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Austria - where to go? I'm looking forward to another great Austrian ski vacation this February. Over the past years, I have spent time in both St. Anton and Bad Gastein. I thought both areas had good off-piste skiing...

but, I am looking to explore other areas though and would love to hear your suggestions.

Skiing: I'm looking for really good off-piste

powder
steep
small crowds

Town: I'm looking for a quaint Austrian village
small
quite - at least able to escape the party if wanted
Austrian - German language only is not a problem
inexpensive
I would love to be able to take the train from Munich but could rent a car if necessary

I've started looking at Mayerhofen, Krippenstein (dachstein), Solden and Obergurgl but am very open to any of your suggestions.

thanks
post #2 of 6
- Sölden and Obergurgl = not cheap
- Mayrhofen = not the best off-piste
- Krippenstein = fits the bill if there's enough snow (low elevation).
February should be o.k. though
- Heiligenblut: off the radar but a goodie. Great AT options.

Edit: you could stay at one of the smaller villages in the Ötztal and commute to Sölden.
post #3 of 6
Go to Heiligenblut! 1.300-2.900m. Very quite village. Fantastic resort with great off-piste possibilities...if: If there is enough snow. I mean there will be always enough snow for the slopes but Heiligenblut is situated in the center of the Austrian Alps and this rgion is a little more dry. Secondly due to elevation there can be heavy winds but still my favorite. Do not expect night life. Do not expect people in the resort! Pure nature fun.
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
Heiligenblut sounds interesting. Can you tell me a little more about it?

good snow?
off-piste options?
town?

can you link up with some of the other ski areas near mallnitz (ankogel and Mölltaler Gletscher?) by bus or train?

thanks,

matt
post #5 of 6

Heiligenblut follow up

Hi Matt,
some more infos on the resort. Heiligenblut is a quite small resort situated at the dead end of the Mölltal valley. The village is small not at all compareable to other locations like Mayerhofen, Saalbach or Obertauern. Smaller.
www.heiligenblut.at/
http://www.bergfex.at/skiheiligenblut/
Nightlife is more or less not exististing except 2 small bars. The resort is devided in 2 sections. Schareck and Fleiss. Lifts start directly in the village so you do not need a car if you got the right hotel. Ski in/ski out. Section 1 from the village goes up from 1.300m-1.750 Rossbach. There you either go up to Schareck 2.600m or go through the mountain with a sort of train to Fleisstal. There you got 2 sections up to 2.900. In Fleisstal you got very nice powder possibilities and off piste areas.I think its worth skiing a day with a guide to explore all possibilities. The main mountain Schareck allows several possibilities to Rossbach and also down to the back Fallbichl.

The resort is depending mostly on snow from the south (Italy) but also gets some snow from the North-West. It can be very windy at 2.500-2.900m! in this case most of the lifts need to close. In regards to Mallnitz and Mölltaler: A lot of driving. not really worth but if there is not enough snow you can go at least to Mölltaler! Driving from Heiligenblut to Mölltaler appx 30 min and to Mallnitz 45min all depending on road conditions. In my opinion not worth. Stay up in Heiligenblut.

I hope this helps...

Regards Christoph
post #6 of 6
FWIW if you go to Heiligenblut be aware that the Hochtor Pass is closed during winter. This means you have to go all around the eastern side of the Tauern region. Depending on where you come from this is a considerable drive to get there but doable.
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