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Old August 22nd 03, 04:34 PM
svadas
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I'm looking at a price of $575 for airline and 7 nights lodging in
Innsbruck for early January. I've seen several places offering
similar deals right now for Innsbruck. I've never been to Europe and
this price is super cheap, but I am wondering what the drawbacks are.
I am really worried about jetlag too. How does Innsbruck stack up to
the rockies or Whistler?
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Old August 24th 03, 11:16 AM
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On Sun, 24 Aug 2003 11:42:33 +0100, "InMyTree"
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The whole Innsbruck area has mountains that are not very high in comparision
to the mountains in the Tyrol area for example..


Where exactly do you think the Tyrol is?


"Ian Spare" wrote in message
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On Sat, 23 Aug 2003 09:38:50 +0100, "InMyTree"
wrote:

That region is fairly low altitude wise.. so if it was early January I'd

say
you'd be taking a risk of not having few good snow.. if it was late Jan,
you'd probably be alright..


Innsbruck is the airport, the mountains are a little higher. It's as
reliable as anywhere else in the Alpes in January. From Innsbruck you
can get to a few places.

I actually ski near Innsbruck a lot, all year round in fact, however,
as I've not been to the Rockies I can't make a comparison.


That does sound like a very cheap deal..

"svadas" wrote in message
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I'm looking at a price of $575 for airline and 7 nights lodging in
Innsbruck for early January. I've seen several places offering
similar deals right now for Innsbruck. I've never been to Europe and
this price is super cheap, but I am wondering what the drawbacks are.
I am really worried about jetlag too. How does Innsbruck stack up to
the rockies or Whistler?


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you have to go through all your code fixing it.
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Old August 24th 03, 08:17 PM
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I think Tyrol is near the Swiss border, and mountains in that area include
St Anton, Lech and Zurs..

Where do you think Tyrol is?

"Ian Spare" wrote in message
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On Sun, 24 Aug 2003 11:42:33 +0100, "InMyTree"
wrote:

The whole Innsbruck area has mountains that are not very high in

comparision
to the mountains in the Tyrol area for example..


Where exactly do you think the Tyrol is?


"Ian Spare" wrote in message
.. .
On Sat, 23 Aug 2003 09:38:50 +0100, "InMyTree"
wrote:

That region is fairly low altitude wise.. so if it was early January

I'd
say
you'd be taking a risk of not having few good snow.. if it was late

Jan,
you'd probably be alright..

Innsbruck is the airport, the mountains are a little higher. It's as
reliable as anywhere else in the Alpes in January. From Innsbruck you
can get to a few places.

I actually ski near Innsbruck a lot, all year round in fact, however,
as I've not been to the Rockies I can't make a comparison.


That does sound like a very cheap deal..

"svadas" wrote in message
. com...
I'm looking at a price of $575 for airline and 7 nights lodging in
Innsbruck for early January. I've seen several places offering
similar deals right now for Innsbruck. I've never been to Europe

and
this price is super cheap, but I am wondering what the drawbacks

are.
I am really worried about jetlag too. How does Innsbruck stack up

to
the rockies or Whistler?


--
Yeah, because you never know when the value of 2^15 will change and
you have to go through all your code fixing it.
-- Paul Tomblin



--
Yeah, because you never know when the value of 2^15 will change and
you have to go through all your code fixing it.
-- Paul Tomblin



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Old August 25th 03, 02:09 AM
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I've looked at a map and I think I know where Tyrol is. My question is
if it's worth the trip for 7 nights. In summit county, aka rockies,
where I go a lot we have good snow as the base villages are at 10,000
feet and then the mountains are normally 2-3,000 feet up. Not the
huge mountains I read about in the alps, but that is why I am asking.
If I fly over to the alps, I am going to go over 6 time zones. This
will likely hurt me. My problem in the rockies is normally the
altitude. You can't sleep at that altitude more than a few hours.
But the snow is always good. What could I expect from innsbruck?
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Old August 25th 03, 07:32 AM
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Fair point.. it seems I was wrong..

"BJohansson" wrote in message
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You're actually referring to the Arlberg region. Innsbruck is in Tirol.



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Old August 26th 03, 08:32 AM
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I've skied both the Rockies and Austria somewhat extensively. I'm an American
who lived in southern Germany for 4 years. Innsbruck is not a ski area in the
sense that Breckenridge or Copper or Vail are resorts. Innsbruck is a fairly
large town that hosted 2 Olympics. The skiing is 20-30 minutes away from the
town and quite honestly, not worth your time. As others have stated, the best
decent skiing near Innsbruck is St. Anton which is a ski resort similar to the
Colorado resorts. However, St. Anton is about 90 minutes by car from
Innsbruck. There is train service between the 2, but I have no idea what the
schedule is. As others have also mentioned there is a large variety of other
"resorts" within 1-2 hours of Innsbruck. I'll echo what the others have said.
Lech is one of my favorite Austrian resorts, Ischgl is huge (another "resort"
similar to US resorts), I had great luck with the snow conditions on the
Hintertux glacier. All that being said, Innsbruck is a starting point, not a
destination in my view; Unless you're going for the "European experience"
which is great, but if you're a hard-core skier, I think you'll be disappointed
with the skiing around Innsbruck.
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Old August 26th 03, 10:48 AM
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you've a handful of stations nearby which are pretty nice. St Anton's not
so
far away for example, you could be there for a week and ski a
different station each day

