Skiing in Tyrol

October 30, 2013 by  
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Located primarily in Austria, the ski region of Tyrol features no less than 500 peaks rising more than 3,000 meters above sea level. More than one hundred alpine ski resorts with more than 5,200 kilometers of skiable terrain, catering for a wide range of snow sport activities, can be found in Tyrol, making it one of the world’s most popular winter destinations. Resorts that consistently feature in the Top Ten ski destinations in Tyrol include Sölden, Hintertuxer Gletscher, Stubaier Gletscher, Ischgl, Mayrhofen, Pitztaler Gletscher, Serfaus, Kitzbühel, Obergurgl and St Anton.

Sölden lies in the midst of three mountains – Gaislachkogl, Tiefenbachkogl and Schwarze Schneide – all of which are over 3,000 meters in height. They are often referred to as the “Big 3”. The altitude of the skiable area ranges from 1,377 to 3,250 meters and incorporates two spectacular glacier ski areas. All slopes below 2,200 meters have snow-making machines to supplement natural snowfall, and 33 state-of-the-art lift systems ensure that skiers get to the slopes with minimum delay. As a World Cup host, Sölden is well equipped to ensure that large numbers of skiers are catered for in comfort.

While winter is high season at Hintertuxer Gletscher, the resort offers skiing 365 days of the year – the only resort in Austria to do so. With breathtaking panoramic views of the dolomites, and impressive ski runs and terrain parks, the Hintertux Glacier should be on every snow sport enthusiasts list of places to visit. The glacier circuit features 72,000 meters of descent and there is a network of lifts and other transport options to allow easy access to the entire resort.

Tyrol’s Stubaier Gletscher (Stubai Glacier) is the largest of Austria’s glacier skiing areas. It offers 110 kilometers of pistes with options for beginners right through to the most experienced of skiers. Snow is guaranteed from October through to June each year, with snow-making machines ensuring sufficient snow cover and enjoyment for all.

Covering an area with the altitude of between 1,377 and 2,872 meters, Ischgl is promoted as one of the biggest interconnected ski areas in Tyrol, with the Silvretta-Arena being its main attraction. In addition to its impressive ski areas and high-tech lift and cable car systems, Ischgl offers a range of events, concerts, shopping and other entertainment.

Certainly, snow skiing enthusiasts could spend a lifetime exploring Tyrol and never tire of the experience.