Carinthia, Austria’s sunny south, puts both ambitious winter sports enthusiasts and active connoisseurs in good spirits. The mild, snowy climate, the multiple hours of sunshine and the breath-taking natural surroundings provide an environment that is also perfectly suited for countless activities off the slopes to keep both the body and soul fit.
The spectrum ranges from ice-skating and snowshoe hiking to sledding, cross-country skiing and ice climbing. Even Carinthia’s cities take on particular winter flair.
Purity on Snowshoes
Satisfaction here is all-encompassing. On snowshoes, you’ll make your way step-by-step across the deep snow through Rosental. At the wintry Hohe Tauern National Park, experienced rangers know all the best routes and take guests on tours to track the “Big 5”: the ibex mountain goat, bearded vulture, golden eagle, grouse and chamois. The lunch packages are a real treat, and then head back on a wintry sleigh ride. At Klippitztörl in the Lavanttal region, you’re sure to see everything worthwhile, as they provide a controlled compass system for snowshoe hikers. In addition, you’ll find something for everyone: “Schnuppertouren” introductory tours for beginners, panoramic routes for recreational snowshoers and challenging winter routes for enthusiasts. Around Lake Millstätter See you’ll also find picturesque snow scenes waiting to be explored, such as on the Millstätter Alm or at the Mirnock. Bad Kleinkirchheim rewards snowshoers, tired after a three-hour guided hike on the Klammerhütte (at the Feldpannalm), with a hearty grouse ragout and a typical regional dessert specialty of butter from Klaus Kohlweiss dairy infused with poppy seeds, honey and rum and served with Reindling. On the Dobratsch, snowshoe tours in the "Magic of Moonlight" are also offered—a “Full Moon Bus” runs from Villach main station starting at 6:00 PM.