Zibob® zooms into Kappl

The Zibob®, a mini sledge that actually carves like a ski, is the latest craze to hit the Alps and the Austrian ski village of Kappl is the first in the world to create a permanent course.

The Zibob®, a mini sledge that actually carves like a ski, is the latest craze to hit the Alps and the Austrian ski village of Kappl is the first in the world to create a permanent course.

Kappl, a beautiful family-friendly resort in Tirol's Paznaun Valley, just down the road from the party town of Ischgl, launched the Zibob in April and is confident that it will be hugely popular this winter with children and adults.

The Zibob is compact, light and easy to transport. Apart from its size, what makes it excitingly different to conventional sledges is the side-cut that gives it carving qualities. This means turns are much more smooth and sweeping, with steering achieved by small movements of the body. It also has a grab-handle (zipfel, hence Zibob) for balance.

It has become so popular so quickly that race events have already been organised in more than 20 resorts in Europe and North America. The twisting Zibob 350-metre course in Kappl, with four Zibobbers allowed on together, starts at mid-mountain near the Sunny Mountain children's and restaurant centre. Austria's longest roofed moving walkway takes riders back to the beginning.

Friday 16 December is opening day in Kappl, which has 40 kilometres of prepared pistes and ten lifts. Every Monday this season visitors will be able to make early bird runs, at no extra charge on their lift pass, with the lifts starting an hour earlier than normal at 8am. Some hotels in Kappl have special deals for families, including free child care in the Sunny Mountain complex. The fun for children at Sunny Mountain includes a merry-go-round, kids' mogul slope and snow cave.

Just down the road from Kappl is the charming family resort of See, where the slopes open on Saturday 17 December. See has quiet slopes ideal for families with plenty of wide and welcoming slopes - perfect for groups of mixed ability who want relaxed skiing and boarding on chilled-out runs surrounded by stunning scenery.

New this season in See is the Ski-Hit pass, which includes extras designed to make holiday money go further - such as free childcare at mid-station, right in the middle of the ski area. The pass also includes free ski and board equipment servicing and the opportunity to try out latest ski models at a heavily-discounted price. See also has floodlit night-skiing once a week.

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