In the best of snowy moods
Winter activities around the Sommerhof
The snowy Gosau winter is perfect for a skiing holiday in the Dachstein region. But there is more to the Dachstein than just the pistes. There are also toboggan runs, magical winter hiking trails or a ride through the woods - in a horse-drawn sleigh! Find out here which activities lure even the biggest winter grouch to the fresh snowy air.
Ascent and descent
Uphill on skis! If you are drawn to explore past the pistes, you have countless ski touring opportunities in the Dachstein Salzkammergut UNESCO World Heritage Site. From Gosau you can reach the Goiserer Hütte, the Freesports Arena Krippenstein with perfect powder is only 15 minutes away by car. In Russbach, a new route with a prepared downhill run awaits. No matter where, around the Dachstein you will not only enjoy the tranquillity of nature and descents in deep powdery snow, but also magical views and healthy mountain air.
You're never too old for it!
Take your place, hold on and off you go! Whether for young sledders or experienced professionals, sledding is timeless fun. You can sledge in Gosau as well as in the neighbouring villages. There is a 3 km long track in Abtenau. The floodlights go on the Karkogel several times a week and illuminate the track for evening fun. In Bad Goisern, you can reach the Trockentann toboggan run on foot. What is an absolute must? A stop-off in a mountain hut with tea and hot chocolate!
Another family classic: Winter hikes through fairytale forests and meadows. Lots of cleared paths start in front of the hotel and lead past thick blankets of snow and hidden vantage points. The circuit along the Gosaubach stream from the Vordertal to the Hintertal is particularly popular. Strap on the snowshoes and you can discover the "wild" winter landscape, for example on the Zwieselalm or in the Bad Goiserner Hütteneck. Rental equipment is available free of charge at the Best of Wandern Testcenter or at the Gosau ski rental shop.
Through the glittering valley
An abundance of snow and the winter wonderland make the Gosau Valley a top cross-country skiing location. You can glide along through the winter world on almost 50 km of pristine trails. Directly in front of the hotel you can join the village cross-country trail, which is the longest at some 15 km. To fill up on vitamin D, head for the sun trail, and to let off some steam, head for the sports trail. The fairytale forest trail or Märchenwaldloipe is one of the most scenic cross-country skiing trails, along which the Gosaubach river rushes and accompanies you with every step.
A touch of nostalgia...
A ride in a horse-drawn sleigh or carriage is probably one of the most romantic winter activities of all. But children also enjoy a trot through the winter wonderland with two horsepower while they snuggle up tightly in a blanket. There are several providers in the UNESCO World Heritage Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut who we will be happy to contact for you on request. So, can you hear the bells ringing already...?