Head Into The Backcountry
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.
Alessandro Schöpf – football prodigy
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.
Florian Scheiber – Ski Racer
Ötztaler Florian Scheiber’s racing career was almost predetermined. Growing up close to Sölden at 12 years he was already one of the best skiers in Austria for his age group. The path led further into the Austrian squad, to Europe and then the World Cup. In 2012 with a peak performance of his ...
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 ...
Save the date: Events in winter 2015/2016
Sölden and Obergurgl-Hochgurgl become wintry hotspots again this year: Sports, music and pleasure, DJs, sportsmen and top chefs – join the most famous events in Ötztal this winter season!