A look at the trail map already reveals that mainly advanced skiers feel at home here. Although beginners can practice their first turns on the snow in the practice areas in the base areas,...
Coronavirus / Covid-19 Measures
- Masks mandatory in all lifts and ski buses
- Visitor management in waiting areas (keep your distance)
- Restrictions on lift capacity
- Lift tickets available online
- Masks mandatory at restaurants, ski rental and shops
- No Après Ski
- Staff testing on regular basis
- Daily disinfection measures
- Masks mandatory in waiting areas
New in winter 2020/2021: The Spitzeck t-bar lift near St. Oswald was replaced by a modern 6-seater chairlift.
The Ski Resort
The 103-kilometer ski area of Bad Kleinkirchheim is located in Carinthia. It extends in the Nockberge mountains from the Kaiserburg and the Strohsack over the Nockalm to the Brunnachalm in St. Oswald and offers a particularly large number of child- and family-friendly slopes.
The sunny skiing area is an Eldorado for connoisseurs and sports enthusiasts. Well-prepared slopes of all levels of difficulty, which are snow-sure until April, invite you to enjoy your skiing. On 18 kilometers of easy slopes, 77 kilometers of intermediate and eight kilometers of difficult slopes, pure fun on the slopes is guaranteed for every skier and snowboarder in the extensive ski area. Fans of long descents will get their money's worth on nine slopes that are longer than four kilometers. Speed fans can let off steam on the permanent race and speed tracks.
The resting benches with heat protection pads invite you to take a short break. The ski area's 24 lifts take winter sports enthusiasts from the Bad Kleinkirchheim and St. Oswald valley stations to the surrounding mountains at up to 2,055 meters. For their first attempts on the boards, winter sports enthusiasts are supported by the local ski and snowboard schools.
Not only adults, but also children experience fun on the slopes here. Because child-friendliness is very important in the ski area: all-day child care, child-friendly ski courses, children's après-ski and much more make the vacation a very special experience. The smallest ones take their first turns in the magic land for children, the Kindersnowland in St. Oswald. A special children's lift brings the little ones comfortably back to the top after their first descents. The highlight of every ski course is, of course, the big final race.
- Offering 64 miles of slopes and terrain, Bad Kleinkirchheim is among the 3 largest Ski Resorts in Carinthia.
- Bad Kleinkirchheim is among the 10 best rated Ski Resorts in Carinthia.
- It is among the 10 most family-friendly ski Resorts in Carinthia.
- The vertical drop from summit to base is 3133 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in Austria is 2359 ft. Most runs are therefore relatively long. The highest point of the track is 6742 ft above sea level.
- Average snow depth during the season is 37 " at summit elevation and 16 " at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during February, offering an average snow depth of 44 " at summit elevation and 19 " at the base. Therefore Bad Kleinkirchheim is among the 10 ski Resorts with best snow conditions in Carinthia.
- Bad Kleinkirchheim features 58 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in Austria is 55 sunny days. February is the sunniest month with an average of 20 sunny days.
Snow Safety & Snowmaking
On Mountain Dining
23 huts and mountain restaurants in the Bad Kleinkirchheim ski area invite you to take a break. The Nock IN at the mountain station of the Brunnach National Park cable car is one of the highlights, especially with its unique panorama. At 1,908 metres, winter sports enthusiasts enjoy Carinthian delicacies, delicious pasta dishes and adventure gastronomy.
In the Kaiserburg mountain restaurant, skiers can indulge their palates with regional Pfandl dishes or Kaiserschmarrn and Bauernkrapfen. The Waldtratte mountain restaurant is located at the middle station of the Kaiserburg cable car. On the sun terrace you can enjoy original Carinthian specialities. The rustic Brentlerhütte on the Priedröf slope serves its guests delicious products from its own farm, for example Carinthian bacon. The Alpengasthof Brunnachhof is also located directly on the slopes. The house specialities include venison stew and Carinthian cheese noodles. For dessert you can enjoy a homemade cake.
Other alternatives are the Rossalmhütte, the Strohsackhütte, the Maibrunnhütte, the Unterwirthüttn on the Maibrunn downhill run, Groar Keusch'n, the Trattlers Einkehr hut restaurant, the Gschwandlbodenhütte, the Panoramahütte, the Nockalmhütte and Zum Weltcup Poldl.
An absolute highlight of the ski area is the Franz Klammer World Cup downhill run. The 3,200-metre-long run overcomes an altitude difference of 842 metres and has a gradient of around 80 percent in places. This makes it one of the most demanding race courses in the World Cup circuit for competitions of all kinds and an absolute must for experts.
The panoramic downhill run (No. 15) from Priedröf to the Nockalm promises a magnificent view.
Most Difficult Runs
The winter sports centre Bad Kleinkirchheim offers a great combination ticket: first winter fun and fun on the slopes and then it's off to the thermal spa to relax. You can choose between the Thermal Römerbad and the Therme St. Kathrein. For those who like action after skiing, there are three toboggan runs, each over three kilometres long, and you can whizz down into the valley on fast runners. During the day the 1 km long Wöllaner Nock toboggan run promises lots of fun. The winter landscape can also be enjoyed in peace and quiet. For example, cross-country skiing, winter hiking or a romantic ride in a horse-drawn sleigh
Après-Ski and Nightlife
The two ski bars Strohsack and Bährenhöhle right next to the Waldtratte mountain restaurant are known for atmospheric après-ski directly on the slopes. In the valley, too, it's all happening: in the Viktoria Pub, Sagl's Almstube, the Oswald Platz'l, the Igloo, the Sundowner, the Schneemandl and Zum Sepp you can round off a successful day of skiing with great music and a great atmosphere. If you want to party until dawn, you should hit the dance floor afterwards in the discotheque "Take Five". Trattler's Einkehr at the Maibrunn valley station invites you to relax après-ski by the open fire.
Dining and Restaurants
From early morning until late at night, winter sports enthusiasts at the Thermenhotel Ronacher can indulge their palates with the gourmet cuisine. Chef Michael Oberrauter conjures up culinary delights from natural, seasonal foods, such as alpine ox or monkfish. Vegetarians and vegans also get their money's worth here.
The cuisine of the Landhotel Lindenhof also delights gourmets with regional products, gentle preparation and seasonal focuses. The team around chef Christian Regittnig was awarded two toques in the 2015 Gault Millau guide. Further culinary highlights await visitors at the Nockresort, the Loystub'n restaurant and the Eschenhof.
Infrastructure & Rental
Winter sports enthusiasts who wish to travel via Salzburg are best advised to take the Tauern motorway (A10) to Spittal an der Drau. From there take the B98 via Millstatt to Radenthein. There follow the B88 to Bad Kleinkirchheim. From Villach in the south, take the B98 via Afritz am See and Feld am See to Radenthein. There also follow the branching off B88 to Bad Kleinkirchheim.
By public transport:
The nearest airport is in Klagenfurt, 75 kilometres away. Train stations are in Spittal and Villach, both about 30 kilometers from the ski area. Buses run from there to Radenthein and Bad Kleinkirchheim.