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New for Austrian Tirol in winter 2015/16

New for Austrian Tirol in winter 2015/16 As we begin our countdown to the ski season, the Austrian Tirol has announced lots of new improvements in many of their resorts.

The Tirol region in Western Austria is made up of about 80 ski resorts, including some of our most popular ski holiday destinations. Tirol will take the spot light this autumn as Sölden features in the new James Bond film SPECTRE.

Last season UK arrivals increased by 3.7% to the region, with the largest increases in Ötztal, Ischgl, Stubai and Alpbach. St Anton is still the most popular resort, and our top selling Austrian resort.

New ski lifts & pistes


New Tirol S Gondola

A new 10 seater, high speed gondola will connect Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang in Salzburgerland with Fieberbrunn in Tirol from December 2015. The new connection will increase the ski area to a total of 270km of piste which will be one of the largest ski areas in Austria.

New tirol s gondola

New Hartkaiserbahn cable car in Ellmau

The iconic Hartkaiser funicular railway in Ellmau retired at the end of last season. The replacement will be a brand new 10 seater cable car which will double capacity and carry up to 3200 people an hour. The cabins will include wi-fi, heated seats and a longer platform for easier boarding.

Mayrhofen’s new 3S Penkenbahn

Mayrhofen is one of our most popular Austrian ski resorts, and this season a new and improved Penkenbahn is launched. The stat of the art 3S gondola will have 24 seats per carriage and will take just 8.2 mins to the top.

3S penkenbahn

New developments in Kirchberg-Kitzbühel

A new 8 seater chairlift will be coming to the in the Hahnenkamm-Pengelstein area in Kitzbuhel. The ‘Brunn’ chairlift features leather chairs, heated seats and pull down hoods.

SkiWelt to construct fastest chairlift in the Word

Brixten im Thale in the SkiWelt ski area in Austria is to replace the 20 year old Jochbahn with a modern 8 seater chairlift. Read more about the upgrade in our news article.

SkiWelt new chairlift

New black piste down to Zell am Ziller

Thanks to a new 2.2km black piste from the middle station at the Wiesenalm in the Zell-Gerlos ski area, skiers and snowboarders can enjoy a full 8.4km valley descent from Übergangsjoch at 2,500m all the way down to Zell am Ziller.

The Zell am Zillar ski area can be accessed on a ski holiday in Mayrhofen.

New ski chalets and hotels


Hotel Ferienhof in Mayrhofen
Chalet Angela in Obergurgl
Chalet Belle in St Anton
Chalet Hattie in St Anton

Chalet Angela, Obergurgl

Other resort news


Safe freeriding in Hochfügen

Hochfügen in the Zillertal has joined together with the ski company Dynastar to offer a new initiative to help anyone interested in freeriding to do it safely. From January trained ski guide from the Skiscule will head out 2 times every Saturday for a 2 ½ hour tour providing safty tips and techniques. Participation is free but registration is necessary.

Snowfarming in Seefeld

Seefeld will implement ‘snowfarming’ for the first time, which will enable the cross country season to start in November 2015. A new 2 ½ km trail wil open for amatuers and athletes to train.


By Krystelle 




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