The garden of Aktivresort Valavier, Brand. Brandertal. photoshoot Dirndl Kinga Mathe Trachtencouture. www.ludwigs.nl

The 3 best features of VALAVIER Aktivresort, Brand

This summer VALAVIER Aktivresort in Brand, was one of our temporary homes abroad. Staying at the Valavier surprised us in many ways, but there are 3 specific things about this lovely place I like to share. Of course, the rooms are fully equipped and the Wellness & Spa facilities are well taken care of, but that’s what you may expect from a hotel like this. It’s the feeling you get when you stay here, that’s what actually makes the difference.

Kitzbühel. The legendary ‘Streif’ Hahnenkamm Rennen and more…

Once a year the entire ski world goes to the picturesque and upscale ski resort Kitzbühel in Tyrol. For one week this charming village is packed with visitors from all over the world. Press, top notch ski athletes and many, many celebrities; Everyone is into the ‘Hahnenkamm Fever’. The best ski athletes in the world gather in Kitzbühel to celebrate the highlight of the World Cup calendar. The ‘Streif’ is regarded THE BOMB. The most legendary and spectacular ski slope in the world and asks the utmost of the skiers.

Ludwigs’ Top 5 Après-Ski Party Places

You can’t do one without the other, at least that’s what I think. I can’t imagine going back to the hotel for a relaxing evening, after a day on the slopes: No! For me a perfect day in the snow definitely has to end with ‘Fliegender Hirsch’, a fine glass of Grüner Veltliner and singing & dancing to the tunes of the (Schlager) music. I’ve surrounded myself with great people over the years, who enjoy this as much as I do. Lucky me!

Five Gorgeous ‘Last Christmas’ Ski Chalets

I don’t know about you guys, but around this time of year – with the holiday’s coming up – I always have to think about the classic video by Wham! from 1984. Writing this blogpost, I realized that it’s been 30 years!! since I sat down for the TV mesmerizing, when the iconic ‘Last Christmas’ video aired for the first time. What a romantic and cosy setting to celebrate Christmas with friends in a chalet in the snow. It was definitely something I wanted to experience once in my life.

Obertauern. Hotspot Ski Resort High Up in the Mountains

Obertauern is one of the hotspots among the major ski resorts in the Alps. It’s known for snow from November to early May, for après-ski and great events. But also for 100 kilometers of slopes and 26 ski lifts. The Ski-Round Super Seven carries skiers to the 7 highest peaks of Obertauern. Knowing this, I wanted to see and experience it myself. You guys know that I am a huge fan of the Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis area, but hey…I am always in for something new! So, last January we went to Obertauern. I was very excited. Would it really be such a hotspot? In terms of ski experience, snow conditions, good cuisine, excellent service and fun in apresski? Expectations were high!

Hit the Slopes in Style this Season. The Five Ski Fashion Musthaves

Snow is falling in Austria and the slopes are already covered with a nice layer of snow. The perfect moment to start looking for a new ski outfit. Each year, I stop by at SportNStyles in Haarlem ( The Netherlands ) to get an extensive update on this seasons’ Ski Fashion Trends. Below you find the 5 Musthaves to hit the slopes in style this season. It’s all about tight skipants, bright colors, down jackets, functional wear, pom-pom beanies, leather gloves and the perfect cream for a shiny blush on your cheekbones.