We’re gearing up for ski season here at VBT. Our resident skiing expert, 2010 Olympic Skier and former member of the US Ski Team on the world cup circuit, Garrott Kuzzy, is in Europe checking out the terrain and running through our new Italy & Austria: Cross-Country Skiing the Dolomites vacation. Here are some of his highlights so far:
We started our Austrian adventure off after a great night’s rest at our 5-star Salzburg Hotel, Goldener Hirsch. We took the day to explore a bit of downtown Salzburg, enjoying roasted chestnuts as we made our way through a festive Saturday market. Eventually, we wrapped up our day touring the birthplace of Mozart with a really fun Stiegel Brewery tour.
Yesterday, we met up with our local Trip Leaders in Lienz and toured Obertilliach. Next, our group enjoyed a hike in the snow. It was particularly nice for the Vermonters in the group to get out and play in the snow. We haven’t really had much at home yet. We capped off the experience warming up at Brigitte Lugger’s farm shop, enjoying local specialties and a tour of the Maria Luggau Basilica.
Today, we woke up to sunshine and hiked to the Klammerwirt Restaurant through more snow. At the restaurant we had a great meat and cheese platter with homemade apple-pinecone schnapps. It tasted like Christmas. We chased our lunch with an hour of learning to shoot biathlon with Mayor (Burgermesiter) Matthias.
As the day wound down, a few of us took an evening stroll through the quiet village of Obertilliach. We were treated to a clear view of the starry night sky. It was a perfect ending to 3 great days in Austria and now, we’re even more excited to show our travelers this fascinating corner of Europe.
We’ll check in again soon!