Those were the days.... Decanted from a warm bus onto a freezing car park in Sonthofen in the dark. Find your 3 tonner, climb on and freeze whilst it waited for everyone else to arrive, and then chug up the valley to Gunzesried, sliding all over the place because the driver was crap. Get stuck next to the gasthaus, debus and walk/slide/slip/climb up the hill towards the lights "up there somewhere".
Those were, indeed, the days.... You had to be there!
Thanks to everyone who've replied. The 'exercises' were some of the best times that I had in the army. I remember all the well dressed squaddies wearing jeans leaving blue marks wherever they fell on the slopes, or when falling off the rope when trying to get to the slopes in the morning. And to think that we used to get reimbursed money because it was an exercise. The good old days
One of our civillian drivers was to join us at the ski hut in the CO's mini. After driving all day he arrived late in the night and got caught in the fog/low clouds coming up the valley. Using his better judgement ,he stopped and slept in the car only to find next morning when he woke up, that he was within yards of the ski hut.
Good on ya Harry!
REME Ski Chalet Gunzesried - Sage 1982 - 1987 I was the Chalet Manager during this period and we were open during the summer also.
The tractor survived during my time there and was the subject of local news. Good times. hutboss
Great times there went from brats college and when in BOAR, still skiing and now an instructor because of it. Instructor in xc though which most of the blokes hated. I also remember sking up to the Austrian border.
No, but I stayed in both the Sigiswang RAOC Ski Hut, and the part of General-Oberst Beck Kaserne that the Snow Queen Admin Det was allocated, back in the 70s'. I was part of the RAOC langlauf team. Absolute bugger to get into one of those 3-high bunk beds after a night on the lash.
REME Lodge in Gunzesreid-Sage still very much alive and kicking. Only facility to remain in Bavaria when all the other capbadges rolled over and surrendered to the Adventure Training Group. Old yellow tractor just returned to the great tractor resting place in the sky.