We go to a different part in the Alps every year. This year the chosen destination was Saalbach Hinterglemm and just look at the views as we drove into our Winter Wonderland! My heart longs for the snowy Alps when I am in London, so this view always gets me so so happy.
Saalbach is famous for it's beautiful 270km slopes which will keep you occupied for days. I didn't have to revisit a slope more than 2 or 3 times as there is just so much area to cover. Putting on my skis, listening to hiphop through my headphones and getting lost in the snowy mountains is my idea of heaven. The crunch of the powder snow. Especially when the chairs in the ski lift are heated and snow is falling all around you!
We stayed in the Art & Ski-In Hinterhag hotel which was opened by the artist Evi Fersterer. The architecture of the hotel is a unique blend of modern glass and reused wood; embodied symbolically through the Mirror Tree in lobby. At night, the lights reflect off of the individual pieces of glass and you can see the shadows dancing across the snow from your bedroom.
I loved that this hotel was a drive-in hotel, meaning that you could ski from the piste right into the hotel. This saves you the hassle of taking the gondola each day and having to carry your skis-my least favourite part of a skiing holiday!
There is nothing as cozy as snuggling up inside an alpine sauna while it is freezing cold outside!
On our non-ski days we drove to Salzburg and explored the picturesque birthplace of Mozart. The Old Town has remained largely untouched for the past 250 years, so you can wander the streets just as the prince-archbishops and princess did back in the day. I was amazed by how colourful the city was. Almost all the buildings are covered in pastel hues! Don't forget to make a stop at Fürst Konditorei-that's where the Mozart Kuglen were invented!
Austria is always an amazing place to reconnect with nature, recharge and find your center of balance again. It's an absolutely fantastic holiday to take with your family and escape reality for a little bit.