News from Salzburg’s Ski Regions

Winter Highlights for 2017/2018 Season

Year after year Salzburg's winter sports regions invest in innovative services in order to offer the guests varied high-quality winter sports pleasure. In winter 2017/2018 new cable cars, lifts and ski slopes make for an even more comfortable skiing pleasure. New restaurants and hotels look forward to pampering their guests the best.

New Ski lifts, slopes and ski offers

New areitXpress in Zell am See-Kaprun

With the new areitXpress 10-seater cable car, winter sports fans swing not only faster up onto the slopes, but above all more comfortably in winter 2017/18. Enjoy extra legroom, comfortable seats, flat level entry and free Wi-Fi on request during the ascent. At the mountain station, four options for more skiing fun are waiting. With the Areitbahn II you can go directly to the summit, with the Glocknerbahn 8-seater chair lift you go quickly into the practice area, the perfect warm-up program is offered by the demanding Schüttabfahrt descent and a gourmet breakfast is waiting in the AreitAlm for that perfect start to your skiing day. The varied opening weekend program provides the perfect opportunity to try out the new areitXpress from 8th to 10th December 2017. In addition to the official opening of the areitXpress, three varied days await with skiing pleasure, music and Après-Ski.
The 3-Day Ski-pass for the special price of € 90 is available this weekend.

New 10-seater cable car Ganzer X-press on the Wildkogel

The 10-seater cable car “Ganzer X-press” ensures even more quality and comfort on the Wildkogel arena in the 2017/18 winter season. The new cable car, which can be coupled, runs from the Ganzer Grundalpe to the Pfeifferköpfl. In the course of the new construction, an additional 2.5km of new slopes are created, which brings the total in the Wildkogel Arena up to 64km of perfectly groomed slopes for skiing and snowboarding pleasure. Not only can slope users benefit from the new cable car, but also freeriders and off-piste skiers can look forward to an area of around 15 hectares for technical skiing thanks to the construction of the new cable car.

Blick auf die längste beleuchtete Rodelbahn der Welt.

© Wildkogel-Arena – View of the longest floodlit toboggan run in the world

Lofer Alpine World new in the 3 Countries Leisure Arena

The Lofer Alpine world is an absolute family ski area and boasts not only the world’s first child-safe 8-seater chairlift, but also great family-friendly offers.
New in winter 2017/18: 1 Ski-pass for 7 ski areas. From the coming winter season, the Lofer Alpine World is integrated into the 3 countries leisure arena of Unken/Heutal, Steinplatte/Winklmoosalm, St.Johann, Buchensteinwand, Kirchdorf and Erpfendorf ski resorts.

Sieben Kinder mit Skilehrerin auf der Schwarzeckbahn.

c Salzburger Saalachtal Tourismus/Albin Niederstrasser child-safe chairlift, Schwarzeck in the Lofer Alpine World

New 8-person chairlift at the Seekarspitz in Obertauern

The existing four-person chairlift at the Seekarspitz is being replaced with an 8-seater chairlift, which can be coupled together, with a weather protection roof and cushioned, heated comfort seats.


90 years of Schmittenhöhebahn in Zell am See-Kaprun

On 31st December 1927, the Schmittenhöhebahn in Zell am See–Kaprun was the first ever cable car in SalzburgerLand and the fifth in Austria, to begin operating. Today after 90 years, this traditional company looks back on a long history of success and excites winter sports enthusiasts with 26 cable car and lift facilities, 77 kilometres of slopes and a stunning panorama with views across thirty mountains. On 31st December 2017, an anniversary ride takes place on the Schmittenhöhe. The exhibition “90 Years of Tradition & Innovation”, directly at the Schmittenhöhe Mountain Station, offers a journey back through the history of the Schmittenhöhebahn with insights into the revolutionary developments in cable car technology and interactive experiences in the everyday life of a ski resort.

© Schmittenhöhebahn – Sonnenalm cable car in 1957

New restaurants on the mountain and in the valley

Aparthotel Tauernherz in Obertauern

Directly at the foot of Obertauern, the new Aparthotel “Tauernherz” is opening in the winter season 2017/18. There are 31 apartments and 8 double rooms available for guests in this natural wood hotel, which is built with climate-neutral wood from the region and sits directly at the Kehrkopf 4-seater chairlift and the Schrotteralm practice lift. After each exciting day of holiday, a generous spa area with indoor pool and quiet gallery ensures relaxation. The required energy is provided by their own biomass heating plant with wood chips from local forests.

New opening: AreitLounge on the Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See-Kaprun

On the Schmittenhöhe from November 2017, winter sports enthusiasts will be greeted not only by the new areitXpress but also by the newly opened AreitLounge on the AreitAlm.  The heart of the new ski hut is the fire lounge where you can relax by the open fireplace. The adjacent lounge, lounge bar and the sun terrace with a unique view of the Hohe Tauern Mountains are also nice and cosy.

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