Whether it is Alpine skiing or freeriding, the main thing is that you are outside and the highest summits in the state are always in your line of sight. When the air is cold enough to cut like a knife and the days are dominated by the two loveliest colours of the winter – white and blue – then you can look forward to a skiing holiday in the highest located ski areas in Carinthia.
Nature-based adventure as opposed to piste party
Skiing in Upper Carinthia is a “winter” sports adventure, as is should be. We don’t have to do much, it is nature that sets the tone and makes the rules. In the ski areas from Heiligenblut am Großglockner to the Emberger Alm, it is sport and Alpine adventure that prevail. We don’t have the most kilometres of pistes and are not an apres-ski temple, but what we do have is snow assuredness, long seasons and a fantastic, open ski area.
Powder snow & Alpine Dreams
Real experts are in their element while Freeriding away from the secured pistes. Our freeriding hotspots are predominantly located in the Ankogel/Mallnitz ski area, and on the Mölltaler Glacier and in Heiligenblut am Großglockner. The Mölltaler Glacier is a year-round ski area and offers its ski routes and lines, when elsewhere summer has already taken hold. Safety is uppermost while freeriding up high and experts on site take care of this aspect.
The 3798m Großglockner is always in view in the Grossglockner/Heiligenblut ski area, which spans 55 kilometres of pistes and 4 ski/freeride routes. 12 state-of-the-art facilities take you quickly and safely up the mountains, from where extensive slopes, with the highest mountain in Austria in your line of sight.
Short Facts Grossglockner/Heiligenblut
- 55 kilometres of pistes
- 12 state-of-the-art lift facilities
- 4 freeride/ski routes
- Freeride check point at middle station Rossbach
High above Mallnitz 5 lift facilities await, along with fantastic performance-oriented pistes, providing a genuine insider tip for freeriding on the south-side of the Alps. Descents from up to 1700 metres altitude in the best powder snow ensure that freeride dreams come true. What are you waiting for? PSSST, don’t tell a soul!
Short Facts Ankogel/Mallnitz
- 5 lift facilities
- Longest and most snow-assured ski run in Carinthia
- Freeride descents to 1700m altitude
- Snow rafting on the downhill route
In Carinthia’s sole glacier ski area skiing is practiced almost 365 days a year. Of course, there are just 330 operational days, but during this time the conditions are fantastic, providing award-winning snow conditions. Anyone who has ever stood on the summit of the Schareck and enjoyed the views to neighbouring Gasteinertal, will definitely want to return.
Short Facts Mölltaler Glacier
- 330 operational days of skiing a year
- Lifts up to 3122m altitude
- Austria’s most southerly glacier ski area
- 9 lift facilities & 7 km FIS pistes
Emberger Alm is located high above the Drautal, providing fantastic skiing fun for all the family. The slopes gently spread out to the south, sun-facing aspect, making this ski area between 1600 and 2200m altitude an insider tip for those who love nature. Instead of many hundreds of kilometres of pistes, you can look forward to cosy inns and lodges.
Short Facts Emberger Alm
- Romantic Alpine village Emberger Alm
- South-facing ski slopes between 1600 and 2200 m
- Cosy Alpine lodges & traditional inns
- Free ski bus service in the holidays
What one true powder fan says:
“For many years I had no idea what the Powder Wonderland on the south-side of the Alps was hiding. All too often I have battled it out in the big, well-known ski areas to get those “first lines”. I have struck it rich in the Ankogel/Mallnitz ski area. The powder snow slopes are breath-takingly beautiful and go right up to the treeline and the snow-assuredness are just what I need. I will definitely be back, hopefully there won’t be too many others doing the same …”!