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What’s New in SalzburgerLand in Austria for This Season

In SalzburgerLand resorts have taken advantage of the pandemic pause to invest in improved ski facilities, plus launch new and refurbished hotels.

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The main 2021-22 winter season starts  in mid November and lasts into May at some of the higher resorts such as Obertauern  and Zell am See-Kaprun.

Skiing and snowboarding is already underway on the Kizsteinhorn glacier above Kaprun.

The main ski regions in the province:

  • 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.
SalzburgerLand. Image © PlanetSKI

SalzburgerLand. Image © PlanetSKI

SalzburgerLand. Image © PlanetSKI

SalzburgerLand. Image © PlanetSKI

For further details see here: SalzburgerLand.

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.

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.

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.

Snow Space Salzburg and Wagrain Kleinarl have each launched a gastro-themed route for skiing foodies to indulge in.

SalzburgerLand. Image © PlanetSKI

SalzburgerLand. Image © PlanetSKI

SalzburgerLand. Image © PlanetSKI

SalzburgerLand. Image © PlanetSKI

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.

The variety of flexible lift pass options give access to individual ski areas or extensive combinations of resorts.

The largest is the Ski ALPIN CARD that encompasses a total of 408km across the Zell am See and Saalbach areas.

Pistes and Lifts

– Grossarl: launched the Fischbacher, a gentle beginner’s slope including a magic carpet where kids and adults can try skiing for the first time; (opened in lockdown) – access is free of charge.
– Snow Space Salzburg has launched for this season:
o Panorama Link (opened in lockdown) provides a continuous link for Sankt Johann in Salzburg with Flachau, Wagrain, Flachauwinkl/Kleinarl.
o A new red piste at Flachauwinkl/Kleinarl (Shuttleberg) runs alongside the Lumberjack Shuttle.
o A new Mooslehen 6er chairlift replaces the 2er chairlift in Filzmoos.
o A new Flying Mozart 10er gondola Wagrain/Kirhcboden to Grießenkar.
o A new Gabühel 10er gondola replaces the old 2er chairlift in Dienten; also, a modernised reservoir has been installed at the new mountain station.
• Zwölferhorn/Wolfgansee: 28-cabin Zwölferhorn gondola (opened in lockdown).

SalzburgerLand. Image © PlanetSKI

New Accommodation

GASTEIN
Hotel Selina Bad Gastein (www.selina.com/austria/bad-gastein – July 2021). Near the waterfall, original 19th century façade/stylish interior: 90 rooms, wellness area, restaurant, bakery, café.
Hotel Blü Bad Gastein (www.hotelblue.at – summer 2021). At the heart of the old village, contemporary chic: roof-top garden, Himmelblü Spa, restaurant.
Schider Aparthotel Bad Gastein (www.dasschider.at – summer 2021). Central location, ergonomic design, relaxing decor: wellness area, lounge, playroom, Stūbe-cum-community kitchen, shop.
The Storks Bad Hofgastein (www.the-storks.com – August 2021). Historic building in the centre, modern interior, art works throughout: 31 rooms, lounge with small library, Zirbenstüberl, Viennese coffee house, sun terrace.

HOCHKÖNIG

Tante Frida (3*) in Maria Alm (www.ederfrida.com – December 2021). Close to the centre, funky bright décor: 84 rooms – 7 fun themes geared to kids, restaurant, waterworld, indoor and outdoor adventure areas, relaxation room, gym, cinema. Cycle hire and treatments available.
Alpenparks Hotel & Apartments at Mühlbach (www.alpenparks.at – summer 2021). Close to Karbachalm cable car, high quality: 39 apartments (2-8 people), well-equipped with balcony, loggia or terrace, parking, bistro, playroom, wellness area, optional hotel services.
POST Maria Alm (www.post-mariaalm.at – summer 2021). On village square, cool Alpine-chic: 9 new apartments in the original building, sauna, pool, infra-red cabin, parking.

