June 3, 2014

A Weekend in the Austrian Alps

No doubt about it, climbing trips make me happy. Especially ones where we can go bouldering up in the mountains on beautiful sunny days with happy kids. For Memorial Day weekend, we did just that. We headed down to Mittersill Austria to boulder on some awesome granite boulders in the Felbertauern valley.

We've visited Zillertal, Oeztal and several other valleys over the last few years, but for some reason, I almost liked the bouldering here the best. Rivers, waterfalls, snow, lush green fields, and the fact that we stayed at an amazing new resort that we had all to ourselves probably played a part in the enjoyment factor.

The pictures above were all taken in the best bouldering area of the Felberatuern, called Tal Des Wassers. With kids, the hike took about 45 minutes to clamber up the valley following a raging glacier river. It was well worth it. The boulders really are beautiful, with so many classic hard boulder problems. Oh! How I wish I was there again right now!

If bouldering isn't your thing, but fishing or hiking or spas or horse back riding is, you'd love this area. Well, plus the whole area is a ski resort mecca in the wintertime.

We stayed in a beautiful three bedroom apartment at the Wildkogel Resort. This place is super nice, especially in Spring when no one else is using the place and prices are very affordable. I'm anxious to go again this summer for sure. We literally had the place completely to ourselves! The kids loved the pool and Cooper learned to really swim on this trip which was awesome! 

Living Room and Dining Area 

Loved these coat hanger deer hooks in the hallway
Cows in the fields next to the resort
 On our last day, I took the kids to a park I saw just outside of Mittersill by some soccer fields. It was amazing! A HUGE playground with about 20 different things to play on, as well as a swimming lake that had a zip line over it and balance beams, plus a great restaurant to sit and have a meal while your kids play! Can it get more convenient or perfect? I need to start about a dozen of these in the states for real.

Doesn't this make you want to move to the mountains! I sure do. I do believe we'll be visiting this place again in the near future.

How about you all? Do you love the mountains or prefer the beach? Its a tough call for me. Perhaps a place with both is truly the best of both worlds.

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