During the first week of the Easter holiday, I went on a school trip to Austria with some of my closest friends. After a long and tiresome journey, the adventure and fun finally began.
Day 1| The Long Road Ahead
This was the start of a wonderful adventure to come, but boy there was a long journey ahead. After packing the suitcases in the coach it was time to drive to Austria. We set off at 9.30am, and arrived down in Dover for 14.00. The boat journey across the English Channel was a welcome break. We traveled for the rest of the day and through the night.
Day 2| Still Travelling
After a rough and uncomfortable night of travelling I awoke to the beautiful views of Germany in the early hours of the morning. It was lovely to see the soaring mountains covered in snow. After a full 24 hours of travelling the coach arrived in Altenmarkt. After getting fitted in the ski boots and the ski’s it was time to find our home for the week. We got settled into our Hotel and explored the town later that day.
Each meal at the hotel was either served at the dinner table or with the option to collect salad or additional food items. It offered a variety of food options.
Day 3 | The Slippery Slope
This was the first official day of skiing. It was such an unusual feeling at first, soooo slippy but also quite awesome to be learning the basics of skiing. I was sliding all over the place and fell a few times. We did a few small runs at the end of the day, practising everything we had learnt so far. The food from the restaurant on slope was so delectable. A really hearty meal after a morning of skiing.
Day 4| Going up the Mountain
This was the Second Day Skiing for the group. We were sent up the mountain with the instructor to try more challenging trails. It was so difficult to remember everything we had learnt, to then put it into practise. My muscles were so weak by the end of the day. Thankfully the evening activity was a trip to a local swimming pool. The heated salt water outside was so lovely during the evening as I watched the sun set and the stars come out. It was so relaxing.
Day 5| Nighttime Adventures
This day I went to a different group which focused more on technique. This was a welcome break on my legs. The weather was also much cooler than previous days when the temperature hit 21 degrees. Definitely a time to be layering up a bit more. We had another evening activity that night, with a mountain roller coaster ride.
I’ve uploaded a YouTube video of the rollercoaster so feel free to check it out. It was such a fun experience, so much so me and my friend went twice down the tracks. Since we had half an hour to spare the group went to a Bouncy Castle Park where we had free reign of all the inflatables. This was a great end to another awesome day.
Day 6| Changing Scenery
The whole group went to a different mountain range which was higher up in the valley. Zauchensee would be our skiing location for the next two days. It was so beautiful here with more snow coverage across the slopes and a lovely view across the mountains. The weather this day was so warm and sunny, it was a weird combination with the cold snow. Once the day had come to an end there was a good old fashioned quiz followed by a game of cards.
The picture above was the view from the restaurant as we was tucking down into dinner. After lunch the group skied down the slope to get the lifts to further areas.
Day 7| Getting the Hang of Things
This was my second day at Zauchensee. The weather this day was a lot colder with snow flurries throughout the day. A snood and warmer layers were needed for this day. There was a lot more fun activities on the slopes this day, the group did jumps and cross country skiing over the bumps in the snow. I was also able to do more parallel turns going down the paths. It was one of the most enjoyable days of skiing I had so far on the trip. During the evening it was a presentation evening for our levels, I managed to achieve a Level 4.
The drive up to Zauchensee was equally beautiful with forest filled roads and a lake just as we approached the slopes.
Day 8 | Final Run and Farewells
The group headed back to Flauchau once more for our final day skiing. Everyone was more relaxed than at the start of the week so there was less falls and more fun and games could be had, including a snow ball fight on the slope, it made it an enjoyable end to the week. After saying goodbye to our instructors we headed back to the hotel for a much needed shower and a hearty last meal of Pizza, Chips, Mac ‘n’ Cheese and Salad, before heading off on the coach journey home.
The journey home went a little more smoothly with everyone crashed out and tired from a week of sports and adventure. Almost a full 20 hours later I arrived home and safe.
Have any of you gone skiing, if so what was it like? And where did you go? Or do any of you want to go skiing? Let me know.