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Innsbruck, Austria

So I hit the roads and skies for a few weeks. Innsbruck has always been one of my favorite places to visit, a city of 150,000-ish people squeezed into a narrow valley between mighty mountains. It’s a strategic location, along a river, and at the foot of the Brenner Pass, the lowest pass between Austria and Italy. So there’s more than a hint of Italian flavor, mixed in with a large student population, and all sorts of outdoorsy folks hitting the slopes or trails on their lunch breaks. My kind of town indeed. It has that combination of history and beauty, while remaining a real city with its gritty corners and less beautiful neighborhoods. It’s authentic, in other words, fitting for the main city and administrative center in the Tyrol (Tirol).

I normally take the train, but this time I flew in and out, and having taken 500+ flights in my lifetime, this one is special. The flight paths pretty much graze the Alps at barely over 3000 meters, so you’re really up close and personal with the mountains for the first or last 10 minutes of flight. So here you go, some mountain porn for your viewing pleasure.

On the way in, just past the Zugspitze.

On the way in, just past the Zugspitze.

Around the Germany / Austria border

Around the Germany / Austria border

Also around the Germany / Austria border

Also around the Germany / Austria border

From the Patscherkofel looking up the Stubaital

From the Patscherkofel looking up the Stubaital

No architecture in this post, maybe I’ll write another one about the numerous interesting structures in town, along with some of the urban stuff.

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The Burton Store tour

I’m a Burton window shopping whore. Really. But I’ve bought a total of three things from the stores, a beanie, socks, and a pair of AK pants on discount.

Here’s a photo tour of the Burton Stores I’ve visited so far.

We’ll start in Innsbruck, Austria, where there’s a public bus stop called “Burton Store”. It’s located about two miles from the town center, along busy Haller Strasse, in the office annex part of the European HQ.

IBK, Innsbruck

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Drool! I want to buy everything.

Then it’s across the pond to New York. The store is tiny and cramped, but it’s in one of those nifty Soho cast iron buildings.

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Burton Store, Soho

And over to the City of Big Shoulders, with the very Chicago touch of having a Mies chair next to the board rack. This one’s in the heart of the Michigan Avenue shopping district, and I’d say probably the nicest of the stores I’ve visited.

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Chicago

To the West Coast, isn’t Melrose Avenue synonymous with snowboarding?

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Los Angeles

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And over to the Land of the Rising Sun, with the Tokyo store in trendy Harajuku. This one’s a bit disappointing, quite small, probably the least aesthetically pleasing of the stores I’ve been to.

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Harajuku, Tokyo

Finally, to the heart of Japan, with the Osaka store in frenetic Shinsaibashi. Much nicer than Tokyo’s, spacious and stylish.

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Osaka, Shinsaibashi

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I’m still missing the Vermont flagship store, so that’s still on my list. I like how all of them are different, always full of style, but quite individually decorated. I’d say that the Chicago store gets the nod for best design, the furniture inside is very Chicago, while the entranceway is like a mountain lodge, with plenty of wood. Admittedly, though, the Rockies are pretty far from Chicago.