The past few days I’ve been dreaming about all the things I’ve been able to experience this winter. I especially enjoyed skiing over Christmas. Hmm, but our region actually has so much more to offer than perfect skiing on the slopes of the Salzburger Sportwelt, doesn’t it? Now I just want to experience the winter landscape with all my senses even more intensively and in a completely different way.
I immediately start looking for alternative winter sports options in our Salzburger Sportwelt holiday region. My boyfriend in particular will be pleased with these suggestions, because he sometimes says that he really wants to try something different when it comes to winter sports.
I wonder, are there actually many winter sports activities in our region that you can experience? Yes definitely. From action-packed ice swimming to leisurely gliding around on two blades while ice skating, there’s nothing standing in the way of action on winter days in January. Let’s go and head for the ice 😊.
Ice skating in the Salzburger Sportwelt – gliding gracefully on two blades.
We all know the feeling of being a little wobbly on your feet at the ice rink for the first time as a child. At first you push the cute little wooden penguin figures in front of you until you have the perfect technique and off you go. My boyfriend and I glide perfectly and gracefully over the ice and I realise that it’s been far too long since I’ve been ice skating, because it’s so much fun and it even looks good now 😊. That’s up to you, whether you believe me or not. There are a total of five ice rinks in the Salzburger Sportwelt holiday region. In Wagrain-Kleinarl, in Radstadt, in St. Johann, in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee and in Filzmoos you will find the perfect conditions for an adventure on the ice.
Mountain lake.swimming in Altenmark-Zauchensee – “not for the faint-hearted” – next year I will be perfectly prepared
This winter I thought I would try a completely different winter activity. Instead of warming up in our thermal baths after a wonderful day of skiing in the Salzburger Sportwelt holiday region, this time I’m going to try “mountain lake.swimming” in Zauchensee. Yes, you heard me right. Swimming outdoors in a mountain lake in winter, so to speak, swimming in ice water. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but it’s a cool winter challenge with a difference. Swimming in ice water is especially healthy for our immune system and our defences. But you should only take on the ice-swimming challenge if you are fit and professionally prepared for it. Unfortunately, the event has to be cancelled now in January 2022 due to corona, but at least next winter I will be really well prepared for this very special challenge. I just think to myself, close your eyes and go for it. I’m especially looking forward to the feeling afterwards, the tingling skin and the inner warmth, simply incredible. You can find out more about the Ice Water Challenge and how you can prepare yourself professionally here: https://www.bloghuette.at/en/2021/01/ice-challenge-wild-for-ice-water/
Curling – no “ski bunnies” this time.
For a change, this winter I want to try a sport in the snow that doesn’t involve “ski bunnies”. In Austrian curling, it’s all about placing the curling stick as close as possible to the “bunny”. I want to try that out right away. I take the stick, find a stable position on the starting line of the ice rink, place the ice stick on the ground and pull through with momentum. Perfect, my shot is only a few centimetres away from the “bunny”, that’s all there is to the game of curling. But now for further clarification: the “bunny” in curling has nothing to do with either the bunny on four legs or the bunny on two legs. The “bunny” is simply a wooden target cube that serves as a stave and has been around since the 18th century. You can try out curling in the Salzburger Sportwelt holiday region in each of our 7 holiday resorts (Flachau, Wagrain-Kleinarl, St. Johann, Radstadt, Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Eben and Filzmoos).
Next time, of course, I won’t just do it with my boyfriend, but with a fun and bigger group. I’m already looking forward to it! The fun factor and socialising are definitely all part and parcel of curling.
You can find more information about curling here:
Romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride – on 2 runners through snow and ice
We’ve already skated perfectly and without wobbly legs on runners before. This time I prefer the more comfortable version. While the horse-drawn sleigh with 2 hp whizzes through the snow and ice of the winter forest, I enjoy the romantic atmosphere of a horse-drawn sleigh ride with my friend. Wrapped up snugly in a warm cosy blanket and with a cup of tea in our hands, we enjoy the fresh air and the feeling of gliding over the snow with “animal” help, simply incredible. In addition to the warm cosy blanket and our tea, we lie in each other’s arms and feel pure relaxation. The gentle tinkling of the horse-drawn sleigh’s bells and the fantastically fluffy fur underlay make our winter day perfect. Our Salzburger Sportwelt holiday region is a paradise for all horse-drawn sleigh fans, because you can book a horse-drawn sleigh ride in almost every one of the 7 holiday resorts. Read here how special a horse-drawn sleigh ride is for our local sleigh drivers.
So, after all these winter activities on the ice and in the water, we deserve a hot shower and a nice cup of punch. I wish you lots of fun with your “holiday on ice” and excursions in the snow.
photo credits: Salzburger Sportwelt, Altenmarkt-Zauchensee Tourismus, Tom Lamm, Oesterreich-Werbung_Nina Baumgartner_thecreatingclick, Matthias Fritzenwallner