5 Sensational Austrian Experiences off the Slopes this Winter

Extraordinary Austria! 5 sensational Austrian experiences off the slopes this winter.

1. Superman of the Mountains

Superman, Batman, every man and woman can fly through the air with greatest of ease. Dotted around several of the finest Austrian ski areas are heart-hopping ziplines — a fast track to fright-laced fun. A long suspension cable guides the Skyswing in Serfaus on an action-packed ride over peaks and valley. Next door in Fiss, The Flieger hang-glider zooms nearly 50m above the ground at 50mph. And one of our fear-forward favorites has to be the Flying Fox in Leogang: headfirst reaching speeds up to 80mph, for a true superman of the mountains moment.
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 2. The world of biathlon

Pole, push, bang bang. Don’t knock it until you try it. The uniquely curious combination of shooting and cross-country skiing that is biathlon combines endurance and precision. Among the most modern biathlon centers in the world, Seefeld’s Nordic Center was built in 2010, boasting more than 30 small-caliber rifle shooting ranges and 271km of scenic cross-country ski tracks. Facilities are used by professional athletes as well as holiday guests. Courses enable anyone a first taste of the world of biathlon. Learn More


3. A 60 second slice of fast living

 

Buckle up and channel your steely inner Olympian self. The spirit of the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Olympic Games lives on when you climb into an Olympic bobsleigh and slide onto the ice track of no return. One pilot, one brakeman, you and one brave, brave buddy. No fewer than 14 exhilarating corners are yours at harrowing speeds of up to 70mph. A 60 second slice of fast living you’re unlikely to forget. Learn More


2. Climb a mountain, even in winter

The only winter climbing route in Tyrol lies above St Anton. It’s 850 metres of strenuous incline, safeguarded with steel cable, revealing the whole Verwall group, Lechtaler Alps, and a fabulous panorama into South Tyrol. Suitable for intermediate ski tourers keen on first tracks. Two hour guided tours available with various ski schools in St Anton am Arlberg. Learn More


5. Enjoy an aperitif with an alpaca

A tiny family of these soft, gentle animals live adjacent to lovely Lech’s Hotel Aurelio. And why wouldn’t they? As happy skiers lunge over lunch on the slopeside sun terrace, they’re steps from a stroke and chitchat with these fascinating, friendly creatures. Lazy by nature, once a week in winter they’re led round the neighbourhood for a fur-bulous spectacle unlike any other in the Alps. Walkies with a difference. Learn More