Emberger Alm – Fantastic little ski area

Filed under: Places to Visit,Snow & Piste Reports — TheSkiBug February 29, 2016 @ 5:32 pm

We drove up to this little ski area of Emberger Alm a couple of years ago with the intention of ski-ing there for a few hours, but it was later in the season and the lifts closed at around lunch time, so we ended up arriving only half an hour before the lifts stopped and opted for a picnic on the piste instead.

road to Emberger AlmThe road to Emberger Alm is a sharp turn up by the Billa supermarket in Griefenburg. Its a long windy road up, more or less single track most of the way and so a little hairy after a dump of snow as not the best cleared road! But the views from the top are worth the drive. There is no resort as such, its just a collection of a couple of guest houses and hotels and a handful of chalets and mountain huts.

There is a decent amount of parking and then its ski’s on and down the road to the ski piste. There are 3 drag lifts taking you to the top of the mountain, two T-bars and a button lift, all fairly steep. From the top there is a good run down that splits into two tracks, both coming out at basically the same place.  The ski area is popular with telemarking and so need to keep an eye out for people skinning up the track. There are good wide runs down by the drag lifts and of course a couple of nursery slopes. And would be some good off-piste ski-ing down from the top.

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Turracher Höhe ski resort

Filed under: Places to Visit,Snow & Piste Reports — TheSkiBug February 26, 2016 @ 12:04 pm

Turracher Höhe, Austria ski resortTurracher Höhe is situated on the border of Carinthia and Styria, in southern Austria. The Turracher Höhe pass and lake are situated at about 1700 metres above sea level and the small ski resort goes up to about 2,200 metres. There are 42 kilometres of pistes served by 14 lifts. The ski region is split into two areas, on either side of the lake and during the ski season a “See Taxi” (or Gator) drags skiers across the frozen water, although you can also use a rope tow to pull you up a slight incline under the bridge to get from one side to the other.

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Hochrindl Ski Area – Carinthia, Austria

Filed under: Places to Visit,Snow & Piste Reports — TheSkiBug February 23, 2016 @ 4:05 pm

Hochwild ski resortThe Hochrindl ski area is a short drive from Badkleinkirchheim and is a lovely small resort. There are three parts to the area, Hochrindl-Alpl, Hochrindl-Keger and where the main car park is at Hochrindl. There are 20 km of pistes and 7 lifts. Its not that high ranging from around 1500 m to 1800 m above sea level, but even with poor snow conditions, the pistes had been kept in good condition and it was a very pretty area, with runs amongst the trees.

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Falkert Ski Area – “Heidialm”

Filed under: Places to Visit,Snow & Piste Reports — TheSkiBug February 19, 2016 @ 5:13 pm

Heidialm- Falkert ski area, AustriaHeidialm ski park – Falkert is at 1700 to 2300 metres and has 12 km of slopes and 5 lifts, although one of those lifts is a carpet lift for kids and beginners and the other is a drag lift that is not connected to the main ski area. It is billed as being a family friendly, snow sure little ski resort, although when we visited, it resembled typical ski-ing in Scotland on a poor snow year with grassy tufts and mud showing through everywhere.

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Badkleinskirchheim & St Oswalds Ski Area – Carinthia, Austria

Filed under: Places to Visit,Snow & Piste Reports — TheSkiBug February 14, 2016 @ 12:24 pm

Guest House near BadkleinkirchheimWhen we were first looking for property in Carinthia, Badkleinkirchheim was one of the areas we considered, mainly because it is one of the larger ski areas in this part of Southern Austria. Well we finally made it over and spent a few days ski-ing the area, as we managed to find a dog and house sitter for a week.

We booked into a great little guest house just up the road from Gnesau, and only a 10 minute drive from Badkleinkirchheim. It was fairly basic but did allow us to take two of our dogs with us and the food was pretty good.

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