Austria’s East Tyrol region is one of the highest ski regions, in the immediate vicinity of the Grossglockner.
The combined ski pass provides everyone with the opportunity to try all the 8 different ski resort systems in the region, where being overcrowded is not typical at all. The trails can be reached on high quality roads.
It is worth visiting several ski resorts. You should try the long forest tracks and the glacier type wide slopes too. Fun parks and built-in jumps are great for freestyle enthusiasts. For those who do not prefer downhill, we recommend the numorous cross-country skiing and hiking trails. Daytime relaxation is guaranteed in the friendly huts enjoying delicious Tyrolean specialties.
Aineterhof is located in the middle of the ski region.
The largest ski resorts
Matrei-Kals – Grossglockner Resort
The highest and largest connected ski resort in the region is 920 km long. From the belvedere you can see the summit of Grossglockner. The hotel is located 17 km far from the Matrei cable car, but the mountain can be reached from the other side as well, from Kals. Beginner skiers and snowboarders can find it ideal with its long, wide slopes and comfortable student trails. The black and red slopes of the higher region are awaiting more advanced skiers. The resort is also a real paradise for cross-country skiers and hikers. The fun park has slides and jumps. In addition there is a 7 km long toboggan run.
St. Jakob in Defereggen
To reach this 24 km ski resort you have to drive 30 km in a beautiful valley. Its highest point is 2525 m. Thanks to its climate the snow quality is always excellent and its location makes skiers feel like being on a glacier. Here is the largest and most diverse fun park in the region, where you can try jumps and slides on the different terrain obstacles. In the valley there are numerous cross-country skiing trails.
Lienz – Zettersfeld
This 37 km long sunny resort is located 7 km far from the hotel, at 2270 meters, right above the city of Lienz. It is a real family resort. Pleasant, long and wide slopes and a baby funpark, so the smaller ones too can practice jumps and other stunts. There is also a special area for instructing large groups. