Some of the world’s finest winter athletes such as Marcel Hirscher, Anna Veith, Hermann Maier and Eva Walkner were born here, whilst a number of high-profile international sports manufacturing companies such as Blizzard, Atomic and Apex Snowboards also stem from this region. Winter sports enthusiasts from over the entire world flock to SalzburgerLand’s mountainous arena every year, and it really is no wonder, as skiing and SalzburgerLand simply belong to each other.
Here are just some of the reasons to choose SalzburgerLand for your next skiing adventure.
Come here for a wide selection of snow-sure and perfectly prepared pistes. The range of blue, red and black runs offer up a range of challenges whatever your experience. Family-friendly areas give you the opportunity to enjoy relaxed fun in the snow with your little ones and all against a breath-taking mountainous backdrop. Ambitious and passionate skiers, people returning to the slopes and beginners and hobby skiers alike will find their paradise here.
Top range of ski schools
Learn the basics or polish up your technique in one of the region’s 110 ski schools or from one of the 6,000 ski and snowboard teachers. Not only can you benefit from expert ski and snowboarding tips, but also from expert local knowledge. They could tell you, for example, which piste is the best at midday, which runs are less crowded, which huts serve the best food and where to find the best Après-ski vibe.
Rustic mountain huts and gourmet restaurants
Everywhere you look in SalzburgerLand’s ski areas you’ll find a plethora of mountain huts all dedicates towards sending hungry skiers back onto the slopes refuelled and raring to go again. Delicious and energy-filled cheese dumplings, sausages, every kind of pastry dish imaginable and countless other delights are just waiting to be devoured.
Vegetarian and vegan oasis
The region of Hochkönig is a paradise for vegan skiers. Down in the valley and up in the mountains countless outlets offer a veritable feast for vegetarians and vegans. Sample meat- and fish-free delights on your skiing holiday, such as sesame falafel with hummus or lentil stew with fried onions in mountain huts such as the Steinbockalm (Hochmais/Sinalcobahn), Zachhofalm (Dachegg), Wastlalm (Aberg), Bärmooshütte (Abergbahn) und der Tischlerhütte (Aberg/Schönangerbahn)
Great variety and diversity of activities
Although the majority of people return here for good old skiing, you’ll also find a huge number and range of winter sports enthusiasts pursuing their dreams in the mountains. Recent years have seen a marked increase of Telemark skiiers and snowbikers strut their stuff in the mountains. Although snowboarding was founded in the USA its European roots and beginnings can actually be traced back to SalzburgerLand so you’ll see many a snowboarder busting some moves here.
Largest area of contiguous ski slopes
Everything comes together in SalzburgerLand with the Salzburg Super Ski Card, which combines 25 skiing regions, and 2,700 km of beautiful slopes, offering up a whole heap of challenges and fun both on and off the slopes, all at fantastic value.
If you’re looking for fantastic glacier skiing with low temperatures all year round and perfectly groomed runs for all-round skiing, look no further than the Kitzsteinhorn, which towers high above Zell am See. If you want to feel snow under your boards in the summer you could have a morning glide down the glacier before jumping into the cold waters of Lake Zell to cool off in the afternoon.
Fun for the whole family
In SalzburgerLand great importance is put on family-friendly fun both on and off the piste. Some hotels specialise in family-friendly packages, and these Family Hotels can be found throughout the region. Entire ski areas have also dedicated themselves to families. Forstau near Radstad and the Fageralm, Lofer and Saalachtal, the Lungau’s ski mountains and the Rauris Valley are just some of the regions to look out for.
Ski Adventures by Night
Floodlit slopes all over the area enhance, your skiing and snowboarding adventure meaning you can ski late in to the night in a magical wintery atmosphere.
Obertauern: Every Monday and Thursday, the “Edelweissbahn’s” 1.5 km-long ski slope is lit up between 7-10pm.
Nagelköpfl Adventure Mountain in Piesendorf: Enjoy night-time skiing on Nagelköpfl Fun Mountain high over the valleys of Pinzgau every Tuesday and Thursday from 7-10pm.
Unterschwarzach Lift in Hinterglemm: Evening skiing fun is guaranteed on the flood-lit slopes of the Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang “Skicircus”. Runs are illuminated from 5pm-9.30pm along a 1,051-metre stretch at the Unterschwarzach Lift in Hinterglemm.
Maria Alm: The runway at Simmerlift in Maria Alm is open for night skiing every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.
Schanteilift in Leogang: Slice down the night-time slopes in Leogang town centre every Monday, Thursday and Saturday from 7 – 9:30 pm.
Schmitten Nightslope: Guests can extend their skiing- and snowboarding day on the Schmitten at the new Nightslope at the Ebenberglift. Ski run no. 6 is illuminated three times a week, offering up fantastic views over the illuminated city of Zell am See.
Nachtskilauf in der Wildkogel-Arena: Night-time skiing is a very special event. The Preimis Lift is open for night skiing every Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 to 8:30 pm.