I've been walking up from Trafoi village, (1,750m), to the Furkelhutte, (2,550m) a couple of times now and are happy to say I've cut down my time from 2 hours to today's best 1 hour and 15 minutes.
It should be noted that the local heroes do it in 35-40 minutes. The buggers must run up the hill so I have a long, long way to go. The record is 28 mins from the bottom of the ticket booth to the top of the T-bar lift (!)
It is quite a breathtaking walk, literally and physically and on the walk up I always manage to spot some deer, birds, etc.
John's always up first thing in the morning and is having a blast on his board.
The reward up the top is something called Apfelguhmix, basically warm apple drink and it tastes awesome.
After a little rest in the hut I'm normally on my board trying to get a few hours in, before my knees cave in.