Up to the frozen peak of Kitzsteinhorn

Trip Start Sep 19, 2007
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Trip End Oct 03, 2007


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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

On our second day full day in Austria, we drove a short distance south to the district of Kaprun, and the ski area of Kitzsteinhorn. Even though it was only late September, the main ski lifts were in operation and there were a handfull of skiers and snowboarders hitting the slopes. Although we weren't there to ski, we took the lifts as high as they would go, which turned out to be just below the highest peak at 3,203m. In fact we had to take 3 separate lifts to reach the top: first a small cable car, then a 4-person chair lift, and then a large cable car. And although it was warm and green at the base, it was freezing and snow covered at the top! But the panoramic views it provided us of the sourrounding mountain range and valleys were simply breathtaking!

After descending Kitzsteinhorn, we visited the nearby Mooserboden hydroelectric plant. It consists of 2 dammed reservoirs built high up in the mountains and accessed by narrow roads cut through small tunnels directly in the mountain side as well as an ingeneous platform lift that can carry a fully loaded passenger bus up and down a near vertical mountain slope. The journey to the reservoirs was quite an experience! The reservoirs themselves have to be some of the highest in the world, nearly at the mountain peaks, and filled by an ample supply of snow and glacier runoff. And it was absolutely FREEZING up there! Amazingly, out little boy didn't really fuss about the cold, even though he has spent his entire life living in the tropics of Singapore.
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