Winter Sports

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 Julia in Bits & Pieces

“Downhill”: The Filming Locations

The film “Downhill” featuring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell was shot in winter 2019 on location in Ischgl, Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis and the Kaunertal Valley in the Austrian Tirol. We have taken a close look at the filming spots to find out where you can ski “The Beast” yourself.

9 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 Benjamin in Recommendations

Five Tips for a Relaxing Ski Holiday in Tirol

For most of us, holidays are first and foremost about one thing: relaxing. Winter holidays in the mountains of Tirol are no different. However, long queues at the breakfast buffet or hangovers at high altitude can put a downer on what is supposed to be one of the most enjoyable times of the year. We…

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 Guest Author in Sports

Ice, Ice Baby!

Tirol is famous for skiing and cross-country skiing in winter. However, there are also other adventures for you to embark on in the snowy mountains: ice climbing for example. Today, our author will tell you more about his first ice climbing experience.

10 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 Recommendations

Five Nordic Ski Races for Everyone

Each year, more and more people are discovering how much satisfaction can come from Nordic skiing. To find some of that satisfaction yourself, check out any one of the large-scale Nordic races happening across Tirol each winter—if you want to suit up and jump in, here are five of the coolest events.

3 min. Reading time
by Klaus in Nature

Five Winter Walks with Warming Huts for Post-Trek Refreshments

Crisp and clear air, the snow is crushing beneath your feet and everything is blanketed in snow… Walking in the winter brings a sense of calmness that can only be replicated by such quiet brought on by solitude in the wilderness. And our warming huts give an open invitation to anyone who is looking to…

3 min. Reading time
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