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Ruben Bell

Trip Captain

Damüls-Mellau

29 – 31 March 2019

 
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Trip Cost:

1/2 double: 230€
Single room: 275€
Children 12 – 15: TBA€ *
Children 6 – 11: TBA€ *
Children 3 – 5: TBA€ *

* Sharing room with 2 paying adults.
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Trip Captain: Ruben Bell

email:   rbell1985@gmail.com

ruben.l.bell.civ@mail.mil

 

 

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Trip Includes:

  • PSC Bus Transportation to/from Patch Barracks
  • 2 Night in 3-Star Hotel Sonnhaide in Schwarzenberg
  • 2 Breakfasts
  • 1 Dinners
  • Transportation to ski lift.

Damüls – Mellau

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Pure ski fun is waiting for you in the biggest ski area in the Bregenzerwald in Vorarberg Austria. Damuls-Mellau is a family-friendly ski area above two villages, Damuls and Mellau, offering excellent skiing for all ability levels. Best for intermediates who will enjoy the wide, well-groomed slopes and easy off-piste skiing between the marked runs.

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The natural conditions which reign in Damüls and Mellau mean that they perfectly complement each other. Sunny south slopes, top piste conditions right through to spring on the north slopes – and snow in abundance! With around 10 m of new snow per winter, Damüls has been the proud bearer of the title “the permanently inhabited village most assured of snow in the world” since 2005. Mellau enjoys a central location in the valley and offers easy access to the skiing area.

Facts and Figures

  • Guaranteed snow with an average of over 10 m of new snow per year and snow-making equipment
  • 109 km of perfectly groomed slopes
  • 29 modern and comfortable cable cars and ski lifts
  • Excellent Burton snowpark with its own lift
  • Extensive freeride area and backcountry
  • Unique illuminated ski tunnel
  • Everything for beginners and kids
  • 5 practice areas with child-friendly lifts and conveyor belts
  • Mini clubs and care for little non-skiers
  • First-class ski schools
  • Natural toboggan run with floodlit at Uga – Express
  • Winter hiking paths and nordic skiing slopes
  • Night Skiing
  • Ski depots
  • Ski and snowboard rental at and in the ski resort
  • Free local buses
  • 14 restaurants and bars with great sun terraces at the ski resort
  • Apres Ski mood at its best

Skiing Damüls – Mellau

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This top ski resort provides winter sports fans 109 Km of perfect groomed slopes, 29 lifts and cable cars, one of the best snowparks in western Austria, natural toboggan runs and a 120m long, illuminated ski tunnel.

Good skiers can easily ski Damuls-Mellau’s groomed pistes and marked ski routes in a day or two, but there’s also plenty of easy off-piste skiing between pistes and more freeriding opportunities for advanced skiers who enjoy skiing off-piste.

Boarding & Freestyle

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The Burton Sponsored Snowpark – The marked runs are invariably well-groomed and often very wide so you can travel longer distances between turns, which is good for beginner and early intermediate boarders as well as for more experienced boarders carving big turns. And there’s lots of off-piste terrain between the pistes which doesn’t get tracked as fast as it would in better known resorts.

The Burton sponsored Snowpark Damuls  is professionally constructed each season by a dedicated crew of ten boarders and three snow cat drivers. You’ll find it close to the Walisgaden chairlift.

Snowpark Damuls is shaped daily from mid-December until mid-April. Features include Mainpark with Staircase, 8m Downrail, 12m Kinkbox, 8m Straightbox, A-Frame, 8m Bocoloco Straightrail, 8m Roller Kicker, 12m Roller Kicker and a Chillout Area in the middle in the park plus 4m Straightrail, two 5m Picknicktables, 5m Skatebox, 6m Rainbowbox and the popular all Mountain-Line with Woop Woop Line, Corner and more new snow elements.

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Nearby, there’s steeper terrain and yet another excellent terrain park on Diedamskopf at Au Schoppernau, which is about 16km from Damuls-Mellau villages, and easily reach by car or free bus service. Warth-Schrőcken is also nearby (33km) and worth visiting for riding on- and off-piste.

 

Damuls-Mellau Other Activities

Besides skiing and boarding, there’s an adventurous toboggan run, cross-country skiing and winter walking throughout the ski area.

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*** Uga – ascent by the Uga Express (Length: 2.5 km)
Illuminated toboggan run, Wednesday and Friday 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. Ascents are not covered by the 3-valley pass.
Toboggan rental:
Intersport Matt, T +43 (0)5510 25250, www.intersportrent.at 

 

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* Dosegg (Length: 2 km, illuminated over 800 m)
Illuminated toboggan run, on Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat from 6 p.m. Mulled wine, tea and snacks are served in the “Rodelhüsle” below the toboggan run.
Toboggan rental:
Rodelhüsle, Sport Natter, T +43 (0)5518 2262, www.sportnatter.com

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Alberschwende

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Cross-country skiing in Damuls-Mellau

Damuls has 16km of cross-country trails, most of higher up on the mountain, and there’s 22km of groomed cross-country skiing down in the valley at Mellau including a routes of varying difficulty from beginner level to advanced cross-country skiers.

Horse-drawn sleigh rides in Mellau

Wrap up warm and enjoy a horse drawn sleigh ride, day time or evening, with a variety of routes through snowy winter forest and the delightful winter landscape. Your sleigh drivers Raimund Dietrich (Tel: +43 (0) 5518 2164) and George Simma (Tel: +43 (0) 5518 2768) will be pleased to advise you further.

