What’s new in the Tirolean regions in winter 2021/22?

Last updated on 06.09.2021

After the difficult past year, the Tirolean winter sports areas are looking forward to welcoming their guests: Despite all the challenges, investments were made in infrastructure across the country. Especially in the area of gentler winter sports – such as winter hiking or cross-country skiing – guests can look forward to many innovations.

New slopes in Nauders © Rudi Wyhlidal, TVB Tiroler Oberland Nauders

More comfort in Nauders: The new Goldseebahn lift is ready for its first season
In the Nauders ski area, the new six-seater chairlift Goldseebahn will start operating this winter season 2021/22. The kid’s and family chairlift is amazing because of its child safety, seat heating, weather protection bonnet and increased wind stability. By the winter season 2022/23, the Goldseebahn lift will have replaced three T-bars in the Nauders ski area. For the guests this will mean more modern comfort! In addition, the slopes in the area of the new lift will be adapted and steeper sections will be made more accessible.

The new Goldseebahn © Nauderer Bergbahnen

Cross-border cross-country skiing Venosta Nordic
The region is also part of the new Venosta Nordic cross-country skiing network: It connects 6 cross-country skiing areas with 9 cross-country ski tracks in Nauders in South Tirol’s Venosta valley. With just one ticket (7-day ticket for €18) you can access and choose from around 90 kilometres of cross-country ski tracks. Among them are idyllic forest tracks, challenging high-altitude tracks and beautifully situated panoramic tracks.
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New Rosskarbahn cable car in Obergurgl
In Obergurgl in the Ötztal valley, the Rosskarbahn cable car is being renovated: In the course of the work, the top station of the cable car will be moved closer towards the Festkogl cable car station and then offer hikers a better connection to the Festkogl mountain hut in the future. Amazing fact: 2,400 people can be transported per hour on the state-of-the-art Doppelmayr lift.

“Lumagica” will once again light up the Christmas season this winter
The magical light park “Lumagica” in Innsbruck’s Imperial Gardens will be back this winter to capture children’s and adults’ imagination with more than 300 light sculptures, interactive light installations, and magical light images. Visit “Lumagica” from 5 November 2021 to 9 January 2022.

Lumagica – the magical lightpark in Innsbruck © Innsbruck Tourismus Danijel Jovanovic

Training facility for tobogganing fans: natural track luge centre in Navis
Exciting news for tobogganing enthusiasts: In Navis in the Wipptal valley, there’s a new natural track luge centre (Naturbahn-Rodelsportzentrum). The conditions are ideal for training groups and the centre is also to become a venue for national and international competitions.

Far away from the hustle and bustle: gentle winter sports in the mountaineering villages in the Wipptal valley
If you are looking for a winter idyll in untouched nature away from the hustle and bustle, then visit the mountaineering villages of Trins and Gschnitz in the Gschnitztal valley: The side valley of the Wipptal valley has preserved its original character and focuses entirely on the motto “less is more”. As part of the package deal “mountaineering village up close”, the Gschnitztal valley offers a holiday experience of the gentler kind: Guests will get closer to nature while snowshoeing and ski touring, or some might even dare to take a cross-country course on skis.

A special service is also offered in the mountaineering village of St. Jodok/Schmirn/Vals: There is a daily winter tour transfer that takes ski tourers, winter hikers and snowshoe hikers to the starting points of the tours and picks them up again.

Winter hiking in the Wipptal © TVB Wipptal

Endless skiing in the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental and KitzSki
For all those who can never get enough of skiing, SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental and KitzSki are offering a new challenge from this winter season onwards: The longest ski circuit in the world! The new KitzSkiWelt Tour will connect the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental with the KitzSki ski area. This means you can ski from Going am Wilden Kaiser across the Kitzbühel Alps to Hollersbach in the Hohe Tauern mountain range and back – and never use a slope twice. The 80-kilometre-long circuit tour can be started flexibly on different variants from any SkiWelt location with just one ticket – the KitzSkiWelt ticket.

Perfect pist conditions in the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser © SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental, Tim Marcour

Delightful calmness: Winter Hiking Days in Kartitsch
The winter hiking village Kartitsch in East Tirol is offering gentler exercise in the untouched nature from 10 to 13 March 2022. The European Winter Walking Days will take place here. All the offered hikes – for example, the Dorfberg lookout mountain hike – are accompanied by official hiking guides. The hikes are offered in different languages (German, English or Italian). In addition, participants can look forward to a traditional, regionally influenced social programme.

Sustainability awards for climate-friendly ski resorts
Two ski resorts in Tirol have received awards for their efforts in terms of sustainability and climate protection. The Silvretta Arena in Paznaun has already been working on becoming climate neutral since 2019. For this purpose, the greenhouse gas emissions in the ski area are calculated, reduced where possible and all unavoidable emissions are offset via recognised climate protection projects. Since the beginning of 2021, the company Silvrettaseilbahn AG has been operating all facilities, mountain restaurants and snowmaking equipment with 100 per cent green energy from Austria and has also received the green energy certificate for their efforts.

SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental also ensures that a wide range of environmental protection measures are in place making operations as sustainable as possible: For example, the Sonnenlift in Brixen is 100 per cent solar-powered, 100 per cent of the energy for the entire facilities comes from hydropower, construction measures are accompanied by nature conservation experts and even the colours of the building are coordinated in harmony with nature. SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental has already received several awards for these efforts and was just recently voted one of the “most environmentally friendly ski resorts in Austria” by the skiresort.de platform.


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