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When he is not working, Michael Gams is out exploring this fabulous region, hiking, mountain biking, freeriding and ski touring to the most beautiful spots in Tirol.

Skiing above the city at Patscherkofel, © Tirol Werbung / Stefan Voitl
Updated on 01.01.2024 in Sports from Michael
10 min reading time
Nikolaus Niedermoser from the Neustift Ski School in the Stubai Valley provides lots of handy tips on improving your skiing technique in his YouTube video series. This blog post sums up Nik's most important pieces of advice. The fascinating thing about skiing for me is that I always learn something new every year. Short turns, carved turns, skiing switch, hitting the kickers in the park or cruising the backcountry powder - whatever you are into, the right technique makes skiing more fun. Check out the following tips and tricks from a long-time ski instructor.
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Hängebrücke Highline 179_576378(c) Naturparkregion Reutte, © Naturparkregion Reutte
Updated on 17.07.2023 in Recommendations from Michael
6 min reading time
Obviously, there is very little to do in Tirol. There’s nothing really unique or interesting to see there. Don’t believe us? Let us count the ways.
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Schloss Tratzberg (c) W9 Studios, Tirol Werbung
Updated on 17.05.2022 in Arts & Culture from Michael
3 min reading time
Perched on a hilltop high above Inntal Valley for half a millennium, this imposing Renaissance-style castle has been built by the Taenzl Brothers around 1500. To honour their clients, the House of Habsburg, they erected ornate Habsburg Hall with a wall painting that depicts the enormous family tree of Habsburg. Later, the Fugger Family, a wealthy dynasty of merchants from Augsburg, acquired Tratzberg Castle and expanded it further. Proof of those changes is the splendid Fugger Parlour and the Fugger Chamber. Most of the now conserved inventory is from this time. In the early 19th century, the castle was plundered by Bavarian soldiers. Some 50 years later, the rather neglected estate came into the possession of the Enzenberg Family, and it has stayed their homestead since then. Thanks to the family’s dedication and efforts the castle became the very embodiment of a 16th century Tirolean castle. Ulrich Goëss-Enzenberg and his wife Katrin Goëss-Enzenberg have been living here since 1991 and have opened parts of the castle, their family home, to the public.
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Skigebiet Alpbach in Tirol
Updated on 13.12.2021 in Recommendations from Michael
11 min reading time
No one knows the iconic ski spot of Alpbach better than the locals, so we asked Alpbach native Christina to divulge a few secrets about her home town and its “Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau” ski resort to share with you.
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The notion of getting in shape for the ski season is hardly new. Physiotherapists Bettina Sandner and Florian Gastl, our contributing editors for this guest blog post, offer an innovative twist to a timeworn concept. These five exercises are a great way to get a ski-specific workout in your own home. It makes ski fitness so much fun; you’ll forget you’re working out! What’s more, they will take the guesswork out of your ski and snowboard conditioning program: Take a cue from the experts and learn all about super sets and injury prevention.
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Beckna Harakiri schmal
Updated on 01.09.2021 in Recommendations from Michael
7 min reading time
Local snowboard legend Thomas Eberharter, aka "Beckna", shows us around his home resort of Mayrhofen, tells us about the history of snowboarding in the region and explains why Mayrhofen is to snowboarders and freestyle skiers what Kitzbühel is to downhill racers. Away from the slopes, Thomas has some insider tips on where to eat and spend the night.
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That’s oh so Sölden: The Gondola Terminals are architectural marvels, the perfect complement to the spectacular natural beauty of the surrounding Three-Thousanders.
Updated on 25.03.2021 in Recommendations from Michael
7 min reading time
Rudi Wyhlidal grabs his board and shows us around his adopted hometown of Sölden. The photographer and former terrain park designer lets us in on a few secrets to help skiers and snowboarders make the most of their time here in one of the world's top resorts.
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The snow-covered Galzigbahn cable car.
Updated on 11.03.2021 in Recommendations from Michael
10 min reading time
Heavy snowfall, stoked freeskiers and a status as the ‘Birthplace of Alpine Skiing’ – St. Anton am Arlberg is one of the most famous ski resorts in the world. We are lucky enough to be joined by Rosanna, 29, who grew up in St. Anton and knows the resort better than almost anyone. We spent a day on the slopes and in the village to find out what makes St. Anton am Arlberg so special.
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1_Skifahren in Ischgl_Pardatschgrat
Updated on 02.03.2021 in Recommendations from Michael
5 min reading time
We spent a day in Ischgl checking out the ski resort and the village. Scroll down for the lowdown on this legendary ski spot plus a few local tips.
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Snowshoeing in Hochfilzen, Pillerseetal Valley. (Photo: Tirol Werbung)
Updated on 10.12.2018 in Recommendations from Michael
4 min reading time
I’m sure plenty of you are thinking about where to spend Christmas this year. In most cases it will be with your family, of course. And for many – if possible – in snowy surroundings. The team at the Central Institution for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG), Austria’s official weather service, have done the maths and worked out for us where in Tirol where you are most likely to enjoy a white Christmas.
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