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Old 05-29-2007, 08:36 PM
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I was wondering what you thought of the 335xi since it sounds like you got to drive in some inclement weather.
On the Grossglockner, when it was snowing/raining, the fog was so bad I had to keep the speed low.

On the Kaunternal trip, it was raining steadily on the way up the valley, but visibility was fine. I was also the only one on the road. There are 39 switchbacks (I find it interesting they're numbered). I pushed the car very hard in the corners and I couldn't get the car to skid. Although both up and back gave me 78 sharp corners to practice on, I bet a better driver could get the car to break loose. But that point was well beyond my comfort level. Again, I'm no expert driver.
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I just found out the car was booked today on the Madame Butterfly to arrive at Port Hueneme on July 2
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Old 05-29-2007, 09:31 PM
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BimmerFUD,
Excellent write up and pictures. You took a similar trip to what I am trying to plan. I leave June 13th to pick up E90 335i. Now after reading your trip and seeing your pictures, I'm getting very excited.

One stop on my list is the Hintertuxer glacier to try to do some snowboarding. Through the help of others on this board, I've discovered they are open 365 days/year.
Were you in this area of Tirol and can you make any recommendations on places to stay? You mentioned many hikes, but curious if you attempted skiing.
I'm wrestling with just driving to that particular area and trying to find a local place to stay one night, or spend 2 nights in Innsbruck and use it as a staging area.

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Jay, thanks. The Hintertux glacier is at the end of the Tuxertal. So it's a short drive up the valley ("tal") from Finkenberg and slightly longer from Mayrhofen. There are many places to stay in this valley, but it was hard to find them on the internet.

Like I mentioned, I stayed at Leonhard Stock's Olympia Hotel in Finkenberg:

http://www.olympiahotel.at/

This was a great place and of course Leonhard and his son knew all about the skiing conditions. He told me that they had just gotten 20cm of snow on the glacier the day before I arrived. I'm not sure what Leonhard will think of a knuckle dragger...err...snowboarder, though

There were several skiers staying at the Olympia when we were there.

On this board, someone else suggested the Sport Hotel Stock (there's a lot of families with the name Stock in Tuxertal):

http://www.sporthotel-stock.com/

It was booked when I was planning my trip.

Good luck and I look forward to your trip report!

[a couple posts back, "Kaunternal" should be Kaunertal ]
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What Camera did you use? A few of those photos are absolutely fantastic.
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The camera is a Canon PowerShot S30, which is very simple point-and-shoot that's a few years old. I don't like it. To me, the glacier/snow shots are generally bad, as it's hard for me not to overexpose the snow. I'm no photographer, but thanks, spinnaker.
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excellent stuff, thanks for the hotel links, I got a place to stay now!

will report back in a few weeks!
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