Austria Ski Plus (coach from London) - 1 week » Review by Chelsea
This was my second tour with Contiki. I did this trip as a solo female traveller to get out of London and have some fun in the snow. It totally exceeded my expectations.
The Contiki reps were awesome, as always. The Gasthaus is great, this was my second stay at this site in Austria and I loved it on both occasions. Rooms are cosy with their own bathrooms. The bar is fantastic fun (you might want bring something to wear that is tight and bright). Go with half board on the meal options, everyone does and the meals are fantastic, don't worry if you haven't booked half board though, you can opt in there if you like. There is also a sauna, which is awesome after a day on the slopes, as well as a chillout room with a tv and computers.
Hopfgarten is a great ski resort and the town is lovely. The locals are very friendly if perhaps a little crazy. I recommend the instructors even if you're experienced, the guy we had, Peter, was very funny and friendly. He took us out on some fantastic, challenging runs that we wouldn't have found otherwise as well as on a exciting off piste side trip.
The bobsled trip to Innsbruck one of the evenings was good fun for anyone that likes the idea of speeding down an Olympic bobsledding track. There's a professional driver, so all you have to do is jump in and not blink, cause otherwise you'll miss it!
Eating and drinking. Not much could beat Austrian Goulash halfway up a snowy mountain for lunch. In the afternoons, when we came down off the mountain we would stop at the bar called Rundells for hot chocolate with baileys and catch up with others coming back down.
Others doing the tour were from all over the world, mostly in mid to late twenties. A lot of people travelling on their own. Couples and friends also. Some people just doing a quick one or two week holiday, some people in the middle of a bigger Euro trip.
The only thing I would change if I go back next year is that I would go for two weeks instead of one.
Review written Nov 2011event 0.3