Skiing in Ischgl Austria

Just back in the door from a wonderful week’s skiing in Ischgl, Austria. The body (and mind) are a bit jaded at this point but it was more than worth it.

Ischgl is one of the best ski resorts in Austria. The combination of an excellent 200km+ worth of runs (including some seriously challenging and breathtaking red runs), legendary Apres Ski, excellent conditions and a smugglers run into nearby Sauman in Switzerland for duty free means that it’s hard to beat Ischgl for a week of fun in the Alps.

It’s definitely not a place for Beginners though. Out of the 5 of us in the group, 4 of us picked up injuries (I escaped unscathed*touches wood*) – including one serious injury which required a skidoo to pick up the wounded from the side of the mountain!

That aside, anyone with a few ski trips under ther belt with love it.

For more info, check out Ischgl.com

Some quick photos.

Idalp, Ischgl

Idalp, Ischgl

Taking a break on the Icy but beautiful Red 7

Taking a break on the Icy but beautiful Red 7

The view of Red 1 from Hotel Elisabeth Apres Ski

The view of Red 1 from Hotel Elisabeth Apres Ski

Christmas Markets in Cologne

Christmas Markets Cologne

Christmas Markets Cologne

Just spent a very enjoyable few days in Cologne – a city I’ve spent a summer in way back in the day and have very fond memories of – but never managed to get there in the lead up to Christmas when the City is transformed into a Christmas Market wonderland.

In the three or four weeks in the run up to Christmas Cologne gets over 2 million visitors piling in do basically 3 things:

  1. Drink as much gluwein and hot chocolate with rum as possible
  2. Eat as much wurst, kebabs (ok that’s just me) and bbq’s meat as possible
  3. Haggle with the Market traders on all matter of Christmas trinkets

It would seem that most of the 2 million or so chose last weekend to make the trip to Cologne along with ourselves – the place was jam packed.

I would definitely recommend a trip there if you are contemplating it either this year or next.

Just take it easy on the gluwein.