20.12.2013 - 27.12.2013 -2 °C
When we first started planning our trip we all agreed a white Christmas was a must and after researching numerous possibilities, Obertauern in the Austrian Alps was one of the few destinations that could guarantee snow. It is located 1 hours drive south of Salzburg and at 1700m, above sea level.
Well we got the white Christmas we wanted and a whole lot more. The people are friendly, the food great, the scenery amazing and the skiing, for our skill level, was fantastic.
The boys hadn’t seen snow before and it had been a while since Bret and myself had seen the white stuff so skiing lessons were a must. Our main hope was that Ben and Ryan would be able to get up to the blue and red slopes by the end of the week. The ski instructors (Fabian, Florian and Sebastian from Top Ski Schule) worked wonders and before long the boys were tackling the runs with confidence. Bret was well on his way after just a few hours and I realised that maybe I should stick to shopping!!!
One of the highlights of our stay was celebrating Christmas at a traditional Austrian restaurant and then having it snow on Christmas day.
On our last full day strong winds hit the town along with about 20cm of snow. In the morning it was too windy to ski, Bret hit the jackpot getting a tour of Obertauern with Peter (owner and operator of Petergstamm Haus) on the snow mobile.
By about 1pm the lifts had opened and the boys were back out on the slopes.
On our last night in the Alps we had a number of schnapps with Peter, whilst the boys hit the sauna before rolling in the snow, a common practice in the Alps.
We all had an amazing week and it was sad to leave the picturesque village. Having made new friends we all agreed that one day we would return.