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Ortovox Free Rider 16 at the Zugspitze

Skiers and snowboarders alike know how important a good backpack is. Having the capacity to bring water, supplies or extra layers is essentials for skiers who want to go all day. We just tested a Freerider 16 backpack from Ortovox (www.ortovox.com). We brought the backpack up to the highest mountain in Germany, the Zugspitze (zugspitze.de). Located about an hour from Munich and the town of Garmisch-Partenkicken sits at it’s base. The Zugspitze has a long association with snow sports, it was the host of the 1936 Winter Olympics. The Zugspitze some fantastic views of the Austrian / Germans alps and it’s peak stands at 2,962m tall.

But enough about the testing location, what about the backpack ?

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Sizes for ski boots

If you’re heading to the slops this year you might find the chart that’s below handy. Traditionally sizing for ski boots was done with the Mondopoint scale. Mondopoint shoe size scale is actually the ISO standard which “is based on the mean foot length and width for which the shoe is suitable, measured in millimetres.”
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But in case you are not used to the Mondopoint scale, we have put a lookup chart to translate it in to all the other popular scales.

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Skiing in Co. Down

mourne-mountainsThis video has been doing the rounds this weekend, of a few lads (and a dog) skiing in the Mourne Mountains over Easter. The peak, Slieve Donard, which is at 850m looks to have gotten quite a few inches of fresh powder. The hike up did look quite exhausting, and not for the faint hearted. The also attempt a decent of Slieve Bearnagh, 727m, on the north side near the 4 minute mark, which looks quite amazing. It’s always great to see these videos showing that it is indeed possible to ski in Ireland.

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Skiing in Glencoe, Scotland

Here is a quick review from Declan Doherty, one of our readers who sent in his trip report on how he got from Dublin to Glencoe, Scotland. By organising a ferry through and travelling through Northern Ireland he was able to realise his dream ski holiday with his kids at an affordable price.

Skiing for the first time with my family in Scotland

Taking 2 adults and 4 children for a week in the Alps is an expensive proposition, worse still, what if they didn’t like it ?

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Skiing in SkiWelt, from Cork via Munich

Here is a quick review from Martha, one of our readers who sent in her trip report on how she got from Cork to SkiWelt, by organising everything herself. Organising your holiday gives you more flexibility and can save quite a bit from package holidays.

Cork to Munich to Wörgl

The Cork flight (booked in Sept. cost around €200) landed around 11am on Saturday morning and we followed the green S signs through the airport to the S Bahn station. The world’s most pleasant and helpful staff sorted us out with our Bayarn Karte purchase , as well as the additional supplement to travel from Kufstein (the end of the ‘Bayarn Karte zone’) to Wörgl. The total train journey cost around €50-for all four if us on one ticket-then took around 2 hours. We changed at Munich Ostbahnhof, Rosenheim and Kufstein. It was a really easy journey- all of the connections were straightforward, no panic or rushing!

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Ski Amadé, Austria

ski-amadeSki Amadé is Europe’s largest skiing area

Located in Austria, the Ski Amadé (http://www.skiamade.com/en/winter)is the largest skiing area in Europe with approximately 280 lifts and almost 900 kilometers of slopes. The Ski Amadé consists of five individual regions, in surrounds 28 villages are located.

The Ski Amadé, is a widely known area, and is famous for its annual events in Flachau, Planai,
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where they host the skiing World Cup. In fact it was in Schladming that Lindsey Vonn crashed out in spectacular fashion last week.