Ski Austria with Topdeck
I’m not usually a fan of organised tours, particularly where you ride around Europe in a bus for most of the day and see all the sights in 24hrs. However there is a definite exception for this kind of experience and is perfect if you’re by yourself. In this case with a tour there is no rushing around; you stay in a Chalet for the week in a popular ski town and it is all organised by the company.
During the week with Topdeck you stay in the town of Kirchdorf in Tirol with a group of 10-20. Your accommodation is a beautiful chalet run by a local couple, and their home made cooked breakfasts and warm nature make it feel like a home away from home.
The mountain and snow
The Topdeck leader lives nearby and organises your ski pass, rental equipment and any lessons you may need. The local mountain Kirchdorf is 15mins walk away and great for beginners as there are only 3 runs. However if you want to be challenged you can get the most common ski pass which includes more than 5 other close mountains including Steinplatte and St Johann.
After a day on the snow Topdeck organises some great activities such as night tobogganing, snow biking pub crawl, dinners and parties. However it’s very relaxed and none of these are compulsory; you can do what you want.
There is a real opportunity to be immersed into the Austrian culture as you spend most nights in town attending local pubs and the ski school events. Within my group there were some people who drank all night every night and others who just had a few with dinner, so you can make the week what you like.
For the entire week it cost me €1400, with €550 being the price of the tour itself. On top of this was equipment rental, ski pass, lessons and all food and drink. Meals aren’t organised unless you request them to be, and most nights we would go to the local “Scotty’s” for a €3 burger. Therefore there are ways you can easily save during the week.
Is this option for you?
This suits any kind of experience you want to get out of the week. It is an extremely social week and the age group is roughly mid 20s, but it is not all party focused. There is a huge benefit of being able to experiencing multiple mountains during the week. I would highly recommend this option if you were travelling by yourself or with a friend.