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post #1 of 17
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I will be flying into Munich next weekend, and I arranged for 2 days of skiing @ St. Anton.

I then need to do some business for two days in Salzberg, but have two or 3 more days after to ski! I am looking for suggestions based on current suggestions. I had wanted to go to Kitzbuhel because the city sounds really fun and I'd love to go somewhere with charm, but their website shows only 10cm at village and 100cm at summit -- very low right?

I was thinking maybe Tux or Ischgl, or maybe somewhere near Innsbruck? Please, any suggestions would greatly help my trip!

Thanks!
post #2 of 17
Innsbruck itself has many smaller skiing areas
Kitzbuhel is a risk when no more snow will fall, though you'll have plenty of opened slopes I believe.
In Ischgl you'll normally find good conditions, though high prices as well.
post #3 of 17

Try this area.

Zachensee. Higher than most and not too far from Innsbruck.
post #4 of 17
I second Zauchensee. It's a lovely area, higher in elevation than the other Ski Amade pistes, and is the only Amade area to have reliable snow at this point in the season. Zauchensee was one of the areas proposed in Salzburg's (failed) Olympic bid, and it's a fun place. One thing's for sure: you'll see a lot of Atomic skis there, as their HQ is (was?) in Altenmarkt, which is down the canyon from Zauchensee.

All of the Amade areas - Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Flachau, Wagrain, St. Johann-Alpendorf - have good over in the higher elevations. But the runs to the base are touch-and-go right now, usually a single ribbon of man-made snow heading to the base area. But the upper reaches of Wagrain and Flachau have a lot of fun terrain, and all can be skied on the same ticket as Zauchensee.

You could also go to the Dachstein glacier, which will certainly have good snow - again, high elevation. The other option is to go an hour further south to Kaprun.
post #5 of 17
Drive by Zauchensee and head right on a couple more Ks to Obertauern - better than anything in Amade.
post #6 of 17
Come to Sölden, that's where I will be
post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 
hm. I don't know much about Solden. I was considering Ischgl!
post #8 of 17
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I need some advice! Is there any good way to locate hotels? In America I can use websites (orbitz, hotels.com, etc) to find hotels. I have a week until this trip and cannot find any hotels that are not way overpriced. Any suggestions? Would it be a bad idea to just "show up" in Ischl and find a hotel?
post #9 of 17
I've been to Ischgl a bunch of times, this year I'm going to Sölden. I think they are very a like.. Sölden got better off-piste I think. And there's always Obergurgl
post #10 of 17
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I need some advice! Is there any good way to locate hotels? In America I can use websites (orbitz, hotels.com, etc) to find hotels. I have a week until this trip and cannot find any hotels that are not way overpriced. Any suggestions? Would it be a bad idea to just "show up" in Ischl and find a hotel?
http://www.ischgl.com/
post #11 of 17
Or! www.soelden.com although ischgl is a very very very nice place..
post #12 of 17
From Salzburg no use driving to Sölden or Ischgl. Stick to the Amade or better Obertauern. Kitzbühel and Kaprun (Kitzsteinhorn/Glacier) make sense too along with Schladming/Dachstein-Glacier. If conditions are right enjoy one of the best freeride areas the Alps have to offer: the Krippenstein from Obertraun.

Different story when starting from Munich again.
post #13 of 17
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From Salzburg no use driving to Sölden or Ischgl. Stick to the Amade or better Obertauern. Kitzbühel and Kaprun (Kitzsteinhorn/Glacier) make sense too along with Schladming/Dachstein-Glacier. If conditions are right enjoy one of the best freeride areas the Alps have to offer: the Krippenstein from Obertraun.

Different story when starting from Munich again.
Only about 40miles to Sölden.. Obertaurn is right next to Sölden..
post #14 of 17
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Only about 40miles to Sölden.. Obertaurn is right next to Sölden..
Obertaurn is nowhere near Solden. Not even remotely close.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by ami in berlin View Post
Obertaurn is nowhere near Solden. Not even remotely close.
Sorry I meant Obergurgl
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by GrooK View Post
Sorry I meant Obergurgl
Now we hit the crackpipe, no? :

Salzburg is WAY off from the Ötztal.
post #17 of 17
I'll be in Zell am See from Friday but I hear conditions there are not ideal. Quite slushy late in the day. But from there, Kaprun is only around the corner and I have watched the snow come down for the last couple of days there. Try this website for webcams:

www.feratel.com

Once you have selected Austria, Kaprun is in the Salzburg section. (For interest, if you fancy kitzbuhel, that is in the Tyrol section (See also, Kirchberg and Hollersbach for all the linked resort cams)) My mate in Zell says there is quite a few cheap pensions (B+B's) to be found in Zell and they will not be overfull.

If you do fancy Kitz, we always stay at the Pension Johanna. Very reasonable and a superb manager called Trine who helps out with every enquiry you could possibly need.

http://kitzbuehel-johanna.com/

Enjoy your stay.
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