Tirol: Austria

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Family Friendly Rating: 4/5
Rating: 4 out of 5 - Family friendly, some omissions
Height: 1800 - 3080km
Piste Coverage: Unknown
Runs: Unknown
Ski Lifts: Unknown
From Calais: 605m / 974km
Winter Resort: Yes
Summer Resort: No
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Last Snowfall: 16/03/2010
Min Snow: 40
Max Snow: 200
Glacier: Yes
No. Runs Open: 84
Weather: sun
Snow Condition: good
Max Temp: -7°C
Min Temp: -11°C
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Tirol, Austria

Tirol TIROL WINTER 2008-09 From year round glacier skiing to the top apres ski destinations, a GB Airways route direct to Innsbruck from Gatwick, news of a new snow igloo in Solden or suggestions for skiing the smaller Tirolean resorts, plus a month by month calendar of events in the Tirol, were delighted to include a round-up of the Tirols top news and events for winter 2008-09 NEW GB Airways flights from London Gatwick to Innsbruck for winter 2007-08 GB Airways are launching a new route from Gatwick to Innsbruck, with the first flights departing twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays from November 2005, making it perfect for a long weekend and to make the most of the Christmas market season. Once the ski season gets fully underway, the flying schedule will increase to five flights per week from December.

The new flying route will bring both the city of Innsbruck and the ski and summer resorts of the Austrian province of the Tyrol closer than ever for UK visitors, giving a high quality and direct gateway to Austrias most picturesque province. Innsbruck is famous for its traditional Christmas market, ideal for exquisite hand-made Christmas presents, and exudes with the festive ambience from November until Christmas Eve, while the citys picturesque setting, surrounded by towering mountains, its historic heart and chic shopping make it a year round draw for short break visitors.

The Tyrol area itself is breathtaking, comprising of numerous small, quaint villages and magnificent lakes. In addition to bringing skiers to enjoy a long established ski season in some of Europes best ski resorts, the new flights will allow travellers to make the most of the Tyrols rich environment, with its plethora of year-round activities. John Patterson, GB Airways managing director said: We have operated flights on behalf of charter customers to Innsbruck over the past few winters and have identified a real need for scheduled flights that allow travellers the flexibility and choice to fly direct and in comfort with a world renowned full service airline. By flying both during the week and at weekends, we are confident that these flights will be particularly popular with the short break market. For more details visit, fares from GBP 79 return including tax. TIROL THE FACTS, DO YOU KNOW? ...the steepest and most visited ski racing course in the world is in the Tirol? Every year the "Streif" attracts thousands of skiing addicts to the famous Hahnenkamm races in Kitzbhel. ( ...the parallel turn was invented in the Tirol? Toni Seelos of Seefeld, one of the most successful racing skiers in the Thirties, revolutionized skiing with this new technique. ( ...around 60 per cent of the worlds production of ski edges comes from the Tirol? Located in Innsbruck, the "Friedrich Deutsch" metal works produce 2,000 tons of ski edges of top-quality steel every year, ensuring that skiers come to grips with the pistes. ...there are 64 schnaps distilleries in the Tirolean, Upper Inn Valley village of Stanz? The distiller's craft has long traditions here and the "distilling village" is known for its "Stanzer Zwetschke". ( ...the highest 2-toque restaurant in the world is located in the Tirol? The Verwallstube at the top stage of the Gallzigbahn in St. Anton am Arlberg is situated at 2,185 metres above sea level. Russia's President Putin, Caroline of Monaco and other celebrities have eaten here. The restaurant is only open during the winter season. ( ...Europe's only village underground railway is in the Tirolean winter sports resort of Serfaus? To alleviate traffic in the 1980s an underground railway was constructed beneath the main road. A hovercraft runs noiselessly and vibration-free from the entrance to the village to the cableway, a distance of 1.3 kilometres. Four stations provide easy access for guests. Holidaymakers arriving by car are only allowed to drive to their accommodation.

