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.

Ankogel-Mallnitz ski area The cable car is something straight out of the ’80’s, even painted with yellow, green and pink. The first hop takes you to around 1700 metres, where there is a lovely looking little restaurant and the one run down to the bottom again. Exiting here, you then get onto the second leg of the cable car and head to the top which is around 2600 metres. From the top there is one run down past another restaurant and then you can head over towards a drag lift or head back down to the middle station.

There is not a vast amount of skiing but its a good long run down from the top and at around 7km it is supposedly the longest run in Carinthia, although Nassfeld’s long run down to the bottom also claims to be this! Aside from the drag lifts at the bottom the main ski areas is not really for beginners, there are some quite steep parts in places and the run down has some fairly narrow bends in it.

Ankogel-Mallnitz ski area The beginners slope was pretty busy with school parties but the main mountain was practically deserted and at times we were the only people in the cable car. Overall it is a great little ski area and if there was more snow, the off-piste here would be fantastic.

 

 

Piste Map

Ankogel Mallnitz piste map

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