It has been snowing for two days now, heavily… big fluffy flakes… The Bregenzerwald lies under a soft white carpet. The village has grown quieter, less busy; movement is slower, contours softer, people more at peace (one imagines). Tomorrow the sun will blaze down from a blue sky, smiling on Hittisau and caressing the faces of sleeping guests in the Krone until they wake. And soon the downhill and cross-country skiers, serious walkers and gentle amblers will set off for their respective domains of powder slopes, cross-country tracks and silent wintry countryside.
Close by the hotel you can join the 42-km (27-mile) circuit for beginners, competent skiers and professionals, classical and skating style. Sample the joys of winter on the sunny village circuit (3 km) and when you are ready follow the 42 km of the border country loipe.
For your map of the XC ski trail in the Hittisau-Balderschwang area, go to: https://www.bergfex.at/vorarlberg/langlaufen/hittisau/loipenplan/
Perhaps you fancy gliding like an olden-times Czar or Czarina over the winter landscape, sun beaming down and sleigh bells jingling merrily …? – Just ask at the Krone’s reception desk.
There are several bobsleigh runs within easy reach – try the Hittisberg, Hochhäderich or Rotenberg facilities. Your downhill projectile awaits. And tea and cake for the rosy-cheeked returning speedsters too …
Hittisau’s local mountain, the Hittisberg, has a ski-lift a short distance away from the Krone. Or you could pop over for an hour in the afternoon. And the Hochhäderich (with its child-friendly chair-lift) is only 10 minutes away by car.
Only a little further away, still within easy reach for the Krone’s guests, are the Balderschwang ski slopes (15 min.) and those of the upper Bregenzerwald (25 min. plus). Talk to Angelina at reception.
Deep in unspoilt countryside with fox and hare for company, the Krone’s guests find delightful small-scale ski tours available from the Leckner Valley and Ochsenlager, a far cry from the hard-beaten Alpine circuits. You can get a guide for (human) company or explore on your own: details at the Krone’s reception desk.
There’s nothing quite like the magic of a snowshoe ramble, say our guests – whether you follow the river or ascend the hillside, by day or in the moonlight… Hittisau lays on regular introductory courses, and local outdoor shops have snowshoes for hire. For anything else you need to know, and to arrange bookings, ask for Anna at the Krone reception desk.
Both at the Krone and close by, there are regular winter events to look forward to: the annual Advent Market, then special bar nights, “Sparks Sunday” (Funkensonntag), classical concerts, horned sled racing, museum visits … Come to see new things (and try some out!), meet new people, laugh and socialise.
Not everyone can be sporty. All the same, even a short walk can be rewarding. The winter rambling path glistens enticingly at the Krone front door and is just right for the many who enjoy an easier walk. Even the pram with your youngest can trundle along with you. And of course there are lots of winter routes open to the more energetic walkers.