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  • Hurtling Down Snowy Mountains In Lech

    April 4, 2015
     
     
    This March, Ed and I went to Lech, Austria skiing, and it was without a doubt the best trip we've taken together so far. It was a week of sunshine, laughter, exhilaration, adrenaline, fine dining, ups and downs (literally!) and so much pure happiness. We spent 5 glorious days at Kristiania, a stunning resort in Lech which is one of the most beautiful, cosy and welcoming places I've ever stayed at. We—like the rest of the guests—were treated like royalty from the moment we walked in.
     
    Our room was absolutely beautiful, decorated in a Chinoiserie style, with turquoise walls and golden highlights, and with impressive views of the mountains. The sofa at the foot of the bed was the perfect place to kick back with our boots off in the evenings, and the bed was SO comfortable.Dinners and breakfasts were multi-course delights. Breakfast had everything from green juices to eggs, crepes and pastries, and dinners were something else. Kristiania has 3 fine dining restaurants, and each night, we were booked into experience a different one. They were all fantastic, the two upstairs more being a contemporary style and cuisine, whilst the downstairs restaurant was more relaxed and traditional. As you'll see from some of the snaps below it was sublime; all courses were paired with wines, the shrimp and lobster amuse bouches were always incredible, and evenings often finished with a cheese trolley!
     
     
     
     
    I grew up with the mentality that apres ski was not for us. As young teens, we'd be dragged up and on the first lift by my dad, we'd stop for homemade Philadelphia and tomato sandwiches in the snow, and we'd keep skiing until the last lift of the day. After all that, we'd be so exhausted that we'd be asleep by 8:30pm and we'd do the whole thing again the next day. My approach as an adult, with Ed in tow, was much the same, only breakfasts and dinners were far more glorious affairs at Kristiania and lunch breaks were pints now picnic. Still, we made the very most of our days, we covered serious ground, and we ran as many routes as we could fit in. My dad would have been so proud of us for packing our day so full that we managed to miss the last lifts home, not once but twice....
     
    We were so lucky with the weather and had 4 days out of 5 with absolutely glorious weather. The one day it was poor visibility, Ed had his snowboard lesson all morning and I stayed in the room to finish some deadlines, so it didn't affect us so much.
     
     

     

    Talking of snowboarding, Ed was a pro! As he skateboards, snowboarding seemed the natural choice over skiing, and as soon as he got on the board, he was off. He was miles better after a 3-hour lesson (and annoyingly didn't seem to have any fear) and the rest of the trip was spent with me chasing him down slopes on my skis.

    Leaving was a struggle. The idea of not hurtling down mountains everyday suddenly felt painful. And leaving the luxuries of Kristiania was horrible. I have so many happy memories from that week, and until next year, will just have to keep looking back at the pictures!
     
     
     
     
    We flew in to Zurich airport and got a transfer up to Lech. The 2 hour journey doesn't seem a strain at all. Firstly we weren't driving it (that helps!), and for at least a third of it, you're winding up through the snowy mountains, going higher and higher, and it's all just completely amazing to look at. For Ed who hadn't been skiing before, I couldn't help but think what an amazing spectacle it must be to see this for the first time as an adult. Driving up through the mountains to a ski resort is like nothing else- and so far removed from London!
     
    We got our skis, boards, boots and our passes via Oxford Ski, who were super helpful from start to finish, and sorted everything out for us.