Day tourists have to leave their vehicles at the car park by the entrance to the village and walk a few metres to the station. ( ...the largest connected skiing area in Austria is located in the Tirol? It is the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser Brixental. 250 km of runs (160 km with snowmaking equipment) and over 90 state-of-the-art lifts guarantee pure pleasure in the snow. ( ...Austria's highest winter sports resort is situated in the Tirol? Khtai in the Sellraintal, south of Innsbruck, is 2,020 metres above sea level and offers an absolute snow guarantee from early December until well into spring. ( ...Austria's most modern wellbeing world is in the Tirol? The 50,000 sq.m. "Aqua Dome" site at the entrance to the tztal mixes the primeval power of warm thermal water with the imposing tztal mountains for a new kind of thermal experience. ( NEW HOTELS, FARMS AND IGLOOS FOR 2005/6! After extensive revamping the Hotel Frstenhaus in Pertisau am Achensee has become a four-star Superior Travel Charm Hotel. The foundation stone of this building was laid 500 years ago (Emperor Maximilian used it for his hunting festivities).

Today, it comprises 120 highly comfortable rooms and suites. The main attraction is the Pro Vita Wellness Oasis which covers an area of around 3,000 square metres ( The A-Rosa Schlosshotel in Kitzbhel will open in December 2005. A luxury hotel, it comprises 150 rooms, 50 of them suites. Guests will enjoy luxurious wellness and fitness amenities with indoor and outdoor pool, floating and liquid sound areas, a ballroom and conference rooms. Set on a slope, the Romanesque-style building covers eight levels. Innsbruck Alpine School (ASI) has built a four-star lodge in Steinberg am Rofan (Achensee region) which opened in May 2005. "We provide a 64-bed house that combines the atmosphere of a hut with wellness and top comfort", says Axel Gasser, the ASI proprietor. The heart of this luxury dwelling set in natural surroundings - is the "Hannes-Gasser-Bauernstube", named in memory of the internationally known mountain guide of the same name who founded the Alpinschule Innsbruck in 1963 ( The Auer family have been boldly innovative in the construction of their new Hotel Waldklause at Lngenfeld in the tztal. The building is more or less entirely made of wood and the scent of fir, spruce, pine and larch permeates the halls and the rooms. Additional materials are glass and stone, pure wool serves as insulating material ( The new 4-star camping site at Pettneu am Arlberg, offers something absolutely new for winter guests who have both sporting ambitions and a love of comfort: private bathhouses with every pitch, equipped with wash basin, shower, WC, stainless steel sink and heating. An indoor pool, sauna, solarium, massage and beautician facilities ensure an enhanced sense of wellbeing at the neighbouring wellness park ( Further info on winterproof Tirolean camping sites with first-class facilities at Family run hotels form the heart of the Tirols reputation for excellent accommodation standards. The Kurz family in Galtr, have incorporated a wellness area with sauna, steam bath, whirlpool and a fitness corner into their spruce holiday home and have geared it specially to allergy sufferers. Guests are also pampered with an organic breakfast and half-pension is provided, if wished. 7 overnight stops in a comfortable room with breakfast buffet, sauna, steam bath and 6-day lift pass cost from 363,50 Euros per person Further information on holidays in private accommodation at Farm holidays are becoming more and more comfortable, many of them offering a standard akin to a 4 star hotel, and, because many Tirolean farms are located in skiing areas, they also provide an attractive winter alternative to hotels or pensions, in particular for families with children. An example is the Frberhof at Trins in the Gschnitztal where the Tost family have converted the outbuilding, once a sawmill, into two holiday apartments. Each of these comprises three bedrooms, a bathroom with bath and separate shower cabin, two wash basins, WC and washing machine as well as a large living room with lavish built-in kitchen. Price per apartment per day from 80 Euros ( Further information on Tirolean farm holidays at From early December several snow igloos await adventurous guests at an altitude of 2,700 metres on Rettenbach glacier in Slden. There is even a candlelight night suite available for lovers. Guests sleep on sheepskins in sleeping bags suitable for temperatures as low as 40 degrees Celsius. Anyone starting to feel chilly at the very sight of walls of snow despite the outstanding heat insulating properties of ice can warm up in a Finnish sauna.

