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How about Carinthia or the Zillertal in Austria? Have you had a chance to explore them in winter? NEW

Carinthia is the southernmost region in Austria with Alpine lakes, mountains and the massive Grossglockner mountain.

There are 24 ski areas to explore;

Does that not sound like a great winter quest to visit them all?

The resorts:
  • Nassfeld-Pressegger See
  • Katschberg
  • Grossglockner/Heiligenblut
  • Heidi-Alm Skipark/Falkert
  • Petzen
  • Molltaler Gletscher
  • Goldeck
  • Innerkrems
  • Gitschtal/Weissbriach
  • Simonhohe
  • Flattnitz
  • Rosental - Skigebiet Bodental
  • Klippitztorl
  • Dreilandereck
  • Koralpe
  • Weinebene
  • Gerlitzen Alpe
  • Hochrindl/Sirnitz
  • Ankogel/Mallnitz
  • Turracher Hohe
  • Weissensee
  • Kotsachach-Mauthen
  • Emberger Alm
  • Bad Kleinkitchheim

How many of these have you heard of?

For us, it's a huge appeal to ski somewhere new:

Different food, customs, landscape...
NassfeldAlpine skiing in Nassfeld, Carinthia

So, which of these is right for you?

First off, families take a look at the resorts where children can ski for next to nothing:

  • Großglockner/Heiligenblut - children under 10 can ski on the "Snowman Ticket" - €3 per day
  • Bad Kleinkirchheim/St. Oswald has "The Family Euro" - children up to 12 years old ski for €1 per day
  • Nassfeld has free skiing for children up to 10
  • Weissensee also has a "ski for free" scheme
  • Sportberg Goldeck kids up to 14 years ski for free
KlippitztoerlCelebrating in Klippitztoerl


For a bigger dip into the ins and outs of these resorts, click here.

Otherwise we've picked out just a couple more that are top on our list:


Nassfeld claims to be one of Austria´s TOP 10 ski resorts.

There's 110km of pistes to ski, the snow park, and boasts some great freeride areas.

Also, don't you want to see what this is:

Schlag das Ass

"The longest ski race in the world"...

And then there's the food: Alpine-Adriatic cuisine.

Situated on Italian border you get best of both, with 25 Italian restaurants and rustic ski huts on the slopes.

Famous for sunshine, impressive mountain panorama and good snow, why wouldn't we all go?

Photo: Edward Groeger Kaerntenwerbung Photo: Edward Groeger Kaerntenwerbung

Bad Kleinkirchheim

The region around Bad Kleinkirchheim is known for its thermal spas.

There are even some lift pass-thermal bath combo offers so you can switch it from the pistes to the thermal baths in Römerbad or St. Kathrein.

Make it active with skiing, snowboarding cross-country skiing, tobogganing, winter hiking, snow-shoe touring or ice skating in the Nockberge Mountains, or take it easy and enjoy the scenery.

Photo Franz Gerdl Kaernten Werbung Bad KleinkirchheimPhoto Franz Gerdl Kaernten Werbung Bad Kleinkirchheim

Where to stay

The  4-star Hotel Trattlerhof is Austrian accommodation at its best.

Think cosy ambience in a modern form.

The fifth generation, family run hotel has a heated pool, saunas, a Jacuzzi and a relaxation area.

The hotel's chalet restaurant "Einkehr" is a favourite afternoon spot for alpine food and atmosphere and is just 150m from the ski lifts.

Trattlerhof funHotel Trattlerhof

The TrattlerhofAustrian charm at the Trattlerhof

One ski pass for all areas:

The Top Ski Pass Carinthia & East Tyrol is valid for 30 ski areas, from Heiligenblut to Sillian and from Nassfeld to Matrei.

That makes for 877km of pistes to ski and 276 lifts.

A 6-day pass costs from €222 for adults and from € 111 for children.

We could go on about the resorts and benefits; That winter road trip through Carinthia is looking more necessary...

Getting to Carinthia

EasyJet's London Gatwick - Klagenfurt connection launched on 16th December 2017.

That means we're straight to the Carinthian slopes.
Touring in CarinthiaSee more on the site for touring in Carinthia

The Zillertal valley in the Tirol

It's the world's largest skiing valley with 179 liftsand skiing from 3,350m down to 580m - that's a lot of vertical!

The skiing:

There's demanding downhill runs, pristine slopes covered in deep powder, sunny and wide carving slopes for families, beginners and aficionados, as well as snow parks, speed courses and kindergartens.

The Zillertal is divided into four ski areas:
  • Hochzillertal - Hochfügen - Spieljoch
  • Zillertal Arena
  • Mayrhofner Bergbahnen
  • Ski- & Gletscherwelt Zillertal 3000

This winter there's the 5.5km-long toboggan run for daredevils and a winter hiking trail to the Spieljoch summit.

CAT skiing comes to Europe!

This really is a treat.

Skiing fresh lines, North America style.

In the early hours take a snowcat up to the summit with a short guided trek, before...

... first lining it in fresh powder snow in Hochfügen.

We need no more convincing.

Cat skiing in ZillertalCat skiing in Zillertal

Eating in ZillertalEating in Zillertal

What else goes with the skiing?

Mountain food.

Best done in pictures, or better, video:

There is so much to cover with the eating, skiing and many other activities in the area.

Above is just a taste of what we want to do in the Zillertal.

Take a closer look at what's to do here:
















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