A fun toboggan ride with friends, family or even as a couple is as much a part of winter as building snowmen or having a hilarious snowball fight. The weather plays a secondary role. It doesn’t matter whether it’s sunny, snowing or cloudy – the main thing is that the toboggan run is well prepared and the runners are rust-free. Then a toboggan run is great fun not only for kids but also for adults too.
Technique and equipment
Before you jump onto your sled, you should know the basic techniques to be safe. To brake properly on flat terrain, simply press both feet into the snow next to the skids. If it is steep, you should lean back and, in addition to normal braking, pull the toboggan up with your hands at the front so that you brake with the runners at the back. To steer, you must simply press your foot into the snow. The harder you press, the tighter you go around the bend.
Now that you know the basic techniques, I have some useful tips on the right equipment. Wear high, sturdy snow boots and warm snow trousers. Always wear a ski helmet for safety reasons. Ideally, you should also use ski goggles. Why? You’ll find at the latest when the skier in front of you brakes and the snow really splashes in your face.
HAVE FUN WHIZZING DOWN THE LONGEST TOBOGGAN RUN IN THE SALZBURGER SPORTWELT
A toboggan run in a snowy winter forest is a very special highlight that is not to be missed on your winter holiday in Radstadt. That’s why today I’m taking you on a family tobogganing trip on the Radstadt-Altenmarkt ski circuit.
The 8-seater Königslehen cable car takes us comfortably to the top station at an altitude of 1,557 metres. After getting off the cable car, we are spoilt for choice: warm up in the Sportalm right next to the mountain station and fortify ourselves with a tasty soup, or would you rather go straight down the six-kilometre-long toboggan run, 727 metres up the valley? The kids’ answer is clear. We have just enough time to say a quick “hello” to the Kinigl mascot and then we’re off to the starting arch. The toboggan run has been freshly prepared after use during the day, the traffic light is green, so it’s time: “On your marks, get set and go!
On two runners through the “Winter Wonderland”.
On the route through the beautifully snow-covered winter forest, we can expect fast straight passages, relaxed sections for gliding and overtaking, as well as challenging bends where we have often landed in deep snow. Although the time together, the fresh mountain air and the fun are in the foreground, we can’t deny ourselves a little race. And although mum is in the lead for a long time, dad just manages to win the race on the home stretch. Unfortunately, for the sake of family peace, I completely stalled.
After about 25 minutes of tobogganing fun, our cheeks are visibly red and we are beaming because the race was so much fun. Luckily, we have a Ski amadé ski pass, because the conditions are simply unique and the kids are already back at the cable car and want to get back to the start as quickly as possible – or maybe to the hut for grilled sausages with chips?
After tobogganing, you can warm up with a hot drink in the “Salettl” right next to the valley station before going home to bed to be fit for the next fantastic day in Radstadt in the Salzburger Sportwelt.
Facts & info:
- Longest toboggan run in the Salzburg Sportwelt: 6 km long & 727 m difference in altitude.
- Comfortable ascent with the 8-seater “Königslehen” cable car at an altitude of 1,557 m
- Can be used free of charge during the day with the Ski amadé ski pass; if you do not have a ski pass, mountain tickets for tobogganing fun can be purchased on site
- Toboggan rental directly at the valley station (€ 5,00 rental fee + € 5,00 deposit)
- Refreshments available in the Sportalm am Berg & in the Salettl at the valley station
Daytime opening hours:
- Daily during lift operation
- Mon – Fri: 9.30 am – 3.30 pm (last ascent: 3.00 pm)
- Sat & Sun: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm (last ascent: 4.00 pm)
- Toboggan return until 6.00 pm
Please note: In certain weather conditions, e.g. lots of fresh snow etc., the toboggan run may be temporarily closed.
photo credits: Radstadt Tourismus/Markus Rohrbacher