|Ferienhaus Landegger in Kössen, Austria|
The picture shows our domicile for our stay here. We have two apartments, each consisting of a living room (the three windows right and left behind the balcony), a fully equipped kitchen, a bedroom , and a bathroom. We went for this spacious arrangement to be able to prepare our evening meals at home and be able to sit together over a bottle of wine or three. Each apartment costs 68 euros a night (for two people), which we think is dirt-cheap. The landlady is very nice, and we have a place for our XC skis.
You can tell how much snow there is. It was last week that Kössen received something like three feet of snow, and that was on top of a healthy base layer. The snow conditions are really, really good, even though a thawing trend today (with even a few sprinkles of rain) put a slight damper on things. But tomorrow it's supposed to be sunny again. The trails are amazing: Kössen alone has something like 140 kilometers of groomed trails, and there is no cost to use them. Our ski rentals (skis and boots) run 25 euros a person for three full days. It doesn't get much cheaper or more spectacular.
|Why pay for Alpine skiing when Nordic is free?|
Our B&B has a sauna, and after today's heavy exercise we're about to use it. Seems as if Martha is going to hold out and nurse her sore limbs by means of a power nap. After the sauna we'll once again feast on local cheeses, cold cuts, and the fabulous bread that comes in a never-ending variety of flavors and consistencies. It's awfully cool that M&A's travel style is so compatible with ours as there are never any big discussions about our plans for dinner or what to do. Ah, I love my friends!