Austria

JUn 2018

Each year, in the peak of summer, we return to Ramsau am Dachstein so that we can momentarily escape the summer heat, refreshing by skiing on a glacier, or trying other mountain sports in the Austrian Alps.

Ramsau am Dachstein sits on a plateau at 1100-1700 meters above sea level. Situated at the foot of a 2900 meter mountain, Ramsau is the perfect starting point for those wanting to ski the glacier, go longboard riding, head out on a cycling or hiking tour, or go climbing in the Alps. Our group will stay in our very own traditional Austrian hut, and while everyone will get their own room, there’s a shared bar, kitchen and communal space to hang out in.
The itinerary is completely open, however, there’ll be organised skiing and snowboarding, options to go cycling, and the chance to do a climbing tour of one of the gorgeous via ferratas (more on this later!). After a day full of activities, we can then soothe our tired muscles in the steamy saunas of the local baths. This is our most flexible holiday. We’ll spend 9 days in Dachstein, but you can even book just a weekend escape in our hut.

An example of the perfect day

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After having breakfast with the picturesque southern wall of Dachstein in the background, we’ll head off toward the glacier. Jumping on the cable car, we’ll pass over the ski slopes, leaving the evergreen trees and summer weather behind us. Arriving at the Dachstein glacier, we’ll cross a suspension bridge with an unobscured 360 degree view of Austria’s highest peaks. Here we’ll also find the "stairway to nothingness" - narrow steps that lead to a glass-bottom lookout. This is not for the faint-hearted because there’s 400 meters of absolutely nothing but thin air underneath. But for those who dare you’ll be rewarded by a breath-taking and unforgettable view of the Austrian Alps. After this, we ski! And when we’re hungry, we’ll eat lunch.
There’s a rich culture of traditional huts in this part of the Alps. Aside from serving traditional foods like kaiserschmarren, frittatensuppe, sweet cheese dumplings, apple strudel and bratwurst, each hut also brings something unique. So in one hut we might find home-made milk and cheese, at another there might be waiters in dirndls and lederhosen yodelling.

Unclipping our ski boots and swapping it for summer footwear

After lunch we’ll heading back to the valley and change pace, changing from our ski gear to our cycling gear. After a ski session, there’s nothing better than unclipping our ski boots and swapping it for some light summer footwear. To wind down, we’ll go for a gentle pedal around this pretty Alpine valley.
At night we’ll enjoy grilled meats as the sun sets on a beautiful summer day, washed down with an unfiltered Austrian craft beer. There’s table football for those with a competitive spirit, or you can just sit back and relax while planning the next day’s activities. These plans, for example, might include tackling any one of the many via ferrata (Italian for “iron way”) in Dachstein. Don’t worry if this sounds daunting; even beginners can climb the mountain-side routes that are affixed with steel cables, ladders, ropes, and other aides. As with the “stairway to nothingness”, the view will be worth it!

It started as a biathlon course but became a longboarders' paradise

One of the Alps’ best longboarding parks boast smooth asphalt terrain and no cars. Initially it was designed as a summer training ground for biathlon enthusiasts, but now it’s a longboarders' paradise. Nearby you can swim in the lake, play beach volleyball on the edge of the water, and explore the area. There’s summer bobsleigh and an adventure park, and pro cyclists can try the Schladming downhill world championships path - the top of which you can only reach by ski-lift!
Sunny Side Up– Mountain Camp

JUn 2018

€200

ability level

no experience is required

best suited for

couples, family, solo traveler, groups

meeting point

Ramsau accommodation / upon agreement in case of group travel

weather

fresh and changeable mountain weather, 8-28°C

ski/snowboard conditions

glacier, snow park at the top of the glacier

sport package

bicycles, klettersteig tools, longboards

accommodation

entire guesthouse with own bar and community places, double and triple bed rooms with terraces

local transportation

own cars / minivans

free time/nightlife

many bars close to the accommodation, grill parties in front of the house

How big is the group?

a maximum of 23 people fits in the house

what’s included

accommodation, sport tools (bicycles, klettersteig tools, longboards), breakfast

what’s not included

extra programs (bath, entering ticket to the lift and snow park), other meals, alcohol, visa if needed, insurance

application deadline

2 months prior the trip

installment payment plan

40% upon application, 60% 1 month prior arrival
Send us your application! Once we receive your details, we will send you the booking information. To confirm your booking, a deposit of 40% of the price of the given trip (or the full balance if within two months of the departure date) is required. This can be done by bank transfer.

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Sunny Side Up Q & A

How can I decide if the camp will be enjoyable for me?

This is our most familiar trip! If you like to do outdoor activities in mountain area, then this is your camp! For park skiing and snowboarding and downhill mountainbiking the opportunities are world class.

What will the weather be like, what kind of clothes should I take?

Although it's summer you should expect a very changeable weather. On the top of the Dachstein Glacier it might snow, but a real beach time can happen as well, in this case we'll sunbath next to the lake by the house.

What kind of equipments will I need?

It depends on what you're planning to do. If you want to ski, then you should have your equipment and the situation is the same in case of down hill mountainbiking or climbing. You'll have the opportunity to rent equipments on sight, but we will also have some test gears with us.

How much pocket money will I need?

It really depends on what you’re planning to do, the ski pass and the lift ticket for mountain biking is not included in the price, and these are the biggest expenses. If you are willing to do everything, everyday (which is not possible :) ) than you should count with around 60 EUR/day.

What kind of insurance should I take out?

You should choose an insurance which expands for the activities you’re planning to do. You should be aware that the blue EU health insurance card and the insurance of your bank card is not valid in most cases.

Is it a problem if I want to come alone?

Not at all. There are always people who come alone, so you can be sure that you’ll make new friends!
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