On the photo you see the landscape of Gosau in Winter, covered with snow (Photo: OOE Tourismus)

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King Dachstein’s “Sense of Snow”

Memories of rainy Christmases without snow faded into oblivion upon our arrival at the Dachstein West Ski Resort in the heart of the Salzkammergut.

The mighty Dachstein, splendid in the warm sunshine, was calling out to us to go skiing and beckoned us to enjoy a few days’ relaxing winter holiday in this lovely World Heritage Region.

It did not take us long to find our hotel in Gosau at the foot of the Dachstein. We received a warm and friendly welcome, as is typical of the Salzkammergut, from the owner herself. She was dressed, as is usual, in her traditional dirndl. Now our long-awaited skiing holiday could at last begin.

Just as we got settled into our room, scented with Swiss pine, and put our skis in the ski store, it began to snow. Wantonly and eager to get started, we dressed up warmly and made our way into Gosau to buy our lift passes for the extensive Dachstein West Ski Resort, and to book our children on to a ski course.

This was easy to arrange. We were asked about the children’s skiing ability, and were able to reserve places on a ski course for our daughter and on a snowboarding course for our older son. As the children were going to be on full day courses we decided we could do something for ourselves too.  Full of beans, and just like children ourselves, we booked a day on the Krippenstein in Obertraun, whilst at the ski school. Together with our expert guide we would conquer the world renowned Freeride Arena.

We completely embarrassed our kids, behaving like two over-excited teenagers ourselves as we went into the next-door ski hire shop to get kitted out with freeride ski equipment.  We were greeted with the customary Salzkammergut charm by the staff who shared our excitement, and  ensured we were fully equipped.

The friendly ladies ...

... at Tourist Information gave us details of all the other activities on offer and put together a schedule of other events during our skiing holiday. There was everything ranging from tobogganing and ice skating in Bad Goisern to traditional ice curling and a visit to nearby Hallstatt – a World Heritage Site. No wish was left unfulfilled. Thankfully we had followed the advice of others and booked our ski holiday to coincide with the Snow Spectacle and the Gosau Hot Air Balloon Week.

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The snow was still falling heavily as we made our way back to the hotel and Gosau lay under a thick white blanket. Smoke rose steadily from the chimneys and the wood burning stoves of the houses of the Salzkammergut created a warm and cosy atmosphere. Night was drawing over the Gosaukamm mountain range. We were passed by horse-drawn sledges and could hear the bells round the horses’ necks jangling cheerfully. The last of the cross country skiers were making their way back along the seemingly unending Gosau valley to their hotels and guest houses.

We took in a deep breath of magnificent Dachstein mountain air and said to ourselves, “King Dachstein really does have a sense of snow”!

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