What an amazing feeling to carve down the slopes on a floodlit ski run, and what a choice you have in Austria. See our overview of ski resorts in Austria's provinces, from Vorarlberg to Lower Austria.
Not only skiers can have all the fun after dark. Here is a selection of floodlit parks for snowboarders.
In the southwest of Carinthia, right on the Italian border, is the Skiing Area Nassfeld-Hermagor. With 30 modern cable cars and ski lifts and over 100km of slopes for all skill levels, this ski area is one of the largest and most attractive in Austria. Two funparks with Quarter Pipes, High Jumps and one of the longest floodlit slopes in Europe are sure to make snowboarders' hearts beat faster.
Freestylers will love the Freestyle Nightpark in Kirchberg in Tirol, illuminated by floodlight with colourful loudspeakers and a Rainbow Rail. The nightpark is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 6.30 p.m.
The Monster Energy Nightpark in Saalbach Hinterglemm offers itself as a stylish nighttime training site for skiers and snowboarders. And even after you have had your daily dose of the slopes, you can shed the skiwear and hop into an air-filled rubber tyre for a slide down the tubing course, all included in the ski pass.
Every year from January to March the square in front of the city hall in Vienna is turned into a 6,000m² ice-skating area. In the middle of the town, two large ice-skating rinks are connected by small paths that wind their way through the city hall park and under the trees, as part of the Wiener Eistraum.
Plenty of booths are scattered in between and around the rinks to warm skaters with punch and tea. You will also find plenty of local food specialties to fill the hole once you have burned off all your energy on the ice. At night, the entire square is transformed into a colourful sea of lights, well worth witnessing even if you don't want to don the skates yourself. Open until 10 p.m. every day, the urban ice landscape provides a wonderfully central evening activity for the Viennese and city visitors of all ages throughout the winter months.
Roam snowy peaks on a winter night accompanied by torches and a delicious menu spread across several huts. Palüd Exquisite is an extraordinary event that combines a walk through the snowy mountains on winter nights illuminated by torches and accompanied by a delicious five-course menu served at various mountain huts along the way. Each course is served in a different restaurant and the first dish and dessert are actually served in the gondola itself! Each date offers a different menu and costs €92 per person, including the ride with the gondola and drinks.
For a moonlit ride across snowy meadows, book a nighttime Segway tour in the Tyrolean Serfaus. The Segway is a "standing scooter" which is steered by shifting your weight to the front or back. The dynamic handlebar helps you turn corners and even perform elegant pirouettes in the snow. Broad, chunky tyres ensure off-road and snow mobility, and except for a quiet whirring and whoops of laughter among the riders, the world's first self-balancing human transporter is virtually noiseless.
The region of Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis in Tirol offers Segway-Trekking where the fun begins on an obstacle course that gives you the chance to practise your moves. Left and right turns, circles, tackling uneven ground, working your way up steep slopes – once you've mastered these initial challenges, you're ready to venture out into the open country and demonstrate your new skills. Those who feel confident enough to venture out on a Segway by night should not miss the chance to join one of the nighttime tours. A unique opportunity to cover some distance in the beautiful Tyrolean region under the stars.
Saalbach-Hinterglemm greets adventure seekers after dark with plenty more than just après-ski. Take, for example, Snowmobil-City in the district of Jausern, four kilometres from Saalbach. Make an evening out of driving a snowmobile here at the first floodlit ski-doo circuit, with no previous experience required. Enjoy the thrills of the 480m long uphill and downhill tracks, with plenty of corners to lean into. Alternatively, why not fulfil a childhood dream and learn how to smooth the slopes in a pistebasher? Or take a ride as a passenger for an equally unforgettable winter adventure.
"Feel the Speed" is the motto at Icekart Saalbach. Whizz across a 3500m² ice rink in motorized icekarts for your evening adrenaline kick, open every day from 3 - 7 p.m.
When the stars come out, the Wildkogel sledding arena in the Salzburger province is just starting to heat up. The Wildkogel sledding arena covers an incredible 14km and prides itself in being the world's longest floodlit toboggan run. Depending on ability, the ride can take anything from 30 to 50 minutes, so it is a good thing that the entire length of the run is floodlit until 10pm. In addition to the steadfast 6-passenger cabin lift, there is the new "Smaragdbahn Wildkogel" lift which carries sledding fans 1300 vertical meters up from the Senningerfeld in Bramberg to the start of the course. Here you can gain your strength with a drink or a bite to eat at the Wildkogelalm or Wildkogelhaus, before whooshing all the way back down.
Join the evening hike to the floodlit toboggan run on Carinthia's Katschberg, or enjoy a nighttime sleigh ride. Every Tuesday and Saturday throughout the winter season, keen thrill seekers meet at the Katschberg in Carinthia just as it starts to get dark around 5pm for the walk up to the Gamskogelhütte. Here, at 1850m, the invigorating 1,5km floodlit toboggan run awaits, promising a far swifter journey down than the snow shoe walk up. For an evening activitity that takes place every day of the week, why not enjoy a horse drawn sleigh ride through the alpine landscape. Admire the winter scenery from the comfort of a warm blanket as the sleigh takes you through Gontal nature reserve.
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