- The vertical drop from summit to base is 4265 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in Austria is 2356 ft. Most runs are therefore relatively long. The high point of the ski resort is located at an elevation of 6234 ft.
- Season starts on Dec 7 and ends on Mar 15 (99 days). Average season duration in Austria is 179 days.
- Average snow depth during the season (Dec 7 to Mar 15) is 22 " at summit elevation and 9 " at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during April, offering an average snow depth of 59 " at summit elevation and 4 " at the base.
- Petzen features 60 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in Austria is 44 sunny days. January is the sunniest month with an average of 25 sunny days. This makes the ski resort one of the 1 sunniest in Austria.
The Ski Resort
With 16 kilometres of slopes, the South Carinthian Petzen ski area awaits skiers and snowboarders. From the valley station, a total of six lifts take winter sports enthusiasts up to 1,900 metres.
At Petzen can also beginners master the valley descent and enjoy the impressive mountain panorama. For this you take the 6-seater cable car. Once you have arrived at the top station, follow the blue marked runs 13, 8, 1 and 1a back down to the valley. All those who do not yet dare a longer route can first be transported with the Quellenlift. After a piece of red marked downhill run you reach the valley station via the blue marked run 4a, where Petzi's Kinderland awaits you. Together with the mascot Petzi the Bear kids can start their first attempts on the boards. A magic carpet is available for convenient transport up the mountain.
For families and advanced it is recommended to take the red marked 15a from the mountain station. Continue with the Siebenhütten lift to the highest point of the ski area at 1,920 metres. From there you descend the red marked slopes 14 and 12. Skiers can reach run 3, which leads down to the valley, either via the blue-marked 1 or the red-marked 9. Sporting skiers exercise themselves on the black-marked downhill runs 7 and 3 before returning to the valley station with the red-marked 3.
Freestylers also get their money's worth in the Petzen ski area. The Snowpark is located on the red marked runway 14 at the Siebenhüttenlift. This one offers several rails, boxes and kickers.
Snow Safety & Snowmaking
On Mountain Dining
The huts and mountain restaurants on the Petzen invite you to take a break and relax. You can choose from the Gasthaus Siebenhütten, Ezzo's Skistube or Emmi's Mosthütte, a rustic hut with homemade specialities and delicious snacks. During a break at the huts you can enjoy the enchanting panorama with a view of the Großglockner and Koralpe. In addition to the Shred pleasure in the freestyle area, the JUFA Chill Area located directly next to the park also offers space to relax with music and deckchairs.
If you love long descents, you should definitely descend the 7.5 kilometre long valley descent. Even for beginners, the quite easy piste, which invites you to enjoy carving, is well suited.
In addition to skiing, Petzen offers classic winter sports. On the various cross-country trails visitors can glide through the winter landscape in classic or skating style. If you like, you can trudge through the snow-covered nature to the summit with snowshoes. There are also possibilities for skating and sledging.
Après-Ski and Nightlife
After an eventful day of skiing, guests can expect the new Petzen - Nest directly at the car park. There you can find the famous Slovenian speciality "štruklji".
Dining and Restaurants
- Alte Zollhütte
At the Siebenhüttenlift at 1680m above sea level is the Alte Zollhütte. Your physical well-being will be taken care of in the best way! Holiday apartment all year round with 2 separate bedrooms on the 1st floor of the hut (8 persons).
- Ezzos Hütte
Experience the cosy atmosphere in Ezzo's hut on the Petzen. The hut is located at about 1.700m above sea level and offers a wonderful view.
- Emmis Mosthütte
Urrige Hütte in the middle of the hiking area and the valley descent. 30 minutes walk from the Petzen valley station. Homemade specialities. Accommodation for 8 persons.
Infrastructure & Rental
From Klagenfurt it is almost 60 kilometres to the ski area. Follow the A2 until exit 289-Völkermarkt West and change to the B70. Drive via Ruhstatt to Völkermarkt and take the B82 to Seebach. From here the L128 leads to the ski area.
Graz is about 130 kilometres away from the skiing area. To get to Petzen, follow the A2 to Griffen and then take the L127 (Lippitzbacher Landesstraße). Via Ruden and Bleiburg you get directly to the ski area. Free parking is available at the valley station.
With public transport:
Klagenfurt Airport is about 55 kilometres from the ski resort. There is a train station in St. Michael ob Bleiburg, about 14 kilometres away.