 

Après ski

Après ski in Damüls
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  • s’Scharfe Eck
  • s’Damülser Après Ski
  • Alpenkluft
  • Schwartenstadl
  • Schirmbar Lila Pause
  • HeHo Hütte
  • Heikes Schirmbar
Après ski in Mellau:
  • Talstation Bergbahn Mellau
  • s‘Bärle
  • Metzgerstüble

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Mountain Restaurants

Damuls-Mellau ski area offers a good selection of mountain restaurants to choose from, the better ones are on the slopes above Damuls, mostly with sun terraces and the occasional umbrella bar for quick pit stops and easy refueling. Damuls-Mellau ski area includes eleven mountain restaurants, nine of which are on south facing slopes above Damuls. Their positions are clearly marked on the ski map by knife and fork symbols, but unfortunately the ski map doesn’t yet name them.

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Restaurant menus are offer traditional Austrian fare and are quite reasonably priced. Soup dishes average €3-4, local sausage and fries €5 and main course dishes €10-13. Expect to pay around €20 per person for lunch with drinks, unless investing heavily in the wine list.

Elsenalpe Stube is a busy self-service restaurant at the top of UGA-Alp chair lift, which also provides family friendly accommodation and has a popular sun terrace. The popular Hotel Gasthof Walisgaden restaurant (next to the umbrella bar) is worth visiting as is s’Landle where they serve a healthy chicken (fitness) salad, which is recommended. You can reach these restaurants easily via the UGA-Alp chair lift then ski red run 2 in the direction of Walisgaden chair. Downhill next to the valley station of Hohes Licht the Uga Alp is a large self-service restaurant with accommodation.

There are more mountain restaurants worth visiting on the left hand side of the ski area alongside Portla Horn blue and red runs, including Gasthof Sonnenheim and stylish Hotel Alpenstern, both of which have sun terraces.

Gasthof Elsenalpe Tel: +43 (0) 5510 297
Hotel Alpenstern Tel: +43 (0) 5510 513
Gasthof Sonnenheim Tel: +43 (0) 5510 257
Bergrestaurant Uga Alp Tel: +43 (0) 5510 318
S’Ländle Hotel Tel: +43 (0) 5510 610
Jausestation Sunnegg Tel: +43 (0) 676 783 7858
Eisbar Herte Hof Tel: +43 (0) 5510 27
Berggasthof Walisgaden Tel: +43 (0) 5510 214
Almstűble Tel: +43 (0) 5510 307

Mellau has two on-mountain restaurants at Rosstelle close to the top of the gondola, both include outside terraces, but neither of them can be recommended.

Ski Schools & Guiding

Damuls-Mellau has two ski schools, one in Damuls and another in Mellau, both well regarded and offering good ski teaching for adults and children and guiding off-piste is also available for advanced skiers.

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The Damuls Ski School is situated in the small wooden chalet building immediately to the left of Walliser Stube Hotel, close to the 4-SB UGA chair lift and Kinderwelt children’s ski area. There are over 60 ski instructors and facilities for children include a special Kinderwelt (Childrens’ Land) area, ski classes for children aged 4 years or older, snowboarding lessons for children aged 6 years and older, and the Damuls “Bunny’s Club” kindergarten providing child care for children aged 2-4.

The Mellau Ski & Snowboard School office is situated on the ground floor of the gondola base station (Mellau Bergbahnen) on the outskirts of Mellau and employs around 25 ski instructors, many of whom speak English. Ski lessons are available between 10:00-12:00 and 13:15-15:15 daily from Sunday to Friday. After booking your ski lessons, ride the gondola to Rossstelle then you have to walk about 150m from the top of the gondola to the ski school meeting point which is next to the T-bar.

Mellau Ski & Snowboard School
Tel: +43 (0) 5518 2222 24
Email: info@skischule-mellau.at
Web: www.skischule-mellau.at

Ski Guiding

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Besides formal ski instruction, advanced skiers can book an instructor for a guided Ski Safari around the Damuls, Mellau and Faschina ski areas, on- or off-piste. Bregenzerwald has some excellent ski touring routes including day touring routes on Ragazerblanken (easy), Sünserspitze (medium) and Kanisfluh (difficult) each of which takes about 4 hours to complete and costs €175 for one person and €90 each for small groups of two people.

 

Damuls Mellau  Ski Lift Passes

Group Rates 2018/19

AdultSeniorJuniorChildrenSnowman
1 day46,0044,5043,00264
Day ticket from 11:0042.537,0035,00234
Day ticket from 11:3039,5034,5033,00224
Day ticket from 12:0035,0030.530.520.54
Day ticket from 12:3032,0029,0029,0017.54
Day ticket from 13:003028,0027174
Day ticket from 13:30272626164
Day ticket from 14:0025,0024,5023.5154
1.5 days76,0074,0070.540,507
2 days85.582,0075,5045,008

YEAR BORDERS

Seniors: born 1954 and older
Juniors: born 2000 – 2002
Children: born 2003 – 2012
Snowman: born 2013 and younger

You will need to show a photo ID to receive discounted tickets.

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PAY BY BANK TRANSFER:
Account Name: Patch Ski Club
IBAN: DE33 5011 0900 0015 5023 41
BIC: MNBIDEF1
Reference: Damuls &YOUR NAME

Trip Captain: Ruben Bell

email:   rbell1985@gmail.com

ruben.l.bell.civ@mail.mil