When I arrived Tyrol, it was just before sun down. All the little wood lodges had already lite up, neatly packed along the bottom of the Alps, time froze for a moment and I thought I walked into a fairy tale, especially after I checked in one of those cute little wood ledges and welcomed by the warm fire place. Life never felt so magical.
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What completely swept my feet away was when I took the gondola to the top of the Stubai Glacier, which has an altitude about 3200m. As I was ascending in the air with the gondola, I couldn’t help not to admire the view after I was raising above all the clouds.
Ski trip in Austria is so different from my usual weekend trips in Australia, Lake Tahoe, or the week-long ski trip in Niseko, Japan. The slopes here are a lot longer. From the base station to the top of the glacier, it takes at several rides and at least 45 minutes in the gondola. The snow here are so powdery and fresh, it snows almost every single night. Most people are here for at least a whole week and take their day slow on the slopes. A typical day on the slope starts around 10am and people start drinking around 3pm. The slopes are often empty by 4pm, since the sun sets very early on the Alps in Europe. Apres Ski is bigger than the ski activity itself on the slopes. Raving in Ski boots (although snowboarding boots are easier to dance than the ski boots, but it was still quite a challenge) and clothing, drinking Austrian shots were definitely new to me. Since we started drinking at 3.30pm, to be precise, I was drunk by 5pm, giving the amount of the shots I had during the first hour.
Most of the accommodations in the area are half boards, which means they provide breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner. I stayed in a small town in Tyrol called Stacker, which is about 30 mins bus ride to the base station of the gondola. There is one accommodation next to the base station, however, there is really nothing else nearby but that hotel. If you want a social life, definitely stay in the town!