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Review: Odlo Revolution Warm Sports Underwear

This year we purposefully picked a ski resort that was going to be quite a bit warmer than our experiences of the last couple of years. We love Ruka but the thought of skiing in -29 or colder again didn’t make us smile too much, so we opted for Austria instead, where temperatures would be somewhere

Review: Dirty Dog Afterburner Ski Goggles

While you might be able to ski successfully in sunglasses for one day in your week long holiday, you’re going to need a pair of goggles for the other five days to protect your eyes from the snow and make sure you can see your way down the mountain in all kinds of conditions. When

Winter Hiking Fun in the Austrian Alps

I admit I was rather hopeful we’d find time in between all the skiing and eating on our recent trip to Austria to check out one or two of the winter hiking trails in Obergurgl. I’ve been told the walking in the Austrian Alps is quite awesome, and I do like a good mountain view, so

{ Sunday Soliloquy } From the Top of a Mountain

[ so·lil·o·quy – the act of speaking one’s thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers ] Earlier on this week I posted some photographs like this on my various social media accounts with captions along the lines of… From the top of a mountain this afternoon. A beautifully clear day in Hochgurgl

This Season’s Snow Boots

One of the most popular posts on Splodz Blogz at the moment (for at least the last few weeks) is one I wrote a couple of winters ago about my favourite snow boots of the season. I think you’ve all been looking out of your windows at that white sheet of ice that covers the road, cars and

Snow Journey Home

We got home safely last night thanks to three very important things. LincsGeek’s calm and expert driving. Winter tyres on the car. Making the (eventual) decision to stick to minor roads. It was a snow journey. I’m sure you’ve heard lots about, or experienced, the snow storm that hit parts of the UK last night. Not

We’re All Going on a Bear Hunt – Wild West Part Five

Once out of Death Valley, the hottest place on earth, we quickly headed high up into the mountains and into some very different scenery. In the morning we were below sea-level amongst salt flats and white sand, by the evening we were 8,000 feet or so in amongst trees and a whole lot cooler. We

Bring out the Black Boots

Today I went into a shoe shop in town to check how much a pair of black boots I’ve had my eye on were. These boots, by Dr Martens, have been in the store for quite some time – maybe even this time last year – but I’ve been good and have waited until the

Learning to Snowboard with Snozone

Learning to snowboard has been on my list for quite a few years now. Earlier in the year I put it on my list of Goals and Challenges for 2014 to try and make certain that I got around to it after a failed attempt when on my last ski holiday (the “learn to snowboard”

LEJOG in my Spare Room – Finally Finished

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I simply cannot choose. Every challenge, every hobby, every activity seems like a good idea to me. I end up setting myself challenges and targets upon challenges and targets and I simply cannot do everything. The inability to decide one thing over another is tiring!  Earlier in the year, inspired

Tips for Holidaying in Ruka, Finland

Having been to Ruka twice (read my travel posts here, here and here), and knowing that we will be going back sometime, I thought I’d share a handful of tips for having a great winter holiday in the resort. Be prepared with lots of layers. This year we doubled up on thermal base layers and

Ruka for the Second Time

Have you ever enjoyed a holiday so much that you decide to do it all over again? That’s what we decided to do for our ski holiday this season – same country, same resort, same hotel, same week just one year later. Ruka in Finland had such an effect on us that we had no