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Admittedly it’s a bit strange to say skiing without associating it with snow. However, in the small Bavarian municipality of Hirschau that’s exactly what they do!

Mining has been common here for over a century which has led to pile up of quartz sand and thus the development of a sand dune named Mount Kaolino– a 120 metre high mound consisting of 35 million tons of quartz sand. The resort offers sand-skiing and sand-boarding and although it does actually snow in the winter, the sand dune is only open in the summer.

The ski club was open in 1956 and nowadays the dune is home to the Sandboarding World Championships. If skiing isn’t your thing, the resort also offers other activites such as trails, a geopark, a pool and camping facilities.