Bookings in Austria's only snow village continue until the end of April ( APRES SKI IS TO THE TIROL, WHAT SNOW IS TO WINTER! Aprs-ski has featured in the winter sports lifestyle ever since people started skiing. The very first winter-hungry guests used to meet for five o'clock tea in their hotel lounge at the end of a day's skiing to warm up over a hot brew with a dash of rum. Apart from its warming properties, this mixture ensured a light-hearted atmosphere and lively conversation. Later, live bands played for five o'clock tea in the better hotels at renowned winter sports resorts. At some point (who knows when) in a Tirolean skiing hut someone started dancing, ski boots still fastened, to the tune of the Skaters' Waltz classic aprs-ski was born. What are the origins of the term "aprs-ski" for fun and entertainment after skiing? In France it is used quite generally to mean casual ski dress and waterproof skiing boots, put on after skiing to replace the bulkier ski wear and heavy boots and to stroll comfortably through a skiing resort or to live it up in a disco without getting wet feet en route. Every Tirolean resort has its own aprs-ski. Here a couple of tips for a drink, to chill out or to dance the night away: Fgen Cool aprs-skiing is provided by the "Ice House" at Fgen in the Zillertal. The average inside temperature is minus five degrees in this biggest ice bar in the Tirol. The drinks are not served in glasses, but in stylish beakers of ice ( Hintertux "Hohenhaus Tenne" right at the bottom stage of Hintertux glacier cableway. The first "special experience WC-facility" in the Alpine area is a novelty and the elaborately worked, centuries-old timber is fascinating. A winner in the "best aprs-ski hut in the Alps" category 2005 awarded by the Top-of-the-Mountains Club ( Ischgl A far remove from the usual mega-disco, the "Trofana-Arena" is among the top addresses with five bars at various levels. All the guests can follow the doings in the other bars and on the dance floor. Projection walls with live cameras create an additional overview. Live shows, first-class DJs. ( Other popular spots: Kuhstall (, Niko's witches' kitchen (, Feuer & Eis ( Kitzbhel Famous and infamous are the "5erl", "Pavillon", "Londoners" and "Klausenfalle", later into the night "Highways" or "Jimmy's" are the place to be. The absolute spot to be seen at is the "Take Five", a highly exclusive dance disco with three bars and a raised box area. During the Hahnenkamm week a host of boyguards ensure that the VIPs remain amongst themselves ( Mayrhofen The scene is really lively in the ICE-bar (Hotel Strass, just next to the bottom stage of the Penken cableway) with dancing "polar bears" animating guests to dance ( Evening options are the Scotland Yard pub or the Schlsselalm ( St. Anton am Arlberg "Mooserwirt", the epitome of Austrian aprs-ski and the final stop on the aprs-ski piste and run down to the valley. Every afternoon big aprs-ski party ( Further up you have a choice between the "Sennhtte" (meeting point for the famous, original atmosphere, live music in the afternoon), "Heustadl" or "Kaminstube". "Krazy Kanguruh": aprs-skiing with elbow and body contact guaranteed, at the edge of the run down from the Gampen ( "Underground", the classic in St. Anton's nightlife with live music on two floors: boho charm on the ground floor, half a generation younger in the cellar. Further info: Solden "Gampe-Alm" on the ski route to the Gaislachkogl. Lovingly restored mountain hut with discreet music, cheese dumplings and barley soup from organic produce. Those looking for the disco buzz opt for the "Schirmbar", "Fire & Ice" or "Almrausch" ( Soll "Moonlight Bar", a covered aprs-ski bar right by the gondola lift. Live music often features at the popular "Salvenstadl" ( Dance till you drop in the "Whisky Mhle" (, choose the "Buffallo" if you're making a night of it.

