Piste energy in the Winterwald
If you want to be hauled up a mountain by a lift, so that you can slide towards the valley on two boards, then you are engaging in “Alpine ski sport”. A misleading name, as we think in the Mühlviertel. Because here the evidence can be found that skiing can be easily done beyond the Alps as well. Because in the three-country triangle of the Bohemian forest between Austria, the Czech Republic and Germany, the highland of the Mühlviertel rises up to 1300 metres, thus producing real mountains for skiers and snowboards. Such as for example the Hochficht. When the winter lays its cool white blankets over the trees, the Bohemian Forest becomes a winter idyll: the sparkling snow crystals hang heavy on the evergreen trees. Like dumb white giants, they line the ski runs. The ski area at the Hochficht, with its children’s area, family restaurant and ski school is truly the ideal entry point for the winter sport. Even night owls can ski here – under floodlights of course.
Additionally Sternstein in Bad Leonfelden ist is a true winter sports paradise for every age and ability level. Children and beginners will be particularly well looked after at the Sternstein, where children are provided with a special children’s area with the longest magic carpet in Upper Austria and child-friendly figures. There is a shop for ski equipment rental and a ski school rounds off the package.
In addition to the Hochficht and the Sternstein there is a whole range of other small and good ski areas, which take advantage of the altitude of the Mühlviertel. They all share their strengths: through the gentle hills of the granite country, they are ideal winter sports areas for families. And they are mostly in the North of the region, close to the border with the Czech Republic. The Viehberg near Sandl in the Freistadt Region is one of the most traditional winter sports mountains in Upper Austria. And the Ski lift Freistadt is a traditional local provider as regards winter sports. In St. Georgen am Walde auf der Mühlviertler Alm it is the “Schorschi Lift”, that allows skiers to reach higher piste fun in the winter. This means that the Mühlviertel has proved that ski sports in Austria are also at home far to the north of the Alpine range.