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.

We first visited Turracher Höhe in late April 2013 when we were viewing property for sale in the region and there were people still ski-ing. The resort is open until the start of May and is pretty snow sure.

Turracher Höhe ski resort AustriaOn our recent trip to the Badkleinkirchheim region, we drove up to Turracher Höhe for a day’s ski-ing and loved it. Whilst not a big resort there is plenty here to keep even an advanced skier happy for a day or two. Parking is along the main road through the resort and there are also car parks just off the road. We had no trouble getting parked, although it did get busier as the day went on.

We hopped on the nearest chair lift, which also happened to be the one that took you to the highest point of the mountain. It was very blustery and bitterly cold at the top so we quickly made out way down to another lower chair and a couple of drags. The sun started to come out and so we decided to head across to the other side of the lake. This involved ski-ing down to the main hub of the resort, ski’s off, across the road on to the frozen lake and skis back on and wait for the ‘See Taxi’ to take you across to the other side. A rather unique and novel idea and certainly not one in all my years of ski-ing that I have com across before.

Turracher Höhe ski resort AustriaThe runs are wide and while there are one or two steeper ones, in general they are great for cruising and intermediates. There are a number of small cozy mountain huts to warm up in and we rarely queued for a lift. Unfortunately the higher lifts shut early due to the windy conditions and we decided to call it a day at this point and take the dogs for a walk. The actual ‘village’ sprawls out a fair bit along the road and there were a large number of new alpine developments and collections of chalets.

We definitely marked Turracher Höhe as a place we hope to return to, maybe later in the season when its a little warmer and sunnier! Its open until the start of May and with more snow forecast it should still have plenty of piste coverage.

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