A cosy, warm room with heating? Not here! Constant temperatures of 0 to 1°C in the “room” are normal. The walls are made of ice and snow, the beds as well. This sheep skins and feather-stuffed sleeping bags can be found here to keep the visitors war. At the bar you need to wear your ski clothes, and at dinner you might need some gloves. This is really what you can call an adventure! If you have always wanted to try living like an Eskimo, SnowTrex has a really special offer going for you now: in Austria’s highest winter sports resort, in Kühtai (2,020 m) you can book 1 or 2 nights stay in the “Iglu Village”. The resort is easily accessible via car – no gondola is needed to make way to the accommodation.
Staying in this accommodation is a real first-class experience. 12 igloo suites are set up in this village, entirely designed from ice and snow. Further there is dining igloo, a multifunctional igloo and a side building with heated sanitary facilities and showers. To ensure that you keep nice and warm during the night, the beds are fully isolated and waterproof mattresses and real sheep skins with fur. Every guests also receives a freshly cleaned insert for the warm feather-stuffed sleeping bags.
Additional warmth is provided with the welcome schnapps upon arrival and the cheese fondue which is served in the dining igloo in the evening. The digestive liquor can be ordered at the igloo bar. In the mornings, after the night has been spent completely in midst of ice and snow, you can warm up with a rich breakfast buffet. This is served in the cosily heated breakfast room of the neighbouring 4-star “Hotel Alpenrose”.
However, this is not the only special accommodation SnowTrex has included newly in its winter programme for this season. From now on you also have the possibility to spend a holiday in the highest located accommodation of the entire Alpine area, in the “Mountain Hotel Grawand” in Kurzras (IT). Spend your holiday at 3,212 m altitude, right in the middle of the ski area of the Val Senales Glacier. Winter sports fans, what more could you want?!?
The glacier gondola is the only means of transport to reach the hotel. It takes 6 minutes to ascend from Kurzras in the Southern Tyrolean Val Senales, up the hotel on the mountain peak. But be aware: don’t forget the time when you are enjoying apres ski down in the resort! The last gondola leaves at 16:30 to transport the guests back up to the accommodation. There is no need to be bored though, once you are back on the mountain. Spend your time in the panorama swimming pool or in the spa area for instance. In the evenings you can enjoy your 4-course menu in the panorama restaurant with a magnificent view of the Val Senales. Afterwards you can treat yourself to a drink at the Grawandbar. Full board comprises, besides breakfast and dinner, also lunch which is offered in the self-serve restaurant of the hotel – and you can enjoy that ideally on the large sun terrace.
In the mornings winter sports fan will start their day directly at the doors of the hotel. Just slip into skis or board and let loose on the 35 km of piste on the snow-sure terrain of the Val Senales Glacier. The terrain is diverse and entertaining and considerably less full than the mass tourism centres of Southern Tyrol. The highlight of the day is the 8 km long valley descent to Kurzras. Freeriders will also find a number of great deep snow areas on the glacier as well. And freestylers will find what they are looking for in the “Gentlemanriders Nitro Snowpark”. Easy, medium and pro line, as well as easy jib line and pro jib line and a number of obstacles – there is something here for everyone.
By the way: visitors of the Val Senales will not only enjoy the privilege of staying in the highest located Alpine hotel, it is also one the most famous archaeologically historic sites. Not too far from the glacier ski area a German couple was hiking through the mountains in September 1991, and they discovered something every astonishing: at the Tisenjoch the couple found the famous ice mummy “Ötzi”, which can be viewed today in the archaeological museum in Bolzano. Obviously, the people who lived here approx. 5,000 years ago already considered this area valuable…