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      12-19-2009, 06:26 PM   #1
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BMW Winter Training @ Sölden / Austria

Hi all!
Today I returned from a very nice trip to Sölden / Austria
I attended a BMW Winter Training from Wednesday to Friday and want to share some pics with you. I guess many of you know already the different BMW Trainings, so this is probably nothing new.. but maybe I can surprise some of you.

We had to handle a slalom track, braking, braking + lane change, drifting and 180° switch with the 330i on the first day and the second day we were driving up the hill with the X5 on closed roads, totally covered with snow..
But the coolest part was the drifting exercise with the 330i

So.. enough of talking, here are the pics.. hope you like them

View at the Autobahn (Austria.. max. speed 130 km/h )


The hole group stayed at the Central Spa Hotel Sölden.. notice the ///M sign!


Driving up the mountain the other day


View from the road


The training area @ 2.800 Meters (~ 9.000 FT)


Ready to start


Parking in front of a restaurant


Already time to leave.. no more sun available


If the tail is totally covered with snow, the drifts were perfect.. unfortunatly i failed a bit..


Ok.. and since there is NO 1series pic, here is a pic of my 135i in front of the car wash. The tail was covered with salt and looked more white than black..



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If someone wants to know additional informations, just start asking

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looks like a fun time!

what did they have you doing in the course?
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      12-19-2009, 07:12 PM   #3
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That looks like a bloody blast. Hows that diffusor holding up in the saltiness?
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      12-19-2009, 09:45 PM   #4
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Nice pictures! That looked like a good time.
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      12-20-2009, 08:54 AM   #5
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what did they have you doing in the course?
We had to handle a slalom track, braking, braking + lane change, drifting and 180° switch with the 330i on the first day and the second day we were driving up the hill with the X5 on closed roads, totally covered with snow..
But the coolest part was the drifting exercise with the 330i

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Hows that diffusor holding up in the saltiness?
Till now quite well, but its his first winter and if the roads are permanently in that "salt" conditions i may have to visit the car wash a little bit more than last year...

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Nice pictures! That looked like a good time.
I can only highly recommend it to everyone who is able to take part in such a training.
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      12-22-2009, 01:01 PM   #6
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how did you sign up for this?
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Wow, that looks like a ton of fun.
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Wow! That looks like SO much fun!


Imagine how the 335i would had felt up there in that elavation.


Way cool man!
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that does look like so much fun
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Pretty cool, i've done this last year but in MUCh worse conditions! )

here are my pics.


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An LCI 330i???
+1 i noticed that too
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An LCI 330i???
330 is available in other markets, but not in the US/Canada.
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That's really cool Chris, congrats!!!
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Hi ChrisM135i

Looks fun, Did you notice the tyre setup on the 330i's?
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how did you sign up for this?
BMW offers the hole winter period from December till March the Winter Trainings.. besides Sölden, there is also a 1-day Training at Lungau (Austria) offered. You just have to sign up at the german BMW side (http://www.bmw.de/de/de/insights/dri.../overview.html).

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Yes, the 330i is still available here in Europe.. we have the ranking: 325 - 330 - 335 (i only included six-cylinder). The 330i with its 272hp is the standard vehicle for the Sölden Winter Training.

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Did you notice the tyre setup on the 330i's?
Yes, it was 225/40 R17 all around..!
The car handeld very well with that tyre setup.. thats also a reason why i want to switch to this winter tyre setup with my 135i at the next winter season.
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320what: Where was your Winter Training..? Doesnt look like a mountain area..

all: I am very happy that you really like my pics and that this thread was also voted for the Bimmerpost main page..! Thx very much!
Here are a few more pics.. also with pics in motion. Today i received a CD with these pics. They were taken by my teammate (always two men on one car) with his DSLR. Hope you enjoy it also..

First of all, another great pics from the gorgeous landscape



Breaking with the goal to stop before you reach the red pylon


180° switchback



Slalom parcours including drifting




Last pic.. me and "my" 330i M-JV-4699
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I'm thinking about signing up... basically I'm debating whether I should save the $795+tax and put it towards a summer driving course (like the Advanced course). Would you say it's really worth it?
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hey chris beneide dich um die schönen tage

really sick pics. lot of fun and probably a great experience. i should come back to rettenbachferner to renew my experience years ago
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I'm thinking about signing up... basically I'm debating whether I should save the $795+tax and put it towards a summer driving course (like the Advanced course). Would you say it's really worth it?
Definitely YES!
IMHO its much more better than the summer training i attended till now. The exercises are pure fun in the snow and the landscape, training-programm etc. made the two days perfect..!

In short words like Nike says: Just do it!
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