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Apart from skiing and snowboarding at all levels, the twin resort villages offer all the expected winter sports activities. Choose from snowmobiling, snow-shoeing, ice-skating, tobogganing, ice-climbing and snow-hiking to name just a few. Children are exceptionally well catered for.

The historic Austrian city of Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart, is just an easy hour's journey away and makes for a great excursion. The valley also boasts a host of activities that are on offer all year round, like archery, fishing, horse riding, paragliding and golf on a nine-hole course.

Folk evenings, brass band concerts and street painting are scheduled in the summer months when more than 249 miles (400km) of walking trails open up in and around the valley.

Rustic Alpine inns serving up filling, warming local fare dot the slopes, while the valley towns bristle with restaurants, cafes, ice bars and delicatessens (for those who enjoy a 'do-it-yourself' meal). Most of the inns open from breakfast time, tempting skiers with delicious Austrian pastries and coffee.

Snowboarding - Snowparks: 1, Halfpipes: 1, Boarding on all pistes,

Other Snow Sports - Cross country: 11km ( Cross country equipment available), Sleigh rides.

So hectic is the après-ski in the Glemmtal Valley that it is surprising anyone can muster the strength to hit the ski slopes in the morning! Copious amounts of excellent beer and schnapps flow in the mountainside inns and village ice bars, along with some rollicking music and good-natured 'gemuchtlikheid'.

Dancing on the tables is expected and drinking anthems with cries of 'prost!' echo everywhere. Most parties get going even before the ski lifts close at 4pm, in the chalets above the villages.

Several convenient eateries are available though pricey mountain restaurants along with a whole host of cafes are dotted around. In the evening, a wide choice of hotel restaurants provide international and local cuisine.