Take the Tyrol Ski Challenge

Fancy the longest ski slope in Tyrol, a ride on the highest free-floating cable car in Europe – or would you rather take a few turns under floodlights?

All those who want to call themselves real Tyrolean skiers, should sign up for these ten challenges to overcome in the coming winter in the region.

10 challenges that show you are a real skier

Master a special challenge during the winter of 2019/20. Anyone who passes at least five of ten selected “Ski Challenges” will have proved themselves as a real ‘Tyrolean skier’ and will have the chance to win some great prizes. The challenges are as varied as the range of winter sports on offer in the Tyrol:

Skiing at over 3,000 metres

Ski Challenge on the Hintertux Glacier
Skiing on the Hintertux glacier
© Johannes Sautner

A high alpine challenge that every “real” skier must have experienced is to take some turns on one of the five Tyrolean glaciers. Winter sports enthusiasts can rely on the snow in the glacier areas. The ski season starts in autumn and perfect pistes can be found well into spring.

Coffee and cake in the Tyrol’s highest café

Ski Challenge Pitztal glacier
Café 3440 on the Pitztal glacier
© Tirol Werbung | Johannes Sautner

Speaking of altitude: Café 3440 on the Pitztal glacier is the highest coffee house in Austria and offers its visitors a unique view. Enjoying a cup of coffee while skiing here may not strictly be a challenge, but it is definitely a great experience.

Beat the crowds with Early Bird Skiing

Early Bird skiing
Early Bird Skiing
© Tirol Werbung | Mirja Geh

Rise and shine and up on the slopes. Real skiers take their turns when the sun rises, the slopes are freshly groomed and the hustle and bustle of the day is still far away. Winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy this atmosphere to the full at the Skicircus in Fieberbrunn.

Night skiing instead of tucking up early

Night skiing in Söll
Night skiing in the SkiWelt
© Tirol Werbung | West Photostudio

Pajamas in front of the main evening TV thriller are history. In Austria’s largest night skiing area, the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser Brixental in Söll, night owls can ski down ten kilometres of slopes from 18.30 to 22.30.

Compete in the parallel slalom

Parallel slalom challenge in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis
Parallel slalom
© Tirol Werbung | Andreas Kirschner

In the Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis winter sports region, dozens of runs are spread over 214 kilometres of pistes. The ski area is particularly popular with families. A special challenge is a family race on the ski-movie piste, where you can compete against each other in parallel slalom and have yourself filmed.

Travel in the highest cable car: Kitz3S

The Kitz3S cable car in the Kitzbühel ski area
Kitz3s: the highest free-hanging cable car
© Tirol Werbung | Michael Rathmayr

In the Kitzbühel-Kirchberg ski region, Europe’s highest free-floating cable car awaits “real” winter sports enthusiasts. The cabins hang from three ropes over a length of 2.5 kilometres without support in between. Take your breath away when the gondola floats 400 metres above the ground and you can look down through the glass floor.

Enjoy a typical Tyrolean dish at a mountain hut

Mixed Tyrolean dumplings
Tyrolean dumplings
© Tirol Werbung | Bert Heinzlmeier

Kaiserschmarrn, cheese dumpling, a hearty Tiroler Gröstl or cheese spaetzle? Whether main meal or dessert: real winter sports enthusiasts need to refuel with Tyrolean cuisine. This “challenge” will probably be quite easy for the participants of the Ski Challenge to master. The Adlerlounge in the Großglockner Resort in East Tyrol is recommended for an unforgettable stopover.

Conquer the longest descent in Austria

The longest ski run in Austria
The Schwarze Schneid in Sölden
© Tirol Werbung | Philipp Horak

Sölden in the Ötz valley offers a challenge with over 15 kilometres and 1,970 metres of altitude difference The famous “Schwarze Schneid” descends from the Rettenbach glacier to the Gaislachkogelbahn. Even experienced athletes feel it in their muscles when they conquer the longest descent in Austria. Sölden is renowned for its excellently groomed slopes and high snow reliability.

Celebrate the winter with après-ski

Après ski
Après ski
© Tirol Werbung | Charly Schwarz

Relax after an exciting day’s skiing, toast with friends and share your experiences in one of the numerous après-ski bars. Be it a cocktail or a freshly tapped beer with live music. The flair in St. Anton am Arlberg is particularly unique, where guests from all over the world appreciate the exclusivity and the cosy ambience.

Cross the border

Cross the border between Ischgl and Samnaun
Cross the border from Ischgl to Samnaun
© Tirol Werbung | Stefan Kürzi

Real Tyrolean winter sports enthusiasts can now ski across borders where coffee and tobacco were once smuggled to Samnaun in Switzerland. A single ski pass opens a good 238 kilometres of pistes in the Silvretta ski arena.

How does the Ski Challenge work?

Participants can register for the challenges via the skiline.cc platform. The challenges passed will then be recorded in your personal account. If you successfully complete at least five tasks, you are automatically entered in the competition.

In addition to the glory (!), participants can win five overnight stays in the East Tyrol on half board for two persons including ski passes. Two VIP tickets for the TirolBerg also await at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo. The prize must be redeemed between 09 and 21 February 2021. The new Salomon S/Force 11 Ski – test winner 2019 – is one of the prizes as well.

More information: www.tirol.at/ski-challenge