The decision to focus on the downhill event really paid off. Walchhofer went on to win a remarkable list of titles: a three-time champion for the downhill world cup, a silver medal at the 2006 Olympics Games, and an impressive medal haul at the World Ski Championships.
Born in 1975 in the small Austrian town of Radstadt, the young Michael Walchhofer could not have been born in a better place to develop the skills, technique and experience needed to become a successful world champion. This pretty and historic walled town is situated in the heart of what is commonly known as Austria’s “largest ski paradise” the Ski Amadé region right in the heart of Austria. Widely regarded by skiers and coaches as providing some of the best skiing in Europe, the Ski Amadé region is also a perfect destination for school skiing holidays in Austria.
Introducing Ski Amadé, Austria’s ski paradise
Named after Austria’s greatest composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the Ski Amadé area boasts all the skiing attractions and benefits of the beautiful Salzburger Sportwelt region at its heart.
The Salzburger Sportwelt region is comprised of the charming alpine resorts of Flachau, Wagrain-Kleinarl, Eben, Filzmoos, Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, St Johann-Alpendorf, as well as Walchhofer’s hometown, Radstadt.
Collectively, the area offers skiers an incredible 760km of piste which can all be easily explored through the well-planned and efficient system of 270 lifts; all with a single lift pass. Paradise indeed.
But more importantly for school-age skiers, the range of pistes provide superb skiing for all abilities. The area includes 275km of “easy” slopes and a wide selection of excellent ski schools which make Ski Amadé a perfect destination for first-time or less-experienced skiers. Furthermore, the high altitude of the area pretty much guarantees the slopes receive decent snowfall throughout the season.
Of course, a successful school skiing trip is not complete without some excellent après ski activities and attractions. Taking a break from the slopes, students can enjoy a range of other activities in the area, including bowling, skating, curling, thermal springs and indoor swimming pools.