A few weeks ago I took my first shot at learning how to ski in Obergurgl, Austria. It was an awesome adventure. It was also a smudge easier than I expected. Probably in large part due to the awesome private instructor the local tourism board provided for my trip. It made one thing very clear though. Skiing is challenging, but snow boarding? Good luck strapping both of my feet together and getting me on one. Which leaves me that much more impressed by the incredible shows of acrobatics I saw from snowboarders and skiers on the slopes above Innsbruck during a locally organized ski and snowboarding competition. This photo is of one of the competitors and highlights what an incredible day it was. I was captivated watching them jump, spin, turn, and launch themselves through the air. In many ways it reminded me of watching a gymnastics performance….only strapped to long objects and done on snow and in 10 pounds of winter gear. Truly fantastic! Make sure to head over to flickr to see the rest of the album.
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