Ski holidays in Austria
skiing in Grossarltal in Ski amadé
Planning your next ski holiday in Salzburg, Austria? Keen to tackle a variety of wide slopes? Looking for top-notch children's ski schools for your family ski holiday? Want snow conditions you can count on? In that case, a ski holiday in Grossarltal, Salzburg, is the perfect choice.
Whether you're a sporty speedster or an ultra-laid-back skier or snowboarder, Grossarltal has it all. In fact, every run here is pure joy. Grossarltal, home to the two small towns of Grossarl and Hüttschlag, is the perfect destination for a ski getaway with the whole family!
Mom appreciates the comfortable lifts, the gloriously wide slopes, and the cozy ski huts. Dad’s definitely into it for the sporting challenges; he loves the diversity here in Ski amadé, with 760 km of slopes and 270 lifts to choose from. His favorite runs include the "Himmelreich" freeride slopes and the extra-long "Berglandroute." Meanwhile, the kids are having a marvelous time on the panoramic plateau by the Sonnenbahn. While the youngsters zoom through tunnels and down the wave track in the Kids’ Area, the older kids are drawn like magnets to the funpark, where freestylers and snowboarders are able to take on an array of spectacular obstacles.
But even the most enthusiastic winter sports enthusiast needs a break from time to time. That's when the friendly ski huts of Grossarltal beckon, also serving a mouthwatering selection of regional specialties.
Your ski holidays in Grossarltal at a Gglance
- Snowmaking equipment guarantees always-snowy ski areas for the whole family here in Salzburger Land
- A total of 70 km of pistes in two ski areas: 29 km easy, 37 km intermediate, 2 km expert, 2 km of ski routes
- The ski area has received multiple awards from skiresort.de
- Part of Austria's biggest ski region, Ski amadé - one ski pass for 760 kilometers of snowy enjoyment
- Cozy ski huts & sunny terraces
- Exciting kids’ and adventure areas, funslope
- Fun fact: Grossarltal Snowpark, 500 meters-long with two lines
- Popular photo point at our "Servus Platzl" in the ski area
- Free Wi-Fi in the ski area is a must for your ski holiday in Austria, of course!
- "Fischbacher Erlebniswiese" in the valley – easy to reach, free for all ages
- Ski lifts and gondolas just a short distance from the town of Grossarl
- Car-free holidays thanks to the free ski bus (eco-friendly, green ski buses) - also for winter guests staying outside of town or in Hüttschlag
- Free ski bus also to neighboring Alpendorf in St. Johann im Pongau as well as to Gastein Valley
- Learning to ski or snowboard is child’s play thanks to the outstanding ski schools in Grossarl
- No need to lug ski gear around - rent or buy the right equipment for your winter holiday in Austria once you get here
Best time of year
for your ski holiday in Austria
First things first: a ski holiday in Grossarl or Hüttschlag, nestled in the heart of Salzburg province, delivers perfect holiday experiences all winter long and is quite frankly "worth every penny." During the early and late seasons, such as a ski holiday in March or from late November to Christmas, you're ideally poised to snap up a bargain Austrian vacation based at one of numerous accommodations in the area. Plus, during these off-peak seasons, the slopes are less crowded - you'll find plenty of space for skiing and snowboarding without any lift lines to contend with. If you're planning your first ski holiday in Austria, this is definitely an added plus. No longer need to head to those pricier ski resorts over in Tyrol!
By the way, 90% of the ski area is equipped with snow cannons, so you can put any concerns you might have about reliable snow conditions to rest. There’s snow aplenty - with an occasional helping hand provided by modern technology. And if the weather happens not to cooperate during the winter months, that's no trouble at all. There are plenty of other activities to engage in, in and around Grossarltal, even when it rains. In heavy snowfall, about 98% of accommodations in the valley are accessible without snow chains. That said, if you prefer a ski holiday that doesn't involve fitting snow chains, then that's clearly not an issue here either.
