When the temperatures drop and snow covers the mountains, winter sports enthusiasts flock to ERZBERG LEOBEN. At the local ski resorts, skiers and snowboarders can ski numerous kilometres on perfectly groomed slopes. Cross-country skiers get to explore an excellent range of trails. Winter hikers will enjoy the peace and quiet of the region’s beautiful nature.
And sledging, ice skating and curling are fun activities for visitors and locals alike. After an eventful day, your hosts at the culinary establishments will serve you tasty dishes. By the way: Have a look at the weather and webcams to find out more about the current snow conditions on site.
The ski resorts in the region welcome their guests with a small but beautiful range of ski runs. Präbichl ski resort boasts 20 kilometres of pure skiing pleasure with slopes for every skill level.
And where the groomed runs end, the adventure for freeriders begins – more specifically, in the stunning off-piste terrain of the Eisenerz Alps. For younger visitors, the ski resort offers a conveyor belt as well as a comprehensive range of lessons during which they can learn their winter sport of choice. Skis, snowboards and other rental equipment are available on site.
At least five kilometres of cross-country trails, which are of course regularly groomed, and guaranteed snow for a minimum of 60 days per season: These are two or rather three of the many criteria that a cross-country skiing region must fulfil in order to receive the Styrian Cross-Country Ski Trail Seal of Quality.
In the region around Erzberg, cross-country skiing enthusiasts will find four excellent trails carrying this distinction. Ski your way to peace of mind in this wonderful wintry landscape!
In the colder months of the year, ERZBERG LEOBEN turns into a true winter paradise: Nature is covered in snow, and ice crystals sparkle in the sun. That’s when you know it's time to strap on your snowshoes and explore the region at your own pace.
Speaking of pace: from the leisurely route up Wilder Berg to the challenging hike onto Großer Schober, the region has the right route for everyone.
In winter, the region around Leoben also offers numerous opportunities for outdoor activities away from the ski runs and cross-country ski trails: from fast-paced sledging to ice skating and Alpine curling on idyllic lakes.
Those with a “need for speed” can leave their feet on the runners of the sledge, brake only when necessary and enjoy a swift descent. If you’re still in the mood for more adventures in the snow after a day on the slopes, you can go sledging in the evening – thanks to several floodlit sledging runs.
Präbichl is a popular starting point for fast-paced sledging fun. The run is located right next to Gasthof Langreiter. From the large car park, it will take you about ten to 15 minutes to walk to the starting point. If you don't want to bring your own sledge, you can rent one on site. The 1.2-kilometre run is illuminated in the evening and has no curves, which makes it perfect for children.
The larger the group, the more fun sledging becomes: The winter sports activity is great for special occasions such as birthday celebrations, company events, or hen and stag parties.
In the Eisenerzer Ramsau region, family members of all ages can go sledging in a beautiful setting during the day. There is also a sledge rental service at the cross-country ski ticket office.
Gently glide over the ice on your skates, do a few pirouettes and enjoy the fresh winter air: Ice skating makes for a wonderful change from skiing. Leoben ice rink is open from mid-October to mid-March every year. The rental offers include skates in sizes 28 to 46 as well as penguins as learning aids for children. Another opportunity for ice-skating can be found at the sports facility of Bundesbahnsportverein Vordernberg (BBSV).
Ice skating becomes an impressive experience on the frozen surface of Lake Leopoldsteinersee and Lake Traboch. In both locations, you can skate in beautiful surroundings with a magnificent view of the picturesque Eisenerz Alps.
An atmospheric combo: In the run-up to Christmas, you can combine ice skating with a visit to the Advent markets in Leoben or Eisenerz.
Alpine curling is another activity you can do on the ice – without runners on the soles of your shoes but even more sociable. You can either try your hand at the sport or immediately put your skills to the test in competitions with locals.
By the way: Wherever you can go ice skating, curling is an option as well.
No matter which winter sport nature lovers decide to pursue, exercise in fresh mountain air is bound to make you hungry. In the region's culinary establishments, gourmets can treat themselves to delicious meals. Restaurant owners and innkeepers take care of their guests' physical well-being and serve dishes such as warm soups and delightful desserts.
Tip: Look for a spot near a masonry heater – that’s where you’ll be particularly cosy!
After lots of activity outdoors, a relaxing end to the day is usually more than welcome. Wellness lovers will enjoy the offers of Asia Spa Leoben. At the spa, you can immerse yourself in soothing thermal water or treat yourself to a massage.