Austria Ski Update March 2004
Innsbruck – Snowboarders’ paradise
Tirol’s capital, Innsbruck, is not only popular with skiers from around the world, it has become a favorite with snowboarders as well. Great powder stashes and outstanding cliffs for all levels of skill offer everything a rider’s heart could possibly desire amid Innsbruck’s ultimate snowboarding paradise. Innsbruck is the hometown of Martin Freinademetz, two-time snowboard world champion and Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck is his favorite snowboard training ground.
* The Axamer Lizum features plenty of highlights for riders, such as Big
Air, Rail Line with Straight, Rainbow, Kinked Rail and Funbox facilities.
By contrast, Schlick 2000 boasts the great “Nature Ride Jump Race” area, a
really outstanding terrain amid unspoilt landscapes.
* The area around Nordpark-Seegrube offers an infinite choice of powder
stashes, runs and tracks with a grade up to 70% guaranteeing ultimate fun
and action for freeriders and boarders. Additionally, snowboard freaks get
together at the “Skyline Funpark” featuring cool music, Rail Lines, Kinked
Rail, Curved Rail, Rainbow, Jam Kicker and Funbox facilities.
* At Stubai Glacier riders will find a marvelous boarder’s paradise with
half-pipe and quarter-pipes, Straight Jumps, Spine, Tabletop and Snowboard
Innsbruck has become the “Boarder’s City Number One” and boasts an infinite
number of spectacular highlights and events for the world-best riders. On
March 06, 2004 – “Matador Extreme Boarder” will take place
In preparation of spring and the Easter holidays 2004, the “Spring & Easter
Season” program will present a wide range of cultural highlights, music
events and traditional customs.
* Tirolese traditions exhibited at the Easter Market
* “Early Music Highlights” at Hofburg Imperial Palace
* Special church services on the Easter weekend in Innsbruck’s Dome
* Easter eggs from all over the world
Easter Market in the old town: April 03-12, 2004: daily 11am to 6pm
Every afternoon (except on Easter Friday) special music events and
traditional highlights take place between 3pm and 5pm. Choose between
traditional folklore shows under the Golden Roof or classical music events
at Hofburg Imperial Palace, performed by Cantus Cölln vocal ensemble on
April 03, 2004 (Title: “Gott sei mir gnädig”). The concert is directed and
presented by Konrad Junghäne (lute). Easter cantatas by Johann Sebastian
Bach, Johann Kuhnau, Johann Rosenmüller and Nikolaus Bruhns are on the
program at 7.30pm. Franz Schubert’s “Frühlingssonatinen” are performed in
the magnificent halls of the Imperial Palace on Easter Saturday at 7.30pm.
Lech-Zuers am Arlberg, BEST OF THE ALPS resorts, are neighboring ski
villages in Tirol. As classic resorts they have everything today’s skiers
and snowboarders are looking for. Located between 1,450 m / 4,756 ft and
2,444 m / 8,016 ft they boast excellent powder snow. This year the Winter
Season ends on April 25, 2004. With the last snowfall at the end of
February, there are 240 cm / 94.5 inches of powder on the mountain and 125
cm / 49 inches in the resorts. A total of 82 uphill facilities whisk
skiers to the skiing areas. Downhill ski runs total 110 km / 68 miles and
the groomed cross-country tracks extend for 10 km / 6 miles.
Every Sunday Lech-Zuers offers an orientation day, when guides take you
through the ski area for four hours. You will get an overview of the
pistes, information on the Alpine panorama, your skills are assessed, and
you will receive valuable tips for your stay. Registration is on Saturday
at the Ski School Office (Euro 40/person/day; minimum number of
participants 4 persons per group). Contact:
The resort of Lech is 700 years old. With Oberlech, Stubenbach, Zug and
Zuers, a single large ski region with a variety of pistes for all abilities
was established. The pistes practically end at the hotel door, an advantage
that is one of the Lech-Zuers great attractions for skiers and snowboarders
from around the globe. Every visitor feels at home in Lech and
accommodation is available to suit all tastes and budgets. Despite its
worldwide reputation, Lech has never lost its homely ambience. Its
harmonious architecture has been well preserved. Add to this the famous
Austrian hospitality and you have the perfect conditions for an
The touch-free electronic “Arlberg-Skicard” is not only valid in Lech-Zuers
but also in nearby Stuben, St. Anton and St. Christoph. There are also some
400 skiing instructors, who are famous for their craft and sought after all
over the world.
Innsbruck has a Fun Park for snowboarders and a natural toboggan run
(floodlit in the evenings), horse-drawn sleigh rides, and numerous events.
Myriad wellness facilities ensure the guests’ wellbeing. Restaurants,
open-air snow bars, indoor bars and dancing provide entertainment after a
day on the slopes.
In the distant past Lech was frequently cut off from the outside world -
the route to the village consisted of cart tracks and a footpath. The
first documented reference to the name of Lech, designating its river, can
be traced to the year 642 AD, when it was called “Licca”. The discovery of
a double-headed axe from the Middle Bronze Age suggests that the region had
been settled, or at least traversed, even earlier.
The first permanent settlers of the countryside surrounding the higher
areas of Lech, the Walsers, undoubtedly came from the Valais region of
western Switzerland. They immigrated to their new home before 1300 and
cleared the valley of trees. Because of the predominance of fir trees,
“Tanne”, or Tannenbaum in German, these settlers named the district
“Tannberg am Lech”. Over the centuries, this designation was shortened to
its present form, “Lech”. To entice the hard-working Walsers to settle in
this infertile stretch of mountain territory, special rights and privileges
were granted, such as having their own court of law, housed in the “White
House” opposite the Hotel Krone. Together with the Parish Church, this
house is Lech’s oldest surviving building and today serves as a private
The advent of skiing as a popular sport brought with it the prospect of
economic prosperity. As early as 1906, Viktor Sohm organized the first
instruction course for local skiers in Zuers. Early enthusiasts of the
sport from the Lake Constance area discovered the Arlberg and Flexen Pass
as perfect winter sport regions. In the 1920’s, Zuers in particular
experienced a rapid boom, and transformed the Alpine village into an
international skiing resort.
Wine & Neve from March 20 – April 2, 2004
The restaurateurs in Lech and Zuers have joined together to organize the
Second “Wine and Neve” Gourmet Festival. The Winter Wine Weeks in the
Arlberg region promise great wines, great food and interesting encounters
between leading wine growers, top chefs, restaurateurs and guests.
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