Ankogel-Mallnitz – Retro resort

Filed under: Places to Visit — TheSkiBug January 30, 2016 @ 9:19 pm

We first visited Mallnitz back in April 2013 when we were searching for property in the area. The ski area had officially closed at the time but there were still some hardcore dudes telemarking up from the car park to ski down. Now close to 3 years later we have finally got back to ski the small resort. And its so ‘retro’. We felt we should be slipping into a neon coloured onesie and strapping on some long pencil ski’s.

Ankogel-Mallnitz ski area
Ankogel-Mallnitz is in the Hohe Tauern National Park and is one of the higher skiing places in Carinthia with the base area being at around 1300 metres. Its just over an hour’s drive very pleasant drive from our place in the Gitschtal valley and having had a leisurely morning we pulled into the car park at the bottom of the ski area at around 11am. Ski gear on we headed to the bottom of the cable car. There was also two drag lifts by the bottom station servicing a fairly wide beginner’s slope. Our season Top Ski pass covered this ski area as well.

(more…)

Villach Thermal Spa

Filed under: Places to Visit — TheSkiBug January 27, 2016 @ 8:33 pm

We have been talking about going to the thermal spa resort for a while. And seeing as we seem to have missed out on the snow much of there best of Europe has had, but mainly because we have been redecorating the bathroom and so not able to have a decent wash for a few days, we decided to head to the thermal spa at Villach.

Villach Thermal Spas

Photo from Facebook page of the spa – kaernten therme

First impressions….not great…..we followed the signs on the edge of Villach, parked in the car park and then where to go…..we wandered around and eventually decided to head for the train station and saw a sign pointing to the thermal spa on the other side of the under-pass. Then we were a little confused by the ticket options. You could either just pay for a ‘fun pass’, which seemed to be just the pool and slides and was around 21 Euros for the day or you could have the ‘fun and spa pass’ which was close to 30 Euros each for the day. We opted for the latter and were given a ‘watch’ each to wear and told we pay on the way out. This it seemed was a type of scanner to get you into various areas.

(more…)

Bug 1Bug 2Bug 3Bug 4Bug 5