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What’s new in Tirol for winter 2016/2017

What’s new in Tirol for winter 2016/2017 The Tirol region in Austria is home to many of our best-selling Austrian ski resorts and is very popular for British skiers and snowboarders.

This stunning area is known as the Heart of the Alps and features world class skiing and some of the most picturesque ski destinations in Europe.

Here’s what is new in Tirol this season:

New ski chalets & hotels

We are delighted to have these new holidays in Austria for this ski season. As St Anton grows more and more popular each winter, tour operators increase their range of chalets and hotels in this area.

New chalets in St Anton:

New hotel in Lech:

St Anton’s new link to Lech/Zurs to create Austria’s largest inter-linked ski area

Probably the most exciting news in the ski world for this season is the new Flexenbahn lift between Stuben (St Anton side) to Zurs (Lech side) to connect the 305km of pistes in the Arlberg ski area. Find out more here.

Solden’s new Giggijoch Gondola

This state of the art new gondola will transport up to 4500 skiers per hour – the highest capacity of any lift in the world! The gondola starts at 1362m to Solden’s top station at Giggijoch at 2283m is just 9 minutes.

The base station is designed by Obermoser, the same architectural company that built the stunning Gaislachkogl Mountain Gondola and the spectacular ice Q Gourmet Restaurant at Gaislachkogl peak that featured in the James Bond blockbuster Spectre.

The top terminal houses a sports shop and a ski storage area so skiers can hop on the gondola and pick up their skis and heated boots from the lockers at the top of the mountain.

Stubai introduces the longest tri-cable gondola in the Alps

The new 3S cable car will dramatically increase access to the Stubai glacier. The new cable bar route will also create a new piste Fernau, a 3.8km long run to the valley.

This technologically advanced gondola will be the longest of its type to be built in the Alps. The 4b cabin will transport up to 3000 skiers per hour, doubling the previous 1500 and reducing wait times substantially. The journey will take just 11 minutes and all the cabins will have free Wi-Fi.

The Stubai Glacier cable car lift is miles ahead in terms of sustainability with the total amount of energy required to operate the facilities generated from renewable energy sources.

New flight routes

There are new flight routes from British Airways from London to Innsbruck  and new Monarch flights from Birmingham to Innsbruck making it quicker and easier than ever to travel to ski resorts in Tirol this winter. 

Many of our best-selling ski resorts in Austria are a short transfer away from Innsbruck, including MayrhofenSt AntonObergurgl and Alpbach

Altitude comedy festival moves dates to kick off winter in Mayrhofen

The 11th Altitude festival is changing from its traditional spring date to 11-17th December 2016, ensuring a hilarious start to the winter in Mayrhofen. The famous comedy festival will bring in a range of elite UK comedy acts and music over the 5 fun-filled days.

As this is the run up to Christmas, Mayrhofen will also feature their advent Christmas market in the enchanted forest.

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