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POSTCARD FROM NASSFELD

The Austrian resort has more than a little bit of Italy in it.  Sounds like a good combination to us. And it is.

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Nassfeld has 40 lifts, over 80 marked runs and more than 100km of slopes.

Then there is the off piste.

There are itinerary routes cross-country trails and winter hiking paths.

Map of nassfeld ski area showing all ski routes

Nassfeld, Austria

Much of the accommodation is in the heart of the ski area so unlike many other Austrian resorts  Nassfeld  is predominantly ski-in/ski-out.

Wide shot, buildings in a snowy landscape showing ski runs with tiny figures skiing, cloudy sky, long shadowns on the ski run

Nassfeld, Austria

And my first impressions?

PlanetSKI video from Nassfeld

See here for the full PlanetSKI article on Nassfeld: https://planetski.eu/2020/02/05/postcard-from-nassfeld/

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Wednesday, 5 February 2020

And the views are stunning from the top of the resort.

Views from Nassfeld in Austria

Looking across the slopes of Nassfeld…See here for the full PlanetSKI article on Nassfeld: https://planetski.eu/2020/02/05/postcard-from-nassfeld/

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Tuesday, 4 February 2020

And from elsewhere too:

empty ski slope with panorama of mountains in distance cloudy sky with sun breaking through on right

Nassfeld, Austria

Craggy snowy cliff face above ski run, light clouds and blue sky

Nassfeld, Austria

Craggy mountains in forground with layers of misty peaks into distance

Nassfeld, Austria

The Italian influence is in the restaurants – Kabrio has the best pizzas in town.

Group of three men and a woman eating pizza roud a table, glasses of red wine to hand

Nassfeld, Austria

The Austrian influence is to be found in the slope side bars.

The Hexen Drink!

Always good to sample local produce in a ski resort…See here for the full PlanetSKI article on Nassfeld: https://planetski.eu/2020/02/05/postcard-from-nassfeld/

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Apparently it is made from cream, crumble, egg nog and a generous amount of rum.

And this particular bar at the top of the resort has a novel collection of football scarves.

Almost 300 of them.

Range of football scarves from different teams with PlanetSKI editor sporting posing with one

Nassfeld, Austria

The owner, Fati – that’s him above, tells me that many people come for a drink and then if they come back a following season they bring their team’s scarf with them as a present.

And for me perhaps the best of the Italian connection is that there is a heliskiing operation here.

It’s through the border on the edge of town.

Gates at Nassfeld

Nassfeld, Austria

Austrian border crossing board with EU stars on blue background. The board is covered with badges and stickers

Nassfeld, Austria

Italian border crossing board with EU stars on blue background. The board is covered with badges and stickers

Nassfeld, Austria

And then…

Heliskiing in Nassfeld

See more here on the affordable way to heliski: Nassfeld in Austria…. and into Italy – https://planetski.eu/2020/01/31/heliskiing-in-austria-on-the-cheap/

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Friday, 31 January 2020

See my full article on the heliskiing experience here:

Heliskiing in Austria on the cheap

red, green and white helicopter on top of a snow capped mountain against a blue sky

Heliskiing in Nassfeld, Austria

And take a look at woods from where the helicopter took off.

Nothing special you may think.

Pine trees with snowy fields in the foreground

Nassfeld, Austria

You may know that Murren in Switzerland and Soelden in Austria were used as locations in James Bond films – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and Spectre respectively.

Well Timothy Dalton (and his team of stuntmen) got up to their tricks in a cello case here in Nassfeld in The Living Daylights.

Out on the slopes the most impressive thing is the variety of terrain many of the lifts have.

Difficult and easier runs from the top that then meet up – ideal for mixed ability groups.

The runs are wide and much is through the trees.

Long wide ski runs through the trees

Nassfeld, Austria

Due to its geographical location the resort has become something of cult spot for the emerging skiers and snowboarders from Eastern Europe.

Slovenia is a drive of 1 ½ hours, Croatia is 3, Hungary 4 and the Czech Republic 7.

And one thing that struck me was the huge amounts of children here.

“We make a special effort to attract families here with good prices and excellent facilities,” said Bettina Weber from the resort’s tourist office to me.

“It is so important that we get young people skiing and make it as easy and affordable as possible because they are our skiers and snowboarders of the future.”

The huge Leitner Hotel in the satellite village of Tropolach has more than 400 beds and caters predominantly to the schools market.

A group of men, women, children crossing a road wearing ski clothes and carrying skis on shoulders

Nassfeld, Austria

Coach loads of British schoolchildren come here – usually over Easter.

Yellow building with group of school children walking in front

Nassfeld, Austria

“The UK market is sizeable here and most importantly it is growing with many people using the new flights to nearby Klagenfurt airport that is under an hour away,” adds Bettina Weber.

I flew in and out and can highly recommend the airport.

Coming into land at Klagenfurt

And for me Nassfeld offered me a very nice taster of Italy.

“Why is that relevant?” I hear you ask.

Well PlanetSKI is off to live in Italy next week for a couple of months, maybe more.

We’re going to be based in Aosta and skiing all the resorts in the area and more.

Thanks for the taster Nassfeld.

Italy here I come…

Views from Nassfeld in Austria

Tasty views in Nassfeld, Austria.See here for the full PlanetSKI article on Nassfeld: https://planetski.eu/2020/02/05/postcard-from-nassfeld/

Posted by PlanetSKI.eu on Tuesday, 4 February 2020

 

PlanetSKI editor James Cove standing at the top of a ski run looking at the camera with ski slopes in the background, moody grey sky

Nassfeld, Austria

Mountaintop Italian Austrian border showing Italian flag on the left and Austrian flag on the right

Nassfeld, Austria

FACTBOX: 

 Special offer: Free direct transfers ALL season worth over €200 return if you book selected hotels in Nassfeld or Schladming.

See Klagenfurt Airport for more information.

  • Easyjet flies from Gatwick to Klagenfurt from £28 return.
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