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A winter holiday in Defereggen valley

Defereggen valley is renowned for being among the least populated areas in the Austrian Alps. Jamborees and the next party metropolis is certainly not something you’ll find in Defereggen valley in the winter. All the better, since in winter and with Mother Hulda, who has good things in store for Defereggen valley year after year, there is more space to spread out. And there is more space for you to enjoy the winter, its very essence and at its loveliest; with a great deal of snow, superb mountain scenery and in peace and quiet. In St. Jakob ski centre you will find everything that your skiing heart craves and one thing you certainly won’t miss – all the hustle and bustles and long queues. In Defereggen valley the clocks tick a bit differently and this ski area is a genuine insider tip.

Two factors are tuned up here and complement one another brilliantly – the scenery and the absolute snow-assuredness, which means skiing in Defereggen valley is more than excellent. You can also head out on various fantastic ski tours; cross-country skiing is a hot topic, despite the cool temperatures, and you should also give tobogganing a go. Snow-shoe hiking is wonderful here, quite unlike anywhere else and ice-skating is also an option in Defereggen valley. So you see, Defereggen valley has a wide and varied medley of opportunities in the winter. Nowhere else can you get closer to winter than you can in Defereggen valley.

Snow report (PDF)

Information about the skiing areas, cross country tracks, sleding tracks and skating rinks.

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Skiing in Defereggen valley

St. Jakob ski centre in Defereggen valley provides a full 23.7 kilometres of pistes, on an area covering some 96 hectares. Plenty of lovely space and all without the hectic pace and those big parties. 

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Ski tours

Defereggen valley is rightly described as a paradise for ski tourers. Particularly worthy of mention are the numerous ski tours in Defereggen valley - Langschneid, the Innerrodel circuit and the Rote Wand.

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Cross-country skiing

You get to breathe in the superb winter air in St. Jakob, St. Veit and in Hopfgarten, while you find your very own pace. Some 70 kilometres of slopes provide everything that a cross-country skier’s heart yearns for – and much more.

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Tobogganing

Tobogganing is a winter sport which is often still wantonly underestimated. Unjustly so, since just how much young and old alike can enjoy themselves is simply wonderful. And there’s another good thing about tobogganing - you just don’t forget how to do it!

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Snowshoeing

Taking to ‘snowshoeing’ in Defereggen valley is also heading out on a quest. A quest in unspoilt natural surroundings, superb landscapes and animals in their wild habitats, which it is preferable to observe from a respectful distance.

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Ice-skating/Curling

In Defereggen valley you can’t think of winter sport and not mention ice-skating and curling. There are no fewer than three ice rinks in Defereggen valley. 

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Medicinal Spring

The medicinal spring of the valley Defereggental disposes of a water which developes over millions of years. It is a highly concentrated minerally water which is useful for wellness and physiotherapeutic applications.

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Useful information

Here you will find a lot of userful winter information of the valley Defereggen.

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