Ski AmadéThe Ski Amadé region is Austria’s biggest, covering no less than 25 villages that offer 270 up-to-date lifts and 760 pistes of all levels, guaranteed snow throughout the season. The area is easily accessible from Salzburg Airport, and the Ski Amadé covers several breathtaking mountain ranges which, being in the colder eastern Alps, have an excellent snowfall record. Although it’s a huge area, many of its beautiful Austrian Ski resorts are easy to reach from one another, and a single ski pass covers the whole region. The FIS Ski World Cup Women’s Downhill and Super G were recently held in Zauchensee, home of the former Downhill champion Michael Walchhofer. A rundown of all 25 villages would be very long, so here are a few highlights.
WagrainA charming village at 850m, school ski trips in Wagrain offers skiing to your doorstep down its many well-groomed pistes. The gondolas are within easy walking distance from anywhere in the village, and the recent opening of the G-Link Gondola, crossing the valley between two mountains, has opened up 415 hectares of pistes to skiers from the resort.
Altenmarkt is a picturesque, traditional Alpine village at 650m which shares 35 pistes and 24 lifts with neighbouring Zauchensee. Altenmarkt skiing is particularly good for experts, and World Cup races have been held here, but there are plenty of opportunities for beginners and intermediate skiers. The area is also highly thought of by snowboarders.