News from the snow
Only 60 kms from Mozart's birthplace, Salzburg, lies Austria's very own Three Valleys ski area with over 300 kms of skiable pistes. At the heart of the three valleys and just off Autobahnen 66, lies the Austrian farm community of Flachau, with its traditional rustic chalets. An intermediate skiers' and snowboarders paradise, Flachau's own ski area has 56 kms of ski runs, all of them graded blue or red whilst the linked area of Salzburger Sportwelt consists of over 300km (200 miles) of pistes, most of which is intermediate terrain with the remainder for experts. If the local Amadé region leaves you wanting more, then the Flachau is also a part of the Ski Amadé. This offers more than twice as much skiing again - in total there are nearly 1000km (700 miles) of trails on the pass, served by more than 250 lifts.
Part of one of Austria's largest ski areas, the Salzburger Sportwelt Amadé, Flachau is directly lift -linked to Wagrain, Kleinarl and Flachauwinkl, and from there to Zauchensee and Alpendorf. The village has been made famous in recent seasons by the spectacular achievements of its famous son Herman Maier, World and Olympic Champion. The nearby village of Reitdorf, lift-linked to Wagrain, is part of the Flachau domain.
Thanks to the wealth of easy blue runs, beginners will find themselves with plenty choice when the time comes for them to graduate from the nursery slopes and skiers of all standards will be able to enjoy exploring the area together. The local ski schools can be excellent but make sure you are assigned an instructor who speaks your language. Cross country skiing is very popular around Flachau, with at least 160kms of trails of all standards to explore.