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Austria’s Tyrol: Superb skiing, with hearty eats and schnapp-happy tipples

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The Kitzbüheler Alps offer a variety of challenges to skiers. Picture by Daniel Hug

The Kitzbüheler Alps offer a variety of challenges to skiers. Picture by Daniel Hug

John Masterson, left, also went on a Segway trip in the snow thanks to tyre chains

John Masterson, left, also went on a Segway trip in the snow thanks to tyre chains

The Alte Mittel restaurant

The Alte Mittel restaurant

There are 280km of slopes with 90 cable cars in and around the Kitzbüheler Alps

There are 280km of slopes with 90 cable cars in and around the Kitzbüheler Alps

John Masterson did a Segway trail in the snow thanks to tyre chains

John Masterson did a Segway trail in the snow thanks to tyre chains

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The Kitzbüheler Alps offer a variety of challenges to skiers. Picture by Daniel Hug

Skiing, for me at least, is a bit like golf: no matter what your skill level you can enjoy it. You can find someone who is just as good, or useless, as you are. Just as the one good shot lifts the mood on the golf course, the one run at the limits of your abilities when you don’t fall over will bring you back to the slopes for more.

With each pastime the people who teach you seem to be the most helpful, polite people on the planet. They may laugh behind your back but never to your face. They are unfailingly encouraging, and miraculously, after half an hour, you do learn something and you can feel the difference.


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