Skiing in Grossarltal
Salzburger Land, Austria
Grossarltal is a true pro in Ski amadé for your family ski vacation. Reliable snow, wide slopes, and state-of-the-art lifts for perfect skiing enjoyment - that's this ski area in a “nutshell.” It's equally popular with day skiers, locals, and both Austrian and international guests who decide to spend their ski holidays here with us. Numerous accommodations in Grossarl are situated in the heart of the ski area - so that nothing stands in the way of a ski vacation right by the piste!
Good to know: Grossarltal is one of five winter sports regions belonging to the greatest skiing enjoyment in Austria, Ski amadé. Your ski pass is valid for a staggering 760 kilometers of slopes. There's definitely no shortage of variety when it comes to skiing or snowboarding. With the help of the free ski bus, you can explore nearby ski regions like Alpendorf or Gasteinertal. Take a look at the panoramic views of the ski areas in Ski amadé before you set out.
- Current lift & slope status (snow reports, piste conditions, ski operations, open ski lifts, gondolas, and hills)
- Ski pass prices
- Buy ski tickets online - we recommend purchasing your ski pass online. In that way, you can start enjoying your ski vacation without unnecessary delays on the first day.
- Ski schools in Grossarl - if you book your ski course in advance, you can save money and start your ski lessons immediately without losing any precious time.
Last but not least, we strongly advise you to purchase travel cancellation insurance. Unexpected events crop up from time to time, but with the right insurance coverage, you can begin planning your ski holiday in Austria without giving that a second thought.
Look forward to a marvelous ski vacation or winter holiday with lots of snow, skiing, and snowboarding in magical ski areas, and all on a single ski pass. During your vacation, you can also embark on a ski safari to the ski areas in Alpendorf. Meanwhile, the region's accommodation providers and the tourist office are always happy to answer any questions you might have.
A perfect day of skiing & adventure
Are you ready for a fantastic day of skiing? Yes? In that case, let's get going!
After you've gone up and down your favorite slopes multiple times, you can pause to admire the Austrian mountains from our numerous "quiet spots" with amazing views, allowing mind & body a chance to unwind completely. Or surf the internet and check your emails thanks to free Wi-Fi throughout the ski area. Speaking of Wi-Fi: You can also download the free "Ski amadé Guide" app.
All freestylers and snowboarders will find themselves, sooner or later, at the Freestyle & Snowpark - conveniently located just below the Sonnenbahn mountain station. This “playground” for jibbers is a highlight for cool kids and teens - for rookies as well as for pros. The local freestyle professionals from the ski schools are happy to share their know-how and show you how to find your own personal style on the slopes and in the snowpark.
The second highlight for children at the ski resort is the "Funslope" kids' area. Here, they get to ride through tunnels and across the wave run. This unique opportunity on the ski slopes for children is, of course, also used by the ski schools for their more advanced students.
With all that action out there on the ski slopes of Grossarl, you are sure to get hungry and thirsty as well! By lunchtime at the latest, you should definitely stop by one of the ski huts in the ski area and treat yourself to a few local specialties. A great opportunity to recharge your batteries for the rest of your day of skiing. Of course, a full day on the pistes simply has to conclude with a healthy dose of high-spirited Après-ski, an art which Grossarl has most definitely raised to a state of perfection.
At the end of the day, you can view your personal skiing achievements with the help of the automated Skiline generator. Which lifts did you use, and how many vertical meters and kilometers did you manage to record?
All that's left for us to do now, is to wish you a restful night’s sleep. Needless to say, we hope your next ski vacation to Austria will bring you to us here in the Grossarltal region of Salzburg province!
Planning a family ski vacation
In the Grossarltal and throughout Ski amadé, families only pay for a maximum of two children to ride the lifts – all winter long! Any additional children get to ski for free. Another family bonus: Have you ever heard of the 'Young Family Ticket'? You purchase this for the same price as a regular adult ski pass, but now parents can take turns skiing. While one parent hits the slopes, the other can take care of the toddler (up to two years of age).
