Last year, I went for my first real winter skiing vacation. We went to a small town in Austria called “Kleinwalsertal”, a town that my boyfriend's family went to many times.
The hotel we stayed at was the Ifa Alpenrose in Kleinwalsertal, Austria. We booked the half board offer which included buffet breakfast and dinner with a small lunch.
The hotel room was basic and sufficient with enough space to store all clothes and skiing equipment, a balcony with a gorgeous view of the snowy mountains and a very modern bathroom (for some reason, European hotels have very small and ugly bathrooms, so this is a very important factor for me when choosing hotels).
The hotel has only 1 main restaurant but the buffet included a nice variety of appetizers, soup, main courses and desserts. The breakfast was fresh and also offered a nice variety. The bar had big lounge next to it that allowed all tourists to get comfortable seats with their drinks.
The sport offer was rather slim with a small and disappointing gym and one small pool. The spa area however was great, with 2 saunas, a steam room and a lounge area to relax and read a book.
The food in Austria is amazing! Of course, the Wiener Schnitzel is the most famous dish from Austria/Germany, and it was delicious! Another favourite of mine was Kaiserschmarn, which is basically waffle dough made in scrambled eggs style. Mix it with powdered sugar and Apfelmuß (apple sauce) - amazing! The cafes in this city are all so beautiful and offer great varieties of cake and coffees along with magnificent views.
We were in Austria in December, so the mountains were full of snow. This makes for some lovely hikes through snowy forests and cities.
Since everyone in my boyfriend's family know how to ski, I tried to learn it as well, for which I took a course. Unfortunately, it was a disaster and as you can see, I did not get the hang of it at all!
Overall you pay for a high variety buffet and a great location if you ski/snowboard or just love high mountains. The price is definitely steep, but a perfect family holiday for people who love winter sports.