I spent Easter Weekend in Mayrhofen, Austria with Three UK, as part of their ‘Feel at Home’ campaign – it was my first time away in a snowy place like this and I was way too excited to see what all the fuss was about. We went for Snowbombing Festival, which is a big dance festival set in the mountains.
We flew from London to Munich, and then drove three hours in to Austria – look at my double plane photo in the top! I was pretty impressed, though that might have been down to the wine.
Driving from Munich was seriously impressive – at one point we stopped at the service area and Kavita and I got out to snap the surroundings, our driver laughed and told us we weren’t even looking at a mountain, but rather just a big hill. We sheepishly piled back in the car…
We arrived on Saturday afternoon and promptly headed for the spa, luckily we managed to convince the receptionist to let us keep our bikinis on. We were the only ones. After way too long spent in the sauna ‘detoxing’ and gossiping, we got ready and headed out to explore the town! Austria is just incredible – it was my first time there and I was in awe. The scenery is unbelievable and the locals were lovely, there was just so much to take in – I think I took about a hundred scenery snaps in the end.
While we were there, Three had us use the new Samsung Galaxy S6 phones which hadn’t been launched at that point, I’m an Apple girl myself but I could definitely see myself switching, if only for the camera. My Instagram uploads improved while I was out there, although I did feel a bit dirty… cheating on my iPhone.
We also go to use the Three MiFis, which are basically personal hotspots you can connect to – anyone on Three can use their phone abroad at no extra cost in up to 18 countries, so you can upload your holiday spam as you go. It’s pretty awesome, I’m currently on o2 and it costs me £1.99 a day to use my phone while I’m away, so moving over would be the logical thing to do.
The following day was spent getting ready to ski, including hiring out the equipment, trekking up to the Gondola lifts and then heading up the mountains – we went for the baby slopes as we were all beginners. That was a good decision! If you remember at the start of the year, one of my goals for this year was to learn to ski, so I think throwing myself out there and learning on the spot counts. Right? Right?!
Heading up to the slope, Ahorn, was terrifying – I honestly didn’t expect us to be going so high! The views were incredible… although I did have to hold on to a rail while I was trying to take a photo – it was that scary.
There’s me in my sexy ski gear – don’t be jealous of those blue trousers. I should have brought them home with me really…
Skiing was so much fun, we were pretty scared at first but soon got the hang of it – luckily Kavita had gone to Switzerland the month before and had one skiing lesson, naturally we treated her like she was an Olympic champion and begged for an impromptu lesson.
We stayed in Hotel Berghof which was lovely, I felt like I was in Dwight K Schrute’s home. The last picture above is the view from the back of my room – breathtaking! I was coming down with tonsillitis at this point, but I really appreciated the fresh Austrian air!
When it was time to leave, we had a beautiful drive back to Austria as the sun had come out. I sort of wanted to sleep (we may or may not have gone out the night before) but fought the urge and took in the views for the whole three hour drive. Erol Alkan was in our car on the way to the airport, and he was just lovely.
All in all, a magical trip for my first time in Austria – if I ever make it back here, I’ll make sure I’m a pro skier!
Do you feel cold looking at these pictures?