Winter Love in SalzburgerLand

Freeriding parks, family-friendly slopes, relaxing spas, and stunning Christmas markets – you name it, SalzburgerLand has it all! The province is both beloved for its winter sport scene and its off-piste activities. Check out Salzburg’s highlights for the upcoming winter season.

Skiing & the SuperSkiCard

Today the family ski area, tomorrow the glacier, and then the World Cup slopes? Unlimited skiing and winter fun is yours in the diverse resorts of SalzburgerLand. Skiers and snowboarders glide across the slopes with a view of the fascinating mountains, lakes, and villages. Winter delivers on the culinary front as well, with regional delicacies from "Kaspressknödelsuppe" (cheese dumpling soup) to fluffy "Kaiserschmarrn" (Austrian pancakes) awaiting you at the huts and mountain inns. The so-called Culinary Pathways in some of the ski areas promise a taste explosion, too. There is plenty of time to enjoy skiing in SalzburgerLand, because the season is particularly long. The slopes on the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier in Kaprun are open from mid-October 2021. Until 1st May 2022, there is a perfect ski area for every snow and weather condition.

The best choice for passionate skiers is the SuperSkiCard. The most comprehensive ski pass in the world, it’s valid for 86 ski resorts in SalzburgerLand as well as the neighbouring provinces of Tirol and Styria.

Cross-country skiers, ski tourers, and winter and snowshoe hikers can experience the quiet side of winter in a lot of ways. Courses and guided tours are offered in many parts of SalzburgerLand, such as the Hohe Tauern National Park where rangers take you out to watch the wildlife.

6 thermal spas, but also plenty of hotels with excellent wellness facilities invite you to relax after an eventful winter day outdoors.


Traditions & Culture

The world-famous Christmas carol "Silent Night", which premiered in the church in Oberndorf near Salzburg more than 200 years ago, can be heard in many places throughout SalzburgerLand to this day. At the atmospheric Christmas markets in the city and across the province, when choirs are singing Christmas carols in the heart of Salzburg or at festive concerts. Christmas time is also a great period to experience rural alpine tradtitions. The kitchens are filled with the wonderful smell of "Vanillekipferl" biscuits, "Kletzenbrot" (Christmas fruit loaf), and much more. Nikolaus and Krampus visit the homes on 6th December, and in the period after Christmas you meet "Schönperchten" (beautiful Perchten) and "Schiachperchten" (ugly Perchten) who are aiming to drive away winter by dancing and ringing bells. Culture is an integral part of Salzburg’s identity. The annual festival series starts in the new year with the world-class Mozart Week under the direction of Rolando Villazón (27th January to 6th February 2022).

SalzburgerLand Facts and Figures

  • Number of ski areas: 22 ski regions in 70 winter sport resorts
  • Largest ski areas: Saalbach-Hinterglemm 70 lifts / 270 km of slopes, Snow Space Salzburg (Flachau – Wagrain – St. Johann) 45 lifts / 120 km of slopes, Hochkönig (Maria Alm – Dienten – Mühlbach) 34 lifts / 120 km of slopes
  • Largest ski pass networks: SuperSkiCard Salzburg & Kitzbühel Alps (Tirol) 934 lifts / 2,780 km of slopes, Ski amadé (Salzburg and Styria) 270 lifts / 760 km of slopes, Ski ALPIN CARD (Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, Schmittenhöhe Zell am See, Kitzsteinhorn glacier ski area) 121 lifts / 408 km of slopes
  • Total km of slopes: around 2,000
  • Ski schools: around 120 with approx. 6,000 ski instructors
  • Snow Space Ski Shuttle – bus from the city of Salzburg to Flachau
  • Groomed cross-country trails: approx. 2,000 km
  • Winter hiking trails: more than 2,400 km
  • Toboggan runs: around 100 including the longest illuminated toboggan run in the world (Bramberg / Wildkogel Arena)
  • Ice rinks: nearly 70
  • 6 thermal spas: Alpentherme Gastein, Felsentherme Bad Gastein, Tauern SPA Kaprun, Aqua Salza in Golling, Heiltherme Bad Vigaun, Erlebnistherme Amadé in Altenmarkt
  • Hohe Tauern National Park with guided ranger programmes including wildlife watching in the Habachtal
  • Via Culinaria – 10 Culinary Pathways with more than 330 "taste addresses"; Culinary Pathway for Hut Lovers: 26 recommendations across the ski regions
  • Mozart Week in the city of Salzburg: 27th January to 6th February 2022, Easter Festival 9th to 18th April 2022
  • Christmas Museum in the city of Salzburg: unique cultural-historical collection
  • Experience the birthplace of "Silent Night": www.stillenacht.com  

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What Winter Love means for Yvonne Rosenstatter, SalzburgerLand Tourist Board