Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Discovering Alpine Wellness

Ski racks with character
I was very excited about taking my family to the Hotel Tirolerhof in Ehrwald, Austria a couple of weeks ago for my own family skiing holiday.  I’d visited the hotel with a colleague last September to get a feel for the property and area and was very impressed; the rooms were lovely and spacious, food was fantastic and the scenery was typical Austrian chocolate box.  We half expected to see Heidi come down from the Alm with the goats....

The winter adds another layer of beauty and the spectacular peaks surrounding the village beckon you to jump on a lift and get up amongst them.  We did just that, and started off at the Ehrwalder Alm just 5 minutes away by car or bus.  Whilst there are runs for all levels of ability the area does favour those who are less experienced, or who just enjoy pootling around the pretty tree lined slopes.

New lifts
A short stroll from the hotel will take you to the brand new Wetterstein chairlift which whisks you to another lovely area of gentle blue and red pistes.  These runs were so quiet when we were there that it almost felt like we had our own private ski area.  We probably saw 10 other people, and the only reason we had to wait for the lift at the bottom was because the lift operator, bored and lonely, had gone off to make himself a cuppa!

For a more dramatic experience, a trip in the Zugspitze cable car is a must.  It’s quite a journey to the top with spectacular scenery (vertigo sufferers – heads down and examine the floor).  Once at the top there’s another cable car down to the glacier where there is some great skiing.  Again, mostly blues and reds and with fantastic views over the surrounding peaks.  In addition, the museum, restaurants and shops leave you wondering with incredulity how on earth people build these facilities in such extreme places.

Yet more tasty food on waffle night!
After our long(ish) days exploring the slopes, afternoon tea at the hotel beckoned, swiftly followed by a spell in the spa.  Should we use the saunas, steam room, waterbeds or foot spa (or all of the above)?  Decisions, decisions...  Either way, it’s a great place to relax, contemplate and prepare yourself for yet another feast at dinner time!

Our daughter at nearly 13 was too old for the childcare, however there were plenty of happy smiley faces around the extensive children’s play area (I think she secretly wanted to join in, but deemed it ‘uncool’). 
In summary, we had the most fabulous winter experience at the Tirolerhof, and couldn’t fault anything.  The friendly staff, the fabulous food, the spa, the wonderful skiing; all the vital ingredients for a family holiday abundant with alpine wellness.

I've been raving about it non stop since I returned - so much so that colleague Angela has just booked up for her summer hols! 

To find out more about the Hotel Tirolerhof visit our website


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