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by Klaus in Arts & Culture

Climb Every Mountain: Summit Crosses in Tirol

For locals and visitors alike, climbing a mountain in Tirol wouldn’t be complete without a grinning photo at the top next to a mighty crucifix. But why do almost all mountains in Tirol have a “summit cross” crowning their peak?

3 min. Reading time
by Klaus in People

The Norseman on Seegrube Mountain

Snowboarding and Innsbruck go together like salt and pepper. As you’d expect for a place that is considered ‘the Birthplace of snowboarding in Europe’, their “Skyline Park” is pretty awesome. Terrain park shaper Bjarni Thor Valdimarsson, an Iceland native now living in Tirol, gives us an insight into what goes on behind the scenes.

4 min. Reading time
by Klaus in People

Having a Blast: The Men Who Make Avalanches Above Innsbruck

Heavy snowfall in Innsbruck is inevitably followed by the early-morning sound of explosions in the Nordkette Mountains. As the city’s awakes, the men of the avalanche safety commission are already out and about blasting away the snow to keep the population safe.

4 min. Reading time
by Klaus in People

Lord of the Harakiri

With a notoriously steep ski run, innovative state-of-the-art lifts and 142 kilometers of downhill trails, it’s easy to see why Mayrhofen consistently ranks as a top Tirol ski resort. Behind the scenes, Josef Geisler is overall responsible for the smooth running of all operations of the resort.

3 min. Reading time
by Klaus in People

The Reutte Helicopter Rescue Team

Searches for lost hikers, ski accidents or broken legs—when the location is remote and challenging in and around the mountains of Reutte, RK-2 helicopter’s rescue team is called upon. On board is Florian Selb who volunteers his time and expertise in the service of people who need assistance.

4 min. Reading time
by Klaus in People

Making Corduroy: The Ski Groomer on Harakiri Run

With a 78 percent grade, the thrilling double black Harakiri Trail rakes in hard-core honours for being Austria’s steepest downhill run. This sickeningly steep terrain requires a special winch cat to groom, which is driven by heavy machinery operator Christoph Egger.

4 min. Reading time
by Klaus in Food & Drink

Superfood from Tirol: “Graukäse” and “Zieger”

While the Italians are proud of their prized “parmigiano” and the French crazy about their creamy “camembert”, Tiroleans have their “Graukäse”. Though almost completely unknown outside the region, this delicious dairy delicacy definitely deserves more attention. It is made from fermented milk and not only tastes great but is also surprisingly healthy thanks to its…

5 min. Reading time
by Klaus in Nature

Hohe Tauern National Park: A Rich and Varied History

Teeming with unique wildlife species and plant species found nowhere else, Hohe Tauern National Park is the largest protected high-country landscape of Austria. Read on to learn what led to the establishment of Austria’s first National Park.

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