Ski & Winter Sports

Wide warmly invites you to join the happy family weeks in Hochoetz!

It’s a matter of fact that a ski holiday for the entire family can be quite expensive. But it depends on the ski area: so watch out for the bargain Happy Family Weeks in the Hochoetz Ski Region! Simply read this detailed article about fantastic Family Offers for free and take a look at the lovely host called WIDI who will enchant the youngest skiers in the blink of an eye.

Kind im Schlepplift - Happy Family Wochen Hochoetz
Get ready and conquer the superb slopes in Hochoetz! © eye5 / Ötztal Tourismus

What is so special about the Happy Family Weeks?

According to media reports the number of children who learn skiing is constantly decreasing – due to varied reasons, but above all because of high costs which are not always affordable for families.

Ötztal Tourismus and the Hochoetz Ski Region will counteract this trend by offering the ultimate Happy Family Weeks and attracting families and guests to the ski slopes again. What is the best way to convince them? An unbeatable offer for the youngest skiers:

In the following periods

  • 17 December – 24 December 2016
  • 07 January – 28 January 2017
  • 18 March – 01 April 2017

all young guests born in or after 2011 – staying in the holiday villages of Haming-Ochsengarten, Sautens, Oetz and Umhausen-Niederthai – can take part in a free ski course. Optionally, they can participate in a free child activity program. And what’s best, the kids also receive a free skipass!

Happy Family Weeks: a long-running success

This unique deal has been attracting huge numbers of families over the last decade. The story of success started in the 2001/2002 winter season when the Sautens Tourist Board organized the Happy Family Weeks for the very first time. Only one year later the Oetz Tourist Board joined in.

Since the local tourist boards merged in 2006, the bargain family deal is available to all guests who stay min. 7 nights in the surrounding holiday villages of Haiming-Ochsengarten, Sautens, Oetz and Umhausen-Niederthai.

Oetz im Winter - Happy Family Wochen Hochoetz
View of the parish church in Oetz © Bernd Ritschel / Ötztal Tourismus

Hochoetz: Perfect infrastructures and ideal family skiing terrain

The superb Hochoetz Ski Region makes an excellent spot for the Happy Family Weeks. The family-friendly ski area at 2020 meters can be reached from Oetz in only 8 minutes. Once at the gondola’s top station, there are heaps of attractions stretching up to 2300 meters above sea level.

At the top station of Acherkogel mountain gondola you will soon understand why the ski area received an award for its “family-friendliness”: A larger-than-life penguin, the mascot of a Hochoetz ski school, warmly welcomes skiers of all ages. During the Happy Family Weeks all 4 ski schools of Hochoetz take care of the kids. But there is another lovely animal: WIDI, the mountain sheep promises fun and action in a row. Sometimes it’s not easy to find him, maybe he is hiding in his giant WIDIVERSUM family adventure land?

The Happy Family Weeks take place in the more quiet times of the season. Kids have plenty of space on the slopes!”

Eva, ski instructor in Hochoetz, explains the special feature of Happy Family Weeks

Kind und Plastikgams in Hochoetz - Happy Family Wochen Hochoetz
There is a lot to discover in the splendid Hochoetz Ski Region
© Rudi Wyhlidal / Ötztal Tourismus

Activity program for the youngest skiers

In case you can’t find the lovely little sheep just follow its tracks – for example on the “WIDI Course”, a short track where the main ski and slope rules are explained to the little ones.

More advanced skiers should conquer the forest course “On the tracks of Wild Animals” – a truly exciting adventure! Come and discover the enchanted forest animals for yourselves. Every Wednesday at 3.00 pm there is a kids’ theater at the Hochoetz Kindergarten (in German). Great fun and action are guaranteed on a varied family holiday in the Hochoetz Ski Region.

Both entertainment and child supervision stand for the unrivaled Happy Family Weeks! The funny host WIDI is very much looking forward to welcoming the youngest skiing aficionados to the Happy Family Weeks taking place in the Hochoetz Ski Region. Families interested in this offer should check the following features first:

Validity period and conditions:

  • Children born in 2011 or after – photo ID card required!
  • Minimum stay of 7 nights in the holiday villages of Haiming-Ochsengarten, Sautens, Oetz or Umhausen-Niederthai

Important details:

  • Children over 4 years can join a 5-day ski course
  • 5-day child supervision/activity program for children aged 2 – 4 years (the kids should NOT need nappies anymore!)
  • Small surcharge for lunchtime supervision for holders of a valid skipass
  • Keycard deposit € 2.00

More detailed information about Happy Family Weeks available here!


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