Ski Holidays in Katschberg
Spanning two mountains and 60kms of ski slopes, Katschberg is a well-established resort located on the border of the provinces of Kärnten and Salzburg, 100kms from the city of Salzburg. It is regarded as a hidden gem among Austria’s ski resorts but its ski terrain isn't as extensive as others, with only 16 lifts.
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Skiing in Katschberg
Katschberg’s 60kms of groomed ski runs are perfect for beginner and intermediate skiers, but not that challenging for advanced and expert skiers.
Skiing is situated on the mountains of Aineck and Tschaneck and its terrain is hugely popular with families because of its extensive well-maintained slopes, its accommodation is mostly ski in ski out and it has an uncrowded feel, meaning lift queues are very rarely an issue.
Intermediate skiers will love the ski area as it is predominantly made up of red runs with most of them nice and broad and are ideal for building confidence. The Tschaneck side of the resort is the perfect area for intermediates with many of its runs going back down into the resort village.
Near the village, is where beginners will feel most comfortable as it has a selection of easy blue slopes as well as having a convenient connection via a 60ft tunnel to the Gamskogel piste under a road so you won’t need to take off your skis!
Beneath Aineck on the opposite side, there is a moving walkway across a bridge which connects the two ski areas. Take the Aineckbahn chairlift to the resort’s highest point at 2220m where there is wide open skiing above the tree-line.
Aineck side is great for advanced skiers as it has a number of black runs such as the Direttissima from the peak of Aineck descending down to Katschberg.
If you are an experienced skier or a confident intermediate looking for a challenge, try the A1 ‘autobahn’ run which is a straight piste from Aineck peak to Lungau. It has fantastic snow conditions and is 6km in length. Think you can ski it non-stop?
Night skiing is possible in resort on the Konigweise runs that are floodlit. Night skiing is available every Monday and Thursday from 7 to 10pm and this is included in your daytime lift passes so no additional cost!
Freestyle skiers won’t be missed out as there is a snow park in resort with a half-pipe, jumps and slide features.
Snow conditions in Katschberg
The resort is thorough in ensuring it has optimum snow conditions. Sitting at an altitude of 1,640m and with snowmaking machines covering all of its slopes, means a guaranteed long winter season with excellent snow conditions.
Snow coverage is at its best in February, with an average snow depth of 53 inches at summit elevation and 24 inches at its base. Its average snow depth during the winter season is 45 inches at summit level and 21 inches at its base.
Après ski, restaurants and other activities in Katschberg
Katschberg has a lively apres ski scene, with a wealth of winter activities to amuse visitors in their off-slope hours. The ski resort offers ice-skating, indoor swimming and tennis, curling, tobogganing and sleigh rides. Night-skiing is a popular evening pursuit, and there are a host of cafes, bars and discos to provide after-hours entertainment.
Tobogganing can be experienced way into the evening as the track is floodlit and for something a bit different, the ‘fire and ice hike’ in the evening takes you to Gamskogelhutte on the Tschaneck slopes, followed by a meal and a sled or snowcat ride back down.
Horses are a major aspect of Katschburg’s winter season. Visitors can take indoor and outdoor riding lessons, riding out from the Alpine Pferdeszentrum Katschberg. Its horse drawn sleigh rides are therefore quintessential of Katschberg resort.
Mountain restaurants aren’t hard to come by, serving food from pizza to Carinthian cuisine and Salzburgerland dishes.
Transfer times to Katschberg
Salzburg (SZG) - 1 hr 20 mins
Klagenfurt (KLU) - 1 hr 25 mins
Innsbruck (INN) - 2 hrs 45 mins