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Remote work & solo ski seasons: Tips & Advice - Austria

Updated: Mar 11, 2022

Career break? Digital Nomad / Remote worker? Quit? Lucky you!



The below tips are based off my findings, I settled on a mix of remote work and ski holiday in Austria, read on to see why this is a great option and how to organise your own trip.


I had wanted to take my love of Ski holidays to the next level for a while, having visions of quitting my office job and taking a few months out was high on my list. Fate decided to throw a pandemic in the way and I managed to get another job to tide me over.


2 years in and by the 2021/22 season I'd had enough, even with rising uncertainty I managed to agree continued remote work with my day job and started researching and booking my trip.


#1 Staying put or Roaming?


One of the first things to consider in your planning


I simply could not fathom the idea of skiing one area for more than a week or 2, at least not on my own. I love exploring new places, so this was a natural choice for me. It also allowed me to choose different set ups depending on if I was going to be holidaying or working the majority of the time. I decided on 8 weeks at 8 different resorts, you'll see below how that's panning out...


Here are a few things to consider from my experience thus far:




If you move about every week, be prepared to loose at least a day a week to travel. The really dedicated can get up early and maybe squeeze in an afternoon ski at the other end but that depends on how keen you are and when you can book in/check out.

Do you want to spend your days off travelling?



Speaking from week 3 of a no days off tactic right now, my legs are wrecked. I'm luckily sitting and waiting out a snow storm this morning, very cosy and smug. If I could do it again, I would consider staying put for maybe 2 weeks at a time, mixing work and really getting a feel of the resort.


It is way more expensive. I've found some great deals and I'm not living the luxury lifestyle (not every week #treatyourself ) but the fact is you can get a decent AirBnb for £2k a month if you plan and look hard enough because a lot of places do great monthly rates vs. their weekly prices.



However, there's a lot more that goes into it, so check out the sections below.


Considerations for life out of your routine

Ski Passes

Transfers & Transport

Choosing a resort

Accommodation Tips

Equipment


Finally, I cannot recommend this enough!

I loved every week I was there, and I will 100% be doing this again.


Till next time x



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Glad you found a happy ski gig but I'm just wondering how you search for things? E.g.there are literally thousands of airbnbs in Austria and most of them for a hell of a lot less than 2k a so I'm not sure why you think they are scarce. If you want car hire and convenience get it in Germany and drive over the border, save yourself a fortune.

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Thanks for the tip on the car hire. I'll certainly look into that next season.

For me, when I use Airbnb, I do not get served any properties in Austrian Ski resorts at all. There are a few shown in cities.

I started searching in summer so it shouldn't have been due to demand, especially with COVID. VRBO was the most reliable source for during Jan/Feb.


With regards to the 2k price tag, a small apartment that had good separate living areas and a kitchen, within 10-15min of the lifts was £2k or more on average for a whole month in ski season. For sure there's self catering that's less, but it either wouldnt be suitable for comfortable long ter…


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