Moritz Ablinger Sport & Outdoor Photography
// Snowmads Travel Balkan // Mazedonia - Kosovo // 2019 //
" you know ... once this Tito guy came, and built a chairlift ... but it only worked one season!"
It all started with an incoming call. We were just about to fit the 4th pair of skis into my car, to go for a morning shred in one of the local ski resorts. The new year had welcomed us with a huge amount of powder, and the snowfall was not showing signs of stopping. What i was expecting was a call from any other local skier, asking for a shuttle to the ski resort. But unlike my believe it was Jules from the Snowmads Crew, asking whether I wanted to join him skiing. But the mountains he started talking about were a little further away then the Austrian Alps. And without hesitation, i agreed to join the crew on a ski-exploring-trip to the Balkans.
"... wooaaahhh, I could never have imagined a better start of the season!"
The first shafts of sunlight softly touch the snow, as we exit the top station of the gondola. It's probabely been the longest 20 minutes gondola ride of our lifes ... as all of us couldn't await getting back onto the skies again, after a long summer. And though we weren't expecting it, we were welcomed with some perfect, untracked powder lines.
"... it feels like we just bought pure freedom ... on four wheels!"
In spring 2018, we finally managed to afford our own home on four wheels. A Volkswagen T5 Transporter 4x4 from 2014 was our vehicle of trust. And it was that sunset, when we parked the van right next to a closed gondola-station, facing the Wilder Kaiser range, that we finally realised what we had gotten ourselves into! The next morning, we were gone again ... leaving nothing but a few footprints and skid marks. And our Roadtrip across the Alps was just the first adventure with this white metal box ... that's for sure!
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