Skiing in Austria

Innsbruck, Tirol’s capital, hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics. It is
a bustling city with a picturesque Old Town. Among its attractions is the
world-famous “Golden Roof”. Nestled in the Tirolean Alps, it offers
fantastic skiing in its environs. There are over 300 miles of ski trails
ideal for skiers of the beginner and intermediate levels. Six ski areas are
within a one-hour radius of mid-town. A free shuttle takes visitors from
the main train station to the resort of your choice. The 6-day Super Ski
Pass (approx. US$120) covers the whole area including the Olympic ski
villages of Igls, Axamer Lizum, Stubai Glacier and Patscherkofel, and even
a full day of skiing at Kitzbühel and St. Anton, two BEST OF THE ALPS
resorts. For snowboarders there are many off-piste trails and half pipes.
In March the world’s top snowboarders will compete in the “Innsbruck
Extreme” at the Seegrube half-pipe.

In the Advent season, visitors don’t want to miss enjoying the Innsbruck’s
Christmas Market. Many of the town’s guests embark on an excursion to the
chapel in Oberndorf where “Silent Night” was composed; or to the Swarovski
Crystal Worlds in Wattens. The grand opening of the “new” Crystal Worlds
takes place on December 5, 2003. Visitors of the Swarovski Crystal Worlds
in Wattens (just 10 miles east of Innsbruck) will soon see even more
chambers of wonder, new stimulating adventures, crystal treasures and an
extended Swarovski shopping world.

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