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Fun exercise in the snow

Upper Austria on snowshoes and cross-country skis

With cross-country skiing trails and snowshoe adventures, Upper Austria combines having fun in the snow with activity in the fresh air.

The current winter holiday trend is for variety, so why not switch from the pistes to the trails for a change? After all, from the Bohemian Forest Nordic Centre in forests reminiscent of Scandinavia, through to the high-altitude skiing trails of the Salzkammergut and on into the Pyhrn-Priel holiday region, the winter sports destinations of Upper Austria are also ideal for Nordic skiing. Another popular alternative is offered by Upper Austria's toboggan runs. What is more fun in the winter than taking a sled out into the valley - especially onto a floodlight toboggan run in the evening?

Or perhaps you love the crunch of fresh snow, out in the cold and surrounded by nature? Then a snowshoe hike will be just your thing. With special racket-like footwear, snowshoers are prevented from sinking deep into the glittering snow. Of course, everyone who loves to connect with the wintry landscape finds its difficult to resist taking one or two ski tours on a visit to Upper Austria's Alpine regions in the season.

Tobogganing in Upper Austria

Feel the crunch of snow under your runners

As well as making a fun change on a skiing holiday, tobogganing in Upper Austria is also a popular way of spending quality time with friends or colleagues. As soon as winter has tucked the toboggan runs under a blanket of snow, the season can begin.

In the heights of the Mühlviertel region in the north as well as in state's southern mountains. Bad Goisern, for example, is the Mecca for sled sports in the Salzkammergut and has hosted the daredevils participating in the World Luge Natural Track Championships. The Trockentann toboggan run, which is partially illuminated at night, is a highlight for sledders. Tobogganing is also available in the holiday region of Pyhrn-Priel in the south east of Upper Austria. Here, the Zottensberg natural toboggan run - stretching over a kilometre - can be enjoyed in Rosenau am Hengstpass. Thanks to floodlighting, sledding can continue well into the night.

Venture onto the ice

Ice stock sport (also known as German curling) and ice skating are slippery, but above all fun activities.

It's not just little skaters who are drawn to explore the frozen lakes and rivers of Upper Austria in the winter. Getting out and about in the fresh air and performing a balancing act on the polished ice are great ways of letting your hair down for a few hours.

A relaxed ice stock game with friends, family or colleagues is also great entertainment - and there's usually a glass or two of warming mulled wine.