Skiing in Austria

Trip Start Dec 06, 2009
Trip End Feb 05, 2010

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Saturday, January 16, 2010


Well today we got to ski in Austria courtesy of Brett, Sarah, Dax and Holly.

There are many ski fields close to Innsbruck and so we could easily catch a bus to one of the ski fields.  It was actually a regular city bus so the bus had people with skis and people with their shopping and briefcases.  Innsbruck has hosted two winter olympics so is geared up very well for people wanting to ski or any other snow activities.

After sorting out our hire gear and ski passes we hit the slopes.  Ski passes in Switzerland and Austria are small plastic magnetic cards that you just put in your pocket.  Before getting on any lift you go through gates which automatically open for you as you get near enough for them to read your cards.  It saves someone checking them manually all the time.

Although it had not snowed for a few days there was still plenty of cover although a few icy patches presented some challenge.  As the mountains were a lower than Switzerland the scenery was quite different.  There was so much greenery and because the visibilty was great we could look over all of Innsbruck and it's surrounding mountains.  Even the easy runs here can be quite steep and everyone is a pro.  I really need some lessons to fix my technique.  At the moment I look like a loonatic who is out of control, and possibly needs to go to the toilet.

I indulged in some Schnapps and lunch was some classic Austrian Knödel which is dumplings, this time in soup.  Again the runs were long (around 11km for the longest) and I got plenty of burn in my legs!  The resort seemed almost empty which was great and we didn't have to wait for lifts at all.  With the blue sky it was a great day of skiing.  Thanks again to Brett, Sarah, Dax and Holly for the adventure!

After skiing we really wanted to go on the olympic bobsled run.  You are put in a bobsled and a driver takes you down the olympic run at top speed.  Ly wanted to act out the Cool Runnings movie which she loved as a kid but unfortunely it was quite expensive so we had to give it a miss.  Next time!

We caught the bus back into town, grabbed our gear and jumped on the train to Vienna.  A short stay in Innsbruck but worth it for the Skiing.

Luckily we are finding that Austria is cheaper than Switzerland and actually cheaper than Australia.

Our hostel in Vienna was easy to find and again close to the train station which is great because it is freezing here.  The reception girl told us that we are lucky it has warmed up because it was -15 a few days ago.  On arrival we were served with some home made wine which we both politely gagged down before going to our room.  The hostel is OK but the massive hole in our roof is a bit of a worry.  Hopefully no animals come out of it at night!

Looking forward to exploring Vienna.

Daniel + Ly
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Dax on

You are most welcome, i picked the skiing largely because it would be awesome, but also because it reminded me of the last time i skied - which was with Nick and the rest of the gang up on Perisher. I hope you had a blast!

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