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Ski resort guide for East Tyrol

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AdventureAustria is based in the beautiful Dolomite town of Lienz in the region known as East Tyrol.

East Tyrol is located on the south side of the Alps close to the border with Italy and approximately 1 hour south of Kitzbühel.

Our ski resort guide is intended to give you all the important information you need should you be considering a ski holiday to East Tyrol.

The Guardian newspaper recently tipped East Tyrol as being ‘Austria’s secret ski destination yet to be discovered by the British’.  Read the article here to find out why.

Ski resort guide for East Tyrol.  Winter season for skiing in East Tyrol varies from resort to resort but is generally from the middle of December until middle of April. For more information and current prices please contact us or use our enquiry form.

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  • Lienz is the capital town of East Tyrol with a population of 12,000
  • In East Tyrol there are over 240 mountains with peaks over 3,000m including the highest mountain in Austria – the Grossglockner
  • Lienz itself has two ski resorts – Zettersfeld and Hochstein 668m – 2,278m
  • A total of 14 ski resorts are in our ski resort guide, all within easy reach from Lienz covering 769km of snow sure slopes including the Mölltal Glacier which offers all year round skiing
  • The SkiHit ski pass covers all ski resorts in East Tyrol as well as the Mölltal Glacier resort in Carinthia (357km)
  • Stay in one resort or ski in a different resort each day
  • Resorts for all abilities – advanced, intermediates, beginners and families
  • Children’s prices applicable for children up to the age of 18 – perfect for families and younger ski groups (SkiHit ski pass)
  • East Tyrol is well known for its stunning natural beauty, excellent snow records, uncrowded slopes and family friendly facilities
  • Lienz is officially Austria’s sunniest town with over 2,000 hours of sunshine a year
  • Nearest airports are Klagenfurt, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Trieste, Ljubljana and Munich

Also if you can’t decide between swimming and skiing, in Carinthia you simply get both! Go glacier skiing during the morning and in the afternoon get your swimming trunks out to go swimming in one of Carinthia’s crystal clear lakes! There are many other great reasons to visit Carinthia whatever time of year it is. The guide below should help you plan your perfect stay in Austria’s Riviera.

Lakes and Mountains

Carinthia (Kärnten in German) is the state with the most lakes and mountains in Austria. Together with neighbouring Italy and Slovenia, it is known as the ‘Three Countries Corner.’ Due to the different terrain, there is a division into ‘Upper Carinthia’ and ‘Lower Carinthia.’ Carinthia’s capital city Klagenfurt is located in the south between the Central Austrian Alps and the Karawanken Mountains. To the west is the ‘Wörthersee’ lake. This lake along with numerous others is the centre of summer tourism in Carinthia. The state of Carinthia has many wonderful valleys traversing it and as the southernmost region of Austria, it enjoys a temperature and climate similar to that of Central Europe.

Airport, Bus and Transport

The airport is located in the state capital Klagenfurt.

Direct flights with the airline German Wings can be found to cities such as Cologne, Bonn, Berlin and Hamburg. There are also direct flights to Austria’s capital city Vienna. From the airport, the city centre can be reached by bus or taxi and takes just 15 minutes.

Klagenfurt is a small airport and visitors may find better flights and connections to the following nearby airports.

  • Ljubljana, Slovenia Airport (about 1 hour drive)
  • Graz, Austria Airport (1 hour 30 mins drive)
  • Salzburg, Austria Airport (approximately 2 hours’ drive)
  • Munich, Germany Airport (about 3 hours’ drive)
  • Venice, Italy Airport (about 4 hours’ drive)

From Klagenfurt airport, there are several transfers to the various regions of Carinthia.

In addition to the regional transfers, the following bus connections are available:

  • Villach – Klagenfurt – Villach
  • Villach. Ljubljana – Villach
  • Villach – Graz – Vienna – Salzburg – Munich – Trieste – Venice – Treviso – Villach

Kärnten Card

The Kärnten Card offers free entry to over 100 of the most popular sights and attractions in Carinthia. The card is available for purchase from April to October and attractions can be visited as often as desired. The Kärnten Card is obtained at many outlets across Carinthia – such as tourist offices. Some hotels even offer guests a Kärnten Card for the duration of their stay, completely free of charge.

Highlights of Carinthia

City of Klagenfurt

In addition to wide variety of events, the city of Klagenfurt offers visitors a top choice of events, exhibitions, theatre and concerts. In summer the city invites you to a leisurely shop tour with a stop in a small old town café. In winter guests get to experience one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the Alps-Adriatic region. Guests from all over Europe come to wintery Klagenfurt to find Christmas gifts, experience a choral concert and drink Mulled wine. After Christmas Klagenfurt invites you to a New Year’s Eve carnival. A show programme for the whole family. At midnight the New Year is seen in with the famous Blue Danube Waltz.

Grossglockner / Heiligenblut Molltal Glacier / Ankogel

Leave your everyday life thousands of feet below you and get to experience the Alps from its best side. Amidst the Dreitausender’ (mountains over three thousand meters high) visitors will experience a fascinating scenery and skiing without end. The Mölltal Glacier is Carinthia’s highest altitude ski area. A paradise with guaranteed snow – even in the summer.

It offers 150 km of slopes for all skill levels, from beginners to professionals, as well as

Adventure seekers seeking gorgeous freeride skiing possibilities. A glittering wonderland and a hidden ski touring paradise in the Eastern Alps await you!

Nassfeld / Hermagor Pressergger Lake / Weissensee / Lesachttal

The Nassfeld ski area is located right on the Austrian-Italian border. On offer is 30 modern cable cars and lifts as well as 110 km snow-sure pistes for all levels. In addition, you can expect the Millennium Express, the longest cable car in the Alps. It takes about 17 minutes for the 6,000 m long track of the Gail Valley the ski area.

The regions Weissbriach, Lake Weissensee and in Kötschach-Mauthen are ideal for holidays with children. Here you have nearly 300 kilometers of well-groomed, snow-covered trails available. At the Lake ‘Weissensee’ you have one of the largest natural ice skating rinks in Europe. This is a paradise for ice skating enthusiasts which literally attracts 1,000’s of visitors every day! If you like you can play hockey, go ice curling or even play ice-golf!

Lake Millstätt

On the beautiful Lake Millstätt, alpine hikers can expect to find ruby gems often only hidden by slate. In the region there is an abundance of rare stones and mountain crystals. The hiking trails surrounding Carinthia’s deepest lake offer challenging tours with breath taking views that invite you to simply to linger and enjoy…

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