After the difficult last year, the Tyrolean winter sports areas are already in the starting blocks full of anticipation: Despite all the challenges, investments have been made in the infrastructure across the country. Especially in the area of gentle winter sports - such as winter hiking or cross-country skiing - guests can look forward to many innovations.
More comfort in Nauders: the new Goldseebahn kicks off the first season
In the Nauders ski area, the new Goldseebahn six-seater chairlift will go into operation in the 2021/22 season. The children's and family lift scores with child safety, seat heating, weather protection hood and increased wind stability. The Goldseebahn will replace three T-bar lifts in the Nauders ski area by the 2022/23 season. For the guests this means: More modern comfort! In addition, slopes will be adapted in the area of the new lift and steeper parts will be defused.
Cross-border cross-country skiing with Venosta Nordic
In addition, the region is part of the new Venosta Nordic cross-country skiing association: This connects six cross-country skiing areas with nine trails in Nauders and the South Tyrolean Vinschgau. There are around 90 kilometers of cross-country trails with just one ticket (7-day ticket for € 18) to choose from: These include idyllic forest trails, challenging high-altitude trails and beautifully situated panoramic trails.
www.nauders.com and www.venosta-nordic.net
New Rosskarbahn in Obergurgl
In Obergurgl in the Ötztal, the Rosskarbahn is being renewed: In the course of the work, the mountain station will move closer to the Festkogl mountain station and will offer better connections to the Festkogl Alm for pedestrians in the future the latest Doppelmayr system can be transported every hour.
“Lumagica” illuminates the Christmas season this winter
The magical light park “Lumagica” in Innsbruck's Hofgarten will be continued this winter and will again feature more than 300 luminous mythical and natural beings, interactive light installations from November 5, 2021 to January 9, 2022 and magical photographs inspire.
Lumagica - the light park in the Hofgarten in Innsbruck © Innsbruck Tourismus Danijel Jovanovic
Training facility for runners fans: Natural track toboggan center in Navis
There is excellent news for toboggan enthusiasts in Navis in the Wipptal: The natural track toboggan center was opened here. Not only will training groups find ideal conditions here, the center will also become a venue for national and international competitions.
Away from the hustle and bustle: Gentle winter sports in the mountaineering
villages in the Wipptal If you are looking for a wintry idyll away from the hustle and bustle and untouched nature, you will find it in the mountaineering village of Gschnitztal with the towns of Trins and Gschnitz: The side valley of the Wipptal has retained its original character and relies entirely on the credo "less is more". As part of the package deal “Mountaineering Village Up Close”, the Gschnitztal offers a gentle holiday experience: Here guests come closer to nature while snowshoeing and ski touring or can dare to take a cross-country skiing course on skis.
A special service is also offered in the second mountaineering village St. Jodok / Schmirn / Vals: There is a daily winter tour transfer that brings ski tourers, winter hikers and snowshoe hikers to the starting points of the tours and picks them up again.
Winter hiking in the Wipptal © TVB Wipptal
Endless skiing in the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental and KitzSki
For those who can never get enough of skiing, the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental and KitzSki offer a new challenge from this winter season: the longest ski circuit in the world! It connects the SkiWelt with the KitzSki ski area. This means that you can ski from Going am Wilden Kaiser across the Kitzbühel Alps to Hollersbach in the Hohe Tauern - and you don't use a slope twice. The 34.7 kilometer round can be started from any stage location and can be traveled with just one ticket - the KitzSkiWelt Ticket.
Perfect ski slopes in the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser © SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental, Tim Marcour
Winter hiking days in Kartitsch: wonderfully quiet
Gentle exercise in untouched nature is on the program from 10 to 13 March 2022 in the winter hiking village of Kartitsch in East Tyrol: this is where the European winter hiking days take place. All hikes on offer - for example on the Dorfberg panoramic mountain - are accompanied by official hiking guides. The hikes are offered in German, English or Italian. In addition, participants can look forward to a traditional, regional supporting program.
Sustainability: Awards for climate-friendly ski areas
Two ski areas in Tyrol have been recognized for their efforts in terms of sustainability and climate protection: The Silvretta Arena in Paznaun has been working on becoming climate-neutral since 2019. For this purpose, the greenhouse emissions in the ski area are calculated, reduced where possible, and all unavoidable emissions are offset through recognized climate protection projects. Since the beginning of 2021, the Silvrettaseilbahn AG has been operating all facilities, mountain restaurants and snow systems with 100 percent green electricity from Austria and has also received the green electricity certificate for this.
Various environmental protection measures are also taken in the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental in order to make operations as sustainable as possible: For example, the Sonnenlift in Brixen is 100 percent solar-powered, the energy for the entire system comes 100 percent from hydropower, construction work are accompanied by nature conservation experts and even building colors are coordinated in harmony with nature. The SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental has already received several awards for these efforts and was most recently voted one of the “most environmentally friendly ski areas in Austria” by the platform skiresort.de.