- Offering 20 miles of slopes and terrain, Riesneralm is among the 10 largest Ski Resorts in Styria.
- Elevated between 3215 ft and 6529 ft, the Ski Resort is among the 10 highest elevated Ski Resorts in Styria. The vertical drop from summit to base is 3314 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in Austria is 2359 ft. Most runs are therefore relatively long.
- Season starts on Dec 4 and ends on Apr 5 (122 days). Average season duration in Austria is 186 days.
- Average snow depth during the season (Dec 4 to Apr 5) is 48 " at summit elevation and 15 " at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during March, offering an average snow depth of 61 " at summit elevation and 19 " at the base. Therefore Riesneralm is among the 10 ski Resorts with best snow conditions in Styria.
- Riesneralm features 60 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in Austria is 63 sunny days. January is the sunniest month with an average of 18 sunny days.
The Ski Resort
The ski resort Riesneralm-Donnersbachwald is situated right in the Wölzer Tauern in Steiermark. The 30 kilometers (18,6 miles) of trails can all be artificially snowed. Hence, you will always have best snow conditions even if the weather doesn´t play along. Eight lifts bring winter athletes comfortably up the mountain from where you have access to 4 trails that are descending into the valley and other exciting runs. With 15 kilometers (9,3 miles) blues, 12 kilometers (7,4 miles) of reds and three kilometers challenging terrain boredom is never a burning topic.
The highest point in the resort is the raised hide featuring a vertical rise of 1820 meters (5971 feet). A few years ago this became the area for the new high-altitude ski resort starting at a height of 1300 meters (4265 feet) above sea level. The three new trails are accessible via a brand new panorama 6 seater chair lift with included cover to be safe in all possible weather conditions. Everyone will find their personal highlight at Riesneralm:
The Cross-Ride-Track is the newest alternative to the terrain park an guarantees action for every freeride fan and snowboarders. The 500 meter (1640 feet) long track, that is shaped and well-prepared by excavators and Pistenbullys offers steep turns, hills and jumps while leading back to the base. The mogul slope also brings some nice change.
Hobby ski racer can prove their skills at Alpin-Base, a professional training center with a FIS race slope that also includes a training slope. Feel your heart race and get your thrill of speed right here!
Little ones will love the ski kids park with their own kids ski circuit, composed of blue trails only. Their personal kids ski resort at Riesneralm features 5 ha and four runs and is therefore the ideal training area for the little beginners. Kids lifts, magic carpets, wave tracks a playground house and an adventure course- the beginner area with ski school center is expecting all resort guests with arms wide open. The Krispini Express, Austria´s longest conveyor belt is the entrance to the kids ski resort and chair lifts.
Night owls shouldn´t miss the night ski tours. Every Friday you get the chance to be part of ´NaTOURpur´, where you´ll walk up the lighted ski trails up to the raised hide that is open until 10 pm.
The resort Riesneralm Donnersbachwald is part of the Schneebärenland, that means, you can actually hit five ski mountains with only one ski pass (Tauplitz, Kaiserau, Planneralm, Loser-Altaussee, Riesneralm). A great extra: free Wi-Fi everywhere in the resort!
Snow Safety & Snowmaking
On Mountain Dining
Right as you leave the four seat chairlift Donnersbachwald you´ll see and smell the Berghof Riesneralm that features a vertical rise of 1600 meters (5249 feet). The self-service cafeteria restaurant provides all kind of food like special skier menus that include soup, main dish and salad. Berghof Riesneralm welcomes to relax with their great wellness offers. You can also stay overnight and after breakfast easily start in a fun-filled winter day. You can also rest at the raised hide. The Zirbenstube, the rustic Gipfelbar and the extraordinary panorama lounge make the raised hide to a special mountain hut. A small break on the 360° sun deck, snuggled in the free deck chairs is surely a break that you only have once in a lifetime. Every Friday they are roasting up a sucking pick right in front of you.
The Mörsbachalm expects you with daily fresh local food and the comfy Oxenalm ski mountain hut that features a sun deck and a great view of the surroundings as well is also a great place to stop. A great skiing breakfast expects winter athletes in Geri´s Boomerang, located right at base station Riesneralm in Donnersbachwald. At night you can come here for snacks, cocktails and dancing music. A kids disco is often on the program and brings fun for young and old. The restaurant STEER is a great dinner option and guarantees the perfect ending for a day at Riesneralm.
Most Difficult Runs
Away from the trails you can hit the natural ice rink Donnersbachwald. More romantic is night skating that is perfectly lighted. Keep in mind that you need to bring your own skates because here is no rental shop. Start from Mörsbachalm and off you go on 3,5 kilometers (1,8 miles) natural toboggan run. You´ll enjoy yourself for sure- no matter if it´s day or night! Something you can´t do everywhere is a historic toboggan ride. Starting point is Schaupp-Alm. With the help of a tractor it goes up the mountain to the actual starting point. Now it´s time for the speeding part: the toboggan guide brings you fast-paced back to the base. A few miles per hour slower but equally fun is a romantic horse sleigh ride through the snowy winter landscape.
Cross-country skiers will find 14 kilometers (8,6 miles) classic and two kilometer (1,2 miles) skating trails. The Perwein trail is more on the easy side and boasts 6,2 kilometers (3,7 miles) of well-prepared cross-country ski fun to offer. However, intermediate and experts should rather check out the 10,3 kilometer (6,2 miles) long Hinterwald cross-country trail. In the greater Donnersbach area are some outstanding winter hiking tracks and guided snow shoe tours are available as well. If you prefer to warm up after hours in the cold just spend your night in the local bowling alley at Stegerhof.
Après-Ski and Nightlife
Infrastructure & Rental
Coming from Salzburg, get on A10 to Eben. After continue on B 320 via Schladming until you reach Trautenfels. From here take B75 to Donnersbach.
Coming from Graz or Linz drive onto A 9 to Liezen. Continue on B320 to Stainach until you get to Trautenfels. After follow B75 via Irding to Donnersbach.
By Public Transportation:
Winter athletes can use the free ski bus to Riesneralm. It has different stops between Lienz to Donnersbachwald. Next airports are Linz, Graz and Salzburg. If you´re coming by train get out in Selzthal. Some trains even go to Stainach-Irding and Wörschach. Buses have many stops along the way and bring you to Donnersbachwald.