It was very slow going and we were pretty tired to boot. We went in for lunch at the Ulmerhütte around 12:30 and stayed there for quite a long time. We got a nice bench seat and enjoyed bowls of steaming hot speckknödelsuppe (beef broth with ham dumplings). I asked for zwei (two) soups but the waiter apparently didn’t hear me because only one soup showed up. I was halfway through mine before we could flag down the waiter again and order another soup. We were joined by three English guys who were quite awed by the germknödel that I ordered for dessert. It was delicious…a warm steamed dumpling filled with plum jam and covered with melted butter and sweet poppyseed paste. I had to explain what it was to the English guys; they laughed and said, “Oh, so no calories or cholesterol in that, eh?” I said I needed my energy. They admitted that they’d be consuming a lot more calories (of the brewed variety) tonight in St. Anton. We also had hot chocolate again (which is advertised on the menu as the “house drink in Grandma’s mug”). Two of the English guys left before we finished but the third one took his time, saying his buddies were going out to smoke. He said he lived in
After lunch we only skied for another hour or so…it just wasn’t that fun anymore. We decided to try run 17 one more time, although John was skeptical that it would be any better. We could barely make out the lights of a snowcat groomer coming up the hill below us as we started down, and we soon realized we had accidentally made a brilliant choice – we had found a freshly-groomed run! We could just barely make out the grooves left by the snowcat, and enjoyed a few minutes of effortless skiing. Later on we went down run 4, which curves down a narrow valley, bottlenecking into a crazy-narrow chute, and spits you out at the Zammermoos lift (you gotta love the names here). We did run 5 a couple more times before finally deciding to call it an early day. We got back around 3:30, so we still put in about four hours of skiing despite the weather. We had some time to kill before dinner so we decided to watch a movie, which we had brought along for just such circumstances. (We watch our American DVDs on our laptop, using headphones.) We watched Platoon, which I had never seen before. I’m glad I saw it but I don’t need to see it again any time soon.
Dinner (with the house-recommended Moulin à Vent Cru