12 Reasons to ski in Carinthia

22 Jul 20235 min
By Arjen Hartman
 woman ski touring up a snowy mountain in Nassfeld, Carinthia, Austria.

Discover a hidden gem for skiing enthusiasts: Carinthia, a captivating region that will ignite your wanderlust and ignite your passion for skiing.

Nestled on the sun-soaked southern side of the Alps, Carinthia beckons from Austria's East Tyrol, where it borders Italy and Slovenia, tempting you to explore its captivating slopes and inspiring landscapes. Spanning an impressive 800 km of pistes scattered across nearly 30 resorts, this remarkable region will leave you yearning for adventure.

Carinthia proudly claims Franz Klammer, the legendary downhill racer, as its own. In his hometown resort of Bad Kleinkirchheim, you may even have the chance (on selected dates) to ski alongside this icon, an unparalleled and indelible experience.

Indulge in the visual feast that is Carinthia, a haven for those who appreciate stunning scenery. Its diverse mountain terrain reveals breathtaking vistas that intertwine with frozen lakes, blessed by a gentle winter climate. Embarking on a skiing holiday in Austria's southernmost state guarantees expansive pistes, abundant snow, exhilarating snow parks, and awe-inspiring freeride areas.

Prepare to broaden your horizons and let Carinthia's allure enchant you. This extraordinary destination invites you to unleash your adventurous spirit, immersing yourself in a ski paradise like no other.

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Beautiful Evening View of Family Walking in Deep Snow From Chalets Against Starry Night SkyExplore bright stars and snowy nights in Carinthia

Diverse Ski Terrain:

Carinthia caters to all skill levels, boasting a variety of ski terrain options. From challenging pistes nestled amidst towering 3,000m peaks to pristine powder fields, broad and comfortable slopes, mogul runs, half pipes, and even the Moelltal glacier, there's something for every skier.

Range of Resorts:

Carinthia offers a mix of renowned and lesser-known resorts. Alongside popular destinations like Nassfeld and Bad Kleinkirchheim, you'll find a string of charming smaller resorts in the Lavanttal Valley and the Nockberge Mountains. With the Topskipass Carinthia East Tyrol, you can explore them all with a single ski pass.

Family-Friendly Atmosphere:

Experience the ultimate convenience of ski-in, ski-out access at Katschberg, Carinthia's premier family ski area. With modern lifts, well-groomed wide slopes, and dedicated areas for children, it's an ideal choice for families. The Heidi Alm at Falkert is another family-friendly option worth considering.

A woman and child enjoying an infinity pool overlooking snowy mountains in Carinthia, Austria.family friendly stays in Carinthia, Austria

Sunshine and Snow:

Positioned on the southern side of the Alps, Carinthia enjoys an abundance of sunshine compared to resorts north of the main Alpine ridge. This sunny disposition grants the ski areas in Carinthia above-average hours of sunshine during the winter months, enhancing your skiing experience.

Five Empty Deck Chairs Overlooking Snowy Mountains With Blue SkyAbove-average hours of sunshine in Carinthia

Ski-Touring Delight:

Discover the Nockberge Trail, an enticing journey connecting five ski areas: Katschberg, Innerkrems, Turrach, Falkert, and Bad Kleinkirchheim/St. Oswald. Immerse yourself in premium (wellness) hotels that serve exceptional Alps-Adriatic cuisine, providing the perfect base for your ski-touring adventures.

Man Cross Country Skiing in Snowy MountainsSki-touring in Carinthia

Nassfeld's Prominence:

Nassfeld stands out as one of Carinthia's premier ski resorts, earning its place among the top international ski areas. With 110km of slopes, state-of-the-art cable cars, exhilarating freeride and fun areas, a snowpark, and 25 ski huts and restaurants conveniently located slopeside, Nassfeld offers a remarkable skiing experience.

Skier Airjumping Against Clear Blue SkySki acrobatics in Nassfeld

Thrilling Freeride Opportunities:

Off-piste enthusiasts will revel in the freeriding opportunities in Carinthia. Head to the Grossglockner area, where skiers can ascend to nearly 3,000m above sea level. Additionally, Nassfeld, Ankogel, and Goldeck boast captivating freeriding terrain, making them must-visit destinations for adventurous skiers.

Beyond Skiing:

Carinthia offers more than just skiing. Glide across the frozen expanse of Lake Weissensee, Europe's largest natural ice rink. Take leisurely winter walks or enjoy enchanting horse-drawn carriage rides. Engage in ice climbing in Heiligenblut, explore local culinary delights in Bad Kleinkirchheim, and indulge in the therapeutic experiences of thermal springs, lakeside pools, bathhouses, and hotel wellness facilities.

Morning Frozen Lakeside View of a Snowy Church and HousesA frozen Lake Weissensee

Unique Culinary Delights:

Carinthian cuisine tantalizes with a delectable blend of mountain and Adriatic flavors. Treat your taste buds to Käsnudel (cheese dumplings), Reindling cake, laxn (brown trout), Gailtaler Speck, Zirbenschnaps (pine cone schnapps), or specialties crafted from Glockner lamb and Nockalm beef.

Restaurant Table With Plate With Kaesnudel and Bottle White WineKäsnudel and wine in Carinthia

Authentic Christmas Traditions:

Experience authentic Christmas traditions in Carinthia. Ascend to the highest Christmas market atop Petzen in Southern Carinthia, reached by gondolas. Witness the sinking of Christmas trees in select lakes and relish the joy of carol-singing in Heiligenblut, immersing yourself in the region's festive spirit.

View of Snowy Stalls at Christmas MarketSnowy Christmas market

Ski with a Legend:

Make your skiing dreams come true by skiing alongside downhill Olympic champion Franz Klammer in Bad Kleinkirchheim. The exclusive "Ski before 9" experience grants small groups of skiers the opportunity to hit the mountain with the master himself at 6.45am (on selected dates).

Two Skiers Going Downhill in Mountains of Carinthia AustriaSkiing with Olympic downhill champion Franz Klammer

Convenient and Sustainable Travel Options:

Embrace the ease of accessing Carinthia from various destinations, including within the EU, with a focus on sustainable travel options. Carinthia warmly welcomes travelers from near and far, providing a multitude of transportation choices that cater to your preferences while prioritizing the environment.

For a sustainable and scenic approach, consider the convenience and beauty of train travel. Journey from different European cities, relishing the comfort and eco-consciousness of rail connections. Carinthia's excellent train network ensures easy access to the region's renowned ski resorts, making transportation hassle-free for visitors. Key train stations such as Villach, Spittal-Millstättersee, and Klagenfurt serve as gateways to multiple popular ski areas, guaranteeing convenient travel options.

From these well-connected stations, you can effortlessly reach sought-after resorts like Nassfeld, Bad Kleinkirchheim, Gerlitzen, and Katschberg, among others. Delight in scenic & sustainable train journeys that not only provide comfort but also showcase the stunning landscapes of Carinthia, setting the stage for a memorable skiing experience.


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