SalzburgerLand in winter is a symphony of fresh snow underfoot, the whistling of wind while gliding down slopes, glasses tinkling in cozy mountain huts serving up organic delights and gleeful cheers from children on toboggans. 1,140km of blue runs, 1,305km of red and a tremendous 305km of black – all accessible with the Salzburger Super Ski Card – render this region a playground for every kind of skier. From snow-biking to airboarding to ice-climbing, SalzburgerLand’s multitude of unique winter activities promise to enthrall, and its many well- appointed hotels guarantee rest and relaxation.
Altenmarkt Zauchensee is in the heart of Salzburger SportWelt and Ski amadé. It's a two-sided region with Altenmarkt - cosy, family-friendly, situated at 842m above sea level - juxtaposed with Zauchensee - sporty with more challenging terrain, reaching up to 2,176km above sea level. Once you've chosen you've arrived in your chosen area, it's time to head out and explore 82km of slopes with 33 lifts and three ski schools, 260km of cross country skiing routes and 47km of winter hikes, in addition to four toboggan runs over 15km. 20 mountain huts serve up delectable regional foods, with local butter and specialities cheese such as Radstädter Kas, Knofi Kas and Paprika Kas, as well as brook trout, rainbow trout, brook char and grayling, caught from the Zauchensee lake and the Enns river. Guests can enjoy romantic horsedrawn sleigh rides, relax at the Therme Amade Spa or, for a truly unique winter season experience, join the astronomer Siegfried Hollinger for star gazing. This region is big on Christmas, with ways in which to get in on the seasonal fun. Visit the main Advent Market or the Grundner Nativity Scene, try some festive treats at the Culinary Winter Market, or listen to Advent Singers in the towns. New for 2020/21 in Altenmarkt Zauchensee:
Thanks to its high altitude, Obertauern enjoys a long ski season, starting in November and not ending until May. There are plenty of ways to enjoy and experience its 100km of slopes (61 blue, 35 red and four black), which are host to 26 lifts and eight ski schools. For early birds in search of empty slopes, there's First.Track skiing from 7.30am, where one is accompanied by an "Obertauern insiders" and treated to an Almdudler brunch at 9.30am. At the other end of the day, there's nighttime skiing every Monday and Thursday from 7-10pm on the 1,500m run at the Edelweissbahn. True experts should head to the Gamsleiten 2. Situated at 2,313m above sea level, which makes it the highest point in Obertauern, this is one of Europe's steepest mogul slopes, with a 100% (45°) gradient at points. Thrill seekers will also love the snow park - which is complimented by two more parks designed for children. Off the slopes, there are 67km of cross country ski tracks and winter hiking trails, 6.5km of toboggan runs and more unusal adventures like the Biathalon adventure and snow kiting. Enjoy traditional goods, food and drink at the Tauren Advent - SalzburgerLand highest altitude Christmas market at 1,740m above sea level - or visit the Huber Fine Distillery for an Austrian-style gin tasting. Finally, Obertauern has something special for throwback music fans. In 1965, The Beatles visited the region to film some winter and ski scenes. Besotted by the area, they performed some private gigs for the locals. You can track their journey through the region, and visit monuments to their time in Obertauren at the Grünwaldkopfbahn mountain station and the Kirchbühel lift.
Just under 90 minutes from Salzburg airport, St. Johann in Salzburg is cosy and scenic region with an infrastructure that makes for perfect family holidays. Home to 210km slopes with 45 lifts and four ski schools, one snow park, three cross country trails (7km blue, 4km red and 3km red/black), 10 winter hiking trails and a toboggan run, there's plenty of adventure to be had. Skiers and snowboarders across all levels of ability will find the right thing for them. The Hahnbaum ski area, located in the St. Johann town centre, is ideal for children and beginners with 7km of pistes serviced by easy-to-use lifts. For speed demons and those looking to learn some tricks, there's the ski race course in Snow Space Salzburg and the Snow Park Alpendorf with a fun line, progression line and more. Off the slopes, there's the Devil's Trail adventure for children, ice skating, and picture perfect Chrismtas markets - as well as eight mountain huts, each of which has something special to offer. The Kreistenalm, for example, serves up panoramic views of the Salzachtal valley from its sun terrace, while the Gernkogelalm summit restaurants has a new lounge and Saletti gazebo. For spirits conisseurs, there's the Gut Berg Stadl, home to its own distillery. Looking for more fun still? The Ski amadé is easily accessible from St. Johann in Salzburg, which is home to 760km of slopes and 270 lifts acorss five regions (Salzburger Sportwelt, Schladming-Dachstein, Großarltal, Gastein, and Hochkönig).
Zell am See-Kaprun is one region with two key areas to explore: the Schmittenhöhe and the Kitzsteinhorn. The first, located at an altitude of 750 - 1,965m above sea level, is home to 77km of slopes with 28 lifts, 8km of ski routes, and 24 mountain huts, restaurants and bar. At the Kitzsteinhorn - Maiskogel - Kaprun (768 - 3,029m above sea level), guests will find a further 61km of slopes with 18 lifts, 10km of cross country ski routes, 17 addresses at which to eat and drinks, and a special glacier ski area with an extra-long winter season. Even more slopes still are accessible with the Ski ALPIN CARD, which opens up 408km of pistes across the Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See, Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun, Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn. Special offers for winter sports lovers include Freeride Monday (a one-day workshop in which skiiers nad snowboarders of all levels can learn off piste technique and safety tips), Ski'n'Brunch (sunrise skiing on empty slopes followed by a special mountain brunch), nightskiing and enjoyment for all ages on the regions various fun slopes. There are great options for ski tourers and snowshoe hikers too, with the Ronachkopft ski mountain in Thumersbach reserved solely for these activities. Visitors can relax with a seren torchlit walk, some winter yoga, or a trip to the TAUERN SPA. The region's culinary scene is exciting and varied, from the modern, stylish AreitLounge and the high altitude Gipfel Restaurant (don't miss their amazing summit breafkast!), to the quaint, cosy Pinzgauer Hütte and the traditional Jausenstation Unteraigen, which has its own private distillery. When visiting Zell am See-Kaprun, guests can rest easy knowing that the destination is dedicated to sustainable tourism. For example, the Kitzsteinhorn implements an integrated quality, environmental and energy-management system, and all cable cars on the Schmittenhöhe are environmentally friendly.