Bergisel ski jump, in Innsbruck, Austria.
Bergisel ski jump, in Innsbruck, Austria. It's open to the public!

Any tried and true skiier would love to get a chance to ski in Innsbruck Austria. How about launching yourself off the 50-meter Bergisel Ski Jump?

It’s an inspiring infrastructure that integrates several geometric shapes: an abstract glass and concrete tower, a curved green metal bridge and a long, sweeping vertical run. It was designed and built by female Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid in 2002.  It’s a landmark building with lights that change color at night that intensify the appearance.

Or, rather than see the city from the ski jump, hop aboard the Hungerburg cable railway with its modern oval glass stations and ascend to the top of Nordkette Mountain.

Videographer  Sonja Stark traveled to Alps for a Ski Holiday in Austria a few years ago and she shared some of the details in her story,  “Holiday Getaways in Austria,” on GoNOMAD Travel.

“The heated cable cars leave underground Congress Station every 15 minutes climbing 1,905 meters (6,250 feet) past green gardens of soft moist earth and over the Inn River.
Traveling fast into the rugged terrain of the Tyrolean Alps you’ll reach the summit in 20 minutes, experiencing an extreme metamorphosis in climate that few other cities can boast.

I get giddy with a kind of oxygen narcosis as we pass through low-lying cloud cover traveling at top speeds. Finally, the doors open on the last upper station. We spill out onto larger-than-life vistas wrapped inside a mountain of silence and stillness. It’s a solitude only describable in pictures.”