Winter takes center stage at Lake Achensee
Snowflakes are falling from the sky, transforming the landscape into a winter wonderland which sparkles like thousands of crystals. Winter takes center stage at Lake Achensee, putting the spotlight on its most captivating plays on and off the ski runs. It’s curtain up for your winter holidays at Lake Achensee!
The first act cross-country skiing, the second act downhill skiing, and the third act winter hiking or snowshoeing? Or maybe you fancy an exhilarating toboggan ride? Tirol’s Sports & Vitality Park offers plenty of winter sporting pursuits on and off the slopes. There is something for everyone to enjoy, no matter how you choose to relax and replenish in the most wonderful time of the year.
Gliding silently through the snow and enjoying the spectacular scenery: Lake Achensee boasts over 200 kilometres of cross-country skiing trails groomed for classic and skating skiing. With flat sections alongside the lakeshore and challenging trails in the Karwendel valleys, the region offers versatile terrain. If you are looking for expert guidance, book a course or private lessons at the region’s cross-country ski schools or join the Achensee cross-country ski camps.
Hitting the slopes
The ski areas in the Achensee region are small-scale, charming, and full of variety: The largest ski area Christlum in Achenkirch, the ski areas in Maurach and Pertisau (Karwendel cable car, Planberg and Wiesen lifts) and the lifts in the idyllic village of Steinberg am Rofan and in Wiesing boast 53 kilometres of slopes accessed by 30 lifts. Slopes come in all shapes, from easy to difficult to wide and child-friendly. While the region’s ski schools offer ski courses for all ages and skill levels, they are specialized in teaching children. Qualified ski instructors teach the proper technique in a safe and fun environment, showing the aspiring little skiers how to make their first turns in the snow.
Sledding down the mountain
Trudging up the mountain wrapped up in warm clothes, stopping by a mountain hut and enjoying Tirolean delicacies, followed by an exhilarating toboggan ride to the valley is a popular winter pursuit at Lake Achensee. The region boasts numerous natural toboggan runs. If you’re a night owl, you can also go tobogganing at night. Nearly all toboggan runs in the Achensee region are floodlit when the moonlight is not bright enough, and some are even open until midnight.
Exploring the winter wonderland on foot or on snowshoes
How about enjoying a walk in the snow-muffled silence, with the only sound the crunching of the snow under your feet? Lake Achensee boasts over 150 kilometres of cleared winter hiking trails along the lake, in the valleys and on the mountains. The region offers a series of guided winter walks and snowshoeing tours, where the knowledgeable rangers share interesting information about the local fauna and flora.
On skins to the summit!
Ski touring is an activity that will get you hooked. Enjoying the solitude of winter, finding your own track in unspoilt nature, and descending in deep snow is an exhilarating combination. Safety is always the top priority when venturing out into the open terrain. The Achensee region has installed five checkpoints where ski tourers can test their avalanche transceivers. In addition, skiers can build their backcountry knowledge and avalanche awareness by visiting the Ortovox avalanche educational trail in the Rofan mountains or joining the Achensee ski tour camps.
What could be better than relaxing indoors after a day’s adventures in the snow? Wellness is one of the region’s main attractions. From exquisite massages and Far Eastern relaxation techniques to an art nouveau swimming hall, spa suites, and wellness on the alpine pasture: The wellness options at Lake Achensee deserve a round of applause. At the leisure centre Atoll Achensee, you can relax in the pools of the Panorama-BAD and in the saunas of the Penthouse-SPA. The star ingredient in most of the treatments is Tiroler Steinöl® (shale oil), which is mined in the region and processed in skincare products. Many people also swear by the healing properties of the “black gold” of the Bächental.