The Marmot Diaries – Day One

Woke up this morning to wonderful sunshine.  They’ve given me a basket in the corner of the office which I think I’m going to have to move because I’m not used to being woken up in the light.  They’ve also given me a ‘wool blanket’ which I have to say tastes very nice but I’m going to have to get some leaves and soil from somewhere soon because it’s not going to take long to polish off what they call my ’bedding’.  First day at …
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Schwarzsee, Kitzbuhel, Austria - 'Morning Mood on the Schwarzsee'

Photography Competition

  Photography – another much loved side to your activity holiday in Austria and with such beautiful scenery and so much going on you can see why it’s a popular pastime.  This stunningly gorgeous photo   ‘ Morning mood on the Schwarzsee’ is the 2011 winner of the photography competition held annually by Tirol Erleben.  This photograph, taken by Christoph Wörle, is the Schwarzsee Lake in Kitzbühel, which is one of the many swimming lakes in the area, and was taken …
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Your First Skiing Holiday

Your First Skiing Holiday

Your First Skiing Holiday   Skiing holidays may be far from your mind at the moment as summer is well and truly underway – we hope you have a great holiday.  We’ve published this now to give you food for thought and so you’re prepared before the peak autumn booking period.    If you’ve been thinking about a skiing holiday but have been daunted by the prospect of organising one we’ve put together a guide to your first skiing holiday to keep you on …
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Air Passenger Duty – an unfair tax?

Air Passenger Duty in the UK is the highest in the world.  We’d like to know your thoughts on this added holiday cost.   Today a group of backbench MPs are raising their concerns and IATA have also commented on the turndown in air passenger numbers to/from the UK.  The travel industry have been fighting it for some time.  Is this increased Air Passenger Duty really necessary or is it helping to cost jobs?   We’d love to hear from you so …
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Ski School Leader Ingrid Salvenmoser

Ingrid Salvenmoser is one of the many people you may meet whilst on your activity skiing holiday to Scheffau and in the first of our series ‘Meet the People’ the former Austrian Ski racer, World Cup Champion, Olympian and World Champion Medallist tells us about her history in the sport and what she’s been doing since retirement. Ingrid first started skiing at the age of 4, when she joined the Scheffau Ski Club where her uncle was a coach.  By …
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The Stone Garden

James Hughes has lived and worked in the Wilden Kaiser area for many years.  He loves to be out in the great outdoors and is naturally active so finds the Tirol a relaxing playground.  English by birth James, has travelled widely but always comes back to the Austrian Tirol for the winter season.  In 2011 James was out walking in the area, following a stream, when he came across the aftermath of a landslide and found himself surrounded by dead …
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Active with Kneipp in Scheffau

The Five Pillars of Kneipp therapy represents the principles of Sebastian Kneipp, its founder.  Here guest blogger George Bauer, Kneipp Active Programme leader in Scheffau, explains the basics of this old but still practiced way to well-being. Water: ‘Kneipping’ is founded on cold water therapies.  Kneipp found that cold water immersions greatly aided his own path to recovery from tuberculosis so re-introduced water therapy for numerous other ailments.  He then went on to practice on other people and noted the …
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The World’s Largest Ice Caves

Following on from last week’s blog we now present another in our series Active Days Out – things which you can see and do yourself on your activity holiday in Austria. Once you’ve been where Eagles dare the next thing of note on your day trip to Werfen are the astonishing Werfen Ice Caves, the largest in the world.  There are over 40km of  caves, owned by the National Austrian Forestry Commission, to whom a large proportion of the entrance …
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Where Eagles Dare….

Where Eagles Dare Activity Holidays in Austria are incomplete without a few things you can do entirely on your own so this Active Days Out series is designed to showcase some of the sights of Austria to keep you informed and inspire you to do some exploring on your own. In December 1968 UK cinema fans were treated to the latest offering from Alistair Maclean when ‘Where Eagles Dare’ hit the big screen, enshrining the call sign ‘Broadsword calling Danny …
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112 European Emergency Number

Ever wondered how to get in touch with the Emergency Services when you’re on holiday? A recent poll in the UK found that very few adults indeed know how to do this whilst they’re abroad. All MTS guests are given a card with this on once they arrive in resort – just in case. Fortunately, to date, no-one’s had to use it but we always like to put safety first, which is why we’re reminding you here : Dial 112 …
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