Much like nearby Germany and Belgium, Austria has a brewing pedigree going back centuries. With a climate and landscape unsuited to wine production, the locals turned to their Bavarian cousins over the border in Germany for inspiration. The focus of their efforts turned to beer and the country’s fourth largest city, Salzburg, remains to this day the centre of the Austrian brewing industry. That said, Austria is home to over 60 different breweries across the nation and produces a huge range of beers.
Glühwein is a mulled wine from Germany, best paired with gingerbread, spiced cookies and cakes, leaving you with a gentle sweet, warm and invigorating taste; ideal for those cold winter evenings. The recipe is simple and leads to infinite variations. The typical ingredients usually consists of:
one bottle of dry red or white wine
If, like many skiers, you feel that to have a fantastic holiday you need a resort with incredible après ski as well as decent slopes, then look no further than St Anton in Austria! It is quite simply a Mecca for drunken table-top dancing, the Holy Grail of après ski and the capital of crazy Europarty beats.
The Austrian resort of St Anton is, hands down, one of the liveliest and most vibrant resorts in Europe for après ski shenanigans. From the foot-stomping oompah music in the mighty Mooserwirt Bar to vibrant party nights in town, and from steins full of beer to artistically crafted cocktails, this is a resort popular amongst skiers keen to hit the bars as hard as they hit the slopes!
The ski resort of St Anton has stood out for a number of years now as one of the liveliest of all the resorts in Austria. Whilst the après ski and nightlife are by far not the only major draws for visitors to the area, it’s certainly true they play a large part in the resort’s continued popularity.
Parents can rest assured this season that their children will be safe on the ski lifts of St Anton following the introduction of a child-safe 6-man chair lift. Legislation which restricts children under 1.25m to riding a ski lift with a 1:1 adult to child ratio has long posed a problem for large families and ski schools. The creator of this new lift, Doppelmayr, has solved this dilemma in St Anton with the new Tanzböden chairlift, which replaces the identically named T-Bar on Galzig.
Building on the success of last year’s event, this relative newcomer to the Alpine festival scene is set to become a regular event, and has announced the dates for this year’s festival.
Between 23rd – 27th March 2014 the slopes and bars of Söll will host a massive line up of music stars from across Europe, as well as some so-called Tyrolean Games on the slopes which include a Mountain Rally, Retro Race and Ski Safari.
St Anton has kick started the season with a musical collaboration from the USA. Today will be the start of the first of the two celebrations with 3 days of ski testing in ‘Country meets snow’ style!
Cowboy hats and plaid shirts will merge with with skis and helmets for the celebrations while country bands such as the Wicked Wildcats play and people can dance the ‘Iron-dance’ line dance for the opening weekend.