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GRASPING AUSTRIA SKI TRIP

Early Bird Before Dec 31:

AED 8400 (Including Abu Dhabi to Vienna direct roundtrip flights)

Regular Booking After Jan 1:

AED 8900 (Including Abu Dhabi to Vienna direct roundtrip flights)

*Contact us to book without flights at a revised rate

**Prices subject to change based on airline fares

January 21-27, 2024

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Imagine skiing or snowboarding down mountains and glaciers 1000s of meters high with an awesome group of like-minded adventurers... and then sitting around a table laughing and joking as you sip on a hot chocolate surrounded by a breathtaking view of a sunset in the alps. Now open your eyes and read on because we are grasping Zell am See in Austria and your imagination could soon turn to reality. Skiing is not a cheap sport but we try to take advantage of being a group to offer you reasonable prices; that is why our package includes everything from the flight to your ski passes and equipment rental. All you need to do is show up and turn up the energy!

WHY SKI ZELL AM SEE, AUSTRIA WITH GRASP THE ADVENTURE:

We've got countless reasons but here are some.

At Grasp The Adventure, our number 1 goal is to promote the spirit of adventure and the love of nature while forming bonds as powerful as the mountains we hike on. We sincerely view all the graspers that joined our previous trips as friends and family, this is why we do our best to keep them safe and happy at all times. So besides going on awesome adventures to jaw-dropping sights, you’ll also be making new, like-minded friends.

This trip is about more than skiing; it is about connecting with nature, yourself and the friends you will make. We will spend the nights in a quaint villa surrounded by the Austrian Alps where we'll share funny stories, emotional life lessons and when things get a bit too heavy, we'll lighten the mood with board games and snacks. Most of our previous Graspers swear by the connections they made during our trips, and we completely understand why... after all, we feel the same way.

Zell am See is one of the highest rated ski resorts in Austria and for very good reasons. The view of Lake Zell as you ski down the slope is simply breathtaking. Moreover, there are several ski-lifts that help you access slopes with diverse difficulty levels ranging from blue (easy) all the way to black (difficult). The ski passes included in your package also give you access to the lifts in the neighboring resort, Kaprun, which take you the Kitzsteinhorn glacier at an elevation of 3200 meters! Don't worry though, higher elevation does not mean difficult ski slopes, and you can enjoy zig-zagging down the glacier even as a beginner. 

We understand that skiing is not a cheap sport, which is why we take advantage of being a group to offer you more affordable prices. If you have never skied before and want to take a private lesson, we will group you with other Graspers that feel the same so you can split the cost.

IS SKIING TOO DIFFICULT FOR YOU... THE ANSWER IS NO!

Remain calm and read on!

So you're dying to join but afraid you're not skilled enough at skiing or snowboarding? Or have you never been on a slope before and don't know how to ski at all? Worry not my graspers, because you are not alone. This trip is organized for the complete beginners and the experts alike. There are plenty of easy runs that will help you hone your skills before you are ready to tackle more difficult ones. If you never skied before, we will help you arrange a lesson with the best instructors available. Skiing lessons are known to be expensive though, so we contacted all the schools in Zell am See and worked out great deals for you. We will group you with other Graspers that are interested in taking a lesson so that the cost is split between you. From our experience, one to two 2-hr lessons should provide you with the basics required to hit the slopes with us. The best thing about traveling as a Grasper though, is that you'll almost never find yourself alone.

You may show up with no experience, but on your fourth skiing day when you are zooming down the slope with the sun setting over Lake Zell in your view; you'll be very glad you decided to grasp this adventure!

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PRICE INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

We hate unplanned spending that breaks budgets! That is why we include all the essentials in our package; that way, all you need to do is show up and let us worry about the rest.

