Once back in London on Friday night, we went out to celebrate Jen’s new job at a local neighbourhood pub. However, we did not stay out late as we had an early morning flight to Austria.
We flew to Innsbruck on the morning of Saturday, March 3rd from Gatwick airport. We found our coach transfer and were on our way to the small skiing village of Obergurgl. We were soon dropped at our traditional hotel that was ski-in and ski-out. The next day, Rebecca headed for her group lessons and I set out to tour the mountain. It was a beautiful day with spring-like conditions. That night, we discovered the amazing spa area of the hotel. It was equipped with an indoor and outdoor pool, hot pool, hot and dry saunas, and most interestingly…a nude area called “SaunaWorld.” SaunaWorld had a large, panoramic Finnish dry sauna, infrared sauna, dry saunas, and aromatic steam rooms of varying temperature. It also had the most interesting showers to cool you down between rooms.
That night, it started snowing and kept falling the next day. In total, about 1 foot of snow fell, making for great conditions the rest of the week. On Tuesday, I joined some of the other guests at the hotel and went to the nearby ski resort of Solden to spend the day on the slopes there. We were toured around by one of the resort reps. Solden is a huge mountain and I skied a glacier for the first time. On Wednesday, Rebecca’s ski school group planned to be at Obergurgl’s sister mountain of Hochgurgl so I met her for lunch there. That night, we were joined by 2 of Rebecca’s classmates, Steve and Mehdi, for a mountain top hut dinner of traditional fondue.
Rebecca and I spent Thursday skiing together. I must say I was very impressed with the skills she learned in ski school. She had improved a great deal. We went up to the highest point in Hochgurgl, the Mountain Star, at 3082m you can see right into Italy. That night, Mehdi, Steve, and I went down to the base of Hochgurgl and rented toboggans. There is a floodlit toboggan track on which you can race down every Thursday night. It was a blast! Friday was our last day on the slopes and we spent it skiing together.
We were very happy with everything…the hotel, the food, the small village, the snow, and the friends we made. Skiing in the Alps is something we look forward to doing again!