Austria’s SalzburgerLand is home to many of the best-known ski areas in the Alps. There are more than 70 altogether and between them they offer an incredible total of over 2,000 kilometres of piste.
But besides all those fabulous, groomed slopes served by fast, comfortable lifts, SalzburgerLand’s ski areas have plenty of other on-snow activities available, particularly the increasingly popular option of bypassing the lifts altogether and getting up the slopes under your own power, by ski touring.
For those not familiar with it ski touring is the traditional way of getting up a snow-covered slope with a special binding on your touring skis and skins attached below the wax to help with the ascent away from the prepared slopes, before you head downhill on pristine powder and deep powder snow slopes.
It’s a fantastic way to get extra fit and immerse yourself in nature but beginners should ensure they have an experienced guide at their side, and all SalzburgerLand ski areas will be able to help there, as well as with ski touring equipment rentals if needed.
On the Kitzsteinhorn Mountain, there is a ski tour trail, in the Fuschlsee region a ski touring training trail, in Obertauern a ski tour training route to the Gnadenalm and in Zell am See-Kaprun is the first ski touring mountain in SalzburgerLand. These are just some of many different touring routes you will find available at almost every ski area in the province however.
There are plenty of other snow sports to try, some of which don’t need the skills or fitness of ski touring. Ice climbing, ice-kiting or driving a Segway through the winter landscape are among the options to try as a beginner or progress your skills if you already know them.
These and more trendy and fun winter sports can be tried out in many of SalzburgerLand’s sports resorts. There is also an extensive and diverse network of cross-country ski trails throughout SalzburgerLand for all facets of this Nordic sport – from the classic cross-country skiing and skating, up to laser biathlon.