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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Honeymoon In Austria

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Author: Abel Smith

For numerous people an exciting holiday in the Austrian Tyrol symbolizes the finest of the Alps: spectacular landscape with uneven snow-covered mountains, flower filled fields, and pleasing villages where geraniums spill out vibrantly from the balcony of rural wood villas.

The deep rooted network of Tyrolean mountain huts allows you to stay on the hills without ever thinking to return to self-styled civilization. This is probably the chief reasons why walking vacations in Austria are so well-liked and admired. The local residents preserve numerous of the old traditions - the high meadows are farmed till day, well known Austrian cheeses are made in the mountains, and conventional Austrian outfit is frequently worn. Though, in the winter season the same mountains are snow-covered making cross country skiing in Austria an exceptional place to spend a week in winter.

One of the most well known, and perhaps classified as a more 'advanced' region to consider skiing holidays Austria is that of St Anton, which is actually officially known as Sankt Anton am Arlberg, and is situated in the Western part of Austria in the Landeck District. Although the region is probably more suited to the advanced intermediate to expert skier, the charm of the town and surrounding area makes it one of the more popular skiing attractions in Austria. For those looking for gentler slopes within the same sort of area and for skiing holidays Austria, the resorts of Lech and Zürs in the State of Vorarlberg, are certain to provide great options. These areas together with St Anton, St Christof and Stuben make up the Arlberg region, which is often times considered one of the premium winter vacation area in Austria.

Within the immediate region are the skiing holidays Austria options of Schruns and Montafon, which are arguably more suited for the beginner to intermediate skier and snowboarder. Montafon is especially well rated amongst snowboarders, and with the easily accessible lift pass one has access to the St Gallenkirch and Gargellen ski resorts, together with a combined total of in excess of 40 pistes. The Schruns ski resort provides excellent amenities and facilities for both expert and beginner skiers, with 11 ski lifts and 14 pistes.

That aside, the slopes at the top of the mountain do cater for beginners and if I was a beginner again I certainly wouldn't rule out Zell am See particularly if you are moving towards intermediate level, it may just present you with the challenges you need to get you to that next level.

The addition of the ski lift from the center of town (in place for a few years now) has provided a much needed boost to the convenience level the resort has to offer, previously there was a long trek to the top of the hill going out of the town where you could get the gondola. This is still running and is serviced by a regular bus service or is accessible by people with a car available, personally I would not consider it walking distance from the town center particularly if you are having to wear ski boots and carry skis, (although I am sure there are probably a number of people who could prove me wrong).Article Source:
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