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If the Winter Olympics inspire you then see here for where you can try the sports you'll be watching.

The PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games are kick off on 9th February (until 25th).

They will no doubt instil that spark that makes us want to jump/ski/skate and try one of the great winter sports.

So why not do so here in Europe?

Here are five winter Olympic sports that can be done in the Tirol in Austria.

Downhill racing in Kitzbühel

The Hahnenkamm race takes place each January on the Streif.

The public can even tackle the Streif before and after the race, as well as the many other top runs and off-piste.

The resort actually boasts being the original winter sports destination after ski pioneer Franz Reich first skied down the Kitzbüheler Horn in 1893.

So use that energy the Olympics creates in us, clip in and ski Kitzbühel;

There are free practice lifts in the valley for beginners and families will enjoy the special Familienstreif run.

A six-day lift pass costs from €213 for an adult and €106 for a child. 

Cross-country skiing in Seefeld

Seefeld was home to the Nordic events in the 1964 and 1976 Games.

The resort offers weaving cross country trails through forests and the Cross Country Academy opens up these routes for visitors to try a biathlon; cross-country skiing and shooting.

A pre-purchased cross-country day pass costs €10pp.
A part-one biathlon course for beginners costs €65pp.
Biathlon in SeefeldBiathlon in Seefeld

Leap into Innsbruck on the Bergisel Ski Jump

The regional capital of Tirol, Innsbruck, is famous for its Bergisel Ski Jump.

It was used in the 1964 Winter Olympics for the individual large hill event, and hosts the huge Four Hills Tournament each year.

The jump is also a big tourist attraction in itself, architecturally, designed in 2002 by Zara Hadid.
There are nine resorts surrounding the city for on the snow fun.

There's the Incity Snowpark on the Seegrube mountain and the Hafelkarrinne couloir run in the Nordkette nature reserve, which, at a gradient of 70 per cent, is one of the steepest in Europe.

Families will appreciate Muttereralmpark and Rangger Köpfl, resorts in Oberperfuss.

Admission to the ski jump arena costs €4.50 for children under 14 and €9.50 for adults.

Curling in Ischgl

The British curling team won bronze and silver at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

It's in our blood!

So try it out at Ischgl's outdoor rink, also open to ice-skating if you find out that curling isn't your sport...

Here you'll learn about the different types of broom, how sweeping works and the teamwork that goes into this strategic event.

Then there's the 238km of skiing that suits all levels of skier and snowboarder, the 7km night tobogganing run and zip wire.

A 60-minute curling session, including a curling lane and stones, or ice-skating, costs €5 per adult and €4 per child.
Curling in IschglCurling in Ischgl















Snow parks in Stubai

The Stubai Glacier is the largest glacier ski resort in Austria and home to the world-renowned DC Stubai Zoo snow park.

This is where Team GB's Park and Pipe Olympic hopefuls have trained and in November DC Stubai hosted the first FIS Freestyle World Cup.

The park is now open to all freestylers, big or small, and has a medium and easy line.

Family-orientated activities in the snow park include a snow obstacle course, a snow carousel and the Kids' Line.

The Big Family Ski Camp offers trained instructors to look after children as they enjoy the magic of the jumps and bumps. 

Entry into snow park is included with lift pass; a six-day lift pass costs €224 per adult and €112 per child.
Stubai Zoo and GotIt free picturingStubai Zoo and GotIt free picturing

Are you looking to get into the Winter Olympic spirit and doing one of the sports yourself?

Or do you have a little budding athlete?

The Tirol has 80 ski resorts and 3,000 kilometres of pistes to ski so is ideal to try out a new, or improve an old, winter sport.

Innsbruck, the capital city of the Tirol has actually hosted the Winter Olympics twice, in 1964 and 1976.

Innsbruck '76Innsbruck '76

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