An Austrian Adventure by Jeff Steevens

Jeffrey hails from Rotterdam, but describes himself as a citizen of the world; find out more about his travels on his Instagram account: @travel_Jeff

"Last month it was finally time. Time for our annual ski trip which we had to cancel last year due to the pregnancy of my wife.  This time our 9 month old daughter joins us in the snow.

We spend a week at Adler Resort in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria. This has always been my favorite area for skiing due to the scale of the area and excellent ski lifts. The Adler Resort is definitely my recommendation when you’re in the area. Beautiful, spacious apartments with all necessary facilities under one roof. Wellness facilities and a pool are available, as well as plenty entertainment for the children.

But yeah, we did come to ski. Despite not having the best possible weather, we did enjoy some lovely skiing. After a full night of snowing, we went up the mountain at the brink of day to enjoy fresh, snowy slopes. At 11 o’ clock it was due time for a small break with a cup of soup to wear off the hangover from the night before. Obviously, there is plenty of room for ‘apres-ski’ in Saalbach. Several bars are definitely worthwhile for a visit. Goasstall and Tanzhimmel to name a few and from the practice slope, you walk straight into Schwarzacher for a perfect end of the day.
For years I have admired the daredevils who fly through the mountains and this year I decided to face my fears and attempt a tandem-paraglide. At 4 p.m. I was supposed to jump, however I was warned early in the morning that because of the heavy winds it would be better to go in the morning. Therefore a quick breakfast and up the Zwolferkogelbahn I went. Once arrived at the mountain top, my parachute was readied and I joined up with my guide. A quick run and off we went, in the quiet of the early morning with a view to never and experience to never forget.

We feel lucky to have spent another wonderful week with friends and family. On to next year!"

- Jeff Steevens



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