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Singer’s Gäste-News

Winter 2016/2017

Glistening, sparkling, incredible – Singer’s winter wellness paradise The crisp winter air fills your lungs, unfurling and tingling as it touches your skin. It’s everywhere: the spirit of winter is spreading! The sun gleams and dances on the shimmering crystals, children cheer, bells ring – winter is here, and with it 1,000 ways to enjoy the magnificent white landscape.

Off into the Alps? Skiing and Berwang are made for each other. With the Singer Sporthotel & SPA, you can step straight into your skis and back again. The Berwang ski area is ideal for all fans of Alpine skiing, from beginners to professionals, from those taking up skiing after a break to true connoisseurs. Perfectly prepared, incredibly wide slopes ensure maximum enjoyment... » More on page 2 Craving cross-country? An extensive network of more than 110km of cross-country trails in the Tyrolean Zugspitz Arena attracts skiing and skate skiing fans to the great outdoors where they can be free of workaday stresses and tensions, and know they are doing wonders for their hearts, circulation and muscle tone. Looking for wondrous winter walks? This is also a walkers’ paradise where hikers can explore Berwang’s vast winter universe on more than 60km of marked footpaths. Away from the cleared routes, snowshoe walks are available with and without a guide.

Prefer skates or a sleigh to skis? Either walk or take the lift up before making your way down with whoops and cries of delight – the natural toboggan runs around Berwang provide exercise and fun in equal measure. Despite the icy ground, the fun at the ice and curling rinks also reaches boiling point. Alternatively, let your cares melt away while you glide through Berwang’s winter wonderland in a horse-drawn sleigh, with the animals’ breath rising up into the frosty night sky. Think winter is even more magical at night? Then enjoy the glistening, snowy surroundings under the stars with moonlight tobogganing, guided torchlight hikes, night skiing or night ice skating – every Thursday from 6.00-9.45pm at the top of the Egghof Sunjet chair lift in Berwang. Looking for something a little warmer? At Singer’s SPA, you can enjoy wonderful, warm, relaxing and energising wellness rituals, massages and beauty treatments with Caudalíe products – for children and adults alike.

Our indoor programme also offers stimulating variety for body and soul with back exercises, aqua gym classes, Yoga and meditation. » More on page 4 Exercise your taste buds too! It wouldn’t be Tyrol without culinary delights! Delicious 5-course meals at Restaurant 1928, gourmet dinners in Singer’s Tiroler Stube restaurant, a pleasing glass of wine in front of the open fire – make the most of our quest for perfection!

Live music! Starting this winter season, we invite you to enjoy special musical entertainment on several evenings a week. » More on page 3 Visit us and let yourself get swept up by the pure winter spirit here in Berwang!

Your hosts, Florian, Christina and Gerti Singer

Worth knowing Singer’s ski-in & ski-out: the Singer Sporthotel & SPA is located adjacent to the slope and the Sonnalmbahn cable car, so you can step straight into your skis and back out of them at the hotel door. Ideal ski equipment: ski helmet, ski suit (jacket and trousers) with maximum waterproofing, waterproof gloves, ski goggles/sunglasses, ski boots, ski poles and skis Rental equipment: skis, ski boots and poles are available to hire from local ski shops – the Sport Hofherr shop is directly opposite the Singer Sporthotel & SPA! Piste facts: the Berwang ski area encompasses 36km of slopes and 12 lifts. The ski runs are at 1,000-1,740m above sea level. Snow guarantee: Berwang’s slopes are in an area of orographic lift, which ensures high snowfall. In addition, there are snow canons on 80% of the slopes. Top tip! The Top Snow Card gives you one-card access to all the lifts and slopes in the Zugspitz Arena, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the Zugspitz – a total of 205km.

Singer’s Gäste-News

Winter 2016/2017

Are your children learning to ski? 8 tips for a great start

Winter sports have experienced a real boom in recent years, and most resorts have at least one ski school. Here in Berwang, we have one of Tyrol’s best ski schools – a recipient of the Tyrolean Ski Association’s Quality Award. Lena Hosp, snow sports instructor at Skischule Berwang and a receptionist at the Singer Sporthotel & SPA, knows what worries beginner skiers’ parents and answers their most pressing questions below.

