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Snowbombing 2014 shakes the Zillertal Valley

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The annual Snowbombing festival in Mayrhofen has drawn to a close with droves of immune-system shattered revellers heading back to their daily lives after days of excess and amusement on the slopes of the Mayrhofen ski region. This annual event throws together international DJ’s, headline bands, random celebrities and serious riding on the slopes of the Zillertal 3000 ski region in Mayrhofen. This event is an officially package product with accommodation and events thrown together but many read more

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Electric Mountain festival finale, Solden

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On Friday we were lucky enough to be in Solden for the season finale of the Electric Mountain festival, an event that ran throughout the winter at the Giggijoch terminal in Solden and drew to a close with a 3 day festival this week. Thousands packed the arena for the last day of the festival and the drinks were in full flow early on Friday evening.

Klingande, Martin Solveig, Chuckie and Showtek as well as Tube & Berger, DJane Juliet Sikora, AKA AKA, Wild Culture or DJ Shany & read more

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End of March powder in Kitzbuhel

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The slopes of Kitzbuhel were deep in snow yesterday and the fewer skiers and snowboarders on the slopes had left many un-tracked areas for those lucky enough to be on snow. Statistically the 2013/14 winter hasn’t been an epic in terms of snowfall yet there have been several dumps dating back to October which have delivered some really great skiing. Conditions yesterday were outstanding after the big falls that came last weekend and earlier this week.

The next week offers the prospect read more

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Altitude festival, Mayrhofen – escape the daily grind

It hasn’t been an easy few months – floods, a new Cold War and missing planes. So the good people at the Altitude festival have put on a program to banish the gloom and help people discover a lighter side to 2014. From the 31st March to the 4th April there are back-to-back comedy sessions around Mayrhofen in the Zillertal Valley, Austria. Fortunately the organisers have recognised that there is seriously good skiing and snowboarding on offer in Mayrhofen and the schedules run through the read more

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Thigh deep snow in Innsbruck

The spring flowers will be seriously regretting lifting their heads out of the soil – they are currently under an almighty blanket of snow. The forecast suggested some big snow falls but thigh deep powder in Axamer Lizum today was still a surprise. It got even bigger on the glaciers with the Hintertux Glacier reporting over 70cm of new snow overnight – one huge storm.

And if you don’t believe the hype check out the conditions from the side of the slopes read more

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Is the Axamer Lizum link to Mutters and Goetzens going ahead?

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A dotted ‘project’ line on the piste map has been there for over a decade, linking the top station of Mutters / Goetzens to Axamer Lizum. Above Innsbruck there are two ski stations at Goetzens and Mutters and these 2 areas share a common top station. Recent investment has been substantial including restaurants and new gondolas and chair lifts. Both areas combine to make a decent beginner’s ski area but better intermediates will soon exhaust the on-piste options. Then some ca.700m above read more

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Spring is over – winter is returning

The sunny mild conditions that have sat over the last Alps for the last few weeks are set to disappear in the coming days with temperatures forecast to be 15c lower and lots of heavy cloud in the skies. With the extremely late winter this year the return of winter weather will be welcome news for the resorts looking to stay open into mid-late April. There are a couple more sunny days to enjoy with tomorrow and Friday looking fantastic. Saturday will start to see the changing weather and snow is read more

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A very good day to be on the Pitztal Glacier

With a base-station of some 2840m a top station of 3440 and between 2.6 and 3.6m of snow it wouldn’t surprise too many to hear that conditions on the Pitztal Glacier over the weekend were incredibly good. We got there really early to film the glacier and enjoyed some of the best conditions imaginable – piercing sun in a cloudless sky to illuminate the km’s of untracked powder that had been deposited over the previous days. We were there with many kilograms of ‘Piste View’ camera read more

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Fresh tracks in the Zillertal Arena

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In the month of March skiers and snowboarders can sample orange skies, fresh tracks and fresher bread in the Zillertal Arena. Each Thursday and Sunday the lifts in Zell, Gerlos and Konigsleiten will begin rolling at 06:55. The Karspitzbahn I + II in Zell am Ziller, the Isskogelbahn in Gerlos and the Dorfbahn I + II in Konigsleiten will take passengers up to deserted slopes in the Zillertal Arena for superb early morning groomed piste skiing and boarding. For those in need sustenance before read more

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End of Season Events

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Across the Austrian Alps, the 2014 ski season is set to wrap up with an incredible line up of events showcasing a huge range of talent. Whether it’s a chance to laugh yourself crazy or get your groove on, here are 3 of the top end-of-season events.

ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN SOLDEN

2nd – 4th April 2014
The Electric Mountain Festival is now set to become an institution in Solden’s event calendar. Monthly parties and festival events have been held across the 2013/14 season which are set to culminate in the Festival finale from 2nd read more

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King of the Castle

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Here is an incredible, once in a lifetime experience … live like Royalty and spend New Year in style at the beautiful historic Schloss Prielau set on Lake Zell. The castle is actually owned by the Porsche family, and offers just 24 beds in this elegant and sophisticated lakeside retreat – no private chalet could rival this experience! Adjacent to the hotel is the Gourmet restaurant Mayers, where a New Year banquet will be served…..
Zell am See / Kaprun is approximately 1 hours drive from read more

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The powder days are back

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This weekend saw the arrival of some genuinely good snow falls to the Innsbruck valley. Whilst East Tirol is sinking under metres of snow these snow systems that are coming from the south and east have been largely spent by then time they have arrived in the central Alps. Not so this weekend and there were plenty of powder planks on show in Axamer Lizum today, high above Innsbruck. It certainly wasn’t tanning weather with snow persisting throughout the day but lower in the valley there were read more

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Sir Steve ‘the eagle’ Redgrave

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Just back from an quick look at the ski jump that Sir Steve and 11 others are going to tackle in Natters, Innsbruck on Sunday night. Their ordeal will be broadcast live on CH4 and ordeal is no understatement for those sitting on the seat of the in-run of a ski jumping training hill – this really will be a gruesome moment for even the bravest of them. As well as Sir Steve Redgrave there will be Ritchie Neville, Anthea Turner, Marcus Brigstocke, Amy Childs, Sinitta, Nicky Clarke, Henry read more

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Snow forecast for the Kitzbuhel Hahnenkamm

The weather gods are looking kindly on the off-piste and piste skiers in the Kitzbuhel region this weekend. The same can’t be said for the Austrian soldiers who are set to man the shovels and sweep the good stuff of the race course later this week. Training takes place on Thursday and Friday and the race runs on Saturday. The first instalment of the snow has arrived overnight and a brief sunny period tomorrow is set to be broken by clouds and then snow starting Friday and through the weekend. read more

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Lech am Arlberg – the prettiest resort in the Alps?

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I am just back from a weekend in Lech am Arlberg. I try to make at least 2 or 3 trips to Lech each winter and am very familiar with the resort. Yet each time I go I am always captivated by the incredible atmosphere and charm of the place. The resort is immaculate with 5 star hotels on the banks of a wonderful river, all overlooked by a 14th century church. The scenery is exquisite and the snow is almost unbeatable in the Alps – but the appeal of Lech is about far more than that.

More time, more space

A few years read more

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