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The Journey Of An Award

The Austrian ski resort of Ischgl won a prestigious award in London last month and the impressive glass trophy had to pass through many hands - and travel about 800 miles - to reach its rightful destination.

But now the trophy has finally reached its resting place in Ischgl after a roundabout journey from London to the Alps.

The top Tirolean resort won the title of Europe's Most Improved Resort in the Telegraph World Snow Awards last month (November). The award was received by Herwig Kolzer, Director of the Austrian National Tourist Office in London, from Henry Druce, editor of the Telegraph Ski and Snowboard magazine, and downhill racer Graham Bell.

In turn, Herwig presented it to Rob Freeman of Ski-write, Ischgl's UK representative.

Rob carried the weighty glass trophy, in a process by now resembling the progress of the Olympic Torch, to Ischgl and handed it over to Konrad Bartelski, Britain's highest achieving downhill racer.

Konrad finally had the honour of presenting it to Ischgl Tourist Director Andreas Steibl at a ceremony that was part of the weekend-long celebrations for the opening of the 2014-15 winter season.

Ischgl Tourist Director Andreas Steibl receives the award from Britain's highest achieving downhill racer Konrad Bartelski

The award was largely in recognition of the massive investment Ischgl has made in fabulous new lifts recently, including the 40 million euro Pardatschgratbahn and the 18.5 million euro Piz Val Gronda cable car.

Andreas said the resort was delighted that its constant efforts to maintain Ischgl's reputation for having one of the most exciting and sophisticated lift networks in the world was being recognised with such an important award.

Now it is on display in its rightful place in his office.