Over the past years I spent my vacations in several ski resorts in Austria and I thought it’s time to give you a quick overview on what’s hot. But no worries, I won’t bore you with too many specs, I will rather give you an idea of what to expect. So, here we go.
Kitzsteinhorn – the all-round carefree package
- The glacier Kitzsteinhorn is near Kaprun and Zell am See and easily accessible from Salzburg airport – which makes it one of the highlights for me, since I have been living in Berlin for many years now. You are able to ski and snowboard almost all year long, for 9 months. For me, this is definitely one of the key selling points, especially if you are not only in this area during winter season or if the rest of your family is not into skiing or snowboarding, but you would like to have at least one day on your board while the others enjoy hiking, biking, ice skating, swimming or shopping.
- A (ski) bus operates from Zell am See and Kaprun to Kitzsteinhorn every 30 to 60 minutes and then takes 20-30 minutes to get to the velley station.
- Another plus: The Ski Resort Saalbach Hinterglemm is not far away and therefore you have the chance to see more than one ski region within your holidays. The ski resort is pretty large and you will not run out of slopes while discovering the different mountains. – AND, if you originally didn’t have Kitzsteinhorn in mind but the snow is already tooplashy during spring time, now you have a plan B and can enjoy a beautiful scenery in 3000m altitude.
- There is a new black slope available called Black Mamba which has a gradient of 63%! Are you bold enough to try this out? I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you! ;)
- And when you are done with snowboarding or skiing, you can check out some apres ski spots before you leave the glacier or decide to go to one of the party locations in Kaprun or Zell am See, e.g. Baumbar (Kaprun).
Some more facts about Kitzsteinhorn:
- fun park and training facilities
- options for freeriding
- a panorama plattform where you enjoy can enjoy an incredible panoramic view (of course your can see Grossglockner, austrias highest mountain 3.798m if the weather conditions are good)
- exhibition about the glacier and geology
- cross-country ski run next to the top station
Steinplatte – cozy place for a short trip
- The skiing and hiking area Steinplatte is in a composite with the Bavarian Winklmoosalm at Reit im Winkl. It is on route to the restaurant accessible from Waidring Steinplatte / Bergkapelle (Mautstraße), on the Winklmoosalm, as well as a cable car Waidring. The ski area covers all levels.
- Compared to all other ski regions covered in this post, Steinplatte is one of the smaller ones in Austria. The slopes are wide, nice and not too long and it is generally more suitable for beginners or families.
- And if you want a nice and classy dinner on your way back to Munich or want to stay for more days and want to relax in a spa, too, then I recommend the Peternhof in Kössen.
Zillertal-Arena – tons of slopes, fun & party
I haven’t been there on my own, but friends of mine used to go there quite often. This I why I don’t want to leave this one out for you. They liked Mayrhofen and mentioned the huge amount of different slopes and villages around this so called Zillertal Arena. For sure, they not only have 1 but 3 different fun parks where you can go wild. This area is also known for good apres ski locations and you might want to sleep in after a tough night. ;-) This one is definiteley still on my list and I hope to be able to go there soon.
Sölden – powder & party
Last but not least, I need to give you at least a quick overview of Sölden. even though I’m pretty sure you have already heard of it. So I can keep it short:
- Roughly 150km slopes are available and a huge fun park awaits you there.
- Plan B or if you want to start into the winter season early: there are 2 glaciers that are connected to get even more powder feeling.
- If you ever want to watch a ski world cup live, then you have the chance this October (2016).
- Sölden is best known for good apres ski parties and every now and then there are concerts and special events on top of the Giggijoch (2.300 m).
So, now it’s up to you to make your pick. Let me know what you think or what you have tried. ;-)