Tirol and Innsbruck, host city to the Olympic Winter Games back in 1964 and 1976 (Innsbruck replaces Denver at short notice to host the Winter Games after the people of the state of Colorado voted to prohibit public funds from being used to support the Games), are promoting themselves to go for people to actually try the sports they’re seeing on TV in the current Vancouver Games.
The Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck includes 9 skiing regions (Nordkette, Patscherkofel, Axamer Lizum, Muttereralm, Rangger Köpfl, Glungezer, Schlick2000, the Stubaier Glacier and the Kühtai valley) – 89 mountain railways and lifts – and 295 km of pistes. But the ski centres surrounding the capital of the Tirol offer not only skiing and ice skating but also bobsled, luge, biathlon and even, in the nearby HoheSalve region, ski jumping for all!
The famous Igls Olympic bobsled track which was created in 1976 (and completly renovated in the period 2004-2006) is available for public descents. With an average speed of 100km/h you'll rush down with special bobs - take 14 turns - and arrive safely at the finish of the Olympic Bob- and Tobogganrun at Igls where your friends and participants wait with a diploma and a little party. The minimum age limit is 14 years and runs costs 30 Euros per person.
A new Biathlon centre opened in Seefeld this winter. The Olympiaregion Seefeld, which played host to the Nordic disciplines in the Winter Olympic Games of 1964 and 1976, is hailed as a Mecca of cross-country skiing. Biathlon combines cross country skiing and shooting. Skiers race with rifles strapped to their backs stopping at a target range every few kilometres. The objective in biathlon is to complete the course in the least amount of time, hitting as many targets as possible to avoid time penalties. Now 9 small-bore shooting ranges and 5 air rifle ranges (the newest and most state-of-the-art ranges available on the market at present) are available for guests. This offer of biathlon for holidaymakers enables guests to feel like real professionals and it means that Seefeld can add yet another notch to its belt as regards its range of facilities. An additional 21 rifle ranges can be rented for major events or team training sessions.
In 2012, the Olympic flame will once again burn brightly in Innsbruck’s Bergisel ski jump stadium when the city will host the Youth Olympic Winter Games.