Going by double decker coach to Cortina

As almost every year, the family and I went to the Alps for one week skiing vacation in mid February. The preferred choice for us is to go by coach. We can minimise the environmental impact and get less energy use and less carbon dioxide emissions than for example by going by car, air or rail. There is no inconvenient reload of luggage or change of vehicles, simply door-to-door delivery. We also appreciate the time to relax with our friends and travel mates before the skiing starts.

My wife Carina and me (in my infamous long “Zebra coat”) skiing in the Tofano slopes of Cortina d’Ampezzo.

This year we travelled by a double decker coach, unlike previous years. I noticed some double decker drawbacks that were tough to cope with: Firstly, the over four meter high bus moved like a camel and swung from one side to the other in a way that made it really hard to maintain the head in one position, when trying to sleep, secondly the temperature of the rear part of the top floor where I sat, was literally freezing cold (the frost on the inside of the windows added some flavour to the challenge) while the lower floor experienced sauna like temperatures.

We stopped four times for filling up the tank, i.e. more frequent than every 500 km. I don’t know if the frequent tanking was just an excuse for shifting drivers frequently or if it was an effect of little space for the tank and high fuel consumption due to high aerodynamic drag. Do I need to say that it was not a Volvo coach?

I enjoy skiing very much and the skiing in Cortina was excellent. The first five days we had a lot of sun. The temperature stayed below zero and the slopes were hard but there was no ice. In the highs we found some powder. The last two days we got a lot of new snow that added some flavour to an excellent week.

About volvobuses

Adjunct Professor of Catalysis at Chalmers University of Technology. Lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, with my wife and three daughters born in 1991, 1994 and 1997. Is a passionate runner.
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