One of the largest ski areas of Carinthia is in the sunny valley at an altitude of about 1100 m, on the border of the Nockberge National Park. On both sides Bad Kleinkirchheim is surrounded by wooded mountains, whose height reaches 2440 m. Thanks to the picturesque surroundings and two large thermal complexes, the area is a popular place for recreation and winter sports. Traditionally, there are World Cup stages and other competitions in alpine skiing. For snowboarders there is a fan park with a 90-meter half-pipe, there are all conditions for lovers of cross-country skiing, sledges and ice skating, there are lighted tracks for evening skiing.Two large thermal springs make the town attractive for those who want to combine active holidays with a visit to the spa. "Roman Baths" and "Therms of St. Katrine" are open to all lovers of radon baths.
The amazing valley of Gastein is located in the heart of the Alps, surrounded by the picturesque Hohe Tauern mountains. The main plus of the valley, uniting the three resorts, in its diversity - depending on your preferences, you can choose either cozy Dorfgastein (maybe even a little rustic, which follows from its name: Dorf - in German "village"), or modern Bad Hofgastein (famous primarily for comfortable hotels with pools with thermal water) or the old aristocratic Bad Gastein, where in the distant 1945 the first lift was opened in the valley. Since that moment the skiing infrastructure of the region has developed up to 208 km of trails and 53 lifts. Between the descents of all resorts, special ski buses run (from 8:00 to 18:00), between some, in particular those relating to Bad Gastein and Bad Hofgastein, and you can even move without taking off skis. In the valley at your service any height in the range from 830 to 2700 m above sea level. . The valley is also remarkable for its curative thermal waters. The daily volume of water coming from 18 sources is 4.5 million liters. A special factor is the presence of radon in water and air. According to the doctor's instructions, radon baths are taken in the spa centers or special departments of the hotel spa complexes.
On the border of two Austrian federal states - Carinthia and Salzburg, on a sunny pass at an altitude of 1640 m above sea level is Kaczberg, ideal for families. The skiing area starts here at 2220 m, the climatic conditions guarantee high-quality snow cover (for the safety all slopes are equipped with snow cannons), wide trails with a total length of 70 km provide interesting skiing for beginners and experienced skiers. Athletes will find here 10 km of "black" descents and the fan park Aineck. Restaurants, bars, working until late at night, and discos will provide a wonderful leisure after skiing.
The city, grown from a small alpine village between the slopes of Ahorn and Penken, is one of the most popular ski resorts in Austria. This famous sports center is located at an altitude of 630 m above sea level, in the center of the Zillertal Valley - one of the largest ski regions, which includes about 500 km of trails and over 170 lifts. The climate here is milder compared to other parts of Western Tyrol. Mayrhofen is known as the most "Russian" ski resort in Austria. Here you will not experience a language barrier: at your service - Russian-speaking instructors and staff in some hotels and institutions, the Russian menu. And in Mayrhofen a cheerful atmosphere reigns, that's why young people like to rest at this resort. And if young people are attracted to this lively nightlife and fairly democratic prices, then family - the conditions created for children, including children's ski schools and gardens. Here is the longest cable car, the steepest descent in Austria and the three main skiing areas. The Ahorn massif - a quiet, picturesque and absolutely safe place - is recommended for beginners and skiers with little experience, the extensive Penken slope is for experienced sportsmen and professionals. And the most interesting slopes, according to experts, are located in the area of the Hintertux glacier, where the skiing season lasts all year round. Ski pass allows you to ride in all these zones and also enjoy a perfectly functioning transport system, the key point of which is Mayrhofen. From evening and night entertainment to the services of tourists - 42 restaurants, 4 ice cream parlors, 26 cafes, 17 pubs, 3 discotheques, a cinema.
In the very south of Austria, in the Carnic Alps, is one of the ten most popular ski resorts in the country - Nassfeld. This is the sunniest ski area in Austria: in the winter season there is an average of 100 sunny hours more than in other regions. The resort is located on the border with Italy, and some descents lead straight abroad. The difference in altitude here is 1300-2020 m. Trails of various degrees of complexity with a total length of 110 km are serviced by 30 modern lifts, including the longest gondola lift in Europe - the Millennium Express. And in children's ski schools, mini-clubs and gardens, they will take care of the skating of the youngest guests of the resort.
