If you are seeking to see stunning European scenery and like being in the outdoors Austria will appeal to you. There are backpacking and unique holiday ideas all year round, from skiing / snowboarding in the Alps during winter to going walking and trekking in the warmer months. To anyone that’s never been before, keen for adventure and willing to take on a challenge and swap the beaches for the beautiful mountains, you’ll love Austria!
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Are you thinking about your next winter adventure destination? We recommend considering Leogang and below you can read an experience of visiting from one of our featured travel writers Avena Davis. The snowboarding scene is something that year on year is becoming a bigger industry and all the more fun. I’ve had the luck of snowboarding down the beautiful mountains of Morzine/Avoriaz and Aviemore, and last March, I ventured to Leogang, a small town in the skiing region of Salzberg Austria.
Leogang is one of the smaller less popular destinations in the Alps, but still offers the best of both worlds; an untouched traditional Austrian town with the life and soul that any happenin’ ski resort could offer. After a tiring day on the slopes, there’s nothing quite like dancing the night away in a snow igloo, sipping warm jäger tea (yes it was as disgusting as it sounds, but it did the job) and being entertained by the skilled boarders and skiers on the snow jumps.
Die Alte Schmiede, a rustic Austrian restaurant at the top of mountain was the most popular pit stop, and with their habitual onion and bacon soup, hot chocolate and endless shots of rum, it was the perfect belly warmer. This quaint restaurant was the hub for all local events, with their weekly fire & ice shows, and late night parties; it brings the nightlife to the charming little town.
Like any snowboarding destination, the vibe to the place is infectious, and no matter where you venture for a snow holiday, that’s something that won’t ever change. There’s something about such trips that are just pure bliss. Whether it involves staying in a cosy wooden chalet, making fires, and a hearty dinner together with all your family, there really is nothing more perfect. What’s more, a snowboarding trip can perfect for any type of holiday maker, and from sleigh rides with reindeer and spa treatments for those more indulgent, there is something for everyone.
So, to anyone that’s never been before, keen for adventure and willing to take on a challenge and swap the beaches for the beautiful mountains, you’ll never look back!