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Ski and outdoor journalist Mary Creighton swapped the flatlands of the UK for the mountains of Tirol and couldn’t be happier about it. You’ll most likely find her knee-deep in snow exploring a new ski resort or ducking into an Alm to taste the local cuisine.

Christmas in Alpbach | Photo Credits: Alpbachtal Seenland / Bernhard Berger
With snow-covered mountains and festive markets, there are few places in the world more Christmassy than Tirol. But for outsiders, some of the customs and traditions might seem slightly on the odd side. We asked six newcomers to the region to share the things that surprised them most about Christmas in the Austrian Tirol.
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Updated on 20.08.2018 in Recommendations from Mary
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Tirol is special all year round, but winter might just be the best season of all. When the mountains are covered in snow, the region comes alive with everything from ski resorts to Christmas markets whirring into action. It’s the reason I moved here four years ago, and one of the major reasons I stayed. Every season I discover something new and wonderful about winter here — there’s so much to see and do. So how to experience the best of Tirol if you’re only here for a week or two? Here’s my five-step guide to planning a perfect trip and making the most of winter in Tirol!
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Sunset from Nordlinger Hütte
Updated on 20.04.2018 in Recommendations from Mary
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Lounging by the lake or high-octane mountain biking? Farm stay or campsite? June or September? There’s a lot to consider when planning a trip to the Tirol. But worry not — after  living in this special part of the world for four years, I have a few tips to share. Just follow my five-step guide and start planning your dream holiday in the Tirol.
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Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, James Cove /
Updated on 09.11.2017 in Sports from Mary
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This season the Tirolean resort of Fieberbrunn linked with its neighbour in Salzburg, creating the biggest ski area in all of Austria. As a long-term Fieberbrunn fan, Mary Creighton couldn’t wait to explore the new terrain.
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Photo: Callum Jelley / Fall-Line
Updated on 09.11.2017 in Sports from Mary
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Make no mistake, the Tirol is home to some of the most legendary ski resorts in the world. From the medieval charm of Kitzbühel to the wild terrain of St Anton, these big resorts have a well-earned reputation and visiting them is often the highlight of my ski season. But since moving to the Tirol I’ve taken to trying out new places, small resorts that no one - well, hardly anyone - outside of the region has even heard of.
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Skitour to Ranggerkoepfl Tirol
Ski touring is the perfect way to explore the mountains of the Austrian Tirol and get some exercise in at the same time. Touring newbie Mary Creighton reveals how to get started
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The Jump 2016: Left to Right – Gareth Thomas, Caprice Bourret, Jade Jones MBE, Lydia Bright, Kadeena Cox MBE, Spencer Mathews, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Vogue Williams, Robbie Fowler, Mark Dolan, Louis Smith, Emma Parker-Bowles, Josie Gibson and Jason Robinson OBE
Updated on 08.11.2017 in Bits & Pieces from Mary
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Going skiing in Kühtai over the next few weeks? Don’t be shocked if you see a flurry of cameras, skiers launching themselves off 45m jumps and maybe even the odd familiar face. Yes, British reality TV show The Jump is back — and with it a flood of celebrities have arrived in the Austrian Tirol.
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