Hamburg * Berlin * Hannover * Bremen * Dresden * München
Included is the skiing pass, continental breakfast and three-course dinner, skiing lessons for absolute beginners and a lot of funny actions and excursions at night. All other costs are very low in here in Italy.
Trip by bus from Hamburg or Berlin via Hannover, West Germany - Kassel
- Nuremberg - Munich - Innsbruck, Austria crossing the Alps along the famous
Brenner Pass until we reach Sterzing located in the Italian Alps.
Transfers by coach to selected ski resorts (Ratschings, Rosskopf, Ladurns) and the apres ski events.
Return will be via Brenner Pass - Innsbruck, Austria - Munich, Germany - Nuremberg - Kassel - Back to Hamburg or Berlin.
Transport of your skiing equipment by coach.
Accommodations: At hotel in single-, double- or multiple-bed rooms in Sterzing. Depending on where you start there might be a night ride on the coach. (If you start in Munich you will travel during the day)
Meals: Continental breakfast and three-course dinner.
Also included: Transport of your skiing equipment and sleds, ski instruction for beginners
Tour Escort: Tour-coordinator, skiing-teacher for beginners.
Extra: Entrance fees, drinks, ski rental, special excursions such as multiple tickets for sauna and swimming pool ($8); ice skating disco including skate rental ($8), heli-skiing etc.
Climate: Day: 30 - 45 degrees Fahrenheit; night: 10 -30 degrees Fahrenheit
Currency: 1 USD = 1,109 Euro; 1 Euro = 0,901 USD
Visa: No visa required for US-citizens
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The European Alps are Calling
For those of you who have never experienced the thrill of the Alps, we would like to give you the opportunity to vacation in the friendly confines of South Tyrol. We have a trip which will give you the best that the Alps have to offer.
We'll be staying in the medieval village of Sterzing, located approximately 6 miles from the Italian/Austrian border. Although it is geographically located in northern Italy, it's real soul is Austrian, from the language to the attitudes, traditions and architecture.
The skiing region in and around Sterzing - the Wipp valley - consists of several medium-sized areas at an altitude of 7,200 feet. In total, there are 30 ski lifts, 35 miles of ski runs and even our cross-country skiers will find many prepared runs.
The various ski areas are only a 10 - 15 minute drive from Sterzing and will be a challenge for all levels, from beginning to advanced. The Rosskopf, Sterzing's "home" mountain can be easily reached by foot. It's especially well-located for those of us who miss our morning bus, want to sleep in, or are still nursing a hangover from the night before. This sunny ski area has its own cable car, 6 ski lifts and seven runs.
In addition to usual recreational facilities such as indoor swimming pool and sauna, Sterzing also offers indoor tennis courts, a 5-mile-long toboggan run, and an ice-skating rink with disco. In the middle of the woods in Gossensass, there is a fantastic disco that we'll use for our Christmas parties. As a special highlight, our ski instructors will help us organize ski-run competitions, skiing tours and a torch-lit farewell run.
We will be staying in quiet guest houses in the heart of Sterzing, surrounded by old city walls and towers. According to the Tourist Board, these facades are the among the most beautiful in the whole region and stand second only to those found in Innsbruck. The inns are among the oldest buildings in Sterzing and still create an impressive medieval atmosphere.
As a special treat over the Christmas period, we have booked the Schoelzhorn inn and the neighboring Waldheim guest house. They are both situated by the Ratschings, the largest and probably most beautiful of the Wipp valley skiing areas. The "Schoelzhorn" is run by Berta, who is known throughout the area for her culinary skills. That's why even the people staying in the "Waldheim" go there to enjoy the excellent dinners. Both of these places offer rooms with 2 - 4 beds, some with their own shower and toilet, others with showers and bathrooms in the hallway.
Directly in the center of Sterzing is the luxuriously furnished Goldene Kreuz (golden cross). Nearly every double and triple bed room has its own shower and bathroom. In the mornings, we will select our meals from the breakfast buffet table, and in the evenings, we can take our pick from any of the sumptuous Southern Tyrolian specialities. Here we will also have our own living room, dining room and bar.
Across the street is the Lilie, a quaint 850-year-old inn with a bacon
smoke-house, a lounge, and a separate dining room for our group. This is
where most of our ABeR parties take place. We'll be sleeping in 3-5 bed
rooms, all equipped with central heating and hot water. Our innkeepers,
Anni and Willi, will take good care of us, serving continental breakfasts
in the morning, and hearty Austrian fare for dinner. Willi always looks
forward to the yearly visits from the ABeR gang and makes a special effort
to roll out the red carpet for us Put it all together, and you have a ski
vacation that you'll remember for a long time.
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