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Shalli's Austrian Magical Mystery Tour

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So I'm off to Austria on Saturday. After some debate, I've booked Allocation On Arrival through Inghams for somewhere in Austria - very impatient to find out where.

In a move set to disappoint eco-warriors everywhere, I have used about 50 sheets of paper to print out the Inghams guide and the j2ski page for each of the approx. 20 resorts Inghams uses in Austria so I can quickly make a decision on whether to kiss or kick the holiday rep when they tell us where they're sending us (and if necessary wave hard-earned money at them til they put us somewhere better...)

As I did such a crap job of reporting my last trip to the snow (Val Thorens), I've decided to try a bit harder this time, and will provide updates as and when I can [be bothered Wink ] with maybe even a picture or two. Time will tell.

Thanks to everyone who has helped me out with thoughts, comments or advice so far...
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Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Things have been interesting so far. We didn't miss our flight, but almost did. Big turbulence over S. Germany; we found out at Salzburg that almost every other flight in the region had to put down at Munich. The lady who seems to be in charge of our hotel said a plane had even crashed, although she said no-one was hurt.
Ah yes, but where is this hotel, you may well ask. Well, I had a list of all 20 or so resorts Inghams use in Austria, and St. Wolfgang, with its total lack of proximity to the pistes (30+ min cup ride anyone?) was dead last on my wish list. I would love to tell you we ended up in Kitzb. or Mayrhfn. but I can't.
The St. Wolfgang locals seem to regard up with a mixture of veiled curiosity and aloof suspicion. I put this down to the fact that we have snowboards, and - even more damning - we are under 30.
Also, all the shops seem to be perma-closed. I suspect this place is actually a summer resort, and I'm fairly hacked off with Inghams. The woman at the desk at the airport who gave me the allocation got very defensive as soon as she saw my face fall.
Oh well, off to the slopes. We're determined to have fun Smile
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Shallimus,
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the fact that we have snowboards, and - even more damning - we are under 30


A thread killer Toofy Grin Laughing

Enjoy Razz
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thefatcontroller wrote:
A thread killer

OK then, moving swiftly on...

Missed the bus to go to the advanced area, so ended up in Postalm. Beginner central, with only 2 T-bars open, to give up a grand total of 20 seconds riding for a 5 minute lift ride.
I am so grateful for my new Flow M9s.

To complete our delight, it started to rain around 1pm. We got the early bus back and have at least found an open shop so now have Beer. This is Important Stuff. The shop was run by a very nice lady who seemed pleased to see us and didn't stare at us as though we were a hitherto unknown species (as do most people in this place).

Tomorrow we hope to make it to the 'good' slopes... Will report back later (if I haven't been kicked out of snowHead for being too young Wink )


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Shallimus, I feel your pain, I learned to ski in St Wolfgang at around this time and there was only a small bit of snow on the Postalm - even us beginners got bored with it. I'm pleased you have beer, it was necessary on our trip. Which hotel are you in?
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Shallimus, Keep it going ... but suggest you don't find a pretty waitress to 'not-chat-up' wink snowHead Your viewing numbers will go off-the-clock ! Cool
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Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
We've gone for a wander and ended up at Hotel Forsterhöf in order to find some interwebs (our hotel is the Wiesbauer and doesn't have it).

The natural scenery is undoubtedly gorgeous, but we're here to snowboard dammit! Also, we're beginning to feel like Frankenstein's monster as 90% of people are staring at us... some people are very friendly, but they're the minority. Ah well rolling eyes

Now, where's those waitresses at? wink
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After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Look on the bright side, my two days on the Stubai glacier has coincided with it being shut for 1.5 days. Ended up at Schlick 2000 for a few hours and it was busier than Cardiff on match day, the queues look longer than the runs
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Shallimus, poor you !! Having read a little on St Wolfgang when looking myself and can agree with you having it last on your list. Hope you caught the bus and have found a slope of some length !

re: waitresses, didnt you go with the missus? make sure you find her a laderhosen studmuffin to even ogling balance Twisted Evil

rayscoops, thats a bit of a bummer Sad
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Shallimus, that sucks but at least you're in the mountains. How's the board?
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Shallimus, I've been to St Wolfgang many years ago, so can understand why it was the last resort. Sad
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you shouldn't be such a tight back bottom and book an allocation on arrival
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So if you're just off somewhere snowy come back and post a snow report of your own and we'll all love you very much
russ_e, some people are on a budget Evil or Very Mad
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
russ_e, Me and my girlfriend can't go at all this year due to finances so despite variable time he is having in St Wolfgang, I am still jealous of Shallimus,
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Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
hey shalli - at least there's been some freshies out there snowHead
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croskemj, A good point. I have sympathy for your situaton.
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Yep, not fun to have small cashpile and big dreams. And anyway, I was starting to think we'd get nothing at all and could only find an allocation on arrival anywhere close to budget and something is better than nothing. Hope next season is better for you croskemj.
Tis true there was fresh snow Tue/Wed so in the end we had a good time. The board is a bit too narrow for me to use for getting sound the mountain, but is possible for messing about on. The length just isn't a problem though... for all the self-proclaimed experts out there, I weigh 18 stone and have been quite happily blasting all over West Dachstein on Jules' (wider) 151 and it really hasn't been a problem. I an planning to buy a longer Lib Tech for next season but there's just no need for me to have something which comes up to my chin or any of the other bits of infallible wisdom you hear Wink
Few hours to kill before our transfer now. I feel beer and pizza coming on... Smile
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Shallimus, Beats work though wink Laughing Safe trip back
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