Sledge Ride in Heutal
Tobogganing in Heutal
On your toboggan, get set, go! An excursion to the natural toboggan run in Heutal is compulsory! 12-year-old Leonie also tries to top her personal best every year.
We decide to order a large pan of “Kasnocken” (cheese dumplings) and as the cast-iron pan is placed in the middle of the table, Dad issues the command, “To the spoons, get set, go.” We set about the Kasnocken, everyone from their own side, and eating from one pan sometimes becomes a real battle as everyone fights for their dumpling territory. Eventually we polish off the entire pan, including the crust on the bottom. Something sweet on the table is also essential for the finale before our toboggan run and so we order a fluffy Kaiserschmarrn with apple sauce and choose a curd strudel with vanilla sauce and a delicious apple cake from the homemade desserts. Grandpa and Dad enjoy a small rowanberry schnapps after the delicious meal and insist, “It's good for our full stomachs and provides the right 'Curve Spirit” for the race.”
In pursuit of personal bests
We grab our toboggans, which we had leaned against the wall of the hut when we arrived, and line up at the start of the 3.5 km long natural toboggan run. I make sure no one crosses the start line and give the command, “On your toboggans, get set, go.”
After pushing off firmly with my legs a couple of times, my toboggan soon picks up speed and rushes into the bend at breakneck speed. Just as I'd already thought it out beforehand, I put one leg in the snow very briefly to steer and then I'm off rapidly into the next straight. A quick look over my shoulder shows that my pursuers have already been shaken off and are fighting further back for their places.
Bend after bend, the powdery snow rises up all around and of course I arrive in the car park first, cheering. A whole 30 seconds faster than last year and Mum, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa arrive much later, laughing. Mum and Dad seemed to have had a duel which ended with a leap into the deep snow as both of them looked like snowmen. Laughing we describe our descents and decide to hike to the Hochalm again next year. For one thing, there is a hut sandwich on the menu we absolutely must try and for another, today's toboggan best time can certainly be improved by a couple of seconds.
Hochalm natural toboggan run
Car park 1 (subject to payment) at the entrance to Heutal, 990m
Easy, family-friendly toboggan run or winter walking trail
Snack bar Hochalm at 1460m