Skied three ski resorts in two countries on 31st March. Skiing in the Austrian Tyrol then flying from Germany to Colorado where he skied on both sides of the Continental Divide in Loveland then Keystone.
Kern's ski epic began on the evening of March 30th with his arrival at the 2147m high Kristallhuette at Hochzillertal in the Tyrol. As a good omen, it began snowing.
After less than five hour's sleep, Kern's long day began at 4.45am on the 31st with first tracks carved on the fresh snow at 5.25 am with 1000m of vertical covered by 5.46am. Half an hour later and the 182km drive to Munich begins. Thanks to liberal maximum speed laws in Germany, Kern was able to average 120kmph (75mph) and arrive at Munich airport at 7.31am in time to catch the maiden Lufthansa flight from Munich to Denver at 9.30am, European time, just as most of the continent's ski lifts were opening for the day.
Another good omen, the flight is ten minutes early and entry formalities are fast and easy. But alas the ski bag is delayed 30 minutes, finally arriving at 12.55 and another hour is spent getting through the Hertz car rental process. But it's only a 70 minute drive to Loveland with arrival at 3.10pm at 3743m. The sunny weather in Denver has been replaced by a blizzard with 0-20C wind chill but Kern rides chair 2 and 4 then skis down to The Ridge Quad which could lift him to 3871m, one of the world's highest lifts, but unfortunately the strong winds meant it was not in service.
At 4.15pm (past midnight back home in Germany) Kern was back in his rental car and off to Keystone for night skiing, taking the road via the Loveland Pass, passing Arapahoe Basin and arriving at 4.51pm, skiing from 6.05pm after checking in to his accommodation. He finished his day's skiing a little after 8pm, almost 24 hours after first skiing down from the Kristallhuette at Hochzillertal.