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New for the Tirol Next Season

The Austrian ski area has 80 ski resorts with more than 3,000 kms of pistes. There’s fabulous skiing & snowboarding, delicious cuisine, and stunning scenery. See what’s new for this coming winter.

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The area has been undergoing something of a transformation since the pandemic closed the ski areas back in March 2020.

The resorts did open last season at Xmas, but they were for locals only.

“While the UK skiers and snowboarders have been away, hotels and lift companies have been working hard. There are brand-new chalets, rooftop pools, speedy chairlifts, new trails, and much more,” said the Tirol in a statement.

News of what is new for next winter in the Tirol came as the Austria National Tourist Office hosted a media event at the Austrian Embassy in London.

“I could never imagine a winter without skiing, but it happened,” said the head of the Austria National Tourist Office to the UK, Martina Jamnig.

Martina Jamnig. Image © PlanetSKI

Martina Jamnig. Image © PlanetSKI

Her thoughts were echoed by the Austria Ambassador as he looked ahead to the coming winter.

“I hope it will be a good season,” said Ambassador Michael Zimmermann.

“We are here to help and together we can get everything back on track.”

Austria Embassy Reception. Image © PlanetSKI

Austria Embassy Reception. Image © PlanetSKI

Ambassador Michael Zimmermann. Image © PlanetSKI

Ambassador Michael Zimmermann. Image © PlanetSKI

“Brexit has broken down so many links between Britain and the continent and they need to be re-built,” he added.

“There are 1,500 ski instructors from the UK who work in Austria and they can have a chance to go back.

“We will help them to get a work visa,” said the Ambassador.

There is currently some autumn skiing in the Tirol with glacier skiing in Hintertux, Piztal and Soelden already on offer.

Here are the full details of what is new in the Tirol for next season:

INFRASTRUCTURE

NEW: The Austrian Tirol now offers the longest ski circuit in the world

This year, guests travelling to the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental and KitzSki can now try the longest ski circuit in the world.

There is now a connection between SkiWelt and KitzSki, meaning guests can ski from Going am Wilden Kaiser, across to the Kitzbühel Alps to Hollersbach in the Hohe Tauern, never using the same slope twice.

This new 80km round trip can be started from any stage location and can be enjoyed using just one lift pass – the KitzSkiWelt Ticket.

The tour is currently being fine-tuned; details (including prices) will follow shortly.

Austrian Tirol: www.visittirol.co.uk

NEW: Six-seater chairlift in Nauders

Skiers and snowboarders travelling to Nauders can enjoy the Goldseebahn, a new six-seater chairlift.

The new chairlift has child safety, heated seats, a hood for weather protection and increased stability in wind.

It will replace three T-bar lifts in the Nauders ski area by 2022/23.

In addition, the slopes surrounding the new chairlift will be levelled out, meaning a gentler run back to resort.

Austrian Tirol: www.visittirol.co.uk

NEW: Get away from the slopes…

The Austrian Tirol is keen to highlight its activities away from the pistes, allowing people to make the most of nature.

Guests can try a new cross-country skiing association, Venosta Nordic, in Nauders, that connects six cross country skiing areas with nine trails in Nauders and the South Tirolean Vinschgau.

Explore 90 km of cross-country trails, from idyllic forest paths to challenging high-altitude tracks, with just one seven-day ticket for €18 / £15 pp.

Alternatively, look at the Mountaineering Villages Up Close package in Gschnitztal, Wipptal.

Here, guests can discover untouched nature when snowshoeing and ski touring and take a cross country skiing course.

In addition, there are daily winter tours in the villages of St. Jodok, Schmirn and Vals.

Austrian Tirol: www.visittirol.co.uk

NEW: Winter hiking event in Kartitsch, East Tirol

From 10-13 March 2022, a series of European Winter Walking Days will take place in Kartitsch, East Tirol.

Guests can sign up to a selection of walks, such as on the Dorfberg mountain, with official hiking guides.

The tours are offered in German, English and Italian, depending on the group.

And on 11 March, join in with an official opening ceremony in the village square of Kartitsch, complete with a welcome presentation and a delicious picnic.

The European Winter Walking Days package costs from €165 / £140 pp and includes three nights’ accommodation, guided hikes detailed in the programme, shuttle service to start / end of hike, meal and drink vouchers for the opening ceremony plus a selection of gear needed.

Austrian Tirol: www.visittirol.co.uk

Mountains in the Tirol, © Tirol Werbung / Rainer Simon

Mountains in the Tirol, © Tirol Werbung / Rainer Simon

ACCOMMODATION

NEW: Two luxury chalets are opening in St. Anton am Arlberg

Two beautiful chalets are opening in St. Anton, ready for the 2021/22 ski season.

The Chalet Golden Marmot, just metres from the Nassereinbahn, comprises three apartments for eight to 10 guests, and features a small wellness area.

The sister chalet, Silver Fox, has another three apartments sleeping 10-12 guests: ideal for families or groups of friends.

The chalets also have a ski cellar, garage, lift, free Wi-Fi, and TV.

Both will open in December 2021.

A week’s stay costs from €9,380 / £8,062 total including breakfast, afternoon tea, daily housekeeping, and access to the sauna.

Austrian Tirol: www.visittirol.co.uk

NEW: Active Nature Resort in See in Paznaun

There’s a new accommodation in town, DAS SeeMOUNT, in See in Paznaun.