The heart of the worldwide snowboarding community beats vigorously in the Tirol. And for a good reason the province is a paradise for boarders. Burton's European headquarters is in Innsbruck, (one of the reasons why the Nordpark, high above the provincial capital, is full of cracks!) and `Air & Style, the mother of all boarding events, first saw the light of the world in the Tirol. Powder slopes galore, over-dimensional fun parks and countless touring routes characterize the stylish Tirolean recipe. Some even claim that the whole province is one single fun park. Nevertheless, several locations stand out, even in this dream scenario. In the Zillertal The fusion of Mayrhofen and Hippach has brought blessings for boarding purists. This marvellous spot has acquired a really high profile as the home base of of the Tirol's former rider aristocrat, Tom "Beckna" Eberharter. With the Burton Park Mayrhofen comprising pro, medium and beginner line, the resort has risen to the ranks of a boarders' paradise. The undisputed aprs-boarding venue is the Scotland Yard, a cult spot which has been the meeting point of the boarding crowd for over 15 years. ( With the founding fathers The Kaunertal is one of the pioneers among Tirolean snowboard venues. From the very first moment that the scene started stirring, this glacier area was a top spot. For 20 years it has been a must to have been there at least once. The site of the legendary Kaunertal openings wows its disciples with space for endless turns and with its perfectly shaped half-pipe. ( Above the rooftops of Innsbruck On the Seegrube up above Innsbruck the paths of urban boarder heroes and international pros cross. Breathtaking for lowlanders, the panorama is stunning. With the very first swings, the Nordpark is a freeride dream. As far as pipe & park is concerned, the organizers haven't missed a thing either: rodeos, big airs, quarter-pipe, straight jumps it's all there and it's all highly efficient. When the sun sets behind the Nordkette, the scene moves to the no less diverse night life of the students' town of Innsbruck. ( East Tirol The Defereggental and St.Jakob, its tourist centre, are impressive with their unique scenery. High jumps, fun boxes, round slides, mail boxes, natural quarter pipe they're all part of the fun park St. Jakob scenario in front of the legendary natural backdrop of the East Tirol. Centuries-old farmhouses provide idyllic evidence of the old Tirol. A place to reflect, you'll hardly find anything more atmospheric. ( For details of packages and for more information about the boarding `eldorado, visit GLACIER SKIING eternal Tirolean winter bliss Ski is guaranteed from October through to May in the Tirol's glacier skiing areas The Tirol's five glacier skiing areas, Kaunertal, Pitztal, Solden, Stubaital and Hintertux, provide top conditions for beginners and experts alike, with gently inclined slopes and breathtaking runs. All in tip-top condition and with snow guaranteed from autumn to spring.

State-of-the-art lift and cableway installations take skiers quickly and in comfort to the realms of eternal snow. The Mickey Mouse Ski Club on the Stubai glacier demonstrates that families with children are in good hands at the big five glacier areas. Glacier tinies learn to ski the playful way here. Fun is guaranteed when magic carpets and Mickey Mouse flags are all part of the very first turns in the eternal snow.
The Ski Club Mickey Mouse Miniland is available for the under-four-year-olds' first skiing lessons. All the children who do not want to ski are well looked after all day at the Ski Club Mickey Mouse Play Paradise at the Gamsgarten top stage. Glacier skiing is particularly attractive in autumn and in spring. Even at this height (above 3,000 m) the temperatures are pleasant, the usual high-season hubbub is missing, the on-piste "population density" is reasonable - and so are the prices, with interesting packages to improve the holiday mood still further. The annual glacier openings in October give the skiing fraternity a kick; skis, carvers, boards and everything else that's trendy in the coming winter season can be thoroughly tried out free of charge at "Testivals" with a party programme. Further information: SUBLIME SKIING Last year's fusion of the Hochfgen and Hochzillertal skiing areas created a winter sports eldorado. Even when still separated, the neighbouring skiing areas of Hochfgen and Hochzillertal enjoyed an excellent reputation with skiers. Now that the Zillertal Shuttle links both regions, an 8-seater gondola lift, their attraction has grown still more. 145 kilometres of top ski runs are now available up to a height of 2,500 metres. Then there are tempting cross-country trails catering for all abilities. 33 state-of-the-art lift installations with a capacity of 55,000 passengers per hour ensure that waiting is a thing of the past and the time "in the chair" just flies past. Two particularly enticing runs provide reminders of Austrian skier Stephan Eberharter's triumphs. They are the "Olympia-Piste" and the "Stephan Eberharter Goldpiste", at eight kilometres the longest floodlit run in the Zillertal. Four toboggan runs, some of them floodlit, await winter holidaymakers in search of rapidity and romance. Night is also a time for guided torchlit and snowshoe walks, curling matches or horse-drawn sleigh rides. Thanks to the altitude, the skiing season continues until late April here traditionally, the International Rope Team Race to mark the end of the season is not held until 1 May and has been a fixture for over 40 years. This giant slalom is pure fun with rope teams from Austria and abroad in nostalgic outfits and with wooden skis. Further information on this Tirolean Skidorado under There is a also real risk that skiers might spend more time sitting down than they originally intended. The reason two exquisite restaurants. Once seated, thoughts of fastening skis or your boards tend to become remote. The first stopover is the "Kristallhtte" at over 2,000 metres above sea level. The word "Htte" or "hut" is an understatement. In reality this is a spaciously laid-out mountain restaurant with authentic old Tirolean wooden furnishings, a display kitchen and a bar-lounge area with an open fireplace.

SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL Not everyone regards gigantic ski carousels with endless piste networks as the be-all and end-all of successful winter holidays. Many winter holidaymakers prefer smaller skiing areas where the atmosphere is still leisurely and laid-back, runs are easy to medium grade and thus specially suitable for beginners and for families with children. Last, but not least, the prices for day tickets and lift passes are on average more reasonable than in the `ski arenas. Here is a small selection of skiing areas with less variety than the big Tirolean ski carousels, but with plenty of comfortable lifts, good piste quality and reliable snow. Alpbach Austria's "loveliest village" is located at 1,000 metres above sea level on a sunny plateau. Awarded the "White Oscar" in 2004 by "The Good Skiing and Snowboarding Guide" magazine as the most significant little skiing village of the year in Europe. The Wiedersbergerhorn skiing area offers challenges for all stages of proficiency. Children and beginners are well served on the Reitherkogel. Cross-country kilometres galore, winter walks and toboggan runs with cosy huts ( Berwangertal This small, family-friendly "ski carousel" at a sunny altitude (1,336 m) on the Alpine crossing between the Zugspitze and the Lechtal features three leisurely skiing villages (Berwang, Bichlbach, Rinnen), with ski runs right down to the doorstep. Children's lifts with expert guidance, winter walks, cross-country trails, ice and toboggan run and an indoor swimming pool as part of the package ( Defereggental/East Tirol A family-friendly skiing area, snowsure well into spring. Few day visitors, but much beloved by regulars. No waiting even in the high season. Marvellous cross-country trails. Many cosy huts. Winter sports still harmonize with Nature here. ( Galtr-Kappl (Paznauntal) Families with children feel totally at home in these two villages. Compact, practically tree-free skiing terrain up to an altitude of 2,300 and 2,700 m. Kappl also features a big ski and family park in the middle of the skiing terrain. Two recommended alternatives to the mondaine Ischgl (, Hochzeiger (Pitztal) A amily-friendly skiing area (1,450 2,450 m) at the entrance to the Pitztal, pleasant ski villages. Home of Bennie Raich, the Austrian ski star.
Thanks to efficient snowmaking, the season starts in November. ( Kals am Groglockner Situated at 1,325 metres above sea level, this mountaineering village is an inside tip for quiet winter holidays. "I have been going to Kals for 26 years and have never been disappointed. The skiing area is small and beautiful. There is no waiting, not at the bar either, everyone is nice and friendly, they treat guests like members of the family. There is simply nothing lovelier", wrote a member of an Internet skiing forum ( Khtai The website address says it all. Khtai is Austria's highest winter sports resort (2,020 m) and is regarded as snowsure until May. A quiet hotel village, ideal for skiing connoisseurs and families, as well as deep snow and touring freaks. No waiting at the lifts. The runs go right down to the doorstep ( Nauders A family-friendly skiing area in a high valley (1,400 m) on the southern edge of the Alps, hence the milder climate. Reliable snow nevertheless since the pistes go up to 2,800 metres. Highly attractive for cross-country enthusiasts, though tourers and powder freaks are also catered for. Beautifully preserved village centre with old farmhouses and an interesting early 19th century fortification ( Trins (Gschnitztal) A magnificent, untouched landscape (became part of the world lite of ecotourism areas in 2002). Speciality: in the little village of Trins (1,214 m) groups can hire a drag-lift (800 metres in length) for the evening including staff and lighting. Special sledging courses by the local ski school. A cross-country dream: the Gschnitztal trail. Flat trail along the valley, length 26 kilometres, well marked, precise kilometre markings, four parallel traces and skating track, accompanied by a winter path for walkers ( For information about the Austrian Tyrol visit, e-mail or call 0043 512 7272-0 or contact our UK PR, Mary Stuart-Miller on 01403 738844, e-mail 
For information about the Tyrol region of Austria see, email or telephone +43 512 7272 0 Flying there is easy GB Airways ( flies from LGW to Innsbruck during the coming winter season (starting 18th December 2005), 5 times a week (TUE, THUR, SA, SUN 2 x). All-inclusive return fares start at 79. For more details visit or call 0870 850 9 850. Austrian Airlines route from Gatwick to Innsbruck operates every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the winter season with prices from 103 return incl. tax. Contact them on 0870 1 24 26 or visit Innsbruck airport is ideal for much of the Tirol. Salzburg and Munich are great for the east of the region (90 minutes from Soll). Zurich and Friedrichshafen offer short transfers too from the former to St Anton its 2 hours and 15 minutes, the latter 1 hour 45 minutes. Ryanair (0871 246 0000, flies daily from London Stansted to Salzburg and Friedrichshafen easyJet (0870 600 0000, flies daily from London Stansted to Munich. British Airways (0870 850 9850,, easyJet and Swiss International (0845 601 0956, fly daily into Zurich from London Heathrow and Stansted. Lufthansa ( flies daily to Munich from Heathrow, Birmingham and Manchester. Once you arrive there are shuttle services available to many resorts as well as individual taxi transfers. Details from individual tourist offices. Car hire available from all airports (a weeks hire is mostly cheaper than an individual taxi transfer). Many hotels are pleased to pre-arrange these for you, and details on all taxi and transport services are also available through resort tourist offices. The Tirol Region From St. Anton in the west to Kitzbuhel and St. Johann in the east, the Tirol region of Austria is vast. Many, many ski resorts to select from. Some of them are household names with the British skiers such as St. Anton, Kitzbuhel and Soll.

