Tobogganing for two... or more! Making your way up the snow-covered forest slopes, toboggan in tow, you can chat away with other winter holiday makers and laugh along with the other tobogganers as they come hurtling down the slopes. There's nothing like a bit of company to make a day of tobogganing even more fun. There's also plenty of opportunity to soak up the sunshine, breathe the fresh mountain air and generally enjoy the atmosphere and surroundings.
There are two natural toboggan runs in Hoch-Imst. Stop off for a bite to eat either at Untermarkter Alm (1,491m on the Untermarkter Alm toboggan run, length: 4km, awarded the quality seal of the Tyrolean luge federation) or at the Latschenhütte (1,623m on the Obermarkter Alm toboggan run, length: 6km). Even night owls will find plenty of variety at Hoch-Imst: Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, holiday makers come together in the moonlight and head to the lit-up slopes to descend into the valley below (Untermarkter Alm toboggan run lit up on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until 2am; Obermarkter Alm is not lit up in the evenings.)
Fancy tobogganing without all the effort that goes with it? Not a problem. Those who prefer to spend the afternoon relaxing on the sun terrace than working up a sweat on the slopes can easily reach the peaks of Untermarkter Alm by ski lift before taking to the toboggan run for a fun-filled ride into the valley. The Untermarkter Alm toboggan run starts just next to the Imster Bergbahnen halfway station. Grab your gloves, jump into your toboggan and prepare yourself for a speedy descent!
Unless of course, a white-knuckle ride down the slopes doesn't take your fancy, in which case you can take a 40 minute to the Latschenhütte, where hot mulled wine and all sorts of hearty mountain dishes are waiting for you. Tradition Tyrolean food made by landlady Mrs Waltraud and her team is sure to leave you feeling full and contented for hours. Make yourself at home with the hut's regulars and enjoy the view over the Gurgltal and Inntal valleys, as well as over the Ötztal Alps. Once you've got your strength back, take a pleasant walk back down to the bottom station (20 minutes by foot starting from the junction near the barrier) or from the Rastbühel car park.
A toboggan ride with the kids is (almost) always a great idea. Before getting the little ones comfy in their toboggans, however, here are a few pointers to bear in mind. First off: Make you sure you take enough food with you. A sip of hot tea here and a bite of a sandwich there can make a big difference when out on the slopes with younger kids. Secondly, set aside some time for some breaks to make the most of your surroundings while you're out with your future toboggan champions.
Hoch-Imst has plenty on offer to keep them entertained: Watch them stare in wonder as a squirrel darts up into the snowy treetops that glisten in the sunlight, or prepare yourselves for a good old-fashioned snowball fight. Before you know it, the day will be over and a well-earned plate of schnitzel will be on its way. With the gigantic wooden carousel in front of the Latschenhütte and all sorts of winter sports equipment for playing in the snow available at Untermarkter Alm, it's well worth stopping off here before heading back down to the valley.
If you're the sort of person who likes to 'think big and fast', as per the motto of adventurers at Hoch-Imst, you've definitely come to the right place. While some like to enjoy the picturesque forest paths and the gentle descent into the valley, for others, it's all about action, power and speed on the longest alpine roller coaster in the world. Luckily for these thrill seekers, the alpine coaster is open for the whole winter season at Hoch-Imst. The entrance to the streamlined tracks of the Alpine Coaster are around 1,550 metres above sea level. The finishing point can be found some 500m down into the mountains. Connecting the two is an approx. 9-minute white-knuckle ride on the rails, which propel you up into the air before plunging down 6 meters at a time. The Alpine Coaster recreates the 'new-school' toboggan style jumps, turns and drops at terrifically fast speeds. Laughing, shouting and screaming are all permitted -
What's your tobogganing style?
Find it out in Hoch-Imst!