Friday, April 1, 2011

Skiing Adventure Bormio/La Motte Day 6-7

We started out at Bormio on Friday, hoping to ski off pista and in the powder.  The winds were strong up top and many of the lifts were closed.  The avalanche danger was high. 
View of Bormio ski area from La Motte

Note avalanches in the snow near the top

We headed over to La Motte mid-morning.  It is more a local/family resort.  The higher areas are serviced by surface lifts, which are affected less by the high winds.

Well I should say, usually surface lifts aren't affected by high winds.  If you look closely at the photo below, you will note the wind blew the cable off the pulley.  I was glad it wasn't a chair lift or gondola that came off the pulley.  I just laughed and side slipped down.  That poma was closed the rest of the day.

The chair lifts were a bit antiquated.

I had a wonderful lunch mid-station on the mountain of fungi polenta and il fermaggio (grits with wild mushrooms and cheese).  A very popular dish in that region.  The food at the resorts was wonderful.  Served on real dishes.


A little post lunch nap at mid-station

La Motte was small by Alps standards, but I would guess as large if not larger than Aspen. We liked it so much we headed back there on Saturday.  It was a nice way to get out of the crowds and winds. We were catching first tracks into mid-afternoon. 

It was a nice way to end the week. We left early Sunday morning to return home.

I want to thank my friends Erik and Barbara for sharing some of their the photos.

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