I spent last week down-hill skiing in the alps. As we do most years we chose to go by coach; 20 hours from Gothenburg to the Rauris valley in the middle of Austria. I kind of like the time we get to slow down in speed and the concept of meeting our fellow travelers before the fun starts with the skiing safari. The concept includes taking the bus every morning to different resorts, and the modern coaches are really comfortable, silent and pleasant to ride.
This year the Austrian alps showed its best side with plenty of snow. One day it was too much wind and massive snow fall, which closed the road to our valley for some 16 hours. But, who cares when all sloops present fluffy powder wherever you look! My new all mountain skies, of a brand that my sponsor contract prevents me from revealing ;-), were really extremely user friendly and uncomplicated. Now I understand how those offpiste films are made – with the right gears it’s all so much easier.
In Vagrain our bus stopped next to a brand new Volvo 9900 with the Euro V/EEV D13 engine (see picture below). I had a chat with the driver and it turned out that it was on its first trip. The D13 provides a torque and that has made it a winner in the Alps. The I-shift gear box presents a fuel consumption of stunningly low values. Last year was a record year for Volvo coaches in Austria. The rumor of excellent performance has spread rapidly and now the new Volvo coach range has become a winner for small as well as big operators.