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Sledging in Bezau

Winter fun with a sledge in Bezau, Vorarlberg, Austria.
Schlittenfahren in Bezau, Bregenzerwald, Österreich.
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Story 1/15,Thu Jan 5 14:31:08 2006, after 0d 00:00:00 Lat:47.399185 Lon:9.933488 Elevation:1627.1 m

Starting at the top station

of the »teleferic Bezau. I turned my GPS on here when leaving the top station of the second section.

The first 500 meters are very steep and need walking. Leave the station to the left and follow the track along the ridge. Paragliders start 20 meters right to the station, also possible during wintertime.
Story 2/15,Thu Jan 5 14:46:33 2006, after 0d 00:15:25 Lat:47.397873 Lon:9.927196 Elevation:1484.3 m
"Baumgarten" is the name of this area.
Story 3/15,Thu Jan 5 14:48:33 2006, after 0d 00:17:25 Lat:47.397545 Lon:9.923512 Elevation:1426.7 m
Walking again...
Story 4/15,Thu Jan 5 14:48:59 2006, after 0d 00:17:51 Lat:47.397522 Lon:9.923348 Elevation:1423.8 m
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the bobsledge and it's pilot
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enjoying the view
Bravely taming the beast, but who is who?
Story 5/15,Thu Jan 5 14:53:42 2006, after 0d 00:22:34 Lat:47.395821 Lon:9.925950 Elevation:1326.5 m
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beautiful valley
Little pauses every now and then.
Story 6/15,Thu Jan 5 14:58:21 2006, after 0d 00:27:13 Lat:47.393402 Lon:9.931162 Elevation:1250.8 m
Reaching the middle station »'Sonderdach' again. The top section wasn't totally convincing because of it's many interruptions.
Here's a restaurant for a little break, what we didn't need. A 5 minutes footwalk to the east follows.
Story 7/15,Thu Jan 5 15:01:20 2006, after 0d 00:30:12 Lat:47.392845 Lon:9.933970 Elevation:1243 m
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view back
Too flat for the sledge.
Story 8/15,Thu Jan 5 15:06:06 2006, after 0d 00:34:58 Lat:47.391075 Lon:9.937208 Elevation:1211.2 m
The real fun starts here...
Story 9/15,Thu Jan 5 15:14:49 2006, after 0d 00:43:41 Lat:47.387604 Lon:9.927743 Elevation:957.5 m
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narrow path
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curves too
Icy, rather steep and narrow path through the woods. Better don't leave the track here.
Sometimes it can be bit hard to control the sledge, especially on ice. Make sure You have tight and robust footwear for good brakes. The bosbsledge had a lever with a metal fork as a brake, what was quite effective on ice.
Story 10/15,Thu Jan 5 15:26:15 2006, after 0d 00:55:07 Lat:47.385246 Lon:9.919792 Elevation:755.9 m
The second section was so much fun that we decided to go for a second run. No other people at the base station, no waiting here. Pay the fees at the middle station.
Story 11/15,Thu Jan 5 15:29:53 2006, after 0d 00:58:45 Lat:47.392452 Lon:9.929892 Elevation:1199.6 m
Leaving the middle station...
Story 12/15,Thu Jan 5 15:32:57 2006, after 0d 01:01:49 Lat:47.392998 Lon:9.930477 Elevation:1271.6 m
Leave the station to the right and follow a broader, rather flat path into the forest.
Story 13/15,Thu Jan 5 15:36:12 2006, after 0d 01:05:04 Lat:47.393284 Lon:9.931778 Elevation:1272.4 m
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the middle station
View back to the middle station, two houses and a chapel. The wires go up to the top station of the second section.
Story 14/15,Thu Jan 5 15:38:59 2006, after 0d 01:07:51 Lat:47.392807 Lon:9.933146 Elevation:1261.7 m
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back on the track
My daughter went a bit off the path and took a deeper dive into the powdry and soft snow (-10°C). Afterwards she had trouble getting back on the track in the hip-deep snow.

She wasn't amused, but I was ;). I always told her not to take my sledge, but she insisted. Well....
Story 15/15,Thu Jan 5 16:02:39 2006, after 0d 01:31:31 Lat:47.385288 Lon:9.920827 Elevation:766.6 m

Summary:

Very recommended and well worth the fee. Omit the top section and leave at the middle station.
Make sure You have tight clothes and good footwear. Don't let children younger than 6 have their own sledge when conditions are icy. Some easy (but in the top section steep) walking required. Could be done faster, but I had to wait for my daughter quite often.

The staff didn't recommend using a bobsledge for my 6 year old child, what turned out to be too cautious.
She had a metal fork brake and a steering wheel, what made it easy for her to control direction and speed. I had a 30 years old conventional wooden sledge, which was quite fast but a bit hard to steer and stop on ice. The second run was much smoother and faster because we then knew the path and conditions.