The start of a road trip

27-03-2019

You know that feeling when you're on such an adventure that you just have to write it all down because you're afraid to forget everything? Well, that's the case for me at the moment, time for a new blog!

While writing this blog it's my 17th day traveling through the Alps, and for the most part the Italian Alps to shoot video for Wintersport.nl. To be super specific: South Tyrol. And before you ask, yes South Tyrol is a part of Italy, not Austria. We started our trip with 1 week traveling to Ski Juwel, Bad Gastein and Sport Gastein in Austria and then went towards the ski resort of Drei Zinnen to kick off our 3 week journey through the Italian Alps.

I knew beforehand that this week was going to be special. The Dolomites where on my travel list for such a long time and although I've visited some parts of the region, I really wanted to visited the heart of the Dolomites for once. So we started off in the resorts of Drei Zinnen and Kronplatz which I visited before during holidays. We had tons of fresh powder on the first day at Drei Zinnen, so the start of the trip couldn't be better. Turn after turn we had massive snow sprays and smiles from ear to ear. Although this part of the Dolomites have some unique mountains, it's not the "real thing" in my opinion. But the views where still breath taking.

Drei Zinnen Dolomiten - Rene Sebastian

In Kronplatz we visited the Messner Mountain Museum which is famous for it's architecture and Lumen which is a mountain photography museum which was a pleasant surprise and made great use of natural light. Not to forget restaurant "Alpinn" nextdoor which has a very unique location and a spectacular view while having lunch.

Messner Mountain Museum - Kronplatz - Rene Sebastian

Lumen - Kronplatz - Rene Sebastian

After Kronplatz we took the scenic route towards St. Cristina via the Gardena pass which gave me the first glances on how insanely beautiful the Dolomites really are. We started off in the nice and quite resort of Seiser Alm which has vast views on several mountain faces. After 3 days I became jealous on the South Tyrolian way of skiing. To give you an idea: around 9am you start your ski day, around 10/11am you have your first "aperativo", you eat some, you drink some and enjoy the sun, relax for a bit. Then you continue skiing and around 1pm you go for lunch until.... 3pm-ish? Skiing is just not the main focus and I love it! It's way more about enjoying your day and relax. Personally I think lots of people can learn from that mentality ;-)

Slope food... Rene Sebastian

When the night fell I just couldn't resist, I toke the car and drove up some higher up lookout points and took some long shutter speed shots. They came out with this, sort of, daylight look because of the full moon, but I like them for that reason. From that moment on I fell in love with these mountains...

Selva by night - Rene Sebastian

Val Gardena by night - Rene Sebastian

Val Gardena by night - Rene Sebastian

That's it for now. I will be updating the blog about this trip during summer, when I'm in desperate need of snow photos ;)

*All images taken with the Leica CL with Elmarit-TL 18 f/2.8 and Voigtlander Nokton 35mm F1.4 SC

The start of a road trip
The start of a road trip
The start of a road trip
The start of a road trip
The start of a road trip
The start of a road trip
The start of a road trip
The start of a road trip
The start of a road trip
The start of a road trip
The start of a road trip
The start of a road trip
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