The mountains are within quick and easy reach, and even quicker you’ll be in the lake! In the winter months the latter only applies to really tough people or New Year’s Eve swimmers. Everybody else looks forward to the white under their feet: skiing and snowboarding are immensely popular, while bob running, mountain hiking, or other exotic hobbies such as paragliding and snow boot hiking can also be pursued in the immediate vicinity of Konstanz – thanks to the location in the three-country-region!
While others have to plan their winter vacation months in advance, people in Konstanz just jump on the bus or form a carpool on order to enjoy the snow-covered mountains just one and a half or two hours later. Whether it is Vorarlberg in Austria (Tyrol is also not far), Eastern Switzerland or Graubünden (Grisons) – the fun in the snow can be tailored to your individual needs: The ski resorts offer between 22 and 220 km of slopes.
Both beginners and slope freaks go to the Swiss ski resort Obertoggenburg (advantages: just under 100 km away, cosy atmosphere, snow park, relaxed après-ski). The dimensions are a bit bigger in Damüls-Mellau in the Bregenz Forest (well frequented, around 120 km away) or on the long slopes of Arlberg in Zürs / Lech (around 140 km). And those who wish for a glacier plus a professional snow park right in front of their eyes should head to the Alpenarena (Flims / Laax / Falera, around 150 km away).
Silvretta Nova (around 120 km away) is very popular with off piste riders, too. Dozens of different types of ski and hiking areas can be reached relatively quickly from Konstanz. Slope addicts also benefit from seasonal and annual tickets, e.g. the 3-Täler-Pass (3-valleys-ticket), which comprises numerous ski resorts and is particularly inexpensive for students. You’ll find more information on the websites of ‘Bergfex’ (very practically oriented) or the Alpine communities.
Those wishing for an entirely stress-free experience should book a ski excursion with the university sports programme : With an offer spanning from one-day excursions to several-day-stays in mountain cabins and from beginners’ courses to the traditional ski bazaar, the university sport is the contact point in winter sport matters for all students.
Those who feel uncomfortable with boards below their feet should just strap on their ice skates and glide across the Gnadensee (near Reichenau Island), the largest ice-skating area of Lake Constance.