St Anton is not exactly a 'ski station is it? With its spanking trains and
suburbs (Neiderau etc.) its more like a full on town.
Jon

"Ian Spare" wrote in message
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On 24 Aug 2003 19:09:23 -0700, (svadas) wrote:

I've looked at a map and I think I know where Tyrol is. My question is
if it's worth the trip for 7 nights. In summit county, aka rockies,
where I go a lot we have good snow as the base villages are at 10,000
feet and then the mountains are normally 2-3,000 feet up. Not the
huge mountains I read about in the alps, but that is why I am asking.
If I fly over to the alps, I am going to go over 6 time zones. This
will likely hurt me. My problem in the rockies is normally the
altitude. You can't sleep at that altitude more than a few hours.
But the snow is always good. What could I expect from innsbruck?


I'll have a go if we've all stopped being silly :-) I can't compare
since I've not skied in the US.

I'm not real clear what you're going to be doing, some people
certainly do stay in Innsbruck rather than up the hills in the
stations, rather (I imagine) like staying in Salt Lake City. If you're
with a tour group and/or have access to transport it's not bad, you've
a handful of stations nearby which are pretty nice. St Anton's not so
far away for example, you could be there for a week and ski a
different station each day . And, Innsbruck is a nice town, plenty to
see in the evenings and some nice restaurants. If you're relying on
public transport from Innsbruck to slopes each day, it can certainly
be done, there's buses etc, it'd not be my choice though.

Most people tend to stay in one station or another so if you're doing
that and knew which station it was then I could comment, I'll have
almost certainly been there.

As for height, to be honest I can't think what height Innsbruck is but
the skiing's going to be not more than 2000-3000m.

I think you'd said it was cheap, for the price, it's probably worth
taking a look.

Ian


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Old August 26th 03, 10:49 AM
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"BJohansson" wrote in message
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I've skied both the Rockies and Austria somewhat extensively. I'm an
American
who lived in southern Germany for 4 years. Innsbruck is not a ski area in
the
sense that Breckenridge or Copper or Vail are resorts. Innsbruck is a
fairly
large town that hosted 2 Olympics. The skiing is 20-30 minutes away from
the
town and quite honestly, not worth your time. As others have stated, the
best
decent skiing near Innsbruck is St. Anton which is a ski resort similar to
the
Colorado resorts. However, St. Anton is about 90 minutes by car from
Innsbruck. There is train service between the 2, but I have no idea what
the
schedule is. As others have also mentioned there is a large variety of
other
"resorts" within 1-2 hours of Innsbruck. I'll echo what the others have
said.
Lech is one of my favorite Austrian resorts, Ischgl is huge (another
"resort"
similar to US resorts), I had great luck with the snow conditions on the
Hintertux glacier. All that being said, Innsbruck is a starting point, not
a
destination in my view; Unless you're going for the "European experience"
which is great, but if you're a hard-core skier, I think you'll be
disappointed
with the skiing around Innsbruck.

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[Above] Sounds about right.
Jon.

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Old August 26th 03, 11:44 AM
Ian Spare
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On Tue, 26 Aug 2003 11:48:39 +0100, "Jonathan Gogan"
wrote:

you've a handful of stations nearby which are pretty nice. St Anton's not

so
far away for example, you could be there for a week and ski a
different station each day

St Anton is not exactly a 'ski station is it? With its spanking trains and
suburbs (Neiderau etc.) its more like a full on town.
Jon


Of course it's !"$ing ski station, are you on drugs or what?

Before posting drivel again try and get your brain engaged and sort
out your posting style, ie attibution and don't top post.


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Old August 26th 03, 11:59 AM
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On Tue, 26 Aug 2003 13:44:39 +0200, Ian Spare
wrote:

On Tue, 26 Aug 2003 11:48:39 +0100, "Jonathan Gogan"
wrote:

you've a handful of stations nearby which are pretty nice. St Anton's not

so
far away for example, you could be there for a week and ski a
different station each day

St Anton is not exactly a 'ski station is it? With its spanking trains and
suburbs (Neiderau etc.) its more like a full on town.
Jon


Of course it's !"$ing ski station, are you on drugs or what?


Could be a language thang, I guess. Maybe he thinks a 'ski station' is
just a tiny one-lift affair or something.

Before posting drivel again try and get your brain engaged and sort
out your posting style, ie attibution and don't top post.


Whereas this has no excuse.

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