Winter Activities in Austria

Composed by Natalie Brown

After many of us spent our Christmas Break traveling all throughout Europe, it was nice for everyone to settle back into life in Salzburg. Cold weather and snow seem to be in Salzburg to stay and many students have taken advantage of all the winter activities that this snowy location has to offer. Being in Austria, we have the perfect opportunity to go on some really wonderful skiing and snowboarding outings. These can range from day trips to weekend adventures and it is great to be able to find some activities that we can do without going too far away.

It was cold, but the powder was perfect for snowboardingIt was cold, but the powder was perfect for snowboarding

It was cold, but the powder was perfect for snowboarding

Skiing down the mountainSkiing down the mountain

Skiing down the mountain

 

In addition to skiing or snowboarding (if students want to save some money on renting equipment), there are many opportunities for sledding.

At the top of the mountain getting ready to go downAt the top of the mountain getting ready to go down

At the top of the mountain getting ready to go down

Sledding down the mountainSledding down the mountain

Sledding down the mountain

 

Some students have even gone to visit some of the spas in the area for a nice relaxing escape from the cold.

Relaxing at a wonderful Spa after a cold day in the snowRelaxing at a wonderful Spa after a cold day in the snow

Relaxing at a wonderful Spa after a cold day in the snow

 

Another fun winter activity that students have been able to take advantage of is ice skating. There is a huge outdoor ice rink in Vienna, which is only a short train ride away.

Ice Skating in ViennaIce Skating in Vienna

Ice Skating in Vienna

 

When there are so many wonderful experiences to be had in Austria, staying close to home for a weekend can be completely worthwhile.

For any future Salzburgers who might want to find a good place to go skiing or snowboarding in the wintertime, the students this year have made trips to both Alpendorf  St. Johann and Bad Gastein. There are also other possibilities around the area such as Bad Hofgastein and more that can easily be researched online. Information and lift/train ticket prices can also be found in pamphlets at the Salzburg train station.