourite terrace at almost 2000 meters above the sea. Although it was very cold (-10°C!), the hubby and me used to sit there when the girls were attending their skiing lessons. However, when with children, we always went inside. It was so warm and cosy.

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And this is the Hütte (hut) at the bottom end of the mountain. The girls used to eat Wienerschnitzel mit Kaisersemmel and drink their hot chocolate here. And it was mulled wine for us.

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When talking about the huts… Since we’ve been coming here, we’ve been to the Campus Futura (http://www.jufa.eu/unterkuenfte/jufa-bleiburgpliberk-sport-resort.html) hotel twice and a holiday apartment once. This year, we’ve decided not to stay in the nearby town of Bleiburg, but in a hut just three hundred meters from the skiing arena. The place where we’ve stayed is too small to be even called a village, but it was very beautiful and totally peaceful. There have also been some really nice log cabins around us.

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We have stayed in this red beauty.

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Evening view from our window.

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Another favourite winter food of ours is Germknödel. It is dough filled with plum jam and dressed with either hot vanilla sauce or melted butter. Finally, there is a serving of poppy seeds and sugar on the top. After a serving of this meal, you should ski for an extra half an hour, so that it doesn’t stick to your buttom. ;-)

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And, yes, another winter vacation is over. Perhaps we’ll come here next year as well, who knows? It would be for the fifth time in a row. Perhaps we decide to go somewhere else. There is still plenty of time to decide. In the meantime, enjoy these beautiful pics.

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For more information, please visit: http://www.petzen.net/winter/index.php/en/

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