Discovering the Tirolean Alps: A Trip Prologue

I know I recently completed my journal on a skiing trip to California. However after the new year, I was back to head to Europe once again to ski. Back last year, I had my first time skiing in the European Alps and enjoyed every moment of my trip. Then last year American Airlines also devalued their mileage redemption rates, and I decided to clear out all my miles before then, redeeming a last one-way First Class ticket to Zurich with Cathay Pacific. For the return flight, I had toyed with the idea of flying Swiss or Air France back to Asia but decided to try Thai Airways when they had good fares out of Milan with their new A350s. With no First Class onboard the A350, I settled with Thai’s Royal Orchid Business Class.

In Europe, I had plan for 2 weeks of skiing and decided to split my time in 2 different ski areas. Coincidentally, there was a couple of ski properties that was part of the Design Hotels that became affiliated with SPG. Their reasonable prices for a ski resort accommodation in winter meant it was good value as well. The first property I stayed was Hotel Zhero in Ischgl/Kappl, which is close to the ski resort of Ischgl and a fair drive to the larger resort of St. Anton am Arlberg. The second property was Nira Alpina in Silvaplana, Switzerland. With the glorious mountain scenery, efficient transport, clean cities and great chocolates, Switzerland is my favourite destination in Europe thus far and Silvaplana is like the cheaper neighbouring village to more renowned St. Moritz. Connection by public transport meant I could ski both in Corvatsch (ski resort in Silvaplana) and in St. Moritz.

While I love skiing a lot, I still made time for side trips since it does not make sense to push yourself to the limit to ski everyday with the cyclical winter conditions. That being said, I will stay over in Chur and Milan at the middle and end of the trip. That allows me to do tour some places in Europe that I have yet to explore or been to. For travelling between the ski resorts and towns, it was a combination of rental car and rail transport. I would do a short write up about this as well to give prospective skiers who are keen to ski the European Alps some background on getting around the numerous ski resorts.

Do bear with me while looking out for the numerous chapters of this trip journal. In the meantime, I leave readers with some of my favourite photos out of my mobile phone taken during this trip.

Winter at Ischgl
Looks like a scene out of a fairy tale
Skiing from the Trittkopfbahn to Zurs
Berghaus Stuben
Berghaus Stuben in one of the smaller villages in Arlberg
Alpine skiing at Arlberg
Alpine skiing towards Zurs am Arlberg in Austria
Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains
Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains in St. Moritz

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