2019 started strong, with one of the most important business events of the year taking place: the annual Tiqets ski trip! Heading back once again to the beautiful Kaprun, Austria, our intrepid group of Tiqeteers braved record snowfalls, a lengthy bus ride, and spending four consecutive days with their co-workers.

Day 1: Thursday

Everyone received their official ski trip goodie bags on Thursday morning, featuring stylish beanies, Tiqets jumpers, and a printed copy of the fun-packed itinerary. With palpable excitement, the team set off on their bus ride to Austria!

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10+ hours never went by so fast, with the vocal stylings of the Performance Marketing team keeping everyone entertained. Lucky listeners were treated to all kinds of genres, from rousing renditions of Queen to pitch-perfect Ariana Grande impressions.

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That’s not to say that there weren’t some nerves around – with Code Red weather warnings around much of Austria, there was a possibility that conditions could worsen, leaving Kaprun inaccessible. Luckily, live webcam feeds of the slopes and various Austrian contacts confirmed that conditions in Kaprun were perfect!

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Having arrived safely, the tired team of wintersport enthusiasts retreated to their accommodation: the VAYA fine living resort in Kaprun. Like its name implies, it was the perfect venue for some very fine living, and even better sleeping. 

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Day 2: Friday

A restful night gave way to a glorious wintry morning, featuring breakfast boxes for hungry Tiqeteers, including vegetarian and vegan options for the many who requested these!

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We would like to say that our team outperformed their own expectations and that even beginners learned to ski to seriously impressive levels…

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…and luckily, that is exactly what we can say! Some people who never touched a ski before in their lives ended up gliding down the blue piste (well done, Lucie!), while the quality of the instructors helped turn absolute beginners into relatively comfortable wintersporters.

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The evening featured a delicious dinner and some apres-ski action, with highlights including:

  • Rodeling down a hill, thankfully featuring helmets and a protective fence
  • An incredibly cute Japanese baby grooving along to the music
  • A rousing speech by Tiqets CEO and pro skiier Luuc Elzinga
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Day 3: Saturday

Another day, another round of helpful and professional skiing lessons. Well, for some.

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A small group of Tiqeteers decided to take their professional duties to the next level, venue-testing our only current product in Kaprun: The Tauern Spa. Not content to merely enjoy their holiday, these troopers really took one for the team by visiting this luxury day spa and resort, featuring thermal hot pools, massages, and a fun waterslide. All were tested thoroughly, as professional rigour demands.

“It was the best decision of my life”, Tiqets Content and Community Marketeer Yasmine said, in her official review. Our Tiqets insider tip is to try the apple pie there!

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In the afternoon, it was time for everyone to put on their finest ski gear for the company photo. Expertly herded into a group, we managed to get this beautiful shot, before the apres-ski festivities at the Pavilion Bar.

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After taking off the ski gear and putting on something a little more comfortable, the team traveled to a nearby restaurant for a group dinner and to celebrate a very special occasion: our very own Product Intern Guillaume’s birthday. 

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Following the festivities, some continued to party network into the wee hours of the morning, while others retreated to their apartments to get a good sleep.

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Day 4: Sunday

Day 4 featured another lengthy bus trip, this time a little quieter, with a good amount of people tuckered out. Arriving back in Amsterdam late in the evening, most people were able to get trains home to sleep in their own bed for the first time in a while.

Overall, the second official Tiqets skip trip was a fantastic experience and an especially good opportunity for new team members to get to know everyone. A big shout-out to our planning trio of Jan-Age, Floor, and Gabi, who worked tirelessly on making sure this was a fantastic trip!

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Mick Murray

Mick Murray

Mick is a writer and editor who has lived and worked across New Zealand, Japan, and the Netherlands.
His hobbies include wildlife photography, writing, and contracting pneumonia.
Mick Murray