Arrived in Salzburg on Saturday, nice easy flight from LBA. Only minor annoyance is that Planet Coaster wouldn’t load on my laptop! No idea why but never mind.
As you land you are greeted with such an iconic view of what can only be Austria. Beautiful snow-capped mountains, lush grass, and unwavering German efficiency. Off the plane, through passport control, bags picked up and out to the rent a car in no time what so ever.
The drive from Salzburg to Ischgl is a trek, if you want to minimise the travel time Innsbruck is the better option, but the views are amazing and to be honest it absolutely flew by. The hotel we’re in is nice, quaint, and quite small. It’s no distance from the heart of the town and the main ski lift. Cannot recommend more highly, check it out on Trip Advisor: Gidis Hoff.
After unwinding from the long drive, which I basically spent in the boot as we under estimated how much luggage we had….. We got changed and went into Ischgl town.
Needless to say I was a bit surprised. I was expecting nice quiet town in the Alps, a few bars filled with locals and middle aged skiers trying to have a week away from life. Yeah. I was wrong. Very wrong. Ischgl has an absolutely amazing atmosphere with a really wide age range of people all having a few drinks and generally just enjoying themselves. You had the older people drinking and joking, the mid set drinking, singing and dancing, and the younger crowd doing all of the above while trying and succeeding to start a conga line through the town centre. Just fantastic.
Skiing started with a couple of quick runs to find out feet and then onto lessons at 11 o’clock. After being put in the “advanced” group me and my brother in law were quickly dishonourably discharged and put into the beginners group. The advanced group instructor made a habit of describing everything we were doing in German, then saying “okay this way” and skiing off. Ralf on the other hand, Ralf was a pleasure. I’ve only been skiing once before so my technique is… errrm… okay I don’t have a technique. I just fly down easy runs and figure out a way to stop at the bottom that doesn’t involve walls, trees, or other people. He pushed us all but never aggressively and explained everything in detail before demonstrating and then watching us and feeding back one by one.
Ralf is friendly
Ralf is patient
Ralf is awesome
Be like Ralf
3 hours later we’ve finished and I’m sipping an Erdinger while taking on valuable Schnitzel based calories. Apart from my ski boots being slightly too small, and therefore agonisingly painful, today has been brilliant.
Note to self: Everybody is free to wear sunscreen, and I should have bathed in it.