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LEFT: The Run of Fame is a spectacular Ski Arlberg circuit for visitors to try. This group was about to experience this famous run! It's a 65
kilometer round trip with a combined total of 18,000 vertical meters and is dedicated to the stars from sport and film who have glided down the
snowy slopes on skis in the past. RIGHT: Buda Castle District is the historical castle and palace complex of the Hungarian kings in Budapest.
It was first completed in 1265, but the massive Baroque palace today occupying most of the site was built between 1749 and 1769. Buda Castle sits
on the south tip of Castle Hill, bounded on the north by what is known as the Castle District which is famous for medieval, Baroque and 19th-century
houses, churches and public buildings. The castle is a part of the Budapest World Heritage Site, declared in 1987. photos / George Stewart
If International travel is the best form of
education...let's join in on the Master Class!
When you lose yourself, do you also find
yourself? It is when we are the furthest from
home that we become ourselves. This is
where we discover new things, grow and
learn from our fellow travelers while exploring destinations. There's always more to see,
do and many reasons why sharing the experience with a group enhances your perspective, experience and the journey.
FWSA offers various types of travel opportunities including an Annual International
Ski Week and extension trip, an Adventure
trip every two years, an Annual Scuba Dive
trip and other special travel opportunities.
INTERNATIONAL TR AVEL
2017 International Ski Week to St.
Anton am Arlberg Region with an
extension to Vienna & Budapest
Oh... the Ahhh... in Austria! What is it
that makes Austria unique and special? It is
the scenery, the gracious people, the culinary
delights, the arts and culture or all of the
above and more! There's just something special while traveling in Austria and 43 FWSA
members experienced this while skiing in St.
Anton am Arlberg March 11-19, 2017.
Our members enjoyed the beautiful
country of Austria, offering an amazing array
of sights, sounds and tastes that pleased both
skiers and non-skiers alike. St. Anton am Arlberg is considered one of the world's top ski
resorts and après-ski destinations. We stayed
at the beautiful 4 Star Schwarzer Adler Hotel
which offered a full-service luxury property
complete with Jacuzzis, pool and spa services.
It is in the charming pedestrian zone and offered convenient ski storage at the base of the
gondola. Our ski pass provided skiing at multiple resorts including: St. Anton, St. Christoph
and Stuben, Lech, Zurs and others. This area
is considered one of the "Best of the Alps"
ski resorts and was appreciated by all.
We invited another ski group from
Michigan, who also was working with Holidaze Ski Tours, to meet us for an Après Social
at the Hotel Schwarzer Adler and to join us
on our day tour to Vaduz, Liechtenstein. This
was great fun to get to connect with fellow
skiers, share stories and tell tales.
We were excited to take 26 people to
Vaduz, Liechtenstein since that was a new
destination for FWSA. Liechtenstein is the
fourth smallest country in Europe, yet the
Prince is the richest monarch in Europe. We
learned from our guide, Meli, that Vaduz is the
capital with a population of 5,600 and the
entire country has only 37,000 inhabitants.
Vaduz has its own parliament in which the
Prince is the head and has the power to sanction all new laws. They are not a part of the
European Union. The country borders the
Swiss mountains, and 18 miles are along the
Rhine River. They have a good relationship
with Switzerland and still use the Swiss
It is a small country with enormous
wealth, primarily from the financial business
world, which means the way of life has
changed from the simple life of farming as in
years past. It was fascinating to learn that the
Prince is self-supporting. He has farm land in
the US, an enormous art collection and does
not get money from the government. The
most interesting fact is that women finally got
the right to vote in 1984!
Wednesday evening, we enjoyed a free
ski and fireworks show put on by St. Anton.
The show was very impressive and attended
by hundreds of snowsports enthusiasts.
Our farewell party was held at the Murrmel, just across the street from our hotel. We
enjoyed wonderful appetizers, refreshing beverages and we were forced to get everyone on
their feet to dance to celebrate an exceptional
ski week in St. Anton am Arlberg!
Our extension and stand-alone trip was
to Vienna and Budapest. Twenty-nine participants enjoyed these two interesting cities. Vienna is considered "The Paris of Eastern
Europe" with extensive art, music and culture.
Our half-day city walking and bus tour gave
us an overview of the city, a tour of the Haps-
burg's summer palace known as the Schunbrunn Palace and then many were off to explore the many museums, enjoy the Vienna
Philharmonic performance in the Musikverein Golden Hall, attend the ballet and
much more. Vienna is such an interesting
city, we found incredible beauty in its architecture, sculptures, interestingly painted buildings and even watched the famous Lipizzaner
horse training session before touring the
Schunbrunn Palace. Nighttime was just as
stunning as seeing everything in the daylight.
One afternoon, we met our guide, Helga,
who was full of energy, great humor and had
excellent English, which added to our wine
tasting/tour experience in Baden.
We said our goodbyes to Vienna, promising to return, and off to Budapest we went.
The city tour was delightful providing us
blues skies and temperatures in the 60s. Budapest is often referred to as "The Pearl of the
Danube" with its rich history, the second
largest parliament buildings in the world, a
city with incredible diversity, all which
awards them as being a world Enesco city.
The Jewish town has the second largest temple/synagogue and the Heroes Square included the tomb of the unknown soldier from
WWI. Budapest is divided by the Danube,
where you have the Buda and the Pest sides.
We stayed in the Pest side, which is where the
blue-collar workers live and the Buda side is
a more affluent white-collar living. There are
155 thermal baths which offers therapeutic
healing waters for those who enjoy them.
Twenty-five percent of their economy comes
from tourism. We could see why this is such
a unique and popular travel destination.
On Friday evening, we had a delightful
dinner cruise down the Danube. We had the
entire boat to ourselves with a delicious
spread of food. We had to stop and pinch ourselves from time to time, realizing that we
were there, taking in the spectacular views of
the building lit up at night. We all agreed, our
farewell dinner cruise was the highlight of our
trip experience in Budapest!
2O Far West Skier's Guide 2O17 - 2O18 / See the Digital Edition of the Far West Skier's Guide at www.fwsa.org.