PAZNAUN PEOPLE #10: HERMINE KURZ

TRISANNA meets up regularly with the people who live in Paznaun. The people who give the landscape its face. And who carry the landscape in their faces. Today: Hermine Kurz. Photos by Philipp Horak.

Name
Hermine Kurz

Age
47

Place of residence
Ischgl

Profession
Hotelier

My favourite place in Paznaun
Unterpardatsch Kapelle

What’s so special about this place?
An absolute haven of peace

My favourite expression in the Paznaun dialect?
Tschutali (dummy)

 My favourite meal?
Paznaun marende – mid-afternoon snacks

Homemade?
Made by Paznaun farmers

Skiing or snowboarding?
Skiing

Hiking or mountain-climbing?
Hiking

Best ski run: when, where and why?
March 2016, Piz Val Gronda to the Heidelberger Hut, perfect corn snow
with a stop in my favourite hut

Favourite Paznaun peak?
Ballunspitze (2 671 m)

And in the wider world?
Drachenwand in the Salzkammergut (1 176 m)

Three reasons why life in Paznaun is better than anywhere else?
I live where other people come on holday. Paznaun is not too big.
And because the people here are the way they are.

Describe Paznaun in one word:
Traditional

Describe the Paznauners in one word:
Stubborn

What’s a typical Paznaun characteristic?:
Very connected to their homeland

How has Paznaun changed throughout your lifetime?
For better or for worse?
Despite globalization most of the family businesses have stayed.
The standard of living for the people in the valley has improved hugely
thanks to the continual growth of tourism.

Your greatest wish for the future?
To go through life with a smile in my heart.