The soft sounds of silence

Endless meadows, thickly covered in snow, with fragrant mountain pines peeking out here and there from under the white canopy. Silence reigns, with just a quiet swishing and the rhythmic movement and breathing of skiers gliding over the rolling landscape.

 

Cross-country: skiing and walking in the Eisack Valley

The cross-country skiing trails on the Villanderer Alm quicken the pulse of amateur skiers, who are happy to stop and enjoy the peace and quiet as well as the views of the snow-capped mountains all around. Skaters and ambitious competitive skiers will however also find that this trail, which starts and ends at the Gasser Hut, is ideal for improving their training times. Surely the finest panoramic views are to be appreciated on or alongside the 35-km high-altitude ski trail that connects the peak of the Rittner Horn with the Villanderer Alm at heights of between 2,000 to 2,200 metres. These and other trails, for example on the Villanderer Berg or up to the Totenkirchl (Chapel of the Dead), allow those who enjoy winter – and winter sports – the chance to absorb the silence and the endless vistas of the magnificent South Tyrolean mountains in winter.

 

 

Kid’s stuff – tobogganing in the Eisack Valley

Childhood memories return along with glowing cheeks as you zoom down the toboggan run. The feeling of excitement as you pick up speed when tobogganing with friends: some are left speechless, others hoot or squeal with joy or with a petrified feeling of what-if…on the Villanderer Alm tobogganing is a cosy family pleasure. Horse-drawn sleighs are also available for excursions through this winter wonderland.

Silent night – really! Christmas in the Eisacktal

The atmosphere in the nearby town of Klausen is just as quiet as up on the Alm: far away from the fuss and Jingle Bells-style glitter and glamour, the Christmas market holds true to what was the custom in the Middle Ages. A town in candlelight, where night-watchmen pass through the winding alleyways telling stories, as medieval music sounds out and knights pass by. The wooden stands offer handmade items for sale, such as felt slippers, carved Nativity figures and delicious farm produce.

Pleasure on the pistes – skiing in the Eisack Valley

Had enough of the silence? Would you rather have the wind whistling round your ears for a change?

If you fancy some skiing, one of the world’s largest ski areas is located practically round the corner: the Gröden Valley lies at the heart of the Dolomiti Superski consortium, which can boast some 450 lifts and 1,220 pistes. From here you can for instance enjoy the wide open spaces of the Seiser Alm, or even the Sella Ronda, a true highlight for skiers.

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