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Social Programme

An attractive social programme will be available, as the venue is located in the city center. One may enjoy winter(sports) in the Austrian Alps or explore the Swarowski Crystal World in the nearby city of Wattens.

Alpine Skiing:

Patscherkofel skiingA complimentary shuttlebus service will be available in the afternoons to transfer interested participants to the "Axamer Lizum". Please indicate in the travel form if you would like to rent skiing gear. Further, electronic half-day ski tickets valid from 1-4 pm at the Axamer Lizum can be purchased in cash (Euros only) on a daily basis in the ABC2012 meeting office at the hotel. The discounted rate for ABC2012 participants is EURO 15 plus EURO 2 refundable deposit per half-day. Private skiing lessons for beginners possible - please contact "Ski und Snowboard Schule Innsbruck"!


Ski Rental

The ski rental "Die Börse" located in Innsbruck offers a 10% discount for ABC2012 participants. A shuttle from and to the Hotel Grauer Bär will be available on Saturday, March 3 and on Sunday, March 4. The equipment can be stored in the hotel (special room) during the whole meeting. As a special service, the equipment will be picked up by the ski rental store after the meeting.

Sledding excursion - Tuesday, March 6:

On Tuesday, March 6, we plan a sledding trip to Oberperfuss close to Innsbruck. A gondola will take us uphill where you will have a short introduction on how to handle your sledge. Then you can enjoy a 6 km ride downhill!
To warm up again we have organized a small get together (one drink included) before the bus leaves to Innsbruck.

Note that you will need gloves and preferably waterproof footwear. Ski pants and goggles are not mandatory but definitely useful.

The cost of this excursion is EURO 20 (incl. shuttle, gondola, sledge and one drink) to be paid upon check-in at the hotel. Departure from the hotel at 1 pm, return approximately 5 pm.

Please register via the travel form, if you are interested to participate.

Minimum attendance: 50 people!
Maximum attendance: 100 people (first come first serve!)!

IMPORTANT – The ABC2012 Organizers cannot accept any responsibility or liability for personal accidents, injuries, loss or damage to private property of participants. Leisure activities will be at your own risk. Participants are thus advised to make their own arrangements concerning personal insurance and health coverage if necessary.

Swarovski Crystal World:

Swarovski Crystal World Image kindly provided by WikimediaA daily bus leaves from Innsbruck to the Swarowski Crystal World in Wattens at 1 pm and 3 pm (30 min. ride). The “Swarovski Crystal World” - package at the rate of EURO 19,50 includes the bus ride and the entrance fee. Tickets can be purchased at the front desk in the Hotel Grauer Bär.

Download the bus schedule here.