Strasserwirt Winter Riding & Skiing

Daily lessons in the outdoor or the light indoor sand school throughout the winter. A couple of short hacks on sure footed haflingers are also possible in winter to view this stunning winter landscape which includes frozen lakes and ice falls . Romantic sleigh rides from the hotel. Jump and dressage training throughout the winter in the indoor sandschool. Ski-ing and snowboarding are available nearby. Cross-country ski-ing from the doorstep.

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Ride & Ski

In winter, St. Ulrich, nestling amidst the Kitzbühl Alps, is known as a first-class family ski resort. The Buchensteinwand ski area (1700m at the top) is only 1 km away, with 60 k of runs ad 17 modern ski lifts. Free ski shuttle bus direct from the door to the lift. Furthermore, there are 6 wonderful ski areas within 20 min by car or ski shuttle bus. The Pillerseetal ski area includes the family resorts of St. Ulrich, St. Jakob and Hochfilzen, which are all ideal for beginners and intermediate skiers. The area has a total of 65 skilifts in 10 ski resorts with 200km of perfectly prepared pistes within a radius of 15km (connected by ski bus). Details of the local facilities and the lift map. For cross-country skiers there are 110 km of track in the valley with access right at the hotel

There is a good ski school providing private and group lessons for Alpine and cross-country skiing and snowboarding. More details. The largest Bobo kids' ski club in the Tyrol is to be found here where children from the age of 4 can learn to ski (younger children play in the snowpark or in the kindergarten with professional staff).

Paradise for cross country skiing and snow-shoeing. Floodlit toboggan run. Good snow record. Short transfer from Salzburg.

The Riding

The rides out into the snow are on forward going Haflingers. In Winter, several daily rides of 1 to 2 hours are possible and can be arranged to fit around your skiing programme. One of the most beautiful places to ride in the Tyrol.

Riding lessons of the highest quality are offered throughout the year. The family breed their own Arab and warmblood horses on-site and host an annual riding competition. Lunge lessons for beginners. Ponies for young children. Facilities include light indoor riding school, outdoor jumping and dressage paddock.

Two experienced trainers up to level S, one for dressage and one for jumping: Angela Hergeth, (who trained in Germany and already participated in world cup dressage competitions) is able to teach up to level Grand Prix (including flying changes, piaffe, passage, etc). Christoph Nothegger has his focus on jumping: as well as Mrs. Hergeth, he regularly participates in class level S - up to Grand Prix. He also has substantial experience training young horses. For those that do not come with their own horses, training is possible up to level L both in dressage and jumping. This involves jumps up to 1.20m and basic dressage skills.

Hotel accommodation & facilities

Cosy 600 year old Inn where a traditional Tyrolean welcome is guaranteed. Double and single rooms and family suites (2-7 people) with shower or bath, Sat-TV, internet (in some of the new rooms) and balcony. Sauna, steamroom area with views of the mountains. Massage and fitness rooms, kids’ play room with table tennis. Attached farm with animals including llamas, goats etc. 2 cosy traditional restaurants serving regional specialities using ingredients from the farm and herb-garden. Farmhouse breakfast with organic local products, afternoon tea and cakes, dinner with choice of menu including a fondue evening.

The Strasserwirt is open throughout the year for riding holidays. For more details see our main Strasserwirt Hotel page.

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Getting there - guideline only

The nearest airport is Salzburg (ca 60km). A minibus or car transfer to this airport is included in the cost of the holiday. Munich (Germany) airport is ca. 130km away and Innsbruck ca. 100km. The nearest train station is Fieberbrunn.

Ryanair (London Stansted, Liverpool and Dublin to Salzburg).
Flybe (Bristol, Exeter and Southampton to Salzburg).
Aer Lingus (Dublin to Salzburg).
Easyjet fly from Gatwick, Bristol and Liverpool to Salzburg.
www.airportdirecttravel.co.uk is Birmingham Airport's own website and sells charter tickets from Birmingham to Salzburg.
Air Berlin fly from Stansted to Salzburg ( Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays), leave Stansted at 2pm, arriving in Salzburg at 5pm. Return flights will depart from Salzburg at 12.30pm, arriving in Stansted at 1.30pm. Prices start at £34 one way including free ski carriage, 20kg luggage allowance, allocated seats and in-flight refreshments

First Choice (London Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester to Innsbruck).
Flythomascook (London Gatwick and Manchester to Innsbruck).
British Airways (London Gatwick to Innsbruck and London Heathrow to Munich).
Austrian Airlines (London Heathrow to Innsbruck).
Lufthansa (London Heathrow, Birmingham and Manchester to Munich).

Lowcostseats - internet travel agent for charter flights offering good deals.
Dohop - searches charter and schedule services.
Travelocity - internet travel agents for schedule services.

Austrian train timetable.

Self-drive: Car rental can be booked easily and inexpensively online with Holiday Autos.

Train travel: For everything you need to know about any train journey visit Seat Sixty-One.

If you would like to view the location of this holiday, please refer to the overview map and detailed map.

Riding ability

Beginners to advanced riders welcome. Trekking in the snow is for intermediate and advanced riders. Haflinger ponies are used for the treks; they are well behaved, sure-footed and are familiar with the terrain.
Winter riding is offered subject to weather and snow/ground conditions.

What to bring

Your normal jodhpurs or trousers which can be worn over thick tights with thermals underneath, a warm anorak/coat, gloves, scarf and boots with a good tread (essential), and jumper/fleece/long-sleeved t-shirt layers which can be added and removed as required. Although rarely insisted upon outside the UK, you should always wear your hat whilst mounted. Ski balaclava can be worn beneath when required. Although hard hats are available in all our riding establishments, you are advised to bring your own.

Weather

Current weather forecasts for the next five days for Salzburg can be found here and weather information for the Tyrol region and Austria in general can be found here.

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