It’s time to think skiing – and SalzburgerLand, where resorts have taken advantage of the pause to invest in improved ski facilities and launch new and refurbished hotels. Themes of this winter season are innovative attractions, fun excursions, quirky traditions and timeless Austrian gemütlichkeit www.salzburgerLand.com
The 2021-22 winter season kicks off in mid November and lasts into May at some of the higher resorts such as Obertauern (the highest in SalzburgerLand) and Zell am See-Kaprun (guaranteed glacier skiing).
SalzburgerLand’s 22 ski resorts have launched 20 new hotels, apart’hotels and apartments and opened 9 new restaurants, après ski bars and cafés. On the slopes, the pandemic did not stop the drive to modernise and improve: the region boasts 5 new lifts, 2 new pistes and important upgrades throughout.
SalzburgerLand’s winter welcome includes exciting new challenges: the 12 Peaks Trophy (92km/10,000m altitude difference) invites skiers to conquer 12 peaks across 5 valleys in one circuit while monitoring their time via skiline, with prizes. For hard-core skiers, the Ski your Limit Skicircus route is a serious test - 7 hours to cover 65km of pistes, 32 lifts, and an altitude difference of 12,400m. Snow Space Salzburg and Wagrain Kleinarl have each launched a gastro-themed route for skiing foodies to this upcoming season.
Less strenuous ski excursions include the popular Skikeriki tour at Grossarl: groups (maximum 25 people) can enjoy empty slopes from 7.30-9.30am followed by a typical mountain breakfast in a cosy hut on the slopes. For non-skiers there are beautiful hiking and snowshoeing trails throughout SalzburgerLand. Relaxing thermal waters and spa facilities include a natural swimming lake open year round in the Gastein Valley, famous for its healing caves: time a visit to the Gastein Valley to coincide with one of its magical full-moon dinners.
SalzburgerLand is made up of five major resort complexes - Zell am See-Kaprun; Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang-Fieberbrunn; Salzburger Sportwelt (Eben, Skt Johann, Wagrain-Kleinarl, Flachau, Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Filzmoos and Radstadt), Gastein; and Hochkönig (Mühlbach, Dienten, Maria Alm) - and fine individual resorts such as Obertauern, Rauris, Werfenweng and Grossarl. The variety of flexible lift pass options give access to individual ski areas or extensive combinations of resorts, the largest being the Ski ALPIN CARD to encompass a total of 408km across the Zell am See and Saalbach areas.