TATRA WINTER ACTIVITY WEEK

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

I am not keen on skiing and haven't skied for 10 years, I had a refresher lesson (really cheap - about 12 euros for an hour and a half) and learnt so much that I enjoyed skiing for the first time and now wouldn't mind another holiday with a bit of skiing in it.  The huskies of course were exceptional, but having had two days solid of dog sledding in Sweden, it was over in a flash and you weren't really in control of your own team.  The horse sleigh ride with the barbeque at half way through was really good - the mulled wine flowed and the sausages, which you cook yourself, were very tasty.

What did you think of your group leader?

Peter was very good.  He could answer any of your questions and always put the group before himself.  Very organised and loved taking photographs.  He always ensured we were booked in for a meal in one of the many restaurants before he went home to his family and towards the end of the trip we sent him home early, rather than letting him wait until we got to the restaurant - we were quite capable of getting ourselves there on our own!

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

The food is really cheap compared with the UK and the potato pancakes are very tasty.  There is a mini market near the Pension so you can stock up on snack bars and alcohol.  Snack bars for the days out in the snow and alcohol for the evenings after you come back from your meal as there are no pubs.  The breakfasts were not that appetising, but ok if you like salami, processed meat and cheese!  Enjoy the sport and have a great time.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

We went in January and it was a bit weird to see all the houses still lit up for Christmas as this is celebrated until the end of January.  It snowed every day, which was great for the skiing, but a bit deep for the snow shoeing.  Nothing is too strenuous and of course if you want to dip out and do your own thing there is no problem with that.