During the cold months, winter glistens with its snow-white magic and transforms the pristine alpine world around Maria Waldrast into a gorgeous, fairytale-like landscape. Whether a fun toboggan ride, cross-country skiing, or enjoyable ski touring - in this special place of power, you can experience unlimited freedom and gain new perspectives on life.
Snowshoe or winter hikes, cross-country skiing and recharging your batteries in the snow-covered Wipp Valley. Immerse yourself in this quiet, mystical natural beauty at the foot of the Serles.
Holidays in the ski resorts
Once the white carpet is rolled out, it's time to put on your skis and glide across the perfectly groomed slopes of the Serles ski area. The sun-drenched ski area has slopes for recreational skiers, beginners and families. At the Hotel Maria Waldrast, we drive you directly to the ski resort on our quad bike! A day's skiing in the Stubai Alps couldn't get off to a more comfortable start. You will also find other larger ski areas within close proximity. The Stubai Glacier is a special experience. You can ski up to 3,000 meters above sea level here.
EXPERIENCE THE PEACE AND QUIET OF NATURE WITH SKI MOUNTAINEERING
If you want to discover the beauty of the snowy Tyrolean landscape away from the ski slopes, you can experience the quieter side of winter in the Wipp Valley while ski mountaineering. Conquering the mountain peaks in harmony with nature is an almost meditative experience. Direct from Hotel Maria Waldrast to the highlight: Our own natural toboggan run. It is perfect for a fun toboggan ride with family or friends. The footpath is separated from the toboggan run, enabling a safe ascent and we can also pick up our hotel guests on request.
At the foot of the majestic Serles, one of Tyrol's most beautiful and thrilling toboggan runs provides pure winter fun with friends or the whole family!
Maria Waldrast toboggan run
In the crystal-clear winter air, you can race down the 3.6 km long route from the monastery down into the valley to Matrei am Brenner. Excitement is guaranteed on a thrilling ride over wide curves and open countryside.
The idyllic toboggan run is excellently prepared and equipped with snow-making machines. With daily night tobogganing on the run, which is floodlit until 11 pm, you can experience festive tobogganing fun under the starry sky. Our cosy toboggan hut is open until 10 pm on Friday and Saturday and promises lots of fun.
If one toboggan run isn’t enough for you, you will find another natural toboggan run just a leisurely hour's walk from the Waldrast via the winter wonderland of Waldraster-Jöchl. After a long descent into the Stubaital, take the Serles cable car back to the mountain station and hike back to the Waldrast.
On a romantic winter hike through the fairytale mountain landscape, even the ascent will be an unforgettable experience. From the Mauthäusl, which is located above Mützens, you can reach the pilgrimage site of Maria Waldrast in around 2 hours. You don't have to follow the toboggan run, but you can hike along the separate road to the monastery.
If this takes too long, you can also reach the start of the toboggan run from the summit station of the Serlsbahnen on foot in around 1 hour, or the shuttle service will easily and conveniently take you from the Matrei train station to Maria Waldrast. Once you have arrived at the pilgrimage site, the monastery inn invites you to enjoy refreshments so that you have plenty of energy for the exciting toboggan ride.
In addition, there is an opportunity to climb even farther up, and from the other side of the mountain saddle, you can enjoy a long ride down into the Stubaital to the valley station in Mieders. If you don't have your own toboggan or don't want to lug yours around, there is a large selection of toboggans at the on-site rental.
With cross-country skiing in the spectacular Alpine scenery, you can exercise all the muscles in your body and boost your endurance, health, and vitality in the crystal-clear mountain air.
Serles cross-country skiing trail
The access point to one of the most beautiful, high-altitude cross-country trails in the Alps is located right at the Maria Waldrast monastery. On the 8.3 km long panoramic loop trail, which is groomed for classical skiing, you can conquer 290 vertical meters and enjoy a spectacular view of the Wipptal, the Stubaital, and even Innsbruck.
Even if the valley is still green, the high-altitude trail with guaranteed snow leads up to an elevation of 1,770 m into a gorgeous winter wonderland at the foot of the Serles.
From the monastery, the trail leads north to the summit station of the Ochsenhütten lift in the ski area of the Serlesbahnen in Mieders. From there, you can ski eastwards to the Stubai Eulenwiesen and return to the Maria Waldrast monastery, where you have definitely earned a tasty treat after a 2.5 hour tour.
WALDRAST CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING TRAIL
The entrance to this trail is just below our hotel. The classically groomed approx. 6 km-long trail heads towards the Ochsenalm and Langes Tal. Halfway there, you will also find a rustic rest stop on the Ochsenalm, which also belongs to the Waldrast Nature Resort and is lovingly run by the landlord Markus.
Away from the hustle and bustle, you can become one with nature on a ski tour and experience the power of the Alps up-close! With its unique location at an elevation of 1,638 m, the Maria Waldrast monastery is the perfect starting point for breathtaking ski tours.
Getting to know ski mountaineering: Always wanted to try it, but not found the right time or place? Once a month, we offer hotel guests a beginner's ski tour with a state certified mountain guide. All that you need: tested equipment and a good physical condition. We'll take care of the rest and lots of fun in nature is guaranteed.
Our tour suggestions
Blaser (2,241 m)
The Blaser is one of the most beautiful panoramic mountains in the Stubai Alps. From Maria Waldrast, you can climb through the Lange Tal up to the Schluimen Saddle and continue southeast to the Blaserhütte, where you are only a few meters away from the spectacular summit plateau.
Over the Kalbenjoch (2,225 m) on the Kesselspitze (2,728 m)
The wonderful summit tour leads from the Maria Waldrast monastery past the Matreier Ochsenalm in the picturesque valley floor. Via a steep section, the tour continues through the Matreier Grube to the Kalbenjoch. From here, you will cross the Kugelwand and follow the summer trail. Along the Kugelwand, you will reach the summit slope, from which you can climb up to the Kesselspitze without great difficulty. Awaiting you on the summit is a majestic view of the Wipptal, the Stubaital, and the Gschnitztal.
Awaiting you around the pilgrimage site of Mara Waldrast are many picturesque winter hiking paths. With each step through the pristine winter landscape, you can escape the everyday, find peace, and breathe in the pure beauty and power of nature!
Our tour suggestion
- Snowshoe hike on the Waldraster Jöchl (1,878 m)
The magical winter landscape will cast its spell over you on an enjoyable snowshoe hike on the Waldraster Jöchl.
Follow the signs and walk along the Rosary Path to just before the chapel, from which you will reach the vast summit plateau by heading straight. The bench by the summit cross invites you to relax and enjoy the view.
The short snowshoe tour is very popular with beginners and also serves as a training area for mountain hiking guides. With the descent via Kasern, you can extend your snowshoe tour with an idyllic hike on a loop trail.