Discover A New Region This Season
Austrian skiing is well known for its warm welcome, great value, short transfers, authentic villages and comfy, fast lifts but we do tend to keep going back to the same old ski areas in the north and west of the country.
The less-well known region of Carinthia in the south east of the country has even more going for it than the northwest. For starters there’s 100 more hours sunshine in the winter months than destinations further north, that’s a lot of extra sunny ski days!
Carinthia, which borders Italy to the south and Slovenia to the east, is also the homeland of the most famous skier in history, Franz Klammer. You can ski a run he designed if you wish, and possibly even meet him on the slopes if you’re lucky!
SkiWeekends have an exclusive partnership with Visit Carinthia this season and are offering holidays to some of Carinthia’s best ski areas, from one of the biggest and best known to some hidden gems offering exceptional value and great skiing.
Klammer’s home resort is called Bad Kleinkirchheim, a bit of a tongue twister so commonly known as ‘BKK’ for short. It’s the biggest resort in the region with the ‘Bad’ in the name meaning ‘bath’, a reference to the thermal spas for which this classic resort is almost as famous as its 111km of ski slopes. People have been visiting to ‘take the water’ for at least a thousand years and these days along with lots of private spa facilities there are several superb slopeside thermal swimming pool complexes. Besides great skiing for all standards, BKK has lots to do off the slopes with a vibrant après-ski scene. It’s also one of the easiest resorts in Europe to reach, just a 45 minute transfer from Klagenfurt airport (twice weekly flights from London Stansted), or alternatively into Salzburg to the north, or Ljubljana to the south.
Innerkrems, located in the Nockberge mountains a little to the north of BKK, is a destination not believed to have been offered on the UK market before. Famous in Carinthia as one of the region’s most snow-sure ski areas. It manages to offer a huge range of on-snow activities as well as skiing for all levels from complete beginners to the most demanding ski tourers. On the list is everything from dog sledding or biathlon to a 6km toboggan run and the chance to try the ancient Carinthian tradition of “Latlshooting” on ice. In short, Innerkrems is a great place if you want a full snow fun adventure at a resort none of your friends have heard of!
Don’t forget that besides Carinthia, SkiWeekends offer flexible ski holidays and accommodation to seven other Austrian ski resorts this season, including the ever popular resorts of Saalbach and St. Anton.