Dolomites – Stella LS-7904

Travels with Switzer: The Roads of Europe

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Patrick Switzer IDF tour


A race tour can bring a lot of experiences to the traveling skater.

Looking at the continental World Cup race series for downhill skating, the major travels are in North America (early summer), Europe (summer), and South America (fall). Each has its own exciting highlights and difficulties with various cultural understandings for our diverse mix of international people to go through.

Kaunertal - Top Section


When it comes to travel style alone, the NorAm is possible, but difficult to be traveled by vehicle, and SouthAm is nearly impossible to drive and must be flown from location to location.

Kaunertal - Foggy Cow Corner

In Europe, load a car with good friends, road tunes, and a big ‘ole box of wheels! With only hours between each country and each mountainous region the time spent between race to race opens large opportunities for fun.

About to get rad

About to get rad

Personally, the times I have done the “tourist thing” in Europe, I realize I’d rather see old stuff when I’m old, than while my knees still ache for skating, not replacement.

The Dolomites

The Dolomites

Thus for my fifth year on the Euro tour our car has climbed and dropped incredible amounts of vertical distance. This year’s in-between travels have been spent in Austria, Italy, France & Switzerland.
Dolomites - Pordoi Upper Stacked Hairpins-7897
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Here is only a sample of the beautiful roads we skated and the ankle inspiring views we enjoyed.
Dolomites - Pordoi LS-7894
Dolomites - Peaks LS-7864
Dolomites - Peak 180 LS-7838
Dolomites - Halfway Section-7814
Dolomites - Halfway Section Tweak-7821
Dolomites - Hairpin Layers-7886
Dolomites - Camping View-7741
Bonnette - Military Corners-8840
Bonnette - Middle Section-8836
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