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Question Sneaky trip to Alps

Discussion in 'Europe' started by ralf_plough, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. ralf_plough

    ralf_plough One of Us

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    So it looks like I have to attend a meeting in Halle Germany in about two weeks. If I were to say, tack a sneaky 3 days on, where would be a convenient spot to grab a couple of days on a hill?

    Do I fly or catch a train or what?

    Been a long time between European drinks, and never from that side so not real clued up. Any suggestions welcome.
     
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  2. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Fly or train to Innsbruck?
     
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    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hyst Enjoyer Ski Pass: Gold

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    And fly out from Munich again.
     
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  5. ralf_plough

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    Looking at it, flying involves a stop, so train is not much slower (albeit a few stops, but not much luggage, be hiring skis).
     
  6. ralf_plough

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    Looks like the plan in any event.
     
  7. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Fly to Friedrichshafen and scoot up to the Arlberg or Montafon valley.
     
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    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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  9. ralf_plough

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    Given the limited timing it seems quite sensible.
     
  10. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    4/5 hours on a train vs flights and connections/transfers sounds good imo
     
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  11. ralf_plough

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    Well it is 4 train trips but still, by the time you dick around at airports it’s probably less bother.
     
  12. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    There are small ski areas closer in East Germany and Czech republic.
    https://www.bergfex.com/sachsen/
    https://www.bergfex.com/czech/
    https://www.findskiholidays.com/ski-resorts-close-to-leipzig

    But looking at some of those you'd spend nearly as long getting there by train/bus as you would Innsbruck or Garmisch.
    I suggested Innsbruck as it is easy to get there via express train and once there you have a couple of ski areas right there and a few others a short bus trip away. https://www.innsbruck.info/en/skiing.html
     
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  13. Jacko4650

    Jacko4650 One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Yes, Innsbruck has had awesome snow falls recently, so there should be a great base even if it doesn't snow again and the express train from Munich is painless. Hotel prices are very reasonable too. There are some interesting ski areas all within easy reach via the SkiBus which picks up at most hotels in the city each morning. The SkiPass gives you the flexibility of selecting the area that most suits your needs, with a small premium for the inclusion of Kutai Glacier area I think? Innsbruck is a lovely city too, in the event that the weather goes belly-up and you head home earlier than anticipated. The link above from Heinz will take you to the Skipass info. The bus journeys to the resorts are interesting, as there is a big carpark where numerous buses gather after picking punters up from hotels. You disembark and then reload on to the bus going to the resort you want - almost like a market of ski buses. Enjoy wherever you go, for if you don't, you will be kicking yourself when you get home!
     
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    Halle has direct flights to Munich and Zurich. Then drive or bus to Ellmau/SkiWelt (90 minutes from Munich Airport) or Engelberg (75 minutes from Zurich Airport).