CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: TRINS & THE THREE VALLEYS

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Managing to stay in the tracks on a long downhill without using my poles as brakes! Taking in the sheer beauty of nature at Mariawaldrast,made even more special by the fabulous sunny weather...& not forgetting the most wonderful Gluhwein i have ever tasted!

What did you think of your group leader?

Bob was a great leader,well organised,very knowledgeable & very patient...& with some of us boy did he need to be patient! For the first few days conditions were very bad,hardly any snow,lots of slush(was a bit like water skiing at times!) & then icy in parts. Despite all these problems Bob did an excellent job in getting us all familiarised on our ski's & often had to make the tracks himself as the machines hadn't been out.This was hard work in itself as well as having 14 of us to teach-a big group by any standards but he ensured our safety at all times, gently encouraging the more 'timid' members amongst us whilst providing enjoyment for the more braver ones.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Make sure you're reasonably fit,wear plenty of layers so you can remove & pack into a small rucsac if necessary & vice versa. Treat yourself to a massage in the wellness centre.I had a full body one half way through the week & it was bliss!! Most important,be prepared to fall over lots-usually when you least expect it,if  you laugh a lot it doesn't seem to hurt?!

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The hotel was lovely with very good hearty food to look forward to every evening.It was good to all eat together as a group-there were walkers too & we all intermingled at meal times to exchange our day's events. The mountain rescue team came in one evening to give a talk & slide show about the work that they do & share some of their experiences,this was very interesting & makes you realise just what they are all about. The only downside to the holiday was leaving to come home,we had a wonderful time & met some really great people.