CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: TRINS & THE THREE VALLEYS

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Well, at my age of 73, I have to admit that I was pleased not to hold the group back (As I saw it!) and to enjoy some good skiing in fine scenery. I "skived off" one day to Innsbruck on my own - an easy journey - and enjoyed a visit to the Tyrolean Arts and Crafts Museum - the closeness of Innsbruck is a bonus.

What did you think of your group leader?

Second time with Bob in Trins. He really has the holiday wrapped up in every respect - very efficient organisation (eg the transport to the different ski areas), care of each individual while out skiing and throughout the holiday, able to share a knowledge of the Tyrol gained over many years. He helped us to bond as a group. I think he enabled all members to ski at the standard they aspired to - we had one or two younger, fitter members, who either had opportunities to ski extra circuits or take time to try out their ski/ skating technique.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Local hire of skis and ski boots is a good option. A small rucksack, which has extra straps around the chest and waist ( keeping the rucksack fully secured to you) is useful.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Theres' nothing to be done, it seems, but Austria permits segregated smoking within a building ....... so, smoke in one bar at the Wienerhof Hotel, gradually percolated during the evening to other parts of the hotel, including the dining room. It seemed too that some rooms in the annex across the road were being used by smokers with the same result. Maybe it's the contrast of the fresh mountain air .......... but I'd prefer a smoke free hotel.