Flachau is an idyllic ski village just 40 minutes south of Salzburg which now attracts World Cup skiing events, an increasing number of British winter sports enthusiasts, and boasts a snow record which virtually guarantees skiing from the beginning of December through to the end of April.
With an altitude of roughly1000m the village of Flachau is at an ideal height to achieve early snow falls. But just in case, a series of holding tanks provide sufficient water to feed the 200 snow cannons located around the slopes to ensure good cover for the start of the season if the "natural white stuff" is in short supply!
With comfort and speed up the mountain for perfect rides down the pistes – the Flachau Mountain Railways again have invested a great deal of money to achieve that performance. With this they are setting standards of excellence: The “Space Jet 3”, an 8 seater chair lift, is at present one of the most state-of-the-art mountain railways. Weather protective hoods are standard as well as the exceedingly comfortable leather seating. A total of 26.000 persons per hour can be transported up the mountain in the Flachau “SKIgalaxie mit Funtasie” and thus enjoy boundless fun in the snow.
As part of the Salzburger Sportwelt centrally located in the Ski Amade region, you can look forward to using a single ski ticket to access five prime ski regions with an incredible 276 lifts and a fantastic 865km of downhill runs. The combined hourly capacity of the lifts throughout the Ski Amade region is 352,000 and no fewer than 1,400 staff are employed.
The Ski Amade region is Austria's largest and comprises the eight resorts of Flachau, Wagrain, St.Johann/Alpendorf, Schladming, Radstadt, Altenmarkt/Zauchensee, Kleinarl, Eben and Filzmoos. It has become known as the ski region of champions since it is the home of ski stars including Hermann Maier, Andreas Schifferer, and Annemarie Moser-Proll.
Salzburg Super Ski Card
This offers over 2,200km of freedom and pure skiing enjoyment on virually all slopes in the SalzburgerLand. The Card is accepted in all of the 23 major ski regions of the SalzburgerLand and neighbouring areas and you can take advantage of season passes or you ppick-the day-options which are available between November 2008 and May 3, 2009 so that you get out and ski whenever the mood takes you and the weather permits. You can also save bunches of money when compared to individual day passes and also enjoy passing through lift turnstiles using the very latest hands-free card technology.
Flachau might be a busy World Cup venue at certain times of the skiing season but it is surrounded by dreamy and romantic Austrian villages - all inter-linked to a vast skiing area offering a variety of pistes possibly unsurpassed elsewhere in Austria.
Flachau has snow virtually guaranteed from early December through to April and, if in the event of poor natural snow, there is the guarantee of artificial snow cover on all pistes and for enthusiasts of night skiing, there are floodlit pistes to enjoy.
The resort is located close to the A10 motorway which links Salzburg with Villach and is no more than 45 minutes drive south of the famous city. As you enter the village of Flachau, you are greeted with traditional and attractive Austrian homes and hotels. Building styles of even the most modern adhere to what you would expect. There is one long main street with a mixture of supermarkets, quaint small family-run shops and lots of car parking close to the well managed lift stations where downhill pistes come virtually down to the village street. One of the best equipped sport shops in the area is Sport Fischbacher which also has a rental department and an additional shop at the bottom of the Space Jet 1 ski slope between Flachau and Reitdorf. firstname.lastname@example.org The shop stocks the most up-to-date anoraks and trousers and other clothing accessories but if you are looking for a bargain, you can always find "last year's" model at a great knock-down price! Sport Fischbacher has its own LARGE ski and boot rental shop right at the bottom of the Space Jet gondola station near Reitdorf and you can leave the equipment there overnight to save carrying it back to your hotel. Skis and boots are the latest models.
Hermann Maier has his picture everywhere. After all, "local boy makes good" is justification enough for the village community to be proud of him. When he is not away on World Cup business, Hermann Maier can be found either out practicing on "his own mountain" or saying "hello" to customers at the Hermann Maier Ski School run by his brother, Alex.
