Last week I went to Austria with family and friends and so many of you requested some info on the trip. We used to ski every January around my brithday when I was younger but I haven’t actually been in 14 years so it felt really good to get back on the slopes for an activity based holiday. The crisp air, blue skies and fluffy white snow is perfect around this time of year. I flew to Munich then took a few trains to Westendorf, where we always stay, which is situated in Brixen valley. It’s a super cosy, unspoilt village which is connected by gondola to the SkiWelt, which has 280km of runs, 90 lifts and 1,500 snow cannons. If it’s your first time, there’s plenty of wide open blue runs for beginners with some nice challenges for more experienced boarders and skiers on the red and black slopes. If you’re considering taking a family or group trip I couldn’t recommend it enough, there’s lots of affordable accommodation that’s super central. I stayed in the Hotel Mesnerwirt, and we’ve previously stayed at the Hotel Post and Hotel Jakobwirt (all 4* and around the same standard) and all situated less than 100 metres from the nursery slopes. The food is all relatively similar around the same quality everywhere you go and there’s lots of choice from traditional Austrian dishes to amazing Italian pizza. The nightlife is great, there’s lots of dance music and most of the ski instructors are out if you’re taking lessons so it’s a good time to make friends and mingle with your group. I actually met my Debs date many moons ago and had some pretty fun party memories from clubbing over there.
In terms of ski gear be sure to invest in some really good thermals and socks that will keep you warm, protected and stand the test of time. Learn to layer, get a scarf that covers half your face and stays up while you ski, goggles that prevent glare and work well when it’s snowing and visibility is poor and non slip snow boots that keep the wet out during après ski activities. I’ve included links to most of the items I picked up and wore while I was away below.
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My Top 5 site suggestions to check out would be –
Sweaty Betty – Incredible quality thermals and ski accessories like hats, scarfs and socks.
Sports Direct – If you’re on a tight budget this website has everything you need for a last minute ski holiday.
ASOS – Whatever your price range there’s lots of awesome patterned ski gear and accessories. Be sure to check out the men’s section for a wider array of goggles.
Topshop – Great for high quality, bright, funky and relatively affordable ski gear.
Net-A-Porter – If money is no object you’ll find insane ski gear here. From Moonboots to Fendi, everything suitable for the slopes is drool worthy.
In terms of night time attire most people wear really casual outfits, I think I only put on make up for one of the nights we went out. When you come off the slopes in the afternoon you’re knackered and you’ll still be in your ski gear for lunch or drinks so make sure you wear outfits you can strip down once inside. For dinner and drinks later in the evening wrap up warm and remember you’ll be wearing flats to get around, well, because heels and snow don’t go. Bobble hats, bright scarves and stoles, hoodies, chunky knits. polonecks, checked trousers, fun leggings and flat snow boots are all ideal. Skirts and dresses are obviously a no go when it’s minus 10 degrees.