Osttirol Eastern Tirol is one of the largest resort regions of Tyrol with excellent conditions for family skiing, training for beginners and snowboarders. Lienz, the capital of East Tyrol, is considered to be the sunniest place in Austria, and a picturesque view of the Dolomites will fascinate even experienced travelers. Here is one of the highest peaks of Austria - Grossglockner (3798 m) and the Moelltal Glacier (3122 m). In East Tyrol, there are 4 skiing areas, including a total of about 180 km of ski slopes and 65 ski lifts. All 4 skiing areas - Kals-Matrai, Lienz, St. Jakob-in-Defereggen, Zillian in the Hochpustert Valley - are included in a single skipass.
The charming alpine villages of Saalbach and Hinterglemm are located in the picturesque valley of Glemmtal, 4 km apart. Together with Leogang they form one of the largest sports regions in Austria, called the "Ski Circus". One of the main advantages of the region is an effective system of lifts, covering the whole ski area. In Austria, there are no equal. In December 2015 in the "ski circus" entered the skiing area Tyrolean resort Fiberbrunn. The new 10-seat lift TirolS connected not only the tracks, but also two Austrian federal lands. New opportunities opened in this regard for fans of off-piste skiing and freestyle. The combined region of skiing with 270 km of trails and 70 lifts is the largest in Austria. Most hotels in the resort can be described as ski-in / ski-out hotels. Guests of the resort almost never spend time in lines for lifts. In Hinterglemm and in Fieberbrunn, in the evening the slopes are lightened.
The valley of Ottztal is one of the largest regions of Alpine skiing and is known for its highest mountain resorts in Austria. Sölden (1,377 m), Vent (1,900 m), Obergurgl (1,930 m) and Hochgurgl (2,150 m), Hochselden (2,050 m) are the record holders for attendance and are second only to popularity after Vienna. The valley of Ottztal itself has a unique variety of natural landscapes: flat sections of the valley are replaced by steep canyons with mountain rivers and glacier tops. Two glaciers and three three-thousandths provide excellent opportunities for a variety of skiing. Sölden is considered the main resort of the valley. Located at an altitude of 1377 m the resort has all the necessary facilities for first-class skiing. In the resort area there are four interconnected skiing areas. Glacier Tiffenbach (2796-3250 m), known for its shallow and wide slopes, is more suitable for beginners. His neighbor Rettenbach (2684-3250 m) is a place for experienced athletes. Since October all the upper routes are covered with excellent snow. It is for this reason that Sölden is one of the favorite places for those who cannot wait for the opening of the season in other ski centers in Austria. There are all necessary conditions for recreation and sports, including a large swimming pool with slides and waterfalls, a children's pool, saunas, a jacuzzi, herbal and aromatic baths, a solarium, a gym, 2 indoor tennis courts, bowling.
The European sports region (Europa-Sportregion), which includes the resorts of Zell am See, Piesendorf and Kaprun, is located in the northern part of the Austrian Alps. According to the level of popularity and opportunities for active recreation, there are no equal in Austria. Here, in the northern part of the Alps, at an altitude of 800 to 3000 m above sea level, not talking about snow - it is guaranteed. The winter season in the region lasts from November to the end of April. But thanks to the proximity of the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, skating is possible throughout the year. Skipass of the region operates in three skiing areas: on the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, in the skiing area near the village of Kaprun Mayskogel and on the "home" mountain Zell am See Schmitten. The services of the guests of the region Zell am See - Kaprun offers more than 60 lifts; over 130 km of ski slopes of all levels of complexity - from educational and simple "blue" to interesting "red" and "black"; 200 km of plain skiing; sled runs, more than 10 ski schools, including children. Here all conditions for employment by 30 kinds of sports are created. This is a real paradise for lovers of outdoor activities. Indoor tennis courts, squash and horse riding, bowling, gyms, indoor swimming pools, saunas, a large SPA complex with pools with mineralized water TAUERN SPA, parachute and paragliding and much more are available for guests. Zell am See (757 m) and Kaprun (786 m) - pleasure from rest can be obtained in any weather and at any time of the year.
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