- The vertical drop from summit to base is 817 m. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of ski resorts in Austria is 741 m.
- It is among the 10 most family-friendly ski resorts in Salzburg.
- Season starts on 6 Jan and ends on 28 Mar (82 days). Average season duration in Austria is 116 days.
- Snow coverage is usually best during February, offering an average snow depth of 67 cm at summit elevation and 27 cm at the base.
- Gaissau Hintersee features 72 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski resorts in Austria is 78 sunny days. December is the sunniest month with an average of 23 sunny days.
- There are special senior prices as well as an extra tariff for practice slopes. You can also get single ride tickets and other flexible passes.
- A real highlight for families is the “Family Bonus”. The second child only pays 50% of the original ticket price. The third child and any child until the age of 6 can ski the resort for free! Seasonal tickets and flexible passes are not included in this offer. Proof of family identity must be provided.
Information on the ski resort Gaissau Hintersee
The combined resort Gaissau-Hintersee is located close to the Austrian city of Salzburg, where the legendary Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born. With it's 40 kilometers (24.9 mi) of terrain the resort is especially popular among families with children, beginners and recreational skiers. 50% of the terrain is marked as easy, while 19 kilometers (11.8 mi) are designated for intermediate skiers. The one kilometer (0.6 mi) that's left is a mogul slope of the black marked variety and only intended for the experts among you. All in all there are a total of nine lift facilities taking winter sport enthusiasts up the mountain. The resort is embedded in a picturesque scenery of the Osterhorngruppe (Salzkammergut Mountains).
The resort provides two children's parks at the Spielbergalm and the Anzenbergalm. Accompanied by the local ski school teams, the little ones can learn skiing fast and with lots of fun. With the help of wavy tracks, adventure runs, curvy routes and funny-looking sculptures, the newcomers and beginners will have a great time practicing their skiing skills. A special children's lift takes them comfortably and easily up the mountain.
The freeski- and boarderpark Gaissau gives freestyle-fans and snowboarders tons of possibilities to learn and perform different stunts and tricks. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, the park has a perfect set up of kickers, boxes and rails as well as some special obstacles.
For those of you who enjoy ski touring, the resort has a couple of excursion trails to offer as well.
On Mountain Dining
Ten rustic and cozy mountain huts invite winter sport enthusiasts to a nice, long break in-between runs. At the top station of the double chair lift, the Spielbergalm lures its guests with a large sun terrace. Specialties include meatballs and gigantic pizzas. At the mountain restaurant Schmittenstüberl at the Kurvenlift you can enjoy typical, tasty Austrian cuisine. The menu at the Anzenbergalm has dishes like hot Kaspressknödel soup (dumplings made from cheese and bread) as well as spare ribs with coleslaw and dumplings. The mountain hut Latschneralm treats its guests with carefully prepared high-quality dishes such as the famous Kasnock'n (cheese noodles) or Topfenstrudel (pastry filled with cream cheese). At the Lechner Hütte you can enjoy mouthwatering, regional dishes while appreciating an unbelievable panoramic view. The Weissenberghütte restaurant serves scrumptious local cuisine as well. The two mountain huts Schirla Stub’m and Schi-Rast Hintersee provide hearty farmer's meals and exquisite traditional cooking.
One of the most delightful and popular slopes in the resort is the blue marked run to the valley in Gaissach. It is a nice, long slope, but even beginners can master this one. The piste has different variations, so make sure to try other versions!
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The surrounding neighborhood of the resort is ideal for cross-country skiing. On different cross-country skiing trails, winter sport enthusiasts can experience nature in the classic or skating style. A highlight for young and old is a ride down the toboggan run in the resort. Grab a sledge and race down the mountain back to the valley. Fun and action awaits at the snowtubing track, which is illuminated by floodlights on the weekends. It doesn't matter how you get down the mountain, on your back, stomach, lying down, sitting up or spinning around – fun is guaranteed with this attraction. If you choose to participate in a winter- or snow shoe hike, get ready to experience the beauty and tranquility of the magical landscape around the resort and to breathe in the fresh, revitalizing mountain air.
Après Ski Gaissau Hintersee
Because this is first and foremost a family resort, the Après-Ski atmosphere is rather tranquil and cozy. If you do want to put an celebratory end to your ski day, you can rejoice and have a good time at InTreff close to the base station in Gaissau.
From the nearby Salzburg, winter sport enthusiasts can either take the Tauernautobahn or the L107 to the ski resort. Once you reached the Wiestalstausee reservoir change onto the L209 (Krispler Landesstraße), which leads directly to the base station. If you're coming from the southern town Spittal an der Drau, take the Tauernautobahn highway until you reach the exit Hallein. Using the L107 you'll reach the Wiestalstausee reservoir. From there chose the L209, which leads straight to the resort.
By public transportation:
Guests, who have a much longer journey, can reach the ski resort easiest when heading to the airport in Salzburg. The airport lies about 34 kilometers (21 mi) away from the resort. The closest train station is located in Hallein, about 16 kilometers (9.9 mi) away. The winter sport enthusiasts can also take a free shuttle-bus from Fuschl, Hallein and Salzburg main station directly to the resort.