This new resort is designed to be a chilled, cosy oasis amid nature.

Opening on 25 November 2021, the 60 rooms will be decorated with warm wood, soft fabrics and have large windows letting in ample light.

Guests can dine at the hotel’s own restaurant, relax in the warming spa or even swim in the incredible infinity pool, which has spectacular views down the valley.

A week’s stay costs from €1,666 / £1,419 total for two people sharing a Classic Double Room.

Austrian Tirol: www.visittirol.co.uk

NEW: Wellness paradise at Hotel Naudererhof

A new wellness paradise has been created at four-star Alpin ART and SPA Hotel Naudererhof.

This winter, guests can relax across four floors featuring a stone pine sauna, a mountain hay bio sauna, an aromatic stone steam bath, and an indoor biotope with a wellness garden and relaxation room.

A special highlight is the sky pool, which has a wonderful view of the snow-capped peaks.

A week’s stay costs from €2,116 / £1,803 total for two people sharing a “simply” double room.

Austrian Tirol: www.visittirol.co.uk

NEW: Tranquillity in Alpbachtal

This winter, 11 exclusive chalet units await those travelling to Alpbachtal.

Opening in December 2021, the chalets are ideal for those looking for peace, relaxation and an authentic hygge lifestyle.

The secluded location will allow guests to wind down.

Each chalet has its own wooden sauna, fireplace, and wellness vibration bed(s).

There is a communal pool with a view of the Wiedersberger Horn (four of the chalets also have a private whirlpool) and every morning a freshly prepared breakfast is served.

Prices start at €432 / £368 per night, for two people sharing a chalet.

Austrian Tirol: www.visittirol.co.uk

NEW: Secret Sölden opens

From December 2021, the exclusive apartment resort home to 44 residential units will unveil the secrets it holds.

The Secret Sölden has been designed as an open house, with the living room becoming the social hub and central meeting point.

Breakfast is served in the living area, and afterwards guests can help themselves to a delicious selection of drinks and snacks throughout the day.

As evening draws in, guests can dine at the incredible THE VUE sky bar, complete with a glass ceiling.

A week’s stay costs from €2,352 / £2,004 total for two people sharing one apartment.

Austrian Tirol: www.visittirol.co.uk

NEW: The Meininger Hotel opens in Innsbruck

The Meininger Hotel Group is opening a new accommodation in the centre of Innsbruck, the capital of Tirol, this autumn.

With branches in Paris, Rome, Copenhagen, Brussels, and Berlin – families, friends, backpackers, and business travellers can look forward to a welcoming, good-value stay.

The hotel provides single and double rooms, rooms with extra beds, and dormitories.

A week’s stay costs from €671 / £ 571 total for two people sharing a twin room.

Austrian Tirol: www.visittirol.co.uk

NEW: Rooftop living in Mayrhofen

Two hotels in Mayrhofen have made use of their rooftops ready for the 2021/22 ski season.

The Berghof in Mayrhofen now offers guests a new garden SPA with rooftop sunbathing area (adults only) and a spacious wellness area with an indoor and outdoor pool, children’s pool, and family sauna.

The Hotel Neue Post, also in Mayrhofen, has expanded this summer and now has a year-round outdoor pool on the roof with spectacular views.

The hotel also features a series of new suites, a fitness room, and a gaming room with state-of-the-art game consoles.

A week’s stay at Berghof costs from €1,386 / £1,181 total for two people sharing a comfort double room on a half-board basis.

A week’s stay at the Hotel Neue Post costs from €1,274 / £1,085 total for three people sharing a Junior Suite including breakfast.

Austrian Tirol: www.visittirol.co.uk

NEW: Reach for the sky in Leutasch

Having opened on the Seefeld Plateau in 1973, The Hotel Kristall has been run by the Pfeffel family since 2004.

This year, the hotel has undergone a complete transformation – the hotel lobby and bar has been expanded and redesigned, an additional floor with suites has been constructed, and a new Sky SPA with a heated outdoor pool, panorama sauna and outdoor lounging area has been designed.

Guests can do a few laps before sinking into the sauna and marvelling at the view of the Wetterstein Mountains and the Hohe Munde.

A week’s stay costs from €665 / £566 total for a one-bedroom self-catered apartment sleeping two.

Austrian Tirol: www.visittirol.co.uk

NEW: Luxury in Zillertal

The Aktiv Relax Hotel Zillergrund is currently being transformed into the Zillergrund Rock, a luxury mountain resort.

Owned by the Pfister family for five generations, the latest generation is fulfilling a long-cherished wish.

In addition to the incredible architecture, the hotel will feature a 3,000 m2 Nature Sky Spa with a Skypool.

Plus, from December 2021, guests can look forward to the Gourmet Pension Plus complete with a gourmet breakfast buffet, lunch, late lunch, tea, and delicious dinner.

A week’s stay costs from €2,124 / £1,810 total for two people sharing a double room.

Austrian Tirol: www.visittirol.co.uk

NEW: Get back to the Gerlos

Those after a bit of style will love The Gerlos in Zillertal, a modern hostel and meeting point for everyone who is enthusiastic about nature and sport.

Its motto, ‘no frills, no frills’, describes this new accommodation perfectly.

The design hotel offers guests the best location (on the slopes), an excellent breakfast, modern and cosy rooms, a small spa with mountain views and a communal lounge.

A night’s stay costs from €78 / £66 pp.

Austrian Tirol: www.visittirol.co.uk

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