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Austrian travel writer specialising in winter and skiing features

Andreas Hofer, the Austrian resistance fighter who for many years led rebellion against the great conqueror Napoleon, was finally executed by a firing squad in Mantua. 200 years later he is born again - to become a winter travel writer. His solo journeys take him to endless snow fields and barren deserts, to grand glaciers and awe-inspiring peaks, to forlorn islands and empty beaches, to far and remote mountain villages sleeping under pillows of silent snow.

And yet, the landscapes he visits are never void of people. Shepherds, nomads, hunters, villagers, herders, migrant peddlers, soldiers, merchants and beggars tell their story and the tale of their land, their ancestors, and their hope. He believes in travels necessitated by inquisitiveness and human curiosity; his journeys strife to reveal the unexpected, in both far away places and in front of one’s own doorstep.

His heroes are all those writing men and women who succeeded in scrutinising the world without shades, and who saw the richness of life in the most humble places: Ryszard Kapuscinski, Gustav Krist, Ella Maillart, Eric Newby, Henry Miller, Peter Fleming, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Byron, Lafcadio Hearn, old Herodotus, Wiktor Sarianidis, Venedikt Erofeev, Graham Greene, Arthur Koestler, Irfan Orga, Rockwell Kent, Fitzroy Maclean, or, most recently, Rory Stewart, Redmond O’Hanlon, Asne Seierstad. His features appear in Conde Nast Traveller, Ski & Board, and various in-flight magazines, his cultural reviews daily for many years in Austrian newspapers.

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Austria

Ski+board / September 2022

'Austria'

A less stubborn skier than me would have ended the ski season of 2021/22 on a high in December. And I am not talking Covid lockdowns here. Snowfall in the first week of December in Arlberg was bounteous: in three days three metres of snow plunged everything from lift pylons to traffic lights deep under the lightest powder west of Hokkaido. As the season carried on, plentiful snowfall became a rarity. Still, I had two days of nice powder over Christmas and the New Year in Schladming, plus two days of seriously enjoyable snow during my week in Courchevel. But I’m talking four days...Read more

 


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