Lena, how did you get into skiing? I grew up here in Berwang, so skiing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My grandparents and my father were and still are involved in the ski school, and my grandma is still skiing at 77 years old. I was 2½ when I started skiing. When I was younger I competed in a lot of ski races – even won some of them – but nowadays I prefer to be more leisurely in my skiing. I trained as an instructor so that I could pass on my passion for skiing to others. Skiing is always huge fun, whether as a break from daily life, to have fun with friends, or as a holiday job at the ski school. © Sylvy Sprenger

Lena Hosp 21 years old • from Berwang • 2011: qualified as a snow sports instructor • Receptionist at the Singer Sporthotel & SPA since August 2014

Skiing makes us smart and stress-resistant Sports scientist and neuroscientist Frieder Beck has analysed a wide range of studies and determined why exercise and sport make us sharp and strong: Skiing enhances ... our ability to concentrate and stay calm in stressful situations ... our brain’s learning and motivation system ... selective attention ... our ability to suppress disruptive stimuli ... the distribution of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which we need to ‘save’ learned material ... positive learning experiences, which increases our motivation to do more ... our metabolism – which in turn guards against stress

Is everyone suited to skiing? Anyone can learn to ski, from children to seniors and people returning to the sport after a break. The only requirements are enthusiasm and some degree of physical fitness. At what age should you start learning? It’s obviously easier to learn the younger you are. Children learn by watching. They don’t think, they just copy the instructor. The Berwang ski resort recommends that children aged between 4 to 6 start by taking a day-long taster session. The ski instructor and the child’s parents then discuss whether to continue. But you can learn to ski at any age, not just when you’re little. Berwang is the perfect ski resort for this! What equipment is required? Your basic equipment consists of a ski suit, helmet, waterproof gloves and either ski goggles or sunglasses. The goggles or glasses are important, as the snow reflects sunlight whatever the weather conditions, and that can potentially cause snow blindness. To get the right footing in your ski boots, I recommend specialist ski socks. Ski boots, skis and poles are also available to hire. Does every pupil need a lift card? Beginners do not need a lift card to start with; first they learn to brake and turn in the practice area. If your child has already used the lift on a previous ski course, we recommend the purchase of a lift card before the start of this course. After a long break from skiing, skills tend to get a little rusty. Children have to get used to the feel of skis again, but it only usually takes a few turns for them to get their confidence and enjoyment back.

Are my children safe using the lifts during skiing lessons? As soon as the pupils can brake and turn safely, the ski instructor starts dry runs in the practice area to prepare for the T-bar lift. If a pupil has difficulties or is frightened, he or she can start off by taking the lift with the instructor. Children must always be accompanied by an adult on a chair lift because their safety is always paramount. Why would you recommend Berwang as a ski resort? Berwang offers ideal conditions for skiers of any ability. The ski school is the perfect practice area for beginners, while advanced skiers can explore the whole resort. Another advantage is that your nearest lift is only ever a few minutes’ walk away and the entire ski resort can be reached from any lift. I would highly recommend Berwang to any family. I’m a good skier, so why should I send my child to the ski school? Children learn a lot from their parents, which is important and how it should be, but they are still better off learning to ski or snowboard at the ski school. Thanks to my training, I know the questions that beginners ask themselves and how to answer these in the right way. Many things are obvious to good skiers, but hard to understand for beginners. Children also have an easier, faster and more enjoyable learning experience in groups. You get to enjoy your own holiday, while your children have lots of fun learning one of the best sports in the world with their peers. What is the highlight of a week’s skiing in Berwang? My personal favourite is the ski show every Tuesday. There’s a varied programme for all ages: freestyle skiers perform daring jumps, ski instructors demonstrate perfect skiing formations, the Kinderclub’s mascot Bobo makes an appearance, old-fashioned equipment is on display and much more... it’s an unforgettable evening. The children at the ski school also have a race every Thursday. This gives every child an opportunity to show what they have learned, and awards them a medal as a souvenir of their unforgettable ski course in one of the Alps’ most beautiful winter sports resorts.

