In March we were back in the beautiful Leutasch Valley in the Austrian Tyrol. The location, surrounded by snow-covered mountain peaks and alpine meadows, is perfect. The hotel is surrounded by tracks for cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing and walking and from nearby Seefeld (20 minutes on the bus which stops outside the hotel) there is alpine skiing. Swimming is another option, either in the hotel’s beautiful indoor pool or in the nearby Alpenbad, a short walk from the hotel. Here you can swim in heated water outdoors with snow and mountains all around. I doubt that one could find a more beautiful winter paradise and the very long and wide Leutasch Valley is renowned throughout Europe for its cross-country skiing.
It was with great excitement and some trepidation that we embarked on our first cross-country skiing lesson on a beautiful sunny day. But we need not have worried. Our instructor was very patient and spoke good English and although we had a few tumbles we soon realised that we would come to no harm falling in the snow; there was no pain, no bruises: the only problem was getting up again until shown how! Before long we were gliding along in the snow and even making small ascents and descents. We are looking forward to another lesson and to being proficient enough to embark on some of the wonderful trails running through the valleys, all especially prepared and frequently close to inviting mountain huts and hostelries!
We equally loved snow-shoeing. It is very easy to do – you do not need lessons and nothing beats crunching along in the silence of the forest in pristine snow in the tracks of deer and foxes. We also spent two days walking on tracks which are cleared of snow and prepared with tiny flecks of a gritty substance which miraculously prevents slipping. On these tracks you can spend all day either walking or Nordic Walking and enjoying the best that the Austrian Tyrol has to offer.
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