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Sand Skiing at Monte Kaolino in Hirschau

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The staff of snow-online.com really is not into this “saving the fun for later“ thing. Picture this: You go skiing – yes, that’s not unusual – but on sand instead of snow. What we did was sacrificing ourselves to sand skiing at Monte Kaolino in Hirschau, Upper Palatinate. Just to give a brief idea of what to expect: It is a blast, yet it is not easy, so fully enjoying it definitely requires some skills.

Europe’s Only Sand Ski Resort

On sand you go skiing with traditional skis as they are also used in alpine skiing in winter.
© TouriSpo GmbH & Co. KG On sand you go skiing with traditional skis as they are also used in alpine skiing in winter.

Monte Kaolino is the only sand ski resort in Europe and the world’s only sand ski resort featuring a stationary ski lift. About 35 million tons of quartz sand, a by-product of kaolinite production, form a huge pile of sand. The height of the sand dune does not make for too long runs, but by featuring an elevation of 393 ft, you will get your chance to carve your way down the hill.

Unlock Your Powder Potential

In order to have fun skiing down the sand dune, certain skiing skills are necessary.
© TouriSpo GmbH & Co. KG In order to have fun skiing down the sand dune, certain skiing skills are necessary.

Everyone in your party will be pleased at Monte Kaolino, as long as you possess some skiing skills. Skiing through sand resembles skiing deep terrain, so this is your chance to unlock your powder potential!

Moreover, there’s no need to worry about equipment as you can simply use your own skis or you check out the local ski rental where you can rent all the equipment needed for the day. However, we do not recommend to bring your best of skis, as the sand literally feels like sand paper and, hence, causes some damage.

What’s More

The Monte Coaster at Monte Kaolino is a spectacular summer toboggan run.
© TouriSpo GmbH & Co. KG The Monte Coaster at Monte Kaolino is a spectacular summer toboggan run.

The view from above is pretty neat and as long as you can deal with the fact that you might be spending quite some time picking sand out of your shoes, you should definitely devote yourself to sand skiing for at least once in a lifetime. In case you can’t stand the heat on the slope, there are plenty of other activities available:

An summer toboggan run and aerial adventure parks provide thrills for everyone. There is also a refreshing swimming pool, a volleyball court and and beach soccer field, camping facilities, a geopark, and an adventure playground. So, let’s face it – with a wink in our eyes: Who on earth needs snow when you can ski through sand?

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