INCLUSIONS

  • Airline tickets, Abu Dhabi to Vienna roundtrip

  • Accommodation from Jan 21 to Jan 27

  • Train tickets, Vienna to Zel am See roundtrip

  • Breakfast and dinner meals in Zell am See

  • 4 day Ski Pass for Zell am See and Kitzsteinhorn

  • Ski, poles, boots, and helmet 4 day rental

  • Skiing jacket and pants 4 day rental

  • Equipment insurance in case of loss or damage

  • Post skiing hot chocolate

EXCLUSIONS

  • Schengen Visa if required

  • Lunch & Dinner during the free day in Vienna

  • Lunch meals

  • Travel/Emergency Insurance

  • Personal Expenses (souvenirs, snacks)

  • Clothing (check packing list for details)

  • Optional activities that are not mentioned in itinerary

ZELL AM SEE RECOMMENDED PACKING LIST
  • Original Passport

  • 4 wicking t-shirts

  • 7 sets of undergarments

  • 7 sets of socks (4 preferable merino wool, or warm socks to wear while skiing)

  • 1 fleece Jacket

  • 1 down jacket

  • 1 rain jacket

  • Waterproof, warm gloves suitable for snow

  • 2 Thermal tops (preferably merino wool)

  • 2 Thermal bottoms (preferably merino wool)

  • Casual clothes to wear in Vienna

  • Power bank

  • Warm, winter hat

  • Sun glasses

  • Scarf or balaclava

  • Sandals or slippers

  • Sneakers

  • Toiletries kit (soap, shampoo, conditioner, nail clippers, toothbrush, toothpaste, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, Fresh Buzz, toilet paper, hairbrush, feminine products)

  • Personal First-Aid (Vitamins, hydration tablets, sleeping pills)

  • Lip balm

  • Moisturizing cream

  • Nose drops

  • Sunscreen

ITINERARY

Day 1, Sunday: Arrival in Vienna

We depart from Abu Dhabi International Airport at 22:35 to arrive in Vienna at 01:50. For your convenience, we will have a hotel booked close to the airport so we can head straight there and get some much needed sleep.

Accommodation: Hotel rooms, double basis

Day 2, Monday: Free Day in Vienna/ Evening Train to Zell am See

After breakfast at the hotel, you have the entire day to explore the beautiful city of Vienna. We recommend walking through District 1, trying out delicious, local dishes, and maybe even attending an early concert. More recommendations will be shared later on the WhatsApp Group. In the early evening, we will take the train to Zell am See and check into our villa. We recommend that you rest well tonight as tomorrow, we begin the real adventure.

Accommodation: Room in Villa, double basis

Day 3, Tuesday: Ski Day 1

After an early breakfast at the villa, we will head to the rental store to pick up our skiing equipment and ski passes. If you signed up for a ski lesson, we will also introduce you to your instructor and see you off to the training slopes. Otherwise, we will take the City Xpress lift up and begin our first day of skiing! After the slopes close at 16:30, we will convene at the local café for some delicious hot chocolate before heading back to the villa for a short rest. At around 19:00, we will head to dinner.

Accommodation: Room in Villa, double basis

 

Day 4, Wednesday: Ski Day 2

After breakfast, we head back to the slopes for more skiing. There are plenty of different routes to explore so you'll always be excited to check out the next one. After the slopes close at 16:30, we will convene at the local café for some delicious hot chocolate before heading back to the villa for a short rest. At around 19:00, we will head to dinner.

Accommodation: Room in Villa, double basis

 

Day 5, Thursday: Ski Day 3

After breakfast, we head back to the slopes for more skiing. Today, we recommend trying out the slopes down the Kitzsteinhorn glacier. After the slopes close at 16:30, we will convene at the local café for some delicious hot chocolate before heading back to the villa for a short rest. At around 19:00, we will head to dinner.

Accommodation: Room in Villa, double basis

Day 6, Friday: Ski Day 4

It is day 4 and by now you're a professional skier and you know the drill! We'll have breakfast and head back to the slopes to repeat some of our favorite runs and try to beat our time records going down. We will organize friendly races amongst ourselves and maybe even a little snowball fight to seal our new friendships. After the slopes close at 16:30, we will convene at the local café for some delicious hot chocolate before heading back to the villa for a short rest. At around 19:00, we will head to dinner.

Accommodation: Room in Villa, double basis

Day 7, Saturday: Departure to Abu Dhabi

It is sadly time to say our goodbyes and head back to our home countries. We will catch the 5:08 AM train back to Vienna Airport to get there in time to catch our flight back to Abu Dhabi. The trip may be over but the friendships formed during the week will surely last forever. We will see you all again at the next Grasp Reunion.

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