The farmhouse we like to stay in was unfortunately booked during our visit, so we tried out a new Gasthaus on the other side of town, called Haus Luzia. This one wasn't a barn, but it was equally quaint, charming, and ridiculously affordable. We really fell in love with our host, and the location was great and convenient. In fact, it was nearly perfect with only one detail that will keep us from staying there again. Let's just say I will never underestimate the phrase "non-smoking" on a hotel listing again. Austria is a fabulous country, but they are a bit behind on a few things and the lack of smoking rules is definitely one of them. We worked around it though, and still enjoyed our stay. We were surprised how easy it was to walk to town from a seemingly distant location. In fact, we pretty much walked everywhere - we had to do something to walk off all that rich Austrian food we ate!
This weekend was all about being together as a family, teaching little r how to ski, introducing our new buddy Lando to the Alps, and relaxing away all the current stresses in our lives. We spent all day on the slopes, and every evening we had reservations to eat at one of the town's fine dining establishments. The best part was, Lando was welcomed pretty much everywhere we went including dinner. Instead of going on an on about how great it was, I'll instead share our weekend through pictures...
|skiing with daddy - this picture makes little r look like a pro|
(the poles didn't last long though)
|Big R earned a gold star for his patience helping little r ski -|
he started out going up the tug line with daddy...
|while I strapped on my snowshoes,|
so Lando and I could watch slopeside
|then he finally got brave enough to do the tug line by himself|
|talk about brave! heading up the "flying train" to the BIG mountain with daddy|
|Lando and I waited patiently - they were gone a loooong time|
|My guys were up on that mountain somewhere! Finally they made it down with little r in Big R's arms. I asked how long they were like that. Big R said, "pretty much the entire mountain" - oh well, we can try it again next year!|
|We spent the next day on the BIG mountain - Wiedersbergerhorn in Alpbach.|
I think this is one of my favorite pictures from the trip!
|little r was really excited for another day of skiing|
|The views from the top were stunning!|
|I didn't get to ski, but I still went along for the fun|
|Big R literally carried little r up the puma lift |
- sheer determination, daddy!
|and he used a leash as a tether to help him ski |
down the mountain - it worked really well!
|This trip included quite a few hot chocolate breaks :)|
|And puppy breaks were in the mix, too :)|
|Views we experienced as we walked into town from our Gasthaus|
|yes, we were VERY spoiled - it's a beautiful place|
|One of our favorite parts of the trip was having our |
new buddy along - he loved the snow
and we loved his company