Others such as Aurach, Neustift, Wildschonau and the Alpach Valley are less well known. But wherever you go in the Tirol, you will not only be guaranteed a warm welcome but a great skiing holiday.

You might prefer to go to one of the Tirol's highest resorts - Obergurgl (1800m - 3080m) where the skiing season lasts from mid-November through to early May. Here a new 3.6km long gondola has been opened to link the resort with Hochgurgl and you no longer have to worry about the time in the afternoon and lifts closing. All runs lead back to the resort!

Then there is Kitzbuhel and its lovely walled historic town. It is also famous for the Hahnenkamm Mens Downhill race. There are 160kms of slopes served by 59 lifts so the skier is never short of excitement or variety. St. Anton is synonymous with skiing, described as the jewel in the crown of alpine skiing. The resort underwent a facelift in time for the 2001 world ski championships.

The Arlberg is where the first ski schools were founded and the ski pass covers no fewer than 84 lifts embracing five villages with 250 kilometers of groomed piste. One of the all-time favourite areas in the Tirol for the British skier is the Ski Welt region which embraces Austria's largest linked ski area. Soll is the best known of all the resorts, a colourful little town with its onion-domed church. Medieval Hopfgarten has a lively atmosphere while sunny Ellmau has a high speed funicular to whisk skiers up the mountain. Scheffau is prized for its rustic seclusion yet whichever of the villages you stay in, there will be a warm welcome and some excellent local hospitality.

Lastly, at the far eastern end of the Tirol is St. Johann, a vibrant little town with a mountain literally criss-crossed with runs. There are ancient timber-fronted inns in the resort yet out on the slopes 60 kms of runs, 18 mountain restaurants and no shortage of uphill transport.

For motorists, remember the excellent network of motorways in the Austrian tirol require you to display a vignette. For the coming winter a 10-day disc will cost you Euro 7 and a 2-month vignette is available at still great value. But don't forget to buy one and most importantly display it.

Your journey from Calais to the Tirol will take around 9/10 hours and is around 605 miles.

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