Well-arranged, comfortable, ultra-modern and mega-friendly – that’s how you would describe the seven winter sports resort of the Salzburger Sportwelt, which at the same time make up the winter centrepiece of the Ski amadé area with a total of 760 kilometres of pistes. The ski areas are varied, yet well-laid out: even though you’re in the Ski amadé, at the heart of Austria’s largest ski area, you can still enjoy a holiday with your little ones. The modern ski lifts are comfortable and mostly equipped with bubble hoods and seat heating. Easily accessible practice lifts and nursery slope areas reserved for children are located centrally and can be reached on foot from your hotel on the free ski bus. Particularly popular amongst the kids: the numerous mountain adventure worlds, fun slopes and snow parks.
Tip no. 1: The JO Family accommodation properties ensure a feel-good atmosphere
Families with children have special needs and requirements on holiday. Such as a children’s buffet or children’s mealtimes, children’s table games or simply a perfectly equipped family room to enable easy packing at home. The JO Family Partners in St. Johann in Salzburg are real family experts and have set their goal of fulfilling wishes down to the smallest detail.
Tip no. 2: Eben im Pongau – couldn’t be more family-friendly
The “monte popolo“ ski area in Eben has won several awards for its family-friendliness and the attractive facilities for children. The “International Piste Seal of Approval“ is one of the fixed indicators in the ski lift industry with regard to quality and safety. The “monte popolo“ is rated as a great adventure mountain for the whole family with its fun park, adventure slope, kinderland and child-safe 6-seater chairlift.
Tip no. 3: Winter adventure mountains for children and child-care for the over-twos
The Family Run in Flachauwinkl-Kleinarl offers families with children the opportunity to explore the Shuttleberg playfully. The easy to ski, 19 kilometre long run leads along blue pistes and wide slopes to 19 stations with the popular, larger-than-life “Crazy Dolls“. Children who visit all the stations receive a sticker picture book and stickers.
In WAGRAINI’s Winter World the long forest magic carpet conveyor belt lift, the tubing run, the rubber ring carousel, the kids‘ beginner’s snow park, the igloo and the dwarves’ house offer youngsters the opportunity to romp around creatively, play and to get warmed up.
On the Ghost Mountain in St. Johann the adventurous devils‘ route can be skied in winter. Scary witches and devil figures line the run through the family adventure park on the Gernkogel.
In the Fichtelland at the Hochbifang valley station of the Radstadt-Altenmarkt ski circuit you can ski from one talking figure to the next – right your way through the fairy-tale winter forest. The Königslehen fun slope ensures great fun skiing with waves, steep curves, tunnel, snail and small jumps.
In the Kids‘ Club at the Filzmoos Ski School children over the age of two are lovingly cared for without ski instruction. With its children’s restaurant, a play and painting corner, quiet areas and lots of other facilities parents know that their toddlers are well taken care of.
Tip no. 4: In the best of hands from the very start at 25 Ski and Snowboard Schools
In many ski schools children over three years can start their first attempts on skis. So as not to overchallenge the little ones, the groups are kept small and the method is playful. In the event of bad weather many ski schools have cosy play and recreation rooms, in which the children can warm up and recharge their batteries. The nursery slope with meeting place, magic carpet conveyor belt lift, practice lift and mascot is a grand outdoor playground with top supervision. Often taster lessons with short lesson times are on offer two or three days a week. For older children group tuition or private lessons are available: according to requirements, children can perfect their technique or learn the FIS piste rules; then it’s off into the slopes, the snow park or slalom pole training. Lessons are offered in different languages.
Tip no. 5: Carving without a care with the best equipment
The right equipment is part of fun on the slopes: and here too families with children are well catered for in the Salzburger Sportwelt. Painful ski boots are a thing of the past: comfortable boots, easy to turn carving ski and well-fitting helmets are all pre-requisites for feeling good on the pistes. Each winter sports resort has its own or even several ski rental shops. If the equipment doesn’t fit properly, it can be exchanged without any fuss.
Tip no. 6: Try out new things in the snow parks and on the fun slopes
The snow parks in the Salzburger Sportwelt are the trendiest meeting places for the young freestyle scene. Free skiers and snowboarders have the opportunity to test their limits and try out new tricks. The Easy-Park in Zauchensee, the monte popolo fun park in Eben and playgroundSNOW in Radstadt are ideal for beginners. The Soko fun slope in Wagrain combines the best elements of boarder cross and snow park in one area and can also be skied by everyone. Legendary and reserved for pros only is the “Absolut Park“ in Flachauwinkl-Kleinarl: the whole park area stretches over a length of 1.5 km, it‘s separated into six sections and equipped with around 100 different and varied obstacles. These are cared for daily by a special shape crew to ensure perfect conditions. “Burton – The Stash“ also belongs to the Absolut Park and offers neither perfectly prepared pistes, nor shaped obstacles to the last detail. The obstacles, on the other hand, are made of wood and snow and integrated in the natural terrain. The area also offers a number of opportunities for natural jibs and powder runs. The “Lil‘ Stash“ is ideal for children. The snow park Alpendorf, with a total length of 900 m, was concepted with the focus on quick learning success. The park is split into the “Progression Line“ and the “Fun Line“.
Tip no. 7: Water fun, toboggan runs and Night Watchman tour.
After a long day’s skiing or on a ski-free day the Thermal Spa Amadé in Altenmarkt and the Adventure Pool Wasserwelt Wagrain beckon. Both leisure facilities offer spacious areas for children with water slides, toddlers‘ pools, animation and indoor adventure worlds. Spacious sauna areas offer parents peace and quiet and areas to unwind. A wide range of spa and massage treatments available in the Therme Amadé promise pure relaxation.
Those fancying action in the evening, can enjoy sledging on one of the 13 floodlit toboggan runs in the Salzburger Sportwelt: after the ascent and a culinary refreshment stop whizz down on the traffic-free runs of up to 6.5 km in length back down to the valley. There are 18 toboggan runs in total in the region.
A journey back in time is promised in the medieval town of Radstadt on a mystic-nostalgic Night Watchman Tour: visitors have free admission to an exciting insight into the history of the former trading town between the Radstädter Tauern and the Lueg Pass.
The Salzburger Sportwelt encompasses the eight holiday resorts of Flachau, Wagrain-Kleinarl, St. Johann-Alpendorf, Radstadt, Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Eben and Filzmoos and makes up the winter centrepiece of the Ski amadé. This is, with its 760 km of pistes, 270 lift facilities, 25 ski and snowboard schools and over 120 ski huts, Austria’s largest ski destination.
The winter season 2020/21 in the Salzburger Sportwelt starts at the beginning of December. You’ll find detailed information regarding lift opening times plus Covid-19 measures in resort at: www.salzburgersportwelt.com or www.skiamade.com/corona