The SalzburgerLand is indisputably one of the all-time greats of winter tourism: over 1,700 kilometres of slopes, 2,200 km of cross-country ski trails and 580 lifts represent far more than you could ever have wished for in your wildest dreams. The region has even managed to perfect the art of wining and dining: At 380 lodges and restaurants, you are treated to the very best of Salzburg hospitality and all that are our culinary world has to offer.
Year after year, Salzburg’s cable lifts invest in the safety and comfort of their guests. Around two thirds of all slopes in the SalzburgerLand are serviceable by snow-making equipment. Due to the glacier ski area and broad snow-making coverage, the regions boast snows you can always rely on – even during warmer winters. For the 2008/09 season, around 120 million Euro are being spent on guaranteeing snow quality, improving comfort and convenience, slope-maintenance equipment and other services.
The following UK tour companies offer holidays to resorts throughout Salzburgerland.
- Inghams: Bad Hofgastein, Filzmoos, Obertauern, Saalbach Hinterglemm, St. Wolfgang, Zell am See
- Thomson Ski Holidays: Zell am See, Kaprun, Obertauern, Saalbach, St. Wolfgang, Werfenweng
- Crystal Ski Holidays: Bad Gastein, Bad Hofgastein, Zell am See, Kaprun, Neukirchen, Rauris, Saalbach Hinterglemm, St. Wolfgang
- Neilson Ski Holidays: Zell am See, Kaprun, Katschberg, Rauris, Saalbach Hinterglemm
Salzburg Super Ski Card – 23 ski regions to perfect the love affair
Through the collaboration of 23 ski regions, the Salzburg Super Ski Card awaits you with “the world’s biggest ski area”. The Super Ski Card is available in a various forms: as a ski pass valid anywhere from 3 to 14 days, or as a season pass. For even greater flexibility, many skiers opt for the “you pick the days” variant of the SSSC, valid for any 10 individual days of your choice within the current winter season. And the Family Bonus is a great alternative if the whole “brood” wants to get in some skiing: If you simultaneously purchase two season passes for your two oldest children (born 1993 to 2002) or youths (born 1990 to 1992), all other younger children in the family receive their season pass for free. Youths enjoy a 20 % discount off the Salzburg Super Ski Card. Further Information: www.salzburgsuperskicard.com
Ski Areas for the Whole Family
The family-friendly ski areas of the SalzburgerLand are distinguished by their particularly inexpensive family prices, bunny and practice lifts, a wide selection of ski and snowboard schools, along with broad slopes that are easy to navigate and ski. Of course, there are plenty of exciting challenges for the grown-ups, but the focus is squarely on the needs of our little snow bunnies, beginners and people who are returning to the slopes after a lengthy absence.
The SalzburgerLand’s most popular family ski areas include the Salzburger Saalachtal and its “Family-Friendly Four” communities of Lofer, St. Martin, Unken and Weissbach, the Rauris Valley, the Tennengebirge ski region, the Lungau ski region, Dachstein West-Lammertal, the Hochkönig Region and Krispl-Gaissau/Hintersee.
These resort communities have much to offer families away from the slopes as well: In Rauris, for example, there are special Kids’ Snow Fests and exciting nighttime sledding by torchlight, while in the Tennengebirge Region, visitors are encouraged to give ice skating, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing a try. The Dachstein West-Lammertal region makes a very enticing offer: if you don’t manage to learn to ski within three days, you are guaranteed to get your money back! The Hochkönig ski area, too, has a lot to offer families: 11 family ski huts await the youngsters with smoke-free zones, a variety of kids’ meals at very affordable prices, high chairs, painting and coloring supplies, games, plus cloakrooms that are kid-friendly. The family ski schools of the Hochkönig Region offer special discounts for families, fun children’s events, play instruction for ages 3 and up and, as a special bonus, a babysitter referral service.
Secluded hideaways – true insider tips
It’s important to keep a secret – every child knows that, of course. But we are going to “tell” anyway, because it would be a real pity if no one knew of these small, precious gems of winter sports communities in the SalzburgerLand.
The little ski region of Uttendorf-Weißsee has just 21 km of ski slopes, but those slopes have a lot to say for themselves: they lie at around 2600 meters above sea level and can be skied until late into the springtime. A funpark at the Berghotel Rudolfshütte and magical deep-snow slopes set freeriders’ pulses racing in anticipation.