Singer’s Gäste-News

Winter 2016/2017

Singer’s top tip for families Free ski pass for children under 5

Tiptop family skiing week

Ski school facts

7 to 22 January 2017

• 7 nights including indulgence half board • 6-day adult ski pass for the Tyrolean Zugspitz Arena Tiptop for families: • Ski-in & ski-out • Family ski resort • Free ski shuttle to the ski school & meeting point (5 mins) • Schneemann card: free 6-day ski pass for children aged 2½-5 • Free 6-day ski school for children aged 2½-5 • Young children aged 2½-3: free accommodation sharing parents’ room including breakfast & 3-course children’s menu • Children aged 4-5: reduced accommodation sharing parents’ room – 7 nights for €313.60 including breakfast & 3-course children’s menu Price per adult, e.g. Rainberg – standard double Abendspitze – studio Thaneller – deluxe junior suite

Bambini (age 3): daily from 12.10-1.25pm Children (ages 4-5): 10am-noon or 2-4pm Children (ages 5-15): 10am-noon and/or 2-4pm Small classes – children are grouped by age and ability Age-appropriate lessons: lessons have different durations according to pupils’ age, from 1¼ to 4 hours per day. The infrastructure of Bobo’s Kinderclub is perfect for fun, ageappropriate learning - and Bobo the Penguin helps out in lessons too. Race every Thursday Special courses for skiers returning after a break, seniors and people with disabilities One-to-one lessons with video analysis of your technique – highly recommended for nervous would-be skiers Large practice area with a range of attractions, children’s entertainment, a children’s lift and three conveyors Ski school assembly point & shuttle: the assembly point is only a five minute walk from the hotel and children are taken to the ski school assembly point by our hotel shuttle

€1,323.50 €1,561.50 €1,708.50

New evening entertainment at Singer’s

Singer’s news from the slopes

We are delighted to announce that, after 45 years, one of the most common requests from Berwang’s visitors finally became a reality this summer. We have been working with Berwang’s council to consolidate almost all cable car and lift companies and their interests into one, efficient unit, the Bergbahnen Berwang.

of the resort’s slopes with better, faster snow cover, ensuring high snowfall even during winters with less snow. We are also planning new lifts in the Bilig and Thaneller areas and hope to complete these in 2017, or 2018 at the latest. The famous Kurvenlift will soon be a thing of the past!

How do our guests benefit?

This autumn will also see the start of work on the new Grünwaldquelle winter footpath. It will be around 1km long and have a safe ascent and descent of the Hochalm without crossing the slopes. Completion is scheduled for the start of the winter season.

Guests should definitely start noticing the difference this winter. Instead of two separate man made snow facilities at Thanellerkar and Sonnalmbahn, this autumn the two systems will be connected to produce additional snow on the Bilig slope. The aim here is to provide all

Throughout the years, our guests have been enchanted by pianists Jan, Richard and Jonny in Singer’s welcoming gallery lounge and hotel bar. Their classic yet contemporary songs have helped to create a great atmosphere in the evenings. So we have decided to go a step further! Starting in the 2016/17 winter season, we will be welcoming three or four different bands, groups, duos and musicians each week. The Lidoband ( will be here every second Monday, and the Grageelers will be playing Tyrolean ambient music nearly every week. A jazz band, harp player, Saitenstimmen with their traditional folk music, and even a blues band complete Singer’s evening entertainment.

We would love to know what you think of this musical enrichment and look forward to your feedback!

Singer’s Gäste-News

Winter 2016/2017

Everyone’s talking about detox:

Worth knowing Detox – a modern trend with ancient roots

tasty, healthy and nutritious

Fasting and purification have been part of complementary medical systems throughout history, and an alkaline diet can play a significant part. This means cutting out ‘acidic’ foods such as meat, cheese, milk, processed flour, confectionery, alcohol, coffee and black and green tea. The foundation of a detox diet is liquid food, such as smoothies, broths, juices and soups. We recommend a weekly detox twice a year, once in spring and once in the autumn.

