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Ischgl

We had two fabulous weeks skiing in Ischgl – a resort that sits on the Austrian/Swiss border. We were joined for the first week by our Port Macquarie friends Mel and Dave (who had also been on a UK working holiday) and as we couldn’t really think of anything better to do for the second week, we just stayed. It was great!

We had beautiful bluebird conditions for almost every day for two weeks! Unfortunately the snow slowly degraded, though there were two welcome dustings during the fortnight, which were pretty great considering how early in the season it was. Our legs were pretty knackered by the end!

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Stubai Glacier

What a wonderful week we have had here in Tyrol, Austria! We met up with our friend Ash in Innsbruck before making our way to the small alpine village of Neustift, about 20 mins from the ski resort Stubai Glacier. So many highlights:
Skiing! We enjoyed five days on the slopes of Stubai Glacer, although the weather was a little hit and miss we were lucky enough to get two stunning bluebird days. The snow quality and the long, scenic runs were super impressive.
-Austrian hospitality – we feel like we struck gold with our little Austrian guesthouse, Haus Hoferwirt. Situated in the heart of the town, we enjoyed the friendly hosts and 4 or 5 course meals each night, often with a bit of after-dinner entertainment (think dancing bears, traditional costumes and cross dressing grandmas)
-Sauna – another perk of our guesthouse was the Finnish sauna. Every afternoon after a hard day on the slopes we relaxed in the amazing 65 degree heat!
-Cross country skiing – unfortunately when the weather was no good on the glacier, we decided to give cross country skiing a go. There were some beautiful trails along the valley, so as we embarrassed ourselves we took in some beautiful scenery along the way.
-Tobogganing – another expedition for poor weather! We caught the gondola up from right in the village and wrestled the toboggans down the mountain. Personally I wasn’t impressed, but Dan and Ash loved flying down the hill, kicking up snow and sliding off around corners.