With the Junior Weekend Discount, children and teenagers enjoy particularly low-priced ski passes on weekends. This is naturally a major benefit for all families planning a short ski vacation over the weekend. The annual highlight, however, is the Easter Family Special, with all children up to the age of 15 receiving a free ski pass when at least one parent purchases a pass of their own for the same period.
These incomparable children's offers in Grossarltal are only surpassed by the “Kinder-Schmankerlbonus”. Children up to the age of 15 enjoy a kids' meal including a drink for a bargain low price at those ski huts indicated by a smiley.
Our local children's ski schools will teach your youngsters their first turns with great kindness, fun, and games, turning them into confident skiers faster than mom and dad ever expected. At the Kunterbunt Kids' Club, they offer a comprehensive children's program – including, of course, all-day childcare with lunch – and led by trained childcare professionals. The popular Fischbacher play hill is located in the valley right next to Hotel Kristall. Perfect for learning to ski! You’ll encounter the more experienced young skiers, meanwhile, in the Grossarl Snowpark as well as on the KinderLand Funslope!
We are, of course, happy to help you find ideal accommodations for your family ski vacation in Salzburger Land!
Packing list for your ski vacation
- Ski boots/Snowboard boots
- Ski poles
- Ski helmet and goggles
- Lip balm with SPF
- Small backpack
- First-aid kit
- Heating pads
- Ski pants/Snowboard pants
- Ski jacket/Snowboard jacket
- Ski socks
- Fleece sweater
- Breathable ski underwear
- Warm clothes for outdoor activities (other than skiing)
- Sunscreen with high SPF
- Ice scraper
- Hand broom
- Snow chains
- High spirits in abundance
- Your loved ones
from close to Grossarltal in Salzburger Land
Here in Grossarltal, we haven’t yet managed to produce a local ski legend who has been able to conquer the world ski tour and put our name out there globally, but there are several stars who come from very close by:
- Annemarie Moser-Pröll from Kleinarl
- Hermann Maier from Flachau
- Katharina Kirchgasser and Philipp Schörghofer from Filzmoos
- Andrea Fischbacher from Eben im Pongau
- Hannes Reichelt from Radstadt
All grew up in towns and villages inside Ski amadé and learned to ski on the amazing slopes of this huge ski region. If you include all top athletes from the province of Salzburg, the list could be made even longer with several more prominent names:
- Marcel Hirscher
- Michael Walchhofer
- Anna Veith
- Marlies Schild
- Bernadette Schild
- Joachim Puchner
- Georg Streitberger
So, as you can see: By choosing Grossarltal as your ski destination in Austria, in the heart of Ski amadé, you are definitely right on the mark!
FIS rules of the slopes
- 1. Respect for Others - Every skier and snowboarder must conduct themselves in a manner that does not endanger or harm others, or limit the ability of others to ski or board.
- 2. Control Speed and Skiing Style - Skiers and snowboarders must adjust their speed and style to their personal ability, as well as to the terrain, snow, and weather conditions, and traffic on the slopes.
- 3. Choice of Path - Skiers and snowboarders coming from behind must select a path that does not endanger skiers and boarders ahead of them.
- 4. Overtaking - Overtaking can be done from above or below, to the right or left, but it must be at a distance that allows the overtaken skier or boarder enough room for all their movements.
- 5. Entering and Restarting - Skiers and snowboarders entering a slope or restarting after a stop must look up and down the slope to ensure they can do so without danger to themselves or others.
- 6. Stopping - Skiers and snowboarders must avoid stopping on narrow or blind sections of a slope unless absolutely necessary. A fallen skier or snowboarder should vacate such an area as quickly as possible.
- 7. Climbing and Descending on Foot - Skiers or snowboarders who are climbing, or descending on foot must use the edge of the slope.
- 8. Signage - All skiers and snowboarders must observe and respect all signs and markings.
- 9. Emergency assistance - In the event of accidents, every skier and snowboarder is obliged to render assistance.
- 10. Identification - Every skier and snowboarder, whether a witness or participant, regardless of responsibility, must provide their personal details in the event of an accident.
- Source: Wikipedia