When locals from the Ferienregion Imst talk about the “BIG 5” they mean all the winter activities in the area which do not involve downhill skiing.
Why not enjoy snow-covered mountain landscapes while tobogganing or sledging, snowshoeing, ice skating, cross-country skiing or winter hiking, they say.
“Get out into the fresh air and the mountain world and your immune system will thank you. You stay fit and help recharge your batteries for everyday life,” says Kordula Kranewitter.
The Nassereith local, who has been working in tourism for 16 years, has an insider’s tip on how to do this: “The Gurgltal cross-country trail or the tracks in Hoch-Imst are suitable for classic cross-country skiing or for skating.”
Kordi also regularly goes on ski tours with her friends or just by herself: “You start early in the morning, take a Prosecco and Jagatee with you to the summit. Smiling, enjoying the sunshine – simply wonderful. Wellness for the soul and absolute deceleration! While I’m at it, I always walk off Hoch-Imst – parallel to the ski slope – to the Untermarkter Alm on the Ursprungweg.”
For Thomas Köhle, managing director of Imst Tourismus, the Ferienregion Imst stands for winter experiences away from the ski slopes, especially for the “BIG 5”: “Tyrol in winter is much more than ‘just’ skiing. The ‘BIG 5 off-piste’ are becoming even more important. Winter hiking is already the second most popular reason for booking a holiday in Tyrol. Then there is tobogganing, cross-country skiing, ski mountaineering (ski tours) and ice skating.”
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