Most people just think of the Salzkammergut as a summertime destination: only a few are aware that you can also go skiing in this wonderful setting. The family ski region consists of the Postalm, Zwölferhorn, Faistenau, Koppl, Hof, Thalgau and Ebenau ski areas. Special highlights include Austria’s 1st snowkite park in Thalgau and Funpark Postalm, with the longest covered conveyor lift in Europe.
The Biggest Ski Areas of the Ski amadé
They represent the ultimate in winter sports: the ski areas of the Ski Amadé, the biggest skiing fun in all of Austria, with 860 km of slopes and 270 lifts.
Experiences of Olympic dimensions await winter sports fans in the Salzburg Sports World including the towns of Flachau, Wagrain, St. Johann-Alpendorf, Radstadt, Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Kleinarl, Eben, Filzmoos and Hüttau. Such ski stars as Hermann Maier and Michael Walchhofer learned to ski on the region’s 350 km of hills. And we know what became of them!
Similarly imposing is the Hochkönig Region with its three villages of Mühlbach – Dienten – Maria Alm. Set against the backdrop of the mighty Hochkönig Massif, skiers can indulge themselves on 150 km of slopes, both during the day and (under the lights) after dark. The ski area also proudly boasts the “Welcome Beginners” seal of quality.
The Grossarl Valley ski area has a slightly more tranquil flavour, with 80 km of ski slopes. Warm, friendly ski huts and the heavenly tranquillity of the Hohe Tauern National Park are what give this region its exceptional charm.
In the Gastein Valley, winter sports fans find the unbeatable combination of skiing, mountains & spas. Badgastein gained fame as a spa town, but since then, the whole world has also come here to ski. 200 km of slopes, two modern spas and 5 ski & snowboard schools guarantee unforgettable days of skiing in the Gastein Valley.
Superlative Wintertime Sports
With 200 kilometres of superbly groomed slopes spanning all levels of difficulty, a World Cup hill, 55 lifts and 19 ski & snowboard schools, the Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Ski Circus is one of the top ski regions of the SalzburgerLand.
Zell am See – Kaprun comes up trumps with its Kitzsteinhorn glacier ski area. With 136 km of slopes, 55 lifts, 18 ski and snowboard schools and the international flair of a traditional ski resort, this region is popular with young and old.
The winter sports resort of Obertauern is exciting, young and trendy. 100 km of skiing, snow you can rely on until May, plus hot après-ski action – all of this and more awaits our snow bunnies and night owls.
A fine selection from the Oberpinzgau
These are the ski areas furthest away from Salzburg City. But that doesn’t detract in the slightest from their fascination and appeal: The Zillertal-Arena, Wildkogel Neukirchen & Bramberg Holiday Arena and Mittersill/Hollersbach-Kitzbühel ski areas offer both beginners and hot-shot pros the very best conditions for an unforgettable ski vacation.
The broader Kitzbühel region entices skiers with around 168 km of slopes, guaranteed outstanding snow conditions and countless opportunities, including ski safaris. The Wildkogel Holiday Arena has always-reliable snow conditions and boasts, in addition to 55 km of slopes, a 14 km-long toboggan run - an absolute highlight in the SalzburgerLand. The Zillertal Arena also promises boundless skiing enjoyment, with 160 km of slopes straddling the Austrian provinces of Tyrol and Salzburg.
Salzburg Airport – “That’s why I fly.”
Salzburg Airport is Austria’s biggest and most important provincial airport. Salzburg Airport is the second largest airport in Austria and presents itself as a modern regional airport, which creates jobs and plays an ever increasing role as a strong investor in the economy and the tourist industry. The airport, named after Salzburg-born composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is located 3.1 km west-southwest from the centre of Salzburg and 2 km from the Austrian-German border.The airport is a gateway to Austria's numerous vast ski areas, including the Ski amadé region, the largest network of linked ski resorts in Europe.
More than 1.9 million passengers utilized the services in 2007 making this past fiscal year the most successful yet in the Salzburg Airport’s long history. People choose Salzburg Airport owing to the fact that the most important European destinations are easily accessible and, above all, reasonably priced from Salzburg. Salzburg offers the best connections to international hubs like Frankfurt, Vienna, Zurich, London, and Palma.
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