From a Farming Community to a Tourist destination
Today Ötztal is one of Tirol’s most touristic regions, but 200 years ago Tirol’s longest side valley was largely unknown.
Ötztal dialect: What does a „Sumsar“ do?
Do you know what awaits you when someone announces a „Hatschar“? Or whether you should feel flattered or insulted when they call you a „Sumsar“? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, you are more than likely an authentic local Ötztaler.
The Art of Grooming Slopes
While holidaymakers are tucking into their dinners, partying away in après-ski bars, or soothing their achy muscles at a spa, a team of groomers starts their work of turning the messy runs into buttery-smooth slopes, ready for the following day.
Patric Grüner – professional cyclist
Patric Grüner is a professional cyclist who loves extremes. The Ötztaler born in 1985 specializes in long distance racing and often spends many hours or even days in a row on the saddle.
Hansjörg Auer - Climber
Born in 1984 Hansjörg Auer enjoys life as a secondary school teacher, mountain guide and professional climber in the Ötztal. At 12 years old he devoted himself to climbing and became internationally known in 2007 when he carried out the first free solo ascent without ropes of the legendary Via ...
5 steps to your perfect ski boot
Unlimited Winter Fun in Ötztal
Ötztal is famous for it’s world-class skiing and snowboarding – and rightly so. But the valley also offers plenty of great winter activities off the ski slopes. We have compiled the best places in Ötztal for having fun in the snow beyond the groomed slopes.
Toasty warm winter hands
Good gloves have to be comfortable and warm, and provide protection without restricting mo- vement. Intersport sales expert Stefanie Auer explains how to pick the perfect gloves.
Tie the Knot in the Alps
Hohe Mut Alm in Obergurgl and the Ice Q gourmet restaurant in Sölden have become popular wedding locations for a marriage in Ötztal.
Bond meets his girl in Sölden
In his latest adventure, James Bond visits Ötztal, where he spends time at the Ice Q restaurant on Sölden's 3,048m Gaislachkogl peak, and engages in a high action mountain chase along the glacier road.
Culinary delights in Sölden
In Sölden there are many great dining options for all tasts: Hearty Tirolean speck dumplings, Italian pasta or heavenly pastry make our mouths water. Moreover dining in Sölden is varied in in food as well as setting from rustic Austrian to big American. An overview of the restaurants in Sölden.
Food and drink in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl
What makes your mouth water the most? Pizza, pasta, delicious salads oder fish? The restaurants in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl warmly welcomes you for lunch, dinner or only for a drink. Relax in sunny terrace or enjoy a romantic dinner with your partner. Here’s is an overview of our favourite restaurants ...
Alessandro Schöpf – football prodigy
It’s not unusual to expect a winter sports professional to come out of the Ötztal, but Alessandro Schöpf has ended up on the football field. From Ötztal to Munich: The Tyrolean football prodigy was kicking around the German Premier League for Bayern Munich in midfield and stayed in the country. ...
Protect your Noggin’
Safety comes first on snowy slopes! Not only are helmets warm and comfortable to wear while skiing and snowboarding, they can prevent head injuries and even save your life. Intersport sales expert Manuel Etzelsberger knows how to choose the best ski helmet.
Health benefits of saunas
Your Wellness Paradise in the Ötztal Valley
Winter sports fans know: sore muscles often follow an intense day of skiing, cross-country skiing or ski touring. Soothe achy muscles or fight winter's effects on the skin in the Hotel Riml's spa in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl. Wonderful massages and other treatments help you to completely relax.