Do you know the feeling of perfectly exceeded expectations? Wonderful, isn’t it? Think back of when you had this perfect picture in mind, of how something was going to be. And then found out, that you had to paint it all over again with what you actually saw. This happens – a lot, I find – during travelling. So today, let me tell you of how my expectations have totally been exceeded this time, travelling to the ski resorts Ötscher & Hochkar in the Lower Austrian Mostviertel destination.
What first seemed to melt away with the warm temperatures of an unusually mild winter was this: Hope. Hope for a really good skiing weekend. Our expectations had already gone down low under the heat of the spring sun but successfully made their comeback here in Mostviertel: Great slopes for carving in Lackenhof am Ötscher. Brand new hotel rooms at JoSchi’s Sporthaus at Hochkar mountain resort. Austria’s largest pine wood sauna at the Ybbstaler Solebad spa in Göstling. And of course lovely Franz, the mayor of Göstling, a true entertainer, witty personality as well as our ski guide for the day. So how did all of this happen? Let me tell you here.
And the best thing is: This weekend, I am back up at the slopes! My brand new snowboard needs some fresh air. So do I.
Check it out: It is only until 6 April, 2014 that the slopes at Hochkar mountain resort are still maintained for the season. You have no reason not to go. So let’s go!
We just love skiing in Mostviertel. Splash out over breakfast. Carve down every possible slope. Squeal with joy in the snow! And being invited to Franz’ farm for a glass of cider “Most” later on. Naturally!
“I am only here because I INSISTED on being with you all day skiing! And of course, you must come and see my farm later on. I will serve you home-made cider from our apple trees there! The only thing is, I have to ask my wife if she is at home, so we can cook something for you!?” Franz boasts his happiest smile. Christina & Thomas, our lovely friends from Tannheimer Tal in Tirol and I exchange looks. “But … You really don’t have to cook for us??!” – “Well, you can at least have an omelette”, Franz insists, still smiling. The fresh bread with the home-made, delightful cream cheese spread that his wife eventually serves us still makes me hungry today. It was sooo good! Read more about Christina & Thomas’ unique views about Mostviertel here. 🙂
Franz is a local through & through, his hospitality representing all of the Mostviertel people we meet this weekend. No matter whether it is at JoSchi’s Sporthaus, at the brand new JUFA family lodge at Hochkar or at the Ybbstaler Solebad spa in Göstling: People are just really sweet and cool out here. It is worth spending more than just one or two days in this destination. Even, or especially as a local like myself who thinks of the Hochkar mountain ski resort as being mainly for a day’s worth – let’s recall what I recently wrote about counting snowflakes & winter magic at Hochkar in Mostviertel! By the way, I am sure you are going to meet Franz too. Just look for a happy and approachable person: It is bound to be him!
Lovely. I really need to go now, though, and get myself up there once more snowboarding this season. Care to join me? Well, you know where to go now. Perhaps we shall meet? Look for the happy boarder girl taking photos with her iPhone on the slopes and from the chair lift. Then sharing them with the world with a sigh, reaching out to people like yourself. Thank you so much for being there! 😀
Disclaimer: We have been invited by Mostviertel Tourismus to travel to the mountain ski resorts Ötscher & Hochkar. All opinions are my own.