Zell am See and Kaprun and the other colourful Austrian resorts within easy reach of Salzburg airport always offer good value for money when compared with their French or Swiss counterparts. But this spring, with sterling kicking snow in the face of the seven-stone weakling euro, we found that skiing in Salzburgerland is to buy for.
Here are just a few examples:
Lunch on The Mountain
If you stick to Apfelsaft or the ubiquitous and equally non-alcoholic Schiwasser and resist the temptation to hit the booze you can easily fuel up for less than €14 (£10) a head.
A robust Tiroler G’rostl – hash browns with meat and a fried egg on top – at the Berggasthof Hollenstein above Wagrain, cost just €7.5 (£5.50). Even a Wiener Schnitzel with pomme frites cost only €7.70 – that works out at around £5.50 – and we defy you to eat a pudding after either.
A Chilled Beer
Nothing else will slake the thirst after an energetic day in spring, when the home runs in the afternoon turn to energy-sapping, wet sugar. These beauties arrived glistening and foaming at the Zapferalm, near the base area at Muhlbach am Hochkonig. 50cl, roughly a pint, cost €4.20 (£3).
A pair of top-of-the-range Salomons from SnoWorld in Alpendorf – they held well on hard pack and saw me comfortably through the late afternoon slush – cost 28€ (£20) per day. A less sprightly pair of Atomic Nomads cost €23 (£16.50).
The bill for four nights’ half-board for two, including drinks with five course dinners. at the four-star Hotel Alpenhof came to less than €1050 (£750). The hotel has a lovely pool and spa. You can ski more or less to the door – there’s a walk of 50 metres past the stables and cow barn, home to the small herd that supplies the restaurant’s veal. The hotel’s own shuttle takes you down to the main access gondola – and picks you up if necessary.
The Ski Amade pass covers Austria’s biggest ski area (not all linked) with five separate lift networks, 25 villages, 750km of piste and 270 lifts. On some you even get your backside warmed.
OK, you can never really call a major area pass cheap, but at least this one doesn’t take your breath away. It. A six-day adult pass in the main high season costs €217 (£155) to €234 (£167).
All of this seems to be the perfect excuse for making immediate tracks to the land of the Sound of Music in this 50th anniversary year.
March 25, 2015Margot Hail
We have been enjoying the ski Armade area for more than 12 years and it is amazing for varied skiing and good value ski passes. Up to the minute heated seats on lifts, well groomed slopes and snow making machines when necessary, etc, Great mountain food and FRIENDLY. Great shopping for ski gear and après clothing.
March 28, 2015Felice Hardy
So pleased you enjoy the area. It sounds perfect!
April 21, 2015happy
is this a good place to ski at christmas time?
April 21, 2015Felice Hardy
You’re always going be taking a risk at Christmas, wherever you go, but there are places in Salzburgerland that are snow sure – such as Kaprun which has glacier skiing. You could stay in Zell am See, which is very pretty and shares a lift pass with Kaprun. It’s easy to get from one to the other by local bus.