Awesome slopes, Wilde Grub’n
Into the powder – free riding in Stubai valley.
Tourist Association Stubai Tirol, Dorf 3, A-6167 Neustift,
Phone: +49/501/88 10, stubai.at.
Once in paradise
New snowshoeing tour in Zedlacher Paradise in Hohe Tauern National Park.
East Tyrol Information, Albin Egger Straße 17, A-9900 Lienz,
Phone: +43/50/21 22 12, osttirol.com.
Tyrol’s side of Zugspitze in a different light
There is just one thing: you cannot see Zugspitze when it is dark. So it is all the more fun to sledge through the night.
Tyrol’s Zugspitze Arena, Am Rettensee 1, A-6632 Ehrwald, Phone: +43/56 73/200 00, zugspitzarena.com.
Icy hot-spot in Maltatal
Climbing is trendy. And ice climbing is definitely the coolest version of it. Experts are especially keen on the routes in Maltatal (Malta valley) in Kärnten.
The best way to get to know more about all this is for someone to show you the ropes. The basics: how to put together a crampon, how to work with an ice axe and ropes, how to fix ice screws and what‘s important as a first-time ice climber. There are many top-rope routes in Malta valley where you fix the rope at the top, but there are also lead climbing routes, where you are roped up from below. A lot of information for a beginner. No surprise: it is a challenging way of alpine travel. So, get ready for the top-rope route. »Clack, clack, clack«, trying to get a firm hold with ice axes and crampons. After five metres the arms start shaking – it sure is a bit different to rock climbing.
If that all sounds a bit too tricky for the start, there are heaps of other icy alternatives in Hohe Tauern National Park. For example, you can go on guided trips through ice gorges. And there are many attractive offers in Möll valley, north of Kärnten. An ice climbing area is located in Heiligenblut south of Großglocknerstraße, and there is an illuminated ice climbing tower in Lainach. As part of the TauernAlpin-Outdoor program, mountain and ski guides offer courses for newcomers to ice climbing. And one day, you will return to Malta valley for a date with Porky Pig.
Visitor information Kärnten, Casinplatz 1, A-9220 Velden, Phone: +43/463/30 00, kaernten.at.
As free as a bird
Paragliding above snow-covered Bregenz Forest.
Bregenz Forest Tourism, Impulszentrum 1135, A-6863 Egg,
Phone: +49/55 12/23 65, bregenzerwald.at.
The easy way
The Breitegg Gern in Wildschönau is a mountain for ski touring for beginners and experts alike.
Wildschönau Tourism, Hauserweg, Oberau 337, A-6311 Wildschönau,
Phone: +43/53 39/825 50, wildschoenau.com.
Conquering the emperor’s ski world
The ski area Wilder Kaiser Brixental offers white enjoyment for the whole family.
SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental Marketing GmbH, A-6306 Söll,
Phone: +49/53 33/400, skiwelt.at.
More freezing winter tips as well as a competition to win a trip to Kärnten at 4-seasons.de/oesterreich/winterwelten.
Film clips about the region: 4-seasons.tv/winterwelten. Austria Marketing has a free hotline for tourists to get more information: 008 00/40 02 00 00. General information on Austria.info/winterwelten.
25. Oktober 2012, Text: Georg Weindl