As Flachau is all about skiing, it is useful to know you can access neighbouring Altenmarkt/Zauchensee by taking the 4-seat gondola from Flachau Winkl or in the other direction crossing via Mooskopf (1980m) to Kleinarl (home of Annemarie Moser-Proll) on a series of modern 6-seat detachable chairlifts. From Flachau itself you can access Wagrain via Griessenkareck (1991m) on modern lifts.
The World Cup slope immediately opposite Flachau's centre is served by a modern detachable chair and then links to two further chairs to the top of Griessenkareck. From here there is a link to the highest point at Saukarkopf (2014m) which offers a challenging black and really gets the adrenalin running!
There is a 1,5km long floodlit piste which is a great favourite with visitors late afternoon and early evening. And at the end of the final run, why not a glass of warm gluewein or a small schnapps before dinner!
Flachau has introduced three new lifts, each with the Space Jet name so lifts 1; 2 and 3 are modern and closely linked making for a fast and comfortable ascent. The excellent starting point is the new Space Jet "detachable" chair on the edge of the village near Reitdorf. There is a large car park, no sign of queuing and there are ski shops, cafes and an excellent "schnapps bar" at the base station. The Space Jet chair links to the twin lifts of Griessenkar which take skiers to Griessenkareck (1991m) and there is another lift to Saukarkopf (2014m) with an excellent black and challenging red.
From here you can ski down to Wagrain on either a red or blue and then take the Flying Mozart gondola back to the top at Griessenkareck. Alternatively, having skied down to Wagrain you can link across with a free shuttle bus to the Grafenberg gondola and access the top at 1702m and eventually traverse the mountain range right over to (same name) Alpendorf. BEWARE, this is quite a strenuous days' skiing and you should always be accompanied by companions or a guide.
Ladies Week (21.03 - 28.03.2009) offers lots of time to spend with your best friend, yet also plenty of opportunities for fun on and off the slopes. Grossarls all-inclusive ski package makes it all possible this winter. 7 nights with a top-notch program of fringe events at the party tent and a free 6-day ski pass for Ski Amade the perfect package of sports, good times and high spirits. Also included in this special: 1-day ski rental and 1 day with a ski guide thats sure to be a real thrill.
The Forellenhof is an excellent 4-star family-run hotel of the highest quality offering a large indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam baths, massage, and a games room. The owners, Hans and Gerda Krauthauf had the hotel built back in the l970's since when they have carried out regular modernisation and re-furbishment ensuring the highest standards of accommodation. Food and service are also of the highest standards and guests are given a choice of apres-ski activities including horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowshoe walks through the forest or ice curling. The family Krauthauf are ensuring the Forellenhof continues as a family-run hotel and their two grown-up daughters are involved in the business and now grandchildren are growing up in the "thick of the business".
The Hotel Forellenhof offers a variety of ski package holidays throughout the winter including half board and 6-day ski pass starting at around Euro 789,00 per week and can be contacted by e-mail: email@example.com or on their website: www.forellenhof.info .
Flachau is a resort for all. Families will have a great time as will singles and couples. Night-life abounds with bars, cafes and "hot-spots" offering live entertainment every night. There is floodlit skiing on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and at nearby Filzmoos there is hot-air ballooning. One place not to be missed is the "Flachauer Gutshof - Musikstadl" which stages live music both afternoon and evening as well as food, drink and special shows throughout the season.
The British are slowly discovering the region, the Dutch are here in considerable numbers and are quick to make friends over a "local beer" as soon as they discover their British cousins! Flachau enjoys two junctions from the Tauern motorway (60km south of the city of Salzburg) so whether you have driven from the UK via the French port of Calais or flown into Salzburg Airport using one of the many carriers (see Travel) you can quickly be immersed in the delights of your winter sports resort.
End of the winter season: In Flachau lifts close on the last Sunday on 19 April.2009