One ski pass; up to 760km of fun on the ski slopes – that’s a deal that’s only available in Ski amadé, a ski world that stretches across two of Austria’s federal states – Styria and Salzburg – five regions and 25 resorts. With 356 perfectly groomed slopes, offering descents for all skill levels, 270 modern ski lifts, 260 mountain huts and a unique variety of experiences, the Ski amadé area has no equal anywhere in the world.
The numbers keep piling up: 400 free wifi access points, 10 snow parks, 13 fun slopes and funcross, more than 700km of cross-country ski trails, Enjoyment-Ski-Routes and the highest farmers’ market in the Alps, offering culinary delights at the Ski amadé’s highest point of 2,700m in Sportgastein.
All-in-all, the five Ski amadé regions – Salzburger Sportwelt, Schladming-Dachstein, Gastein, Hochkönig and Großarltal – offer an endless variety of on- and off-piste activities, great opportunities for a family trip, and top-notch cuisine in countless mountain huts and restaurants
And with the my Ski amadé Friends Club, loyal guests and skiing fans can look forward to great special offers and benefits on ski passes, hotels and partner promotions, including guided ski tours, freeride coaching and snowpark training. It’s the best way to stay close to your favourite ski area.
Don’t miss... the Ski amadé Ski & Wine Enjoyment Week from 11-18 March 2023
The joys of the Ski amadé, both on and off the pistes are many and varied. Just in the extensive Schladming-Dachstein area you'll find 230km of slopes, 84 lifts, 100 mountain huts and six funslopes, as well as unmissable activities such as ski yoga and fatbike tours. And let's not forget the opportunity to watch one of the highlights of the professional calendar, the men's FIS night slalom on the Planai in Schladming. World-class skiers, a fantastic location and an atmosphere like no other - what more could you want?
Further afield, find everything from back country off-piste tours in the Salzburger Sportwelt, to ‘Enjoyment-Ski-Routes’ throughout the region that show off the best culinary hospitality of the entire Ski amadé ski area, breakfast at the highest peak or in a valley-spanning gondola. From ice skating to horse-drawn sleigh rides, trails for winter hikers and a host of adventurous mountain sports await in the Ski amadé.
Maybe you’d prefer the several challenging World Cup downhill slopes of the Salzburger Sportwelt or, just for fun, one of the longest downhill runs in the Eastern Alps, 10.4 km in one go from the highest point in the ski area down to the valley.
And then there are the thermal baths of Gastein, winter walks, snowshoe hikes on the Hochkönig, piste-basher rides, ‘backstage’ tours and, not for the nervous, a dizzying 140m suspension bridge. The 140m-long footbridge on the Stubnerkogel in Bad Gastein simultaneously breaks two records: it is the first suspension bridge at 2,300m, and it can be walked across all year round. You definitely need a head for heights if you decide to step out onto this swaying structure, since the sides and floor are both transparent!
Get on the ski circuit
Mile-hungry skiers and snowboarders will relish the challenge of the Königstour in the Hochkönig ski area, a ski circuit to rival the Sella Ronda or the White Ring. What you get here is superb: six peaks, 35 continuous kilometres of slopes and 7,500 metres of difference in altitude. In every area you will find a fantastic alpine panorama with views of the Hochkönig and the Steinerne Meer under a pristine blanket of snow, and don't miss out on the delicious regional dishes at the various mountain huts en route.
And for the ultimate long-distance challenge, there's the 12 Peaks Trophy - skiing from A - Z over 12 peaks and 5 valleys in the Salzburger Sportwelt - an extraordinary skiing experience that has been created in the heart of Ski amadé. This new ski circuit in the province of Salzburg is the result of the new ski connection from Snow Space Salzburg to the Shuttleberg Flachauwinkl-Kleinarl and the World Cup resort of Zauchensee. The route takes you over the 12 most beautiful peaks of the ski region and is an exciting, sporting experience for all skiers. If you want to master them in one day, it is indeed possible - but you have to be really fast!
Plus, if you want to follow in the ski tracks of the greats and feel the rush of a downhill race, take on the Race track Galsterberg - the longest permanent race track in the famous Schladming-Dachstein region. Strive to beat your personal best, race against your friends or try to master the slalom technique on specially prepared snow and live your World Cup dreams. You can even reserve the track for private events!
From 21-28 January, Filzmoos in the Salzburger Sportwelt hosts the 44th International Balloon trophy, when the skies will be filled with hot-air balloons.
On 24 January, for the 26th time, the men's FIS night slalom will be held on the Planai in Schladming! This famous World Cup event is one of the most spectacular in the World Cup winter: with up to 45,000 ski fans and a ski party that just won't quit!
From 4-10 February, Gastein is the venue for a different kind of skill set - Art on Snow. At the largest art festival in the Alps, you can admire large and small works made of snow and ice, arrayed in the resorts and centres of the Gastein villages.
From 11-18 March sees the highest farmer's market in the Alps during the Ski amadé Ski & Wine Enjoyment Week.
And from 23-25 March, Hochkönig hosts the Alpine Craft Festival - a celebration of craft beer, first-class food and great live music.
Experiences such as these make a ski holiday in Ski amadé simply unforgettable.
How to get to Ski amadé
Ski amadé is conveniently located around 50 km to the south of Salzburg, Mozart's birthplace, and its international airport. Excellent transport links mean that Austria's greatest ski paradise can be reached quickly, safely and conveniently by car, train or aeroplane. The 25 ski resorts of all the five regions are easily reachable from Salzburg airport in 30 to 60 minutes respectively by train or a shuttle service.
Ski amadé in numbers
25 ski resorts
up to 760km of pistes
714km of cross-country ski trails
60 ski schools
For more information about skiing this spectacular area, go to austria.info/en/winter/ski-amade
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