PAZNAUN PEOPLE #3: MARTIN MATTLE

TRISANNA meets up regularly with the people who live in Paznaun. The people who give the landscape its face. Today: Martin Mattle. Photos: Philipp Horak

Name:
Martin Mattle

Age:
25

Place of residence:
Mathon

Profession:
Salesman, several-time Austrian champion in mountain running

My favourite place in Paznaun:
The Larein valley near Mathon

What’s so special about this place?
It’s a relatively unspoiled valley with the Larein Alm mountain pasture

My favourite expression in the Paznaun dialect:
Hariss (a steep path)

My favourite meal:
Beef roulade

Homemade?
Made by my mum

Skiing or snowboarding?
Skiing

Hiking or mountain-climbing?
Mountain-climbing

Best ski run: when, where, and why?
Valzurtal. Skiing down from the Friedrichshafner hut in spring 2014.
It isn’t often possible to do it, as the conditions have to be perfect!

 Favourite Paznaun peak?
Hohes Rad (2.934m) in Silvretta.

And in the wider world?
Motta di Sotto (1.720m) in the Val Chiavenna, Italy

Three reasons why life in Paznaun is better than anywhere else?
Mountains. Friends. Family.

Describe Paznaun in one word:
Homeland.

Describe the Paznauners in one word:
Workaholics.

What’s a typical Paznaun characteristic?
Difficult to get to know at first. But then friends for life.

How has Paznaun changed during your lifetime?
Probably not so much for me as a fairly young person as for older people.

Your greatest wish for the future?
To take better care of nature and to remain fit.