It’s time for a spring clean! The time has come to rouse our bodies from their deep winter sleep and get them fit for spring. In preparation for the Easter feasting, we present our slow & gentle detox week for Lent. Our spring clean for body and soul includes an alkaline diet, Schüssler Salts, special detox SPA treatments, baths, body wraps, saunas, exercise, tips for everyday life and recipes for you to try when you get home.

12 to 19 March 2017

• 7 nights including nutrition & exercise programme • À la carte detox breakfast • Alkaline vegetable soup for lunch • Light, revitalising low-fat dinner • Grander water available day & night in the hotel & SPA • Detox activity programme*


€1,428 €1,113 €1,351 €1,498

Full details of our detox activity programme can be found in winter brochure or online at

Why does food play such an important role in detoxing? Thomas: Eating too much acidic and salty food causes the body to be thrown off balance, and can cause fatigue and lethargy. A less acidic diet allows the body to cleanse itself and expel toxins. A balanced diet, combined with specific treatments and activities stimulates self-purification and helps to make us fitter and more energetic. Do I need to change my diet from scratch? Are treats out of the question? Thomas: The important thing in any change of diet is that it should make you feel good. The odd glass of wine or hearty meal won’t make you ill or fat. My tip for anyone thinking about changing their diet is to remember that the more processed a food is, the more hidden fat, sugar and salt it generally contains. This is why I recommend avoiding processed foods during dietary changes. It may take longer to prepare, but at least you’ll know exactly what and how much of it you are eating.

Optional detox SPA packages

Slow & gentle detox week

Price per person, e.g. Sonnberg – queen bed single Rainberg – standard double Abendspitze – studio Thaneller – deluxe junior suite

What is the best way to detox? Singer’s SPA Director Theresa Gerlach asked nutrition expert and chef Thomas Kunath... Superfoods are a hot topic the moment. Which would you not be without? Thomas: New superfoods such as chia seeds, quinoa and amaranth are unjustly eclipsing our own versions. My superfood is oats. Made from whole grains, oats deliver high-quality proteins and complex carbohydrates, and supply the body with vital minerals and trace elements. I have oats with every breakfast, as muesli or porridge, lightly sweetened or softened overnight with soya milk, cinnamon and vanilla. What healthy dish is your favourite? Thomas: I love fish in all its forms. In summer, I prefer local freshwater fish like trout and char. A simple way to cook them is wrapped in parchment paper. The fish cooks without any fat and I add herbs and lemon to jazz up the recipe. I pair the dish with a spinach salad, dressed with a hemp seed vinaigrette and colourful tomatoes. This meal contains valuable fats and proteins while limiting carbohydrates.

© | progressman

Beauty balance €185 instead of €206

2-day detox programme Alpine detox facial with balancing mask, Piroche cellulite wrap and Silhouette De Luxe - full body massage combined with strokes to promote lymphatic drainage.

Detox light €195 instead of €215

3-day detox programme Detoxifying base salt & honey bath, antistress head massage, a combination of reflexology and a Jentschura base salt & ginger oil scrub, and a detox beauty facial.

Detox intensive €315 instead of €350

5-day detox programme Tailored detox programme, 1 x AlkaBath® alkaline mineral bath, 1 x detox smoothie per day in the SPA Bistro, Jentschura alkaline health programme breakfast: a pot of 7x7® AlkaHerb tea, a healthy breakfast and Jentschura’s WurzelKraft® granules.

Theresa’s energyboosting tip: Start or end each day with a healthy smoothie. ‘I feel much more awake, fitter and full of energy. My SPA colleagues have started doing it too! We gear up for the working day with herbs and fruit rather than supplements.’


favourite DIY smoothie

2 handfuls spinach • 1 banana • 1 pear • 3 mint leaves • Approx 200ml water Peel the banana and pear and chop into small pieces. Add the spinach, mint leaves and water and blend. For an extra fresh feel, add two ice cubes!

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