LUNGAU

Lerchpeuntgut, Tamsweg (www.lerchpeuntgut.at – December 2021). Pretty situation 15 minutes’ walk from the village centre, subtle Austro-Nordic décor: 16 new chalets with sauna and garden; main building has more apartments a reception, lounge, shop and swimming lake – total capacity 128 people.

MITTERSILL

Tauernlodges in Uttendorf (www.alps-resorts.com – December 2021). Close to the natural bathing lake, top quality, polished style: 14 luxury double chalets (up to 10 people) comprise 4-5 bedrooms, 1-3 bathrooms, living area, sauna, balcony or terrace with views.

RAURIS

Carpe Solem in Rauris (www.alps-resorts.com – July 2021). Ski-in/ski-out position, sophisticated décor: 79 apartments, impressive spa, Alpine roof-garden, restaurant.

SAALBACH

GoldStück in Saalbach-Hinterglemm (www.goldstueck-saalbach.at – summer 2021). Rural setting, sophisticated style adults-only hotel: 28 exquisite rooms, Spa, Finnish and bio saunas, heated infinity pool, private areas, dining room and bar.

SALZBURGER SPORTWELT

Hofgut in Wagrain (www.hofgut.com – October 2021). Central position, elegant design, sophisticated decor: 40 apartments (minimalist studios to luxury penthouse apartment), restaurant vaMoos, spa, choice of indoor/outdoor pools, sauna, Hammam, exclusive adults zone, large games facility (bowling/trampolining) and mini-park for toddlers.
MY JoAnn suites & apart in Kleinarl (www.joann.at – 18 December 2021). Ski-in/ski-out at the Kleinarl gondola valley station, modern ambience, sustainable construction: exclusive apart’hotel (sleep 2-6), ski depot and sports shop in complex. Heated in and outdoor pools, steam room, sauna, kids adventure area on 2 floors. Adjacent to playground and ski school.
Harry’s Home Bischofshofen (www.harrys-home – July 2021). Central position near the station, stylish budget aparthotel: 92 well-equipped studios & apartments, community laundry area, vending machines, penthouse wellness area, playroom.
Ski & Sonnen Resort Alpendorf Skt Johann in Salzburg (www.alpentravel.com – winter 2021). Five minutes’ walk from Gernkogel lift, traditional Austrian décor: 11 hotel rooms, 22 apartments, restaurant, wellness zone, pool, ski room underground car park.
Filzmooserhof (4*) in Filzmoos (www.filzmooserhof.at – summer 2021). Heart of the village, family run, traditional, cosy: launches 4 new 2-bedroom 2-storey luxury chalets, each with Finnish sauna, terrace or garden. Hotel facilities and weekly programmes included.
Uncle Jack’s in Flachau (www.unclejacks.at – December 2021). Centre of village, ski-in/ski-out, trendy-casual: 10 rooms and suites, jungle-themed spa, terrace with hot-tubs and rocking chairs, bar-lounge, parking.
The Place Boutique & Design Hotel Flachau (www.flachau.com – winter 2021). Heart of village, contemporary style: selection of rooms (2, 3 or 4 people), restaurant, bar/lounge, roof-terrace chill-out area includes sauna, Jacuzzi & tea bar.
Evers Apartments in Flachau (www.eversflachau.at – December 2021). Central location, classic Austrian-chic: 3 apartments (up to 7 people), cross-country skiing, gondola and ski bus stop a couple of minutes’ walk, rooftop terrace and sauna, daily breakfast delivery optional from local bakery.
First Peak (Gsund und Aktiv Hotel) in Zauchensee (www.first-peak-zauchensee.at – 3rd December 2021). A la mode flair, relaxed ambience: 74 rooms/suites most with balcony, 4 restaurants, bar, terrace, kids & teens room, sports shop, 3-story wellness area including heated pools, relaxation lounge, saunas/steam baths and gym, and underground parking.

SalzburgerLand. Image © PlanetSKI

SalzburgerLand. Image © PlanetSKI

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