Have you ever asked yourself where the locals enjoy skiing? Do you wonder which cross-country tracks they recommend? Or, would you like to know where they hike to find peace in winter or where they take their grandchildren for a fun toboggan run? Here are our personal most-loved places:
#1 Simon Ressels most-loved cross-country tracks
The L6 Schöngampalm route, on the other hand, is demanding and challenging. With an elevation gain of 500 metres and 22 kilometres to master, this route is for all those looking to test their limits. However, you will be rewarded for taking on the challenge with fantastic views into the valleys of Oberinntal, Kaunertal, and Urgtal, as well as a stop at the rustic Schöngampalm hut.
Highest point: 1,875 metres above sea level
Length: 22 kilometres | Elevation gain: 500 metres
Waldloipe (No. 6)
Cross-country skiing on the Waldloipe (No. 6) is easy and enjoyable. The high-alpine track provides excellent conditions for classic and skate skiing, as well as an impressive panorama. The tracks follow a circular route past Lake Högsee with very little elevation gain. You can find two stops along the route to replenish your energies. My tip is to take a break at the Hög Alm hut, where they serve delicious cheese dumpling soup. It pairs perfectly with a glass of wheat beer, and the sunny terrace offers superb views of the idyllic, snow-capped mountains.
Highest point: 1,823 metres above sea level
Length: 2.2 kilometres | Elevation gain: 37 metres
#2 Bernadette Domenigs most-loved tobogganrun
The new toboggan run in Fiss is ideally suited for fun adventures in the snow with our grandchildren. The red Schönjochbahn lift conveniently takes us to the middle station, from where we can jump right into the fun part of the trip. The three-metre-wide and carefully maintained toboggan run is perfect: it’s not that steep so you don’t get too fast and it ends directly at Bertas Kinderland. The Sonnenburg family restaurant is the best place to culminate the experience. On the sun terrace, we love to sip a huge cup of delicious hot chocolate while watching Mascot Berta and her little ski aces.
#3 Andrea Schirgis most-loved winterhike
Hop onto the red Schönjochbahn lift and exit at the middle station. Just below the station, turn left onto the Kraft- & Sinnesweg, which leads up to the Frommes Alp hut. The wide and well-groomed winter hiking path has a gentle elevation profile with slight inclines. Follow the path through thick woods and across mystic forest glades until you reach the Frommes Alp hut. Treat yourself to a break and soak up the sun on the terrace before continuing your hike to Rabuschl and, finally, to the Sonnenburg restaurant at Bertas Kinderland. After enjoying a fragrant coffee, tea, or hot chocolate at the Sonnenburg, you can happily make your way back to the hotel.
Length: approx. 7.5 kilometres
Duration without a break: approx. 2 hours
Manfred Bregenzers most-loved slopes
For families, I recommend the two Plansegg slopes. The Zanbodenabfahrt is a blue beginners’ slope and perfect for practising first runs. The Malfristabfahrt, a red piste for intermediate levels, helps you gain confidence and find real enjoyment as you glide down the piste. Experienced skiers and all those feeling confident on the slopes can opt for the intermediate, red Trujenabfahrt. The piste even includes a section where you can choose to switch over to the black piste. The reward for this challenge is a stop at the Schalberalm hut, where they serve the best Austrian Kaiserschmarrn outside Schlosshotel Fiss.