01.01.2024

Fantastically varied winter fun

In the Ötztal there is a great variety of winter activities away from the pistes that invite you to exercise, enjoy fantastic nature experiences and have incredible fun in the snow and on ice.

Experience the entire dimension of the Ötztal as a winter wonderland

The longest side valley in Tyrol impresses with its diverse landscape: from the stepped valley floor to the dense mountain forests and mighty rock faces of the mountain flanks as well as picturesque alpine pastures and mountain terraces all the way up to the snow and ice giants of the 250 three-thousanders. When the fabulous mountain panorama is wrapped in a white dress full of glittering crystals, guests are greeted by a winter paradise that is second to none.

The extensive alpine winter paradise can be explored in wonderfully diverse ways

The activities to enjoy the splendor are as diverse as the natural beauties in the Ötztal. Whether families keen to explore, nature lovers looking for relaxation or sporty adventurers: there is a great selection of offers for everyone to fully enjoy the many winter joys.

Winter and snowshoe hiking – the joy of nature increases with every step

For nature lovers, winter hiking in the Ötztal offers a fascinating and multifaceted experience. 250 km of prepared and signposted paths open up the winter mountain world. In the fairytale backdrop and magical silence of the snow-covered landscape, the joy of nature increases with every step.

Tip: In Sölden we recommend a trip to the Stallwiesalm, whose sun terrace invites you to relax and unwind.

Snowshoe hiking in the Ötztal, which is enjoying growing popularity, also promises deep relaxation and exhilaration. The leisurely trail crossing across the country through the fluffy deep snow is also suitable for children who are already somewhat experienced in hiking and is an unforgettable nature experience. One advantage is that little equipment is required: mountain boots, warm winter clothing, hiking or ski poles - and snowshoes can be rented in sports shops or directly from the guides on guided tours. These lead e.g. B. also off the beaten track through the Ötztal Nature Park.

Tip: A special highlight is the Ochsengarten moonlight tour in the Ötztal Nature Park. Equipped with headlamps, the evening snowshoe hike takes you through the deep snow-covered forest. The snow crystals sparkle on the snow carpet and the stars in the firmament.

Cross-country skiing and ski touring - glide through the snowy landscape or make elegant turns.

Cross-country skiing is a gentle way to get fit, activates 90 percent of the muscles, strengthens the cardiovascular system and is also good for the mind and soul. At the high altitudes of the Ötztal, the health-promoting effect and the training effect are intensified. The Ötztal is therefore also an optimal and varied terrain for cross-country skiing. 143 kilometres of groomed cross-country skiing trails for skating and classic styles can be used free of charge by beginners and top athletes alike. There are numerous equipment rental options, and courses ranging from taster courses to "biathlon for everyone" can also be booked.

Tip: The high-altitude cross-country ski trail Gries - Längenfeld (classic) with its alpine ambience at 1,600 m altitude and 8.1 km length is a real cross-country skiing attraction and opens up charming views of the idyllic Sulztal valley.

You can also draw strength from nature on ski tours in the Ötztal, with the impressive peaks of 3,000 m representing the ultimate winter mountain experience for many tourers and ski mountaineers. Ski touring classics such as Hohe Wilde, Weißkugel, Finailspitze or the Wildspitze, the highest mountain in North Tyrol (3,768 m), are among the most popular in the Eastern Alps. We recommend that you be accompanied by a local mountain guide who will ensure the necessary safety.

Tip: The Eiskögele as a ski tour for experienced skiers is located at 3,233 m and is one of the most visited ski touring peaks around Obergurgl. The 1,300 m climb can be shortened by taking a gondola ride to Hohe Mut.

Tobogganing and horse-drawn carriage rides – great fun on two runners and pure winter romance

The Ötztal is also far ahead of other regions when it comes to winter fun on two skids. The 15 toboggan runs wind their way down through the mountain forests for a total of 51 kilometers with lots of curves and panoramas. The sport for everyone guarantees great fun, especially for families. There is refreshing action even in the high mountains and at night.

Tip: The illuminated Sölden – Gaislachkogl toboggan run is one of the longest toboggan runs in Austria with a length of 7.3 km and the route is also suitable for families and those with less experience.

One of the most romantic ways to explore the winter landscape of the Ötztal is on a horse-drawn carriage ride. Cuddled up comfortably in blankets in the back seat, you can intensely experience the passing winter idyll.

Ice skating, curling and ice climbing – from sheer fun to steep adventure

Dancing across the reflective surface to atmospheric music, ice skating in the Ötztal puts you in a good mood. The ice skating rinks throughout the valley provide variety, including floodlights in the evenings. Ice skates can usually be rented on site. Curling offers the best entertainment as a team sport and you can also have an exciting ice hockey match at the ice skating rink in Sölden. Ice climbing is a very special and rare adventure. But in the Ötztal, sports enthusiasts with mountain guides can attempt almost 30 different ice climbing routes in Längenfeld alone. A unique opportunity even for beginners!

Tip: An absolute highlight in the Ötztal, weather permitting, is Lake Piburger as a natural ice skating rink. There is also a wonderful winter hiking trail and a toboggan run, which is why this wildly romantic, scenic gem is a true paradise, especially for families.

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