Gentle slopes for beginners and steep slopes for experts alternate in the family-friendly Dachstein-West ski region with around 145 km of slopes. Where the eight-time overall World Cup winner and double Olympic champion Marcel Hirscher is at home, professional ski and snowboard instructors will be at your side to learn or deepen the techniques of winter sports.
Healthy for body and mind is the gentle movement – try cross-country skiing under expert guidance or get to know the winter-white nature on snowshoes.
This region is located where the Dachstein mountain range presents itself at its best and friendliest, boasting Austrian hospitality in the southern corner of the geographical triangle of Linz – Salzburg – Dachstein.
You can find this region between the idyllic world-famous village of Hallstatt in the Upper Austrian Dachstein-Salzkammergut area and the villages of Russbach and Annaberg, the home of ski star and 8-time World Cup winner Marcel Hirscher, in the province of Salzburg. There, sustainably and carefully planned, a top-class ski area has developed. Dachstein West is still a little bit of an insider tip, but one which all ski fans, once they get to know it, give a thumbs up to.
Skiing in Dachstein West offers an impressive mountain panorama, perfect pistes, mostly with a snow guarantee, modern lifts, traditional mountain lodges and inexpensive ski passes. Skiing in the low mountain ranges with low risk of avalanche and protected from the wind whilst enjoying the views of the higher nearby mountains – you won’t experience it as intensively anywhere else than in the Dachstein West region, especially since this season there is now the well-signposted, connected “panoronda” cruisers’ ski circuit with a total length of 44 km. This is only one of the reasons why Dachstein West is known as one of the ski regions with the best views in Austria – and as one of the most hospitable.
The traditional atmosphere of our ski lodges is not only loved by many happy and satisfied guests, it has also been confirmed as being above average many times in test results and in guest surveys carried out by independent market researchers. If you look at the price per kilometre of piste, then Dachstein West is in a class of its own.
You can use the ski bus service free of charge. Bus stop is 50 meter from our hotel.
Ski and snowboard courses:
Freeride Alpin (Annaberg-Astauwinkel): http://www.freeride-alpin.at/
Tracks in the Dachstein West Region:
Total: 142 km, 122 km with snow canons
Easy: 34 km
Middle: 96 km
Difficult: 12 km
Tracks for night skiing: 3 km
If you buy a 3-day skipass in Dachstein West, you can also use the tracks in Lungötz, Abtenau, Freesports Arena Krippenstein, Feuerkogel Ebensee and St. Martin free of charge with your skipass.
Total: 215 km
Lungötz, St. Martin: 74 km
Gosau: 45 km
Obertraun: 14 km
Postalm: 22 km
Abtenau: 60 km (15 km with lights)
You can rent a snowshoe in the hotel! For groups we are happy to organize snowshoe hiking trips with the help of the tourism office.
Gaudi fun pistes:
Gosau: Kids Cross track, Speed track with time measurement
Rußbach: Snowpark for Freestylers (Jumps, Rails, Kicker…), Rookie Park,Wilde Hilde with 67% gradient
Annaberg: Marcel Hirscher speed track with time measurement, Snowpark for Freestylers, Training track “Free Fall” (only for adrenalin fans), Snowcross track
Equipment hire and skischool:
Freeride Alpin Skischool and equipment hire in Astauwinkel: www.freeride-alpin.at
Sport Russegger Equipment hire in Annaberg: www.sport-russegger.at
More tracks in the area:
Postalm Arena: in a distance of 28 km from Annaberg, with 21 km skitracks
Dachstein Gletscher: in a distance of 40 km from Annaberg
Special winter experience in Dachstein West:
- Skitours: Cross tour trough the Dachstein
- Superpark Dachstein Freestyle Extreme Park
- 220 Km cross-country tracks