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Austria: Weather in Niederau, Wildschönau, Ski Juwel

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Thanks for the information.

I'm still boked in for my double length Niederau trip next February. Not entirely sure what is mean by 3G proof, but will find out by then. Happily sitting at my desk in Portugal right now, having successfully produced the correct documentation to be allowed here from the UK. If I'm not allowed back again I don't mind. Very Happy Also not sure what a FFP2 face mask is, but plenty of time to find that out too.

Started to get excited a couple of weeks ago when I saw a Facebook post saying only 14 weeks to the season opening. snowHead
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3G means Geimpft ( vaccinated ), Genesen ( recovered ) or Getestet ( tested ). FFP2 masks are close fitting masks that are more like a disposable dust mask that you see tradesmen wearing, they are also known as N95 masks. They are supposed to give the wearer some protection from others unlike surgical or cloth masks that protect other people.
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Very cold at night on the mountain, the snow is coming soon yay Laughing
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Thanks. I fit the first and third ‘G’ then.

So I will need to buy the specific face masks nearer the time. I had been hoping it meant the paper disposable ones, so have been gradually collecting them and saving them ready for skiing. If you turn up to give blood wearing a cloth one they give you a paper one from the NHS, etc. I would have given the blood anyway, I wasn’t just doing it to get a free mask. Last year it was one of very few ways of being allowed to leave your house and go somewhere other than for a 1 hour walk once a day. I was actually allowed a jolly into the city centre while there was plenty of space to park the car with that as my excuse. Now things have got busy again I have switched to a blood bank at Parc Y Scarlets with a trip to Llanelli instead.
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If you need to buy them don't pay a fortune to stock up on them. They are only 59c in the supermarkets here.
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Chris_n wrote:
Not weather related but Austrian government plans for winter have been anounced today. Looking very hopeful for an actual winter season. Starting to get excited now!

Open in Chrome to translate.
https://www.tt.com/artikel/30801438/gut-zu-wissen-so-sehen-die-neuen-regeln-fuer-die-wintersaison-aus


That makes for encouraging reading; our month-long trip has been put back to January 2023 but we have a week booked in the Alpbachtal from January 5. Increasingly confident this will happen now!
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Snow machines being transported on to the Markbachjoch today. Weather much cooler the next few days as Autumn sets in.
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@Chris_n, that’s good. I have no idea how much they would cost at home. The paper ones are much cheaper in Portugal than on the UK. Only about 10% of the UK price. So I expect the ones I need for skiing are expensive in the UK
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@Chris_n,
Hard to believe winter is coming so fast to parts of Europe when you are sitting on a Portuguese beach on temperatures up to 31C. I have heard it is very cold at home, so I will be back down to earth with a bang in 2 week’s time. Then I can really look forward to coming skiing.
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I'm looking to book a trip for my family, it'll be my two daughters (14 and Cool first skiing trip and first winter holiday. I was recommended Niederau and this thread has given me hope that conditions are pretty good between Christmas and New Year.

Does Niederau usually have good ski conditions around New Year and is it a great place to learn?
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@symondsg, Niederau like any low alpine resort can have varying conditions at the start of the season. Having said that in common with most low resorts the skiing is on meadows so it does not take much snow to provide good cover. We have a lot of snowmaking which gives very consistent snow as long as we have some cold temperatures to make it which we usually do from mid November.
As far as being a great place to learn I couldn't possibly comment as I am part of the infrastructure that does that (as long as you are in the red ski school) for adults at least. 14 years old is plenty old enough to join the adult groups. We have a mix of local Austrian and normally a few experienced English and Dutch instructors but I don't think any of the other English will be able to work this season thanks to Brexit (we live in Niederau so can work here).
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@Chris_n, thank you for the information. Everything I hear about Niederau is so positive and it looks amazing. It's the low altitude that worries me as I really want to girls to have a great first time.
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@symondsg, on the one occasion we had poor snow in the first week of the season in the 8 years I have worked here we took beginners to Auffach which is further down the valley and higher. We were a little sceptical at first but it was fine if a little more challenging than usual, no one died. Everyone bar one who had less than full weeks booked extended to the full week. All that extended were skiing easy red runs at the end of the week.
Anywhere higher is going to cost a lot more and is probably less focused on the early stages of skiing.
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@Chris_n, That's awesome as I have now booked the trip and will be coming to Niederau with the family. Fingers crossed for a cold snowy, bug free winter. Very Happy
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