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Sports

All of Tirol is a sports field. And it's always right on your doorstep.

From the office straight to the race course

You have to sit in front of the computer at work and it's making you pensive. Your head is full and all you want to do right now is to breathe deeply, feel your body and to move.

You want to hear your heart beating and your breath flowing, feel the warmth of your muscles and not think of anything. Simply ride your bike, jog, pick up speed, feel free and realise what you are capable of. Test boundaries, have fun and be happy – maybe even with friends, in a team – that would be ideal right now. Not a problem. If your computer is in Tirol. Which means a natural Alpine landscape with meadows, forests and mountains is always right on your doorstep. With fascinating peaks, tempting pistes and thrilling trails, which you can get to quickly, even in your lunch break.

The mountains are undoubtedly the best place for training. Every trail and every course has its appeal, regardless of whether going up or down. Go for an effective hill running session, climb serpentine after serpentine on your mountain bike and speed down on one of the numerous single trails, enjoy the panorama going up in the cable car and the powder snow spraying on to your face when carving downhill. Gather momentum on your snowboard on the half-pipe and then land safely again. When free riding, enjoy the white powder to the full, completely legally. Plough through one of the numerous lakes with your strong arms. Or climb up a peak, not on the beaten track but directly. Countless possibilities. And there is always one right on your doorstop.

573 three-thousanders, 100 ski resorts, more than 30 snow parks, more than 40 single trails and bike parks or the Olympic Training Center at the University of Innsbruck. Just a few examples that illustrate: all of Tirol is a sports field. Perfect conditions up and down the region.

Is it then really surprising that a number of world-famous top athletes come from Tirol? Winning medal after medal, such as ski racers Nicole Hosp, Stephan Eberharter, Mario Matt and Benni Raich. Ski jumping artists such as Andreas Kofler and Gregor Schliernzauer. World Cup winner and freestyle skier Thomas Zangerl and Olympics snowboarding champion Brigitte Köck. Sport climber and bouldering World Cup winner Anna Stöhr. Or the double Olympic champions and lugers Andreas and Wolfgang Linger. They all have their training ground right on their doorstep. They let the University of Innsbruck improve their materials. And they take advantage of the great sports science and sports medicine available in Tirol for their training.

With a market like this, manufacturers and plant engineers are naturally not that far. Did you know that the company Austrialpin, located in the Stubaital valley in Tirol, develops and produces the carabiners and buckles that secure mountain climbers high up? And how handy that nearly all of the employees at Austrialpin are passionate alpinists who rigorously test their products themselves all the time. That Kulm, the largest ski flying hill in the world, has a snow refrigeration system built by the company Reuttener AST Eis- und Solartechnik? That the worldwide lightest electric drive for mountain bikes comes from Vivax Drive in Tirol? That the ISPO Award 2013 went to the Tirolean company Kohla for its "Vacuum Base" ski skin? That Burton, the most successful snowboard brand in the world, controls its fate in Europe from Innsbruck? That Armada, the American producer of freestyle skis, relocated its European headquarters from Zurich to Innsbruck a few years ago? And topically Black Diamond Equipment®, a global innovator in climbing, skiing, mountain sports equipment and apparel, formerly situated in Switzerland, establishes its new European brand headquarters in Innsbruck, Austria? Many examples that might encourage you to go and do some sport. And to maybe add Tirol to your - business - itinerary next time.

With the best materials developed by local research, best products, best medicine and best performance right from the office "on top of the mountain" – a combination that will get sports enthusiasts excited. Here in Tirol.

The world from above

Want to go do some alpine long-distance hiking?

In North Tirol, enjoy the legendary Adlerweg (Eagle Walk), an adventure 320 km long between the Kaiser Mountains and the Arlberg mountain range:

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Looking for sports and leisure activities in Tirol? A wide range of options and all the events, ranging from the adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championships to the Dolomite Cycling Tour, here:

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From bouldering to ice climbing. All of the information on the best places in Tirol for climbing, available with topo maps, sketches, levels of difficulty, reviews, etc. here:

Icy heights

Glaciers fivefold

Conquer wide glacier pistes. Become a glaciologist. Experience an inspiring panorama. Discover accessible glacier crevasses. You can do all that and a whole lot more on the 5 glaciers in Tirol.

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Cross the Alps on a mountain bike - master 660 km with 26,000 metres of elevation gain, 12,000 of them with a network of 18 cable car systems. That's also possible in Tirol: