18 January 2017
a ski weekend in kitzbuhel
last weekend we popped down to the austrian alps to do a bit of skiing/snowboarding. ian and i have been wanting to have a ski day together for a long time (and we had our eyes set on kitzbuhel because our friends went there and it looked amazing), but pregnancy and a new baby put it off … and then as moses grew we weren’t sure how to make it work because obviously we’d need an all-day babysitter. when my cousin aubrey moved to england to study at oxford, we realized it would work perfect to bring her with us to be our babysitter for a ski weekend – especially because she is a really big skier! we flew to munich on thursday night, aubrey skiied on friday, and we skiied (me) / snowboarded (ian) on saturday.
i spent the month leading up to our ski trip hoping, hoping, hoping for fresh snow at kitzbuhel. i hoped so hard for powder that i forgot to hope for some visibility! and we ended up skiing through a blizzard – haha! the weather and lack of scenery (which was the principle reason i wanted to ski in the alps) along with the little-bit-frustrating fact that ian had overestimated his snowboarding skills, made my ski day about forty percent miserable and sixty percent fun. i think ian would assign about the same ratio. but we made the most of it and definitely enjoyed the weekend as a whole. the little village of kitzbuhel is so so darling and cozy, and that austrian weiner schnitzel is so tasty! :) it was wonderful to be together, just the two of us, for a big chunk of time – but it was even more wonderful to be reunited with moses (who i missed like craaaaazy). being in the mountains was good for our souls, and being in snow again was so great. we had a perfect little apartment nestled into a pretty valley, and it even included a sauna! we enjoyed hanging out there and playing games in the evenings with aubrey.
here are some pictures from our weekend!
^^ pretty views from our apartment! sometimes our views were just a blanket of white, and sometimes they were like this (never clearer than this as it snowed on and off the entire two days!) ^^
^^ i couldn’t get over how charming and colourful this main road in the village was! ^^
^^ we walked down the road to the churchyard, and it was pretty magical to walk through the snow among the graves under the indigo sky. ^^
^^ many of the graves had lit candles like this. i love it! ^^
^^ we popped in a restaurant our friends had recommended on the main street and had schnitzel and almdudler, a traditional austrian fizzy apple drink. so delish! ^^
^^ and when we came out of the restaurant, it was snowing!! enchanting. ^^
^^ how about those little sleepy feet sticking out of ian’s jacket?! ^^
^^ our drive to the slopes ^^
^^ my vision of a photo of us with spectacular cascading alps behind us turned into this quick selfie right before a genuine whiteout – haha! ^^
^^ ian could hardly see anything when taking this photo. hence the awesome composition :) ^^
^^ there certainly was still some great beauty to take in despite the low visibility. i loved skiing through these amazing snow-laden trees! and the cable car ride was pretty breathtaking. ^^
^^ yes, i know these goggles are awesome. our friends lent them to me and they totally went well, all colourful and flashy, with the rest of my cobbled-together ski outfit – haha! ^^
^^ after our last run (of course!), the blue sky started to appear! we strolled back to that colourful street to experience it in the daytime….
^^ we sat on some sheepskin blankets at an outdoor table at the little cafe in this yellow building ^^ and sipped some hot coco and debriefed from our day (we split up in the afternoon). it was really lovely! ^^
^^ meanwhile, aubrey and moses were having a blast! it was so great to have someone that we super trust and that moses knows quite well to babysit for us! we adore aubrey and it’s so fun having her living close to us! ^^
^^ more balcony views. ^^
^^ our early morning drive out of kitzbuhel in order to make it to 9am church in rosenheim, germany. ^^
^^ quick snaps from the car window don’t do this dawn drive any justice! it was just stunningly beautiful. ^^
here’s a quick video i made from the live photos i took on my phone on our ski day. so much snow!
we would love to go back to kitzbuhel again one day!