If we do this right, we can just dispense with the skiing altogether. Forget the icky snow, the yucky cold, and the unforgiving tyranny of clean air. We’ll just ride up and down in BMW’s new luxury gondola cars, swathed in veal-leather comfort, and sip zinfandels while listening to Yanni on the surround sound. Only we’ll have to do it in Hochzillertal, Austria, site of the first of these Series 7-inspired gondola cars.
Hochzillertal has 181 kilometers of trails, not that we’ll need them. But it will give us something to look down upon as we float over the Osterreich alpine, satisfied that our money was well spent.
But I mock. Absurd as it is to swath a ski gondola with leather from BMW limousines, the special luxury package might actually be a smart bet. For 150 Euros, about $190, you get two-day lift tickets for two people and line-cutting privileges. That’s actually 26 Euros less than standard two-day passes, plus — are you ready for this? — you get brunch, a commemorative Alpine Grooves CD (Volume 4!), and use of a waterbed at Hochzillertal’s Sun Lounge.