13 February 2017 from Danielle in 'Ski areas'' | 0 Comments

It's a plane! It’s a train! It’s… an elephant! It might not be the cute, cuddly sculpture you were seeking for Valentine’s Day. But this giant white behemoth happily watches over bemused skiers and snowboarders at the popular Sölden ski resort in Austria, providing plenty of opportunities for photo ops and a few laughs. What exactly is the point of having a massive snow elephant dominating the slopes of Sölden? Read on to discover all about the upcoming performance of "Hannibal" that will keep you on the edge of your seat! And to see more cute elephant pictures...

Giant snow elephant watches over Sölden

This elephant in particular was borrowed from the Salzburg Festival House, where he was featured last year in Richard Strauss’ opera “Die Liebe der Danae.” Now retired from this role, the gentle beast has set up camp at the Rettenbach glacier in Sölden, where he is busy promoting the upcoming glacier show, “Hannibal.” For the rest of the ski season, he’s just chillin’ on the glacier plateau, taking photos with the kids and the Instagram aficionados. Want to get to know him? Wander over and introduce yourself – his name is Pollux.

"Hannibal" returns to Sölden ski resort

An awe-inspiring celebration of war, glory and everything snow, Salzburg director Hubert Lepka’s performance of Hannibal is set to return to Sölden again this year. On April 21, 2017, atop the 3000m high Rettenbach Glacier, relive the experiences of Hannibal and the Carthaginian army as they crossed the Alps on their way to Italy 2000 years ago. Besieged by skidoos, acrobats, avalanches and a host of other snow-related technology, the story of Hannibal’s journey will showcase the very best of both eras. Cheer on the elephants, represented by modern-day PistenBullys, and look out for paragliders and amazing pyrotechnics. Don’t miss it – this performance only takes place every two years! Tickets start at 23 EUR for children and 42 EUR for adults.

In "Hannibal," PisteBullys play the part of elephants

(c) Sölden

(c) Sölden

Pollux, giant of snow and ice

Elephant selfies

Trailer for Hannibal Glacier Show this April

More information about the Sölden ski resort

A popular destination for the winter crowd, Sölden boasts two glaciers, modern lifts and almost 160km of pistes. After nightfall, skiers and snowboarders will be kept busy hitting up the après-ski scene or checking out the many events, such as Hannibal or the Electric Mountain Festival. Find out more about this hopping Austrian ski resort!


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