5 reasons to visit… Steinplatte

View towards the Wilder Kaiser from Steinplatte

In those winters when Mother Nature is more frugal than usual, skiers and riders typically set their sights on high altitude resorts, where glaciated snowfields guarantee good cover. But even in more spartan seasons, some resorts at lower altitude can offer surprisingly good conditions, courtesy of geographical anomalies. For example, the resorts that lie along the northern barrier of the Alps. Why? The […]

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The Inside Line: 5 Best Pistes in Sölden

Schwarzkogel soelden

Link or sink? This seems to be the mantra of many ski resorts throughout the Alps that are connecting existing ski resorts through additional lifts, creating ever-larger ski domains. As a result, it’s almost impossible to explore what any mountain has to offer within a weekend, and often within a week it’s not possible to discover all of a resort’s […]

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The early bird gets the Glühwein


It’s no secret that the Germans and their Austrian neighbours know how to do Christmas. World-famous markets in Cologne, Nuremburg, Munich, Vienna and other cities attract thousands of British visitors each year, and rightfully so. Cities are transformed as row upon row of wooden stalls take over the historic heart of the city, spreading outwards in a labyrinth of handcrafted […]

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Kitzbühel: The Oldest School

Kitzbueheler Horn Postcard

All (skiing) eyes have been on Kitzbühel over the last few days, as the 75th ‘Hahnenkammrennen’ welcomed the world’s best alpine ski racers. Although the World Cup’s most prestigious downhill race celebrated a historic milestone this year, the history of alpine skiing in Kitzbühel actually goes back a lot further, as our Tirol correspondent Chris Taine discovered. Mont Blanc, Jungfrau, Matterhorn… Kitzbüheler […]

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On the trail of 007 in Sölden

Ötztal Glacier Road

Thanks to Bond, James Bond, moviegoers around the world will be treated to a close up of one of Austria’s most stunning alpine areas when ‘Spectre’ hits screens in November 2015. 007’s next outing will feature footage filmed in the popular and party-obsessed ski resort of Sölden, deep in the Austrian Tirol. So has the world’s most famous secret agent […]

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7 reasons to visit… Stubai Glacier

For skiers and snowboarders, November is often defined by anticipation. Watching webcams, waiting for winter weather to arrive and for the mountains to turn white. But if you’re lucky, November is the month when the first turns of the (hopefully long) season are made. For our Munich based correspondent, Chris Taine, the October storm which deposited snow across the Alps […]

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Rising in the East

Typical farmhouse in Kals am Grossglockner

Chris Taine visits little-known East Tyrol and discovers that the ski areas at the base of Austria’s highest mountains may not remain a secret much longer… While the snow gods have been rather stingy in their snowy offerings on the northern side of the Austrian Alps this season, it’s been a different story on the south side of the Felbertauern […]

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Testing times in Kühtai

Alpenrose Hotel

The SIGB Ski Test returned once again to Kühtai in late February. Ski+board magazine assembled their crack team of testers to put next season’s equipment through its paces. The Ski Club’s Web Content Editor Chris Taine looks back at another testing week with the team. On Sunday evening the test team assembled in Kühtai, a compact little resort that sits […]

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The return of Frau Holle

Off-piste terrain near the Kapauns chair

It’s been a long time coming, but the ski areas north of Innsbruck have had a wintry blast and heavy snow, as Content Editor Chris Taine found out over the weekend.  Frau Holle has been making her bed. Big time. She may have been made several beds, perhaps attempting to make up for her rather lacklustre bed-making so far this […]

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Which lift pass for Austria?

Tirol Arlberg

Heading to Austria and want to have more than just one resort at your disposal? Chris Taine takes at a look at a few of the ‘super’ ski passes available. Decisions, decisions… Spending more time in Munich, it has become apparent that a season pass will prove a worthwhile investment this year. But there are a lot of resorts, not […]

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