7 winter hikes with toboggan runs
Sledding is still one of the most popular winter activities. Where could you whizz down the mountain on a toboggan better than in the snow-covered Alps? We show you 7 places for it.
There are two ways of practicising sledding. Either you use a cable car to get up the mountain and enjoy running many times or you walk up the mountain, enjoy a good meal at the hut and return by sled. Our suggestions refer mostly to the second kind of sledding, as the others will find in the ski resorts what they are searching for.
Toboggan run Axamer Valley (Tyrol, Innsbruck and surroundings)
The 4 km long toboggan run starts above Axams (990 m) and leads through the gorge to the skiing resort Axamer Lizum (1.550 m). There are several possibilities to stop for a rest, such as at the Schafalm hut or in the skiing area restaurants.
Please find further information on the toboggan run Axamer Valley on tyrol.tl.
Toboggan run Pinnistal (Tyrol, Stubaital Valley)
There is a real tobogganing paradise in Stubai’s side valley Pinnistal. The 5.5 km long valley path with its huts (Issenangeralm, Herzebner Almwirt and Pinnisalm) starts at Neder (1,000 m) and leads through the snow-covered landscape below the Kirchdachspitze and Habicht mountains in the Stubai Alps to the Pinnisalm hut at 1,490m. The tobogganing run was awarded the Tyrolean toboggan run seal of quality.
Please find further information on the toboggan run Pinnistal on tyrol.tl.
Toboggan run Reither Kogel (Tyrol, Alpbachtal Valley)
Toboggan run with a view? That exists! In winter the panoramic path Reither Kogel turns into a toboggan run. The 5.5 km trail starts at Reith (690 m) and leads to the Hinterkogel farms (1,150 m) and the Nisslhof restaurant (which is currently closed). It offers beautiful views on the Inntal Valley, the Rofan mountains and the Zillertal Valley.
Please find further information on the toboggan run Reither Kogel on tyrol.tl.
Toboggan run Vallierteck (South Tyrol, Val Venosta Valley)
A short run, ideal also for a half-day out, can be found at Passo Resia. Starting from Resia the 2 km trail leads in less than one hour to the small Valliereck church. The view stretches from the Alpi Venoste with the massive Palla Bianca to Lake Resia and the Ortles Group.
Further information on the toboggan run Vallierteck on suedtirolerland.it.
Toboggan run San Martino / Reinswald (South Tyrol, Val Sarentino Valley)
A length of 4 km and a difference in altitude of 570 m – these are the figures of the toboggan run San Martino / Reinswald. The walk to the Pichlberg restaurant, where the run starts, is about 2 hours long. As it is situated in a skiing area there is also the possibility to use the cable car.
Further information on this walk and on the toboggan run can be found on suedtirolerland.it.
Toboggan run Speikboden (South Tyrol, Valle Aurina Valley)
Long, longer, Speikboden! This toboggan run is 8.5 km long with a difference in altitude of 1,000 m! You walk from 3 to 4 hours to the top, which makes this hike quite challenging. Of course the descent on the toboggan is awesome – with a unique view on the Valle Aurina Valley.
Further information on the winter path and toboggan run Speikboden on pustertal.org.
Tobogganing in Val San Nicolò Valley (Trentino, Val di Fassa Valley)
The trail through the Val San Nicolò in the Marmolada Group starts at Pozza in Val di Fassa Valley. At the Malga Crocifisso hut the Val di Monzoni Valley branches off and leads to the Agritur Malga di Munciogn, a cozy hut. From there you can whizz down the 5 km long toboggan run.
Further information on the winter path and toboggan run Malga di Munciogn at trentino.com.
“Only where you have been on foot, have you really been” said once Goethe. I think there is a kernel of truth in this. It’s simply fantastic when you reach the hut after a tiring walk and you enjoy a meal in good company. Almost as much fun as the toboggan run afterwards!
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