Started by Freaky Witch in Austria 25-Mar-2018 - 2 Replies
I have skied three times before; eight years ago and vowed never to do so again. I am a control freak and can't seem to let go enough to do turns! Instead, I spent hours, painfully coming down green/blue runs in a never ending slow plough! Not ideal.
I stupidly trusted some 'Male' friends years ago and came down the Axamer Olympic ski run on ice snow, eventually coming down, crawling on my backside for 4.5 hours! Needless to say, I gave up for years. However, my husband has started skiing again, with me as spectator in tow. He loves it and I adore the snow and the beauty of it all. Having been to Andorra this year, I now have the strong desire to try again, but, here is my question to you all..............
Austria: Where is the best ski resort, close to the shops in Innsbruck (up to an hour drive), where I can find great 'powder snow' nursery slopes, with an instructor that will get me through this fear of letting go and get me turning and skiing confidently? They will need to be good!! Also, I need a resort that will keep hubby and friends happy with lots of blue and red runs to ski on. Other activities too would be great. Any ideas that would help, would be greatly appreciated, many thanks - Sarah xx
Steinplatte is a good place to build confidence it's around 1-1.5 hours from Innsbruck even quicker from Salzburg.
Steinplatte has 46 km of piste, set high above the town of Waidring. It's an open flat area with all the blue runs on one side which are wide gentle cruising runs.
The reds & blacks are over on the righthand side from where you start skiing.
If you have a car the others could visit St Johann, Feiberbrunn in 20 mins or just a little further Kitzbühel or the Skiwelt. They'd need the right lift pass.
I've often stayed in Kirchdorf in Tirol, which is a small sleepy town 12 min drive or bus away. The reason I mention this is, quicker transfer for the others to the alternative resorts & also there's a great ski school there. The resort has a small piste which is ideal for practising in mainly peace & quiet.
There are regular ski buses to get you around if req'd.
The ski school is http://ski-total.at They are a mixed group of Austrian & English coaches.
What they offer is a special price, weeks lessons & lift pass package for just over €300.
Usually you spend 1 to 2 days on the local slope, then get the bus to Steinplatte.
There's a really good community spirit there, with usually 1 night apre, a themed ski show & prize night. Don't expect full on Apre ski.
The times we've stay in Kirchdorf, we've used Ski-total & the bus services to get to the other resorts.
All the mentioned resorts are different & great areas, some think they are a little low, but they back the areas with snow cannons,best period Jan/Feb,but I be even skied good pistes end of March.
Staying in Elmau in the Skiwelt is a good option, a really nice town, separate nursery slopes on the way to the main area which has over 280km of skiing.
Hope this helps.
Topic last updated on 31-March-2018 at 12:37