I met up with Matt Liebsch and the Pioneer Midwest staff in Ramsau, Austria last weekend. They were in Austria to pick skis at the Salomon, Atomic and Fischer factories this week. But before picking skis, you have to get out and ski, right?!
We woke up to a rainy Sunday morning in Ramsau. One of those mornings you don’t even want to step outside there’s so much rain. Fortunately, our host Marianna had hot coffee ready when we arrived at her full breakfast buffet. Eggs cooked to order, warm rolls, fresh fruit, homemade yogurt and chocolate croissants helped with our motivation.
It had been three years since I saw Matt and Adam, owners of Pioneer Midwest, here in Austria. The last time was in August of 2019, before the Covid pandemic stopped international travel and ski picking trips. We hiked up to the Dachstein Glacier, cruised around the rollerski track, discovered fresh blueberry buttermilk at an alpine hut and picked skis at Salomon, Atomic and Fischer. That week was the inspiration for the Lumi Experiences Factory Tour Trip.