Morning Symphony: The St. Anton Hill Climb – Angry Little Devils, Aren’t They?


Morning Symphony: The St. Anton Hill Climb – Angry Little Devils, Aren’t They?

High up in the Austrian Alps, to the southwestern area of the country lies St. Anton. When snow is on the ground, St. Anton is a skiing paradise, a world-renowned destination that offers up nearly 5,000 feet worth of vertical between the village and the summit of the peak to traverse at will. And naturally, during the summer months, when the snow melts and the world turns lush and green, there are plenty of other activities to enjoy…you can hike, you can explore the forests, or if you enjoy a bit of noise with your time out in the fresh mountain air, you can catch a hillclimb event, where small, angry little cars shriek and snort their way up through the curving roadways towards the marked finish line two miles away while climbing nearly 700 feet in the process.

The severely high-strung nature of most of the cars that take on hillclimbs in Europe, combined with the picturesque locations, always entices us, leaving us wanting to see this action in person. “Corner Carving” isn’t really something that can be understood until you see and hear these wound-out rockets take to a tight and narrow corner like a scared cat bolting across carpet with claws in full force. The grip is monumental and we’re sure the drivers are getting a fantastic workout as they do their best to keep everything under control!


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