The slopes don’t look like highways, and the huts not as resting sites. These places offer what many winter sports enthusiasts are now looking for: holiday without the hustle and bustle, with small pensions and restaurants where you can drink in peace and quiet its wine. And it is surrounded by a largely intact landscape.

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GERMANY

Ramsau: backcountry skiing instead of snow cannons

No new building interferes with: Ramsau proves that tourism works even without always-new Spa hotels. The pensions serve for Breakfast with regional products – the farmers in the village is given a perspective. As the first Bavarian resort located in Ramsau in the Berchtesgadener Land 2015, the Initiative has connected the “mountaineering villages”. The predicate of the Alpine club, to the places where village life is still intact and in the Winter, sledding and ski touring instead of pushing for new lifts and snow cannons to forgive.

The national Park starts in front of the door, the cross-country trails as well, and even a small Alpine ski area. But the lifts are running there only, if there is enough snow. The gentle ski tourism in Ramsau at reasonable prices: A bed in the farm, there are already 26 Euro.

Balderschwang in the Allgäu: Bavaria’s snow hole

The nickname Bavarian-Siberia from about: Balderschwang in Bavaria is the highest located village, the village hidden in the upper allgäu, on the border to Austria. Only since the sixties there is the road to Germany, often the place is only accessible with snow chains. The range of slopes comprised of only 36 kilometers, a few kilometers longer, the network of trails. Variety of Hotel indoor pools and toboggan run.

in the Evening, Locals and guests crouching together in the tavern, while the Younger set dance in the Schelpenalp. Regulars and young families will appreciate the reasonable prices of the snow-safe Skidorfs, where a room at the farm costs from 35 euros per Person per day.

Sulden

ITALY

the valley of pflersch: Behind the burner to the right

At the Brenner pass, jamming the truck, only a few kilometres further on, in the valley of pflersch, it is silent. On the white Slopes of only a few farms, two, three Hotels, and the small ski resort of Ladurns come with just two ski lifts: One four-seater chairlift rides to the Central station and from there a second to the summit.

To the South, the jagged peaks of the Telfer White rise, and in the North of the main Alpine ridge, with the mighty rock floor of the Tribulaun. The mountain railway to families in the valley, it set up a kindergarten, “Fichti children country Ladurns”. Other lure has so far resisted: For the past 15 years, the municipality of vipiteno wants to connect outside the busy Eisacktal ski area Rosskopf with the slopes of Ladurns. It didn’t need much: two ski lifts. Then we suddenly had three times as many slopes. But whether that would really be an advantage?

Sulden am Ortler: mountain panorama with Yak-herd

Through Sulden in the Ortler rises in the South Tyrolean sky. The mountain climbers in South Tyrol has made Reinhold Messner is also known in Germany: The world-famous climbers in Sulden, such as in Tibet, a real Yak-grazing flock. Otherwise, the cozy mountain village at the foot of the Ortler, it keeps with the Tradition. Away from any day trip tourism, you have to wait at the lifts. Especially deep snow, drivers are right here: Until far into the spring, you can revel in the powder snow. The range of slopes comprised of 40 kilometers. Who is still fit, the dancing in the Skialm or in the cafe Ilse, or ventures into Toni Pichler’s bear cave.

Vent

AUSTRIA

Filzmoos: the Bishop’s hat

The huge slope the greater area of Ski Amadé in Salzburger Land consists primarily of the modern ski cross such as Wagrain, Flachau and Zauchensee rotation. Easy to miss the quiet of Filzmoos with its 13 km of slopes, the ducks a few kilometres away in a quiet side valley of the roof stone.

16 farms offer at the foot of the Bischofsmütze room for guests, where mountain huts and panorama are more important than a huge lift selection. Skiers prove your stamina on the Michaela-Kirchgasser-track; cross-country skiers the high trail rossbrand estimate 1600 meters and families, the ski Kindergarten. Non-skiers can ride by horse-drawn sleigh Hofalmen. And Gourmet a return to Austria’s most famous hood cook Johanna Maier, who runs in the middle of the village, the Restaurant Hubertus.

Alpbach in Tyrol: Tyrol’s most beautiful village

Three dozen of dark brown cottages are located on a wide Sunny slope of the Baroque Church of Alpbach – twice already the place was “the most beautiful village in Tyrol”. Its originality, he has preserved, although the valley in front of some winters, the village by the ski area with the also very – open-minded wildschönau skiers in the Top Ten of the Tyrol. On 93 kilometers of slopes the places. The coronation, however, remain but a winter walk, or the sleigh ride to the 800-year-old Gasthaus Rossmoos.

Vent in the Ötztal valley: the wild peak

In the mountaineering village at the foot of the Tyrolean wild top of the alpine skiing was invented more than 150 years ago: the priest and the Alpine club founder Franz Senn. However, already in the eighties, the Venter decided in a race to the biggest ski area out. And so the 15 kilometers of today are mild-to-moderate slopes rather beside the point.

In the Vent it goes like once the skiing without lifts – lifts. Guests to explore and a driver Tyrol’s highest mountain, climb to the Ramoljoch and the discovery of the glacier mummy point of Ötzi. The 900 tourist beds in the village are spread over a few Hotels, motels and Inns, the room rates remained down-to-earth.

St. Jakob in the Defereggental

St. Jakob in East Tyrol: ski magic without the hype

Already on the South side of the Alps the village is the pilgrimage Church of St. Leonhard in the Defereggen valley. Around the national Park spreads Hohe Tauern. Mullioned Windows and weathered wood in this valley, which is considered to be one of the most unspoilt high mountain valleys of the Alps, yet real. Through traffic there is in the Winter, no, that is why families with children will feel especially comfortable.

Breakfast bed-and-breakfasts in St. James for 44 euros per night. The offer for skiers and cross-country skiing: 25 km of slopes is compensated for 70 kilometres of cross-country trails. Two natural ice-skating rinks and the two-kilometre-long toboggan run from the Alpe Stalle can be used when the skiing is going to be really boring.

Rußbach in the Tennengau: the sparrows nest and yodel hut

russbach, between the Dachstein massif and Wolfgangsee located, together with Gosau in upper Austria, the Dachstein-West ski area. The place at the feet of the jagged Gosaukammes has 51 kilometres of pistes, and cross-country skiers find their trail. Rather rustic, cozy Après-offer is: The majority of skiers stay in the huts, and later it goes on a beer to the forest administration, or in the Kirchenwirt. The Sunny snow hole has specialized in families: The children’s club Sparrow’s nest the Little ones are cared for from a year – with the guest card free of charge.

Warth am Arlberg: snow-to be rich with connection

The Walser village at the hochtannberg pass, says that it is the snowiest ski resort in the Alps. Eleven feet of snow height are measured every Winter. Nearly 60 years ago, the first Lift buzzed there, for the past five years, the Skirevier is associated with the exclusive resort of Lech. The harms of the village-like structure Warths but so far. To the approximately 60 kilometers of your own family slopes, a further 240 just beyond the Auenfelds come. Families quickly feel at home in the manageable place that also has a children’s ski school and a ski kindergarten.

Hans-Werner Rodrian, srt,

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