365 SKI­ING IN HIN­TER­TUX AT THE PENZION CHRISTINA

A friendly ho­tel and great des­ti­na­tion for sum­mer or win­ter ski­ing

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The Hin­ter­tux Glacier is Aus­tria’s only ski re­sort with groomed pistes open 365 days of the year. That means it’s a pop­u­lar train­ing ground for pro­fes­sional skiers and na­tional ski teams. But it’s also a good des­ti­na­tion for any­one want­ing to get in a lit­tle out- of-sea­son prac­tise. And in the win­ter, the glacier merges with the moun­tains of Ziller­tal to of­fer 199km of pistes ac­ces­si­ble with one ski pass. Nes­tled in the val­ley be­low is the vil­lage of Hin­ter­tux and the Penzion Christina. This cosy ho­tel of­fers spec­tac­u­lar views of the moun­tains as well as a warm wel­come, a comfy bed and the per­fect pre-ski break­fast. christina- hin­ter­tux. at

I WAS MAK­ING PROGRESS. BY THE BOT­TOM OF THE RUN, I’D MADE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL, AND MY SPIR­ITS RAISED

mak­ing progress. By the bot­tom of the run, I’d made it to the next level.

My spir­its raised, I headed back to the top of the same slope and gave it an­other go. In fact, I gave it an­other few goes, be­cause each time I man­aged to progress to the next level un­til I was at 14. It was time to switch back to Free Ses­sion mode and see how my ski­ing had im­proved. My score was up to 111 – now we’re talk­ing.

I found us­ing Carv pretty ad­dic­tive, but there were times when I wanted it to give me more in­for­ma­tion. In­stead of be­ing told to keep my feet a hip’s width apart, for in­stance, I wanted to know if Carv thought my feet were too close or too far apart, and when I hit a lump of crud and nearly face-planted but re­cov­ered, I was wait­ing for some praise. I men­tioned this to Jamie, and he got pretty ex­cited be­cause he’s plan­ning on in­creas­ing the level of com­mu­ni­ca­tion in the fu­ture.

One of the great things about Carv is that it’s fed by ma­chine learn­ing. Ev­ery turn that’s made with a Carv unit cre­ates more data that’s gath­ered and used to make im­prove­ments. It’s al­ready an ex­cel­lent de­vice, but I’m pretty ex­cited about what it could be­come over the com­ing sea­son.

With the Carv in­sole fit­ted, you can slot the pack with the trans­mit­ter and bat­ter­ies to the out­side of your boot, where you can’t feel it at all

BE­LOWYou can re­view use­ful met­rics on your phone be­tween runs

BOT­TOMIt is, ad­mit­tedly, help­ful to have an as­sis­tant for all your boot-fit­ting tech needs

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