Winter in Bad Ischl and the Salzkammergut
Winter is a magical time in Bad Ischl. The mountains are wrapped in snow and there is every sort of winter pursuit available in the area. As you would expect there is excellent skiing but there is also plenty for non-skiers : Winter walks, snow shoe walking, ice skating, sleigh rides, thermal spas and sightseeing.
Advent and Christmas Markets
More information see
Dachstein West Winter Sport Paradise
We are right in the centre of the Dachstein West ski region with its network of 45 lifts and cable cars serving over 140 kilometres of wide, well groomed piste . Relatively unknown to skiers outside Austria and Germany, this is an excellent ski area with modern facilities, set in breathtaking scenery. There is skiing to suit all levels from beginners to the most experienced skier, top class ski schools and welcoming mountain restaurants. In fact everything you need for a great ski holiday!
We are 25 minutes by car or about an hour by free ski bus from Gosau and Russbach. The free ski bus runs from the centre of Bad Ischl. With skiing to suit all levels, you can ski all day with hardly a queue, and always find a mountain hut to relax and enjoy traditional food and drink.
Take a look at:
www.dachstein.net - for full details of the area
www.ski-snow-fun.at - for ski school in Gosau
www.russbach.com - for ski school in Russbach
Katrinalm Ski Touring Centre
Ski touring is one of the fastest growing winter sports. Ski touring (sometimes called ski de randonne, ski mountaineering, and AT [alpine touring] or variants) uses special ski equipment that enables the user to climb then descend slopes without the aid of ski lifts. Sounds mad? Maybe but fans of the sport love to get away from the crowds and ski free. The Katrinalm in Bad Ischl 5 minutes drive from Haus Strutzenberger.
Take a look at:
www.katrinalm.at - for details of the everything Katrinalm has to offer
Cross Country Skiing
For cross country enthusiasts there are miles of classic and skating trails, with spectacular scenery, just a short drive away. Try the trails in Bad Isch Langlauf Centre-Rettenbachalm and around Pfandl, or those around Lake Wolfgang and Langbathsee, Bad Goisern and Gosau.
Postalm Activity Centre
We are 25 minutes by car ( or about an hour by ski bus) from Postalm Activity Centre. This is the highest alpine plateau in Austria, sunny and snow sure.Great for families! For skiers this is a beginners' and improvers' paradise with about 20km of nursery slopes, blue and easy red runs. There are excellent cross country trails. The Fun park (with tubes and body boards) and floodlit toboggan run just add to the fun you can have here.
Dachstein Krippenstein - Free Ride Area
We are 25 minutes by car ( or about an hour by ski bus) from Dachstein Krippenstein with skiing at over 2000m, 11km of runs with a 1500m drop! Great off piste skiing. This is a challenging resort for all skiers and snowboarders. There is also a beginners area and ski school. Even if you don't ski here, go up just for the view -it's like being on the top of the world!
Other Winter Activities