This area of Austria is often overlooked by the big tour operators, which in fact, is great news for travellers who want amazing scenery, fantastic snow-sure skiing, minimal lift queues and reasonable prices! 







There are 7 ski areas within 20 minutes or so of our chalet giving access to over 100km of beautifully prepared pistes. These areas are covered on 1 lift pass – the Murtaler pass – so a change of scenery can be made daily for those who like to clock up serious skiing mileage!

For those who have never thought of skiing / boarding in this area before it is worth noting that some pretty famous winter sports athletes have links here. 


Herman ‘The Herminator’ Maier was born in Altenmarkt in the Pongau valley, only a few miles from Stadl and now resides in Flachau, near Radstadt. 




Franz ‘The Kaiser’ Klammer was born in Mooswald, Carinthia and nows lives in Bad Kleinkirchheim (BKK), which easily accessible from Stadl. In fact ‘The Kaiser’ still skis regularly at BKK so you may bump into him on the slopes!



If this area produces skiers of this class, it must be worth visiting.


The nearest ski area to our chalet is Kreischberg, (  It takes about 5 minutes in a car to get to the gondola base, however in 2008 a new piste and 6 seater chairlift was opened, increasing the ski area. Alternatively, a short walk down to the nearby train station where a train will ferry you to the base station. Kreischberg has 35km of skiing, with most slopes covered by snow cannons.  72% of the slopes are easy / intermediate although there are some testing blacks and some off piste opportunities.





Experts may want to visit the snow-park, ( or test their skills on the ‘Superpipe’, one of Europe’s largest half-pipes.  
  For children the area is fantastic –  there are long wide open nursery slopes along with other activities such as trampolines and a tubing run, (not just for the kids!).

Mountain restaurants are numerous and of a very high standard, perfect for long lunches and building up a bit of courage before tackling the timed speed run.










All the usual facilities can be found here.  Ski hire can be obtained at the base station at Intersport, ( or in St Lorenzen from Suli Sport, ( (Suli himself was a top class snowboarder who now runs a snowboard school and ski-hire shop).  Also at the base station is the excellent Ski School, (, catering for children from 4yrs. English speaking instructors are readily available and the groups lessons are good value for money.


The next nearest area is Turracher Hoehe, ( which boasts a further 38km of pistes with flood-lit skiing, ice skating, snow-shoe excursions, a night toboggan run, ice-curling and horse-drawn sleigh rides.  The resort also has an abundance of restaurants. 








The skiing comprises of pistes on mountains either side of a lake – Turracher See.  The mountains are linked by a taxi (a Skidoo!), which transports you across the frozen lake in the winter.


Turracher has a base station at 1400m which means that it is one of the most snow-sure resorts in Austria, even getting good snow when the rest of the Tyrol struggles! (Turracher incorporates an extra €6 per day charge for Murtaler pass holders).



The other ski areas are dotted along the valley, try:


Within 30 minutes there are 3 more well known ski areas, Obertauern, ( – voted the 2nd most popular resort in Austria,  Bad Kleinkirchheim (BKK), ( – home of ‘The Kaiser’ and Katschberg, ( which has recently been advertised in the large tour operator brochures.


  In Obertauern, the peaks on both sides of the road rise to over 2200m and the lifts complete a circuit that can be skied in either direction. There is a very good hands-free lift system with barely a drag-lift to be found.  The area has plenty of novice terrain close to the village centre as well as a couple of testing black, providing plenty of variety as well as some sensational off-piste. 

As we have already mentioned BKK is home to Franz Klammer, so is well worth a visit. You will find 90km of marvelous ski runs and, of course, the fabulous spas and hotels offering thermal treatments, wellness benefits and all-around relaxation.


Katschberg has 66 kms of pistes served by 16 lifts. Snow cover is excellent
due to it’s altitude of 1640-2220m. Additionally 100% of the pistes are equipped with the most modern artificial snowing systems. The bigger part of the slopes (about 40 kms) are rated medium, for beginners we offer easy slopes (about 10 kms). The more ambitious will be challenged on 10 kms of black pistes.


As you can see, this area of Austria offers and amazing variety of terrain for skiers and boarders of all ability.

We are sure that you will enjoy your stay in the region and look forward to taking your Winter booking soon!

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