Last week I went skiing in Austria and Germany with Lufthansa, and a bunch of excellent Instagrammers from around the world. We did so much in six days in so many places – thank the phone for geotagging and photos, or I’d never remember it all.
All this is less than two hours from Munich Airport.
Or, if you go by helicopter, 15 minutes…
DISCLAIMER: All this happened in six days, no exaggeration
Early morning flight
From Birmingham to Munich with Lufthansa – easy airport, easy flight, all good.
Lufthansa helicopter ride direct to Kitzbuhel
Meet the team for 20 windy minutes in the air over Munich and the mountains.
Pick up by Audi
Took us to the ski hire place – felt like a rock star.
Check in to the Hahnenkamm Lodge
It’s a favourite of celebs and VIPs, just like what I felt like this last week.
Lodge Champagne reception
After exploring the Hahnenkamm Lodge that is – possibly the fanciest place I’ve ever stayed.
First ski of the week
Not a good idea to try and keep up with an Oakley sponsored skier, the owner of a ski magazine and someone who’s been skiing since she was a kid – I fell over about five times, before I gave up and went by myself.
Had to change my boots – poor workman blames their tools, etc – glad I had this dude to take me to the gondola.
Time to relax
The most technical bath I’ve ever been in – disco lights, epic bubbles, massage jets and all.
Dinner at the lodge
Three courses of deliciousness topped off with a schnapps.
Up to the church on top of the mountain looking out over the city, stunning.
Early morning ski
Before everyone else gets the gondola we got to go down from the lodge – my guide Susi pointed out all the key accident locations to me, fun.
Eggy and salmon breakfast
Sensational, seriously – didn’t take a pic though so here’s the apple strudel instead.
More skiing with Susi
She’s a mountain guide in the winter and a scuba instructor in the summer – hero – a brilliant teacher, guide and now friend.
Lunch at the mountain hut
I chose schnitzel with a bowl of sauerkraut, washed back with a schnapps.
More skiing with Susi
Absolutely stunning vistas – getting used to the bumpier terrain here.
Paragliding with Element3
I ran off the mountain and landed 850m later right by the après ski in Streifalm – absolutely incredible.
Apres ski in Kitzbuhel
Schnapps, gluhwein and watching out for the others – goodbye Kitzbuhel.
Journey to our super luxe house
We had a four-bed luxury house complete with fancy fixtures, a hot tub, sauna and steam room.
Dinner at Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt
It’s the best spa hotel in Austria and home to a restaurant with a room where you can watch the cows graze – there are also thrones for toilets.
Went for a snowboarding lesson in Ellmau – loved it, spent a lot of time of my bum but defo want to do it again.
I had veal sausage and sauerkraut, unexpectedly yum, the snow was ruining visibility but looking good!
Visited the Igloo village in Hochbrixen
Enjoyed more gluhwein and a look at the ice bar, restaurant and hotel, all built just last week, out of snow and ice!
Steam room and hot tub at the house
Imagine living a life where this is at your disposal? Amazing and absolutely incredible to have in our garden.
Went sledging in Zillertal
It was a long way down the 4km Witches Run – kind of cold, kind of scary and totally amazing.
Fondue dinner at Gasthof Restaurant Perauer
I felt like a right fat beast by the end, but it was fun, and it was in an old cheese factory.
Had to sledge down
We left it so late the lift had closed, a lot of effort after the fondue and gluhwein excess but great fun.
Breakfast at the Back Bakery
An on piste bakery with fresh pastries and bread every day – the baker was a lot of fun and loved having his pic taken!
Checked into Das Posthotel
This is one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve ever stayed in – and I was lucky enough to get the best room in the hotel.
Went skiing in Zillertal
Again, too difficult to keep up with those guys but at least it pushed me.
Lunch at Platzlalm on the mountain
Enjoyed the Lufthansa chairs in the sun before the pork burgers inside, again, washed down with Schnapps.
First time for me for this yummy pancake delight, but definitely not the last.
Made sure to do my own thing, much better going at a speed I’m comfortable with.
Apres ski gluhwein
There were random Brazilian carnival celebrations going on – celebrating Carnival time around the world.
Restaurant Alexander for dinner
We had 7 courses and two desserts, with wine to match, all cooked by Austrian celeb chef Alexander Fankhauser at the Hotel Lamark.
Went up the new swanky Mayrhofen gondolas – with absolutey incredible views over the valley, in comfort.
Free to do my own thing, going my own speed and taking in the views.
Met for après at Schneekar Hutte
A fancy pyramid hotel with antlers everywhere and beautiful views – gluhwein and Champers all round.
Dinner and look around the Schneekar Hutte
Would love to stay here one day – right on top of the mountain, amazingly decorated and the food was delicious.
Back down in the snowcat
It was like a rollercoaster ride, an awesome one which had us screaming and shouting down the slopes to the bottom – so much fun!
Apres ski at in Mahyrhofen
Danced on the stage to Avicii, drank beer, drank schnapps, loved it.
Skiing at Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Started the day with this view from the edge of the world – stunning.
Women’s World Cup, live!
Watched some of the Women’s World Cup skiers coming down at crazy speeds – felt awesome to be on the slopes at the same time as these athletes.
Lunch at Drehmoser
I had a skiers snack board in the sun, feeling super happy and super satisfied after scoffing this.
Final skiing sesh
This was it, the final ski session of not just the week, but the entire season for me, and it was a stunning place to do it.
Drive to the Hilton at Munich Airport
It was a 90-minute drive past quaint houses, interesting parks and the world famous BMW factory in Munich – I got upgraded at the hotel too, sweet! Something important involving Bayern Munich footballers was happening…
Dinner at Airbrau
Munich Airport is the only one with a brewery, so we went – snack board and spinach dumplings, yum.
Home time, via the Lufthansa VIP Senator Lounge
Oh my days they had a pick n mix, obvs just ate that and ignored all the proper food.
It’s been an absolutely incredible week – full of money-can’t-buy experiences as well as ones a lot of money can. I’ll remember this week for as long as I can, and would happily visit any of the resorts again, I hope you’ll get to, too!