Have you ever swapped you solid downhill skis for those thin cross-country skis? Feels completely different. So free, light and unstable somehow. Cross-country ski boots are also a lot lighter. And getting into your bindings takes practice J. But practice makes perfect. The local ski schools offer cross-country ski lessons. There you’ll also get tips on how to improve your cross-country technique. Cross-country skiing is a full body sport – whereby you strengthen your muscles from head to food and train your balance at the same time.
The first time on snowhoes feels really strange. Whew! But after a few steps you get used to the wide positioning of your feet and off you go. As regards equipment, you only need warm winter clothes, Saturday shoes, snowshoes and poles for snowshoeing.<table><tbody><tr><td width="296"><table width="100%"><tbody><tr><td>Schneeschuhwandern © Christian Schartner</td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table>Step for step you stomp through the unspoilt, glistening natural snow. Breathing in the fresh mountain air and savouring the peace and tranquility.
Simply relax. The snowy winter landscape glitters in the sunshine. Winter romance awaits you along 20 km of marked winter footpaths. Combine a winter walk with a fun toboggan run. The 6.5 km long ascent to the Kleinarler Hütte is long forgotten once you’re at the top. Stop for a mug of hot tea and off you go. Whizz back down on your toboggan into the valley – you’re sure to have lots of fun.
The best thing about winter is the fresh powder snow. The finest white dust up to you knees feels like paradise on earth. First of all, you have to first earn it though… The metres elevation gain from the ascent are worth every minute, every sharp bend and every bit of agony. Basic physical condition certainly helps on the ascent :)
A welcome change to skiing is ice skating. The floodlit ice skating rink in Wagrain is particularly popular.
Saphira and Stella, the two brown Noriker horses with cool manes, are ready. They pull the sleighs through the winter landscape. You’re wrapped up in warm blankets and you get a warming glass of schnaps from the sleigh driver. He knows lots of tales about the landscape and the history and culture of the area. And there’s plenty to tell about Kleinarl to the Jägersee Lake. A horse-drawn sleigh ride in Kleinarl is like a journey through the past to the present and back again.
Let the water flow! Children forget all about their tired legs from skiing straightaway, as they’re already heading off to the winged dragon water slide. In the meantime, parents can relax in the new sauna area. The sauna master will get your sweat up with his infusions. Your cold feet warm up after an active winter’s day and are ready for the next day out in the cold.The best thing is: admission to the Wasserwelt Wagrain is free of charge for 3 hourse for guests staying in Wagrain-Kleinarl.