Airline personnel of any status – and after December 1, any remaining space is available to anyone who would like to come.
As a part of the Fellowship of Christian Airline Personnel, the FCAP Ski Adventure is designed for airline personnel from around the world. If you are – or were ever – an airline employee, this trip is for you.
If you're not an airline employee, any remaining space that is available after December 1 is open to anyone who would like to come.
At 8:00AM we gather in the dining hall for breakfast, which looks like a large-yet-cozy Austrian family-style kitchen. At 8:30, a member of FCAP shares a devotional thought with the entire group.
After breakfast and already dressed in ski gear, the group prepares for a morning of skiing. At around 9:30, the group walks next door – that's right, next door! – to the gondola station. It takes a good 20-30 minutes to get to the top, but the scenery on the ride up is breath-taking.
On Monday morning, there is a "ski off" so Tauernhof's ski instructors can place you in a group of skiers of equal skiing ability. This group of people will become like family to you, and you'll forge friendships that will span a lifetime. Each morning of the week, you'll receive ski instruction with your ski group.
On Friday morning, there is The Big Ski Race which is filled with fun and hilarity. It's a competition, but not a serious one. There's a heavy doses of encouragement, fun, and laughing.
At 12:30 we gather in the dining hall again for lunch. After lunch, you are free to do whatever you'd like...go back up and ski some more, take in one of Tauernhof's excursions or activities, or rest.
The gondolas and lifts stop running at around 4:30, so this allows time for you time to get down the mountain and cleaned up for the evening.
Dinner is at 6:00 PM in the dining hall. At 7:15 we gather in the Lecture Hall, which is a picturesque (especially when snow is on the ground) Austrian one-room red schoolhouse for worship. We worship together through foot-tapping music, Delta Dale's zany activities, Danny Servos' "Captain's Briefing" where he shares a devotional thought through one of his pilot experiences, and an encouraging message by a Tauernhof staff member.
After worship, about half the group heads into Schladming (just a 300 yard/meter walk) for dessert and a beverage. The others will head to the Bistro, located on the top floor of Tauernhof's Main House to have a snack and beverage, talk, or play games.
It's a pretty balanced group all the way around.
PARTS OF THE WORLD
Typically, half of the group is North American, and the other half European. Sometimes we will have attenders from other parts of the world such as Japan, Africa and South America.
Most attenders are in the 30-60 age bracket, but there are always people from ages 60+ and under 30.
SINGLES, MARRIEDS, FAMILIES
Again, there is a nice balance. A third of the group will be singles, another third will be families (typically with older elementary children or teens), and another third are married couples.
AIRLINE EMPLOYEES / PASSENGERS
Typically, 60% of the group will be airline employees with their family members. The other 40% are not airline personnel.
Tauernhof will offer several excursions throughout the week. These will require an additional cost varying from around €7-25 or so.
• Cross country skiing
• Day trip to Salzburg
• Rodeln (Austrian sledding on a 5-mile course)
• Ski tour (17 mile ski tour to the picturesque village of Hallstatt)
• Sleigh ride
The purpose of the week is to provide an opportunity for Christian airline employees to take a break from hectic schedules to get together in the beautiful Austrian Alps for a week of deepening our relationship with Christ, world-class skiing, and breath-taking scenery.
If several young children are in attendance, the Tauernhof staff will typically have a staff member teach the children skiing in the mornings, and possibly in the afternoons. But this is not guaranteed.
During worship in the evenings, Tauernhof may have a couple of staff members take the children to the Wintergarten for activities.
The short answer is no.
You might be able to get a staff member or attender to babysit here and there, but it is not something that can be depended on.
Some families who have attended before have brought babysitters with them.
There are a few people at the Ski Adventure each year who do not ski. You can spend your time however you'd like: shopping, reading, taking in some of the other excursions such as sledding, snow shoeing, and the day trip to Salzburg.
Costs & Pricing
Prices for this nearly all-inclusive trip start at €650. This includes:
- Ski pass
- Ski instructions
Bunk rooms in configurations of 4, 6, and 8 with a shared bathroom on the hallway.
Hotel-style rooms with a private bath in configurations of 3, 4, and 5 beds. Please note that these rooms cannot be requested to be made private.
PRIVATE DOUBLE ROOM
€715* per person
Hotel-style room with private bath. There are no rooms at Tauernhof with full size beds, but in these rooms two twins are pushed together. With these rooms being so limited, only married couples will be placed in these rooms.
PRIVATE FAMILY SUITES
€695* per person
Hotel-style double room with a private bath, and a loft with two twin beds.
* Prices are subject to change.
You'll pay $75 at the time of registration to confirm your reservation.
As soon as you arrive in Schladming to check in, you will need to be prepared to pay for your ski pass(es). GREAT NEWS!...This year, you can pay for your ski pass with a credit card! No need to scramble to get cash anymore!
The final payment will be paid around the middle of the week while at Tauernhof. This payment is for your accommodations and food.
Just a couple...
If you are skiing, you will need to rent skis for the week. This typical costs around €80-100 for the week.
If you need transportation from Munich to Schladming, the bus will cost an additional €25-35 one way.
Tauernhof offers several exciting excursions, but most of them will require a small additional cost.
There are lots of quaint shops and cafés in Schladming. You may want to bring a little spending money for local crafts, foods, or nights out on the town.
Children ages 0-2 are free both at Tauernhof and on the ski lifts.
Children ages 3-18 receive 30-70% discounts at both places as well. More details on the discounts will be made available here soon.
No! (background sound of angelic singing)
This year you will be able to pay for your ski pass with a credit card!
The least expensive room option are the hostel-style rooms in the Main House. Decorated with neat, clean Austrian interior design, the rooms have massive wooden bunks (in room configurations of 4, 6 and 8).
The baths are shared baths on the hallway. In most cases, the rooms are right next to the bathrooms.
There are a few rooms in the Chalet where singles can opt for a more private accommodation. While you will still share a room with someone else, the rooms have private baths like a standard hotel room.
PRIVATE DOUBLE ROOM
Married couples can stay in private double rooms with private baths, much like a standard hotel room. These are extremely limited!
PRIVATE FAMILY SUITES
For families, there is an entire floor of gorgeous family suites that are, in essence, a double room with a private bath, but they also feature a loft that has two twin beds and a skylight. This is a huge hit with kids!
Tauernhof is a Christian retreat center that is a member of Torchbearers International.
Tauernhof's campus features the Main House, Chalet, and Lecture Hall. The Wintergarten offers space to sit, relax, and connect to WiFi. The Bistro provides a place to sit, relax, and enjoy a snack and beverage. There's also ski and boot storage rooms, a ski workshop, and laundry facilities.
The icing on the cake is that it is perfectly situated right next door to the gondola station!
Your deposit is the conference fee portion of the trip cost. These funds are used to cover expenses for guest speakers and musicians, the website, printed materials, t-shirts, and other goodies.
All of the expenses for the FCAP Ski Adventure are calculated based on the number of people attending and the income generated from the conference fee, therefore FCAP Adventures is not able to provide a refund.
Because beds are so extremely limited, everyone who would like to come needs to have an opportunity to reserve a bed. The past two years, every room for the FCAP Ski Adventure has been filled.
If you're looking for more privacy, it is recommended to request being in a 3-person semi-private room. Do this by writing "REQUEST FOR 3-PERSON SEMI-PRIVATE ROOM" on the registration form in the box asking if you'd like to room with someone in particular.
Double rooms are extremely limited, so these are reserved for married couples.
If you're looking for more privacy, it is recommended to request being in a 3-person semi-private room. Do this by writing "REQUEST FOR 3-PERSON SEMI-PRIVATE ROOM" on the registration form in the box asking if you'd like to room with someone in particular. This way, you'll have only one other person in the room with you.
Most people fly in and out of Munich Airport (MUC).
About half the group arrives in Munich the Saturday before the FCAP Ski Adventure starts. This allows for acclimating to the time zone, and for a little sight-seeing in Munich.
This group enjoys a long-held tradition of having dinner together on Saturday night around 7:00 PM to celebrate the kick-off of the FCAP Ski Adventure.
ON TIME ARRIVAL
If you are coming from other points in Europe, you need to plan your arrival before 11AM on Sunday so you can collect your bags, then meet the bus which leaves at noon.
If you plan to arrive in Munich a day early, reserve your hotel room now.
FCAP Adventures no longer reserves a block of rooms in a hotel. Everyone is on their own for finding a place to stay in Munich.
Our top recommendation is joining the Hilton Honors program, then reserving a room at the Hilton Munich Airport hotel – located directly in the airport just steps from the Meeting Point and subway – for a substantial discount off the published room rate (as of this writing, the price drops from €159 to €111)
Novotel Munich Airport
(closest to airport, airport shuttle)
Holiday Inn Express Munich Airport
(2-3 km at end of runway, airport shuttle)
Holiday Inn Munich – City Centre
(in downtown Munich, 40 mins. via subway)
Ideally, you should schedule your return flight home for no earlier than 11:00 AM on Saturday, the last day of the trip. In some cases, this is unavoidable such as the only Delta flight to Atlanta which departs around 9:30 AM.
The bus departs from Tauernhof on Saturday morning at 5:00 AM, but with the recent tightening of security, getting across the border quickly is becoming a challenge. Last year, the bus was stopped for 45 minutes while passports were checked.
To prevent a stressful morning on the last day, please if at all possible schedule your return flight for no earlier than 11:00 AM.
Make sure you have a current and valid passport.
Check to see when your passport expires. If it expires within 90 days of the Ski Adventure, they WILL NOT let you leave the country – even though you have a ticket and it states your return will be before the passport expires.
Make sure your passport is signed.
If you're adding extra days to your trip, and will be arriving from other points in Europe, there are about 2 dozen budget carriers, which in most cases makes flying the cheapest option.
Don't be surprised to find flights under €25.
To find out which of these airlines fly from the city you are visiting to Munich (MUC), use the website whichbudget.com.
Don't forget to check flights into Memmigen (Munich West) Airport (FMM).
Europe is known for its trains. And there's no better way to see the European countryside than from the café car of a train! Keep in mind that connections can be extremely tight.
You will need to let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org) what time your train is arriving in Schladming so we can have someone pick you up.
If you are renting a car and entering Austria from another country, there are three important things you need to know:
Ski equipment (skis, boots, and poles) can be rented from the shop next door to Tauernhof at a discounted price.
Not really, but it's a good idea to have a little cash is Euro in your pocket just in case your bank places a hold on your card due to suspicious activity.
There are ATMs/bancomats (which offer the best exchange rates) in the Munich Airport where you can obtain cash as soon as you get off the plane.
FOR SKI PASSES
No. You no longer need to pay for your ski pass(es) with cash. You can now pay with a credit card.