- The vertical drop from summit to base is 1,592 m. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of ski resorts in Austria is 741 m. Most runs are therefore relatively long.
- Season starts on 19 Dec and ends on 28 Mar (100 days). Average season duration in Austria is 116 days.
- Average snow depth during the season (19 Dec to 28 Mar) is 77 cm at summit elevation and 1 cm at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during April, offering an average snow depth of 155 cm at summit elevation and 0 cm at the base.
- Goldeck features 45 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski resorts in Austria is 41 sunny days. March is the sunniest month with an average of 14 sunny days. This makes the ski resort one of the 15 sunniest in Austria.
- Offering 25 km of slopes and terrain, Goldeck is among the 10 largest ski resorts in Carinthia.
Information on the ski resort Goldeck
Not far from the town Spittal an der Drau in Carinthia, Austria, lies the ski resort Goldeck. Winter sport enthusiasts are greeted with 25 kilometers (15.5 mi) of terrain and dreamy slopes groomed to perfection! The in total ten slopes in different levels of difficulty provide enough terrain for beginners as well as for experts. Newcomers who want to improve their skiing and snowboarding skills can practice their technique on the nine kilometers (5.6 mi) of blue marked terrain. Advanced skiers and snowboarders have 9.5 kilometers (5.9 mi) of intermediate slopes at their disposal. For those of you who are true skiing experts, the resort provides 7.5 kilometers (4.6 mi) of black marked area for amazing winter-sport experiences! After those breathtaking descends, the nine lift facilities will bring the visitors back up the sunny mountain top. The highest point in this resort is at an elevation of 7027.5 ft (2.142 m).
An ideal practice area for beginners and newcomers is the Children's Area Goldeck directly at the top station. The little ones can practice their skiing with first attempts on soft, easy hills. Two special t-bar lifts take them back up the mountain in a trouble free and comfortable manner. If you already feel a bit more confident standing on one or two boards, you can head on over to the blue marked terrain from there. The more comfortable you feel, the more you can increase the level of difficulty after some time.
Freestylers have the Goldeck terrain park for letting off some steam. The section designated for stunt enthusiasts is located next to the Eggeralm lift. The creative set-up of the area has exciting features for beginners as well as experts. Different boxes, rails and tubes keep the freestyle artists busy. One special feature is called the Lollipop, which is a round ball positioned on a prism-shaped obstacle. Classified as a medium difficulty installation, this highlight invites you to practice and show off your newest tricks!
An insider tip for escaping the crowds and enjoying untouched terrain is the area entitled to freeride fans! On the 50+ ha large space you'll be able to enjoy a top-notch freeriding experience. The best part: it is easy to access and you don't need to master difficult climbs in order to reach the spot.
On Mountain Dining
The mountain restaurants invite guests to a refreshing stop before they return to the slopes, serving among other things delicious game specialties. Pizza-lovers will be served their favorite food at Pizzastadl Marhube, however, they also serve Carinthian specialties. The restaurant located at the intermediate station, Alpengasthof Krendlmar, will let you indulge in typical Carinthian delicacies as well, seeing as this restaurant is known for this type of cuisine. First-class dishes along with first-class panoramic views are available to you at the mountain restaurant Panoramaalm. Classic alpine food is also available at the Zwergerlhütte. For a quick snack in-between pistes, head on over to the Sonnenbar directly within the Children's Area. Here you have a great choice of smaller dishes. On colder days, check out the Mosthütte where you can warm up while enjoying a nice, heated glass of mulled cider.
For expert skiers, we would recommend trying the 8.5 kilometers (5.3 mi) long, black marked run to the valley. As one of the longest runs in the Alps with this level of difficulty, strong skiers should definitely not miss this one. Other highlights for competitive skiers are the racing track and the slope Eggeralm.
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Goldeck also offers guided ski tours. The three hour ascent through the magical winter wonderland with unique views onto the surrounding mountains is definitely worth the effort. The return route includes a delightful descent as a reward for the physical strain.
If you're a fan of water as much as you are a fan of snow, we recommend ending your ski day in the warm and relaxing waters of the indoor swimming pool Drautalperle. It's located in close proximity to the base station. For more fun and action, check out the toboggan run on the Goldeck Panoramastraße. If you want to see some more of the beautiful landscape, take part in one of the guided snow shoe hikes or explore the stunning, snowy forests on your own. The artificial and natural ice rinks invite you to ice skate or engage in a game of traditional curling. For a more romantic atmosphere, you can invest in a horse carriage ride alongside the shore of the frozen over lake. Another highlight is cross-country skiing, where you can experience fresh air, beautiful nature and the impressive mountains all at once.
Après Ski Goldeck
Regarding Après-Ski, Goldeck is a more quiet and relaxed resort. For those of you who can't go without some form of celebration, you'll find many bars in Spittal an der Drau. There are tons of places where you can have a good time and put a worthy end to your ski day. For a nice, cool glass of Guiness, check out Finnegans Irish Pub. The bar Gerry’s Bernstein is the perfect location for wine enthusiasts. The party people among you will be happy to hear, that the dance club Holiday keeps its doors open until the early morning hours for dancing and having fun!
From Salzburg, which lies in the north of the country, you can make your way to the resort using the A10. The best way to reach your destination is to take exit Spittal Nord. Continue on the Millstätter Straße (B98), then change onto the B99. From there you can take the L5 which leads directly to the gondolas. If you're traveling from the southern part of the country (Klagenfurt/Villach) to Spittal an der Drau, you can also take the A10. You should exit at Spittal Ost and keep going on the B100 until you can change onto the L5. From the eastern Lienz simply follow the E66 until you reach Lendorf. From there you can switch onto the B100 and once you reach Spittal an der Drau, let the L5 take you right to the base stations.
By public transportation:
The resort Goldeck can be easily reached using public transportation. The train station Spittal-Millstättersee, which is only a few yards away from the resort, is located on the route of many IC (Intercity) and EC (EuroCity) trains. From there you can also take a bus directly to the valley station. The closest airport is situated in Klagenfurt, about 80 kilometers (49.7 mi) away from the resort.