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Recommended Resorts Two-Three Hours from Vienna

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I have a business trip to Vienna in the middle of March. I plan to take two or three days to ski and am looking for a nice resort with good beginning and intermediate terrain as well as advanced terrain for my wife and myself. I am also looking for recommendations for economical, but nice places to stay for two or three nights. We would be looking for something that represents more of the classic Austrian skiing experience rather than something necessarily ultra modern.

We are not planning on renting a car, so there would have to good public transportation to the resort and lodging.

Thanks for your help.

Tom
post #2 of 12
Schladming, Mauterndorf/St. Michael, Hochkar, Krippenstein, Obertauern to name a few (and prolly best).
post #3 of 12
Here are a couple of relevant old threads. Obertauern is considered very snowsure and is a moderate size that won't overwhelm for 2-3 day visit. One member here, keir, listed it as his home mountain.
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=44373
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=64550

About train connections, not sure about Obertauern, but see that Schladming and Bad Gastein are about 4 hrs from Vienna: http://www.travelnotes.org/General/eurotrains.htm
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks

Powhog and JamesJ,

Thanks for the information. Would it make more sense for me to rent a car? The train to Schlading (sp?) is four hours and then I need to get bus transportation to the resort, I understand. I plan to ski for two days only. Mauterndorf/St. Michael appears even further by train. Is it mainly a highway trip from Vienna to these resorts? Or are there a lot of secondary roads one has to take?

I plan to ski on March 18-19. Does the snow hold up pretty well at this time or should I consider something higher?

Thanks again.

Tom
post #5 of 12
Check out this map of Austrian ski areas, good info here on locations and on specific ski areas, more clicking can lead to specific hotels. Pay attention to base elevations (for example Obertauern's 1640m/5385', or the Sportgastein section of Bad Gastein), Dachstein near Schladming even has glacier skiing for good, if boring late March snow. Obertauern is described as a small Austrian ski area, yet has 28 ski lifts.

http://www.j2ski.com/ski_resorts/Aus...sorts_Map.html

Here's a wonderful recent trip report with pics I spotted on another website covering some resorts in this area of Austria: http://www.snowjournal.com/page.php?cid=topic12839

By the way, believe the drive from Vienna to most areas discussed in this thread is approx 2 hrs/120miles on good/divided highways.
post #6 of 12
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Is it mainly a highway trip from Vienna to these resorts? Or are there a lot of secondary roads one has to take?

I plan to ski on March 18-19. Does the snow hold up pretty well at this time or should I consider something higher?
Both. First highways, then secondary roads. Snow should be fine until mid March. That said Obertauern is supposed to be better than anything else around for mere resort skiing.

The Dachstein south face has some gnar runs down to the valley floor if that is your cup of tea. There's a chance around that time that snow is in shape to allow descents.
post #7 of 12
Have a look on www.bergfex.at showing all resorts. I would recommend also Obertauern. Depending on speed 2:30 Vienna-Salzburg and then another 45 Min Obertauern. Other possibility train to Salzburg and ask if there is a transfer by the hotel.

Obertauern normally gets a lot of snow due to high altitude.

Have fun
Christoph
post #8 of 12
Obertauern is great!
I know of a really cheap nice pension in Tweng, less than 10' to Obertauern by (free) skibus.
Mauterndorf is fairly close to the highway with an easy last 15km's or so on a secondary road, Obertauern is a tad further away from the highway but not too far at all.
Most hotels in Obertauern arrange transport to and from Salzburg for about €40 pp roundtrip.
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

Lodging

Thanks for all your advice.

I think I'm going to try Schladming, but none of the sites I tried had lodging for just two nights. Any suggestions?

Tom
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Tom Orwell View Post
I think I'm going to try Schladming, but none of the sites I tried had lodging for just two nights. Any suggestions?
Contact tourist office - http://www.schladming-rohrmoos.com/s...om-en_1352.htm . It's easy in Austria to find lodging for shorter stays.
post #11 of 12
Tom, check your PM.

Austrian national railway link
http://www.oebb.at/en/index.jsp

There aren't too many places within 2-3 hours from Vienna using public transport. St Anton am Alberg on the overnight train is another possibility. It's a long train ride but worth it to visit Austrians No 1 ski resort with over 80 lifts.

During the day Schladming with take around 4 hrs 30min with public transport whereas St Anton takes 6 hrs.
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks

My wife and I had a great time at Schladming. The conditions were good; the variety of trails provided ample terrain for each us; the hotel (Posthotel Schladming) was very nice (the staff being especially friendly). Thanks for everyone's help and suggestions.

Tom
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