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SVAC Planning a Ski Trip to Austria

Meaning no disrespect to their neighboring mountains, the Southern Vermont Arts Center has put together a March, 2010 excursion to Zurich, Switzerland and Lech, Austria, that can only be called The Mother of All Ski Trips.

"This excursion, a combination of art and recreation will, hopefully, enable the Arts Center to reach a broader audience," says Chip Ams, an SVAC Trustee who'll be making the trip. In a nutshell, travelers will be flying non-stop from Boston or New York, via Swiss International Airlines, to Zurich on March 5 and motoring by private transfer from the airport in Zurich to the picturesque village cum ski resort, Lech, Austria, on March 6. In Lech, tour members will stay at either the Hotel Lech (3*) or the ski-in, ski out Hotel Angela (4* Superior).

From March 7 through March 12, skiers will enjoy a six-day, all-area adult Arlberg ski pass. For those not familiar with the region, the Arlberg is an alpine skier's dream come true. Its total skiable terrain is larger than Vail, Aspen, Whistler, Park City, Snowbird, Alta, and Bromley combined - about 30,000 acres.

The interconnecting ski region includes the following resorts: Z rs know for its 'I-want-to-be-alone clientele,' St Anton with its young burn-the-mountain Turks, historic St Christoph atop the Arlberg Pass, romantic Stuben, and tiny Klosterle. Lech, by the by, the Duchess of Windsor's - aka Princess Diana's - resort of choice for her and her young sons.

Apres ski, it's back to Zurich on March 13 for two incredible nights in "Downtown Switzerland" where guests will revel in the luxury that is the incomparable Hotel zum Storchen (4* Superior). The non-stop flight back to Boston or New York will be on March 15.

Estimated per person pricing, based on a minimum number of 15 participants based on double occupancy, and on exchange rates of $1.43/Euro and CHF 1.06/$ includes: round trip airfare, current taxes, surcharges and fees and ranges from $3,940 for standard accommodations to $4,585 for superior accommodations. Accommodations include buffet breakfast and minimally a four-course dinner daily in Lech and buffet breakfast at the zum Storchen.

A $250 per person deposit will hold your reservation; final payment due by January 5.

A complete itinerary with accommodation details, additions, options, terms and conditions is online at svac.org. Reservations may be made by calling Lindenmeyr Travel at 800-248-2807.

In photo, the village of Lech, Austria.

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