Ski Week in the Alps- Video

On March 11 I traveled 5 hours by train to get to Styria, Austria. In the town of Schladming, all of the exchange students in Austria attended a week long Rotary-organized ski camp in the Austrian alps. We stayed and ate our meals in a cozy lodge situated in the valley with a beautiful view of the alps, and skiied for 6+ hours a day for 6 days straight. The Special Olympics happened to be happening in the same place at the same time we were there, and we were invited to go to the opening welcome ceremony for the Olympians. It was such a privilege to get to meet and talk to the special Olympians from all over the world! Another highlight of the week was sledding down the alps. We spent an afternoon on 2 person sleds, laughing and frantically steering as we plowed our ways through the 7 kilometer long toboggan trail down the mountain. There’s no describing the feeling, but I think sledding through the Austrian alps has got to be one of the best things I’ve done in Austria to date.

The biggest highlight of the ski trip were the Alps themselves. Vienna is as flat as it gets for Austria, so therefore I’d seen the alps only a handful of times before ski week. To see the alps and to be on the alps every day for a week was so amazing and refreshing and absolutely stunning.

Because I can’t fully explain the beauty of the ski trip, I’ve put together a short video compiling the footage I took that week for a visualization. Enjoy!

xoxo, Ashlyn

5 Responses to Ski Week in the Alps- Video

  • Hi Ashlyn,
    What an experience! I enjoyed your video and the opportunity to see the beauty of the Alps through your eyes. Thanks for sharing it with us. Elaine

  • Schoen. One could spend a whole day just absorbing the beauty of the Alps.

  • Ashlyn, just fantastic. So proud and happy for you.

  • Fantastic. So proud and happy for you.

  • Ashlyn,
    I apologize for taking soooo long to write to you. I had your blog address on my kitchen table, but then it got piles of papers put on top of it over time & I just discovered it again this morning as I was going through all the papers. I have been reading your blog & enjoying everything you’ve been doing. Holy Cow (!) you’ve gotten to do A LOT of wonderful things! I even recognized some of the places you have been to, like the cathedral in Salzburg & the palace in Vienna. It sounds like you have an amazing host family who is being very good to you as well. You are very, very fortunate to be experiencing so much in your young life.

    Life has been busy for me too this past school year. I was called back to Longfellow again last Sept. to be the librarian of all things. I really enjoyed it too. That went until the end of January. Then I went back to regular subbing in La Crosse until the middle of March. After that I subbed in Onalaska only. My Cameron says “Hi”. He has been soooo busy with basketball, NHS, French Club, Tennis, etc. We just got back from 4 days in Boston. We went to look at MIT & Harvard. Cameron was #1 singles on the tennis team & I was the “Team Mom” so that kept us very busy. I also joined the Central Alumni Booster Club, even though I’m NOT an alumnus of Central and I joined the Central Booster Club. I will be the President this coming school year. I was also subbing as a church choir director in West Salem from Jan.-March. Cameron will be going to WSMA Honors Band Camp at UW-Green Bay this week and a tennis camp in Minnesota next week. The following week he leaves for France until the end of July. He was also selected as the Drum Major for the Central Band next year! My Cameron works with your brother Cameron at Festival every week too. So life has been busy for us.

    So when do you get back to La Crosse? I imagine it is bittersweet for you . . . happy to be coming home, but sad to leave beautiful Austria. Were your parents able to get over to visit you at all? Sure wish I could have. I love Austria. I’ll keep reading, now that I have found your blog address. Take Care, Ms. Crandall

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