The Austrian Alps are known for their absolutely fabulous compelling ski resorts that attract thousands of winter sports fans from all around the world. But the reasons people are heading to the Alps include but are not limited to skiing – there are plenty of winter outdoor activities that anyone can enjoy. Alpine ski resorts provide almost unlimited opportunities to have fun off the slopes, so those, who are not yet in love with skiing and snowboarding can also join the groove and enjoy the Alps to the full. So, what are the other activities on offer apart from skiing and snowboarding?
Once an activity for kids, tobogganing has become one of the funniest and exciting winter activities that provides an overwhelming experience to the whole family. Tobogganing is extremely popular in the Austrian Alps for skiers and non-skiers alike. You can enjoy tobogganing in Ischgl, Alpbachtal Seenland, Soelden, Kitzbuehel, Innsbruck and its surroundings, as well as other Austrian ski areas. What can be more exciting than spending fun time with your loved ones when riding down a toboggan run followed by stopping at one of the cosy mountain huts for some gluhwein or traditional Tyrolean delicacies! Alpbachtal Seenland offers several toboggan runs of different length and difficulty – from 0.5 km (suitable mostly for children) to 4-6 km for sporty tobogganing fans. Depending on the resort you can ride a toboggan during the day or at night. If you want to have a blast and feel like a kid again then tobogganing is a must-try!
Ice-climbing is another mind-blowing activity for those who want to get an adrenaline rush. Isn’t it more than exciting to climb artificial ice walls, frozen waterfalls or icefalls? The Austrian Alps are just perfect for ice-climbing and many ski resorts offer it as a great option for an apres-ski activity. Lech am Arlberg is a great starting point for you to get acquainted with ice-climbing. There are numerous climbing routes of different difficulty, stunning scenery and fantastic Alpine atmosphere. Another place to get icy-cold fun is the Gastein Valley. Adventure and adrenaline are guaranteed when discovering a fascinating world of ice-falls. Other best places for ice-climbing in the Austrian Alps include Lech am Arlberg, Pitztal Glacier, Renk waterfall, as well as Grünsee waterfalls in Salzburg. You can arrange a private tour with an Alpine guide matching your skills and energy level. The peaks of Tyrol are welcoming everyone who enjoys great mountain landscapes, altitude, excitement and active-living experience!
Paragliding is one of the most exciting adventure sports you can enjoy when staying at one of the Austrian ski resorts. Incredible sceneries, free-flying and feeling of absolute freedom… Wouldn’t you like to see the Austrian Alps as the birds do or get sky-high thrills when looking at the stunning Alpine peaks? There are many ski regions offering paragliding. Soll and the neighbouring Wilder Kaiser is home for tandem paragliding flights. Depending on weather conditions and thermals you can enjoy the flight from 5 to 30 minutes. St Anton provides paragliding attraction to all who wants to discover gigantic massifs and enjoy the beauty of the wonderful region of Arlberg – mountain ranges, glaciers, valleys, rivers and lakes. Paragliding in Kitzbuehel is a fantastic chance to see the area from a different perspective. People say that once you have tried it, you will want to come back!
Besides paragliding, tobogganing and ice-climbing, other winter outdoor apres-ski activities available include ice-skating, curling, hiking, snowshoeing and many more you should try when enjoying your ski holidays in the Austrian Alps. You will experience plenty of exciting moments with your friends or family while riding a toboggan, skating or taking a walk in snowshoes.
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