The wait is almost over as the new ski season approaches. The Austrian Tirol region has already seen some September snow and the glacier ski resorts on the Stubai and Pitztal will open at the end of September, with Kaunertal and Sölden opening in October. This coming winter 2012-13 the Austrian Tirol will see the opening of the ‘Ski Jewel’ ski area, connecting the Alpbach and Wildschönau valleys, new lifts as well as other news.

Ski Jewel shines brightly

After eleven years of tough negotiations, the Alpbach valley and the Wildschönau valley will be joined together to form the ‘Ski Jewel’ ski area. Already well respected as ski areas in their own right the combined area will offer 145 km of pistes served by 47 lifts. In conjunction with the existing Poeglbahn cable car from Inneralpbach, the new 8-person cable car to the Schatzberg on the Wildschönau side will see the Ski Jewel enter into the ‘Top Ten’ of Tirolean ski areas. The expansion of the ski areas is viewed as a crucial development for the survival of the smaller ski areas, as more and more skiers are drawn by the attraction of large, modern and sustainable ski areas. The new connection will cost 13.5million Euros, with good prospects for future investments within the hotel industry and infrastructure improvements. A six day lift pass will cost under €200 per person in high season. For more information visit:


The Altitude Comedy Festival is back in Mayrhofen and the dates have been confirmed from 18th-22nd March 2013. Last year’s stellar line-up included Jimmy Carr, Frankie Boyle, Kevin Bridges, Tim Minchin, Milton Jones, Sgt Motormouth Jones (from Police Academy), Rufus Hound, Marcus Brigstocke to name just a few. Full line-up for 2013 to be announced soon.


Create your own ski movie in St. Johann

This winter the Snowpark in St. Johann in Tirol will be maintained and professionally shaped by QParks, Europe’s largest operator of snowparks. The snowpark will be created with boxes, kickers and jumps for beginners to advanced, as well as a boarder cross with waves and steep turns. The brand new ski movie route means you can swipe your ski pass card, film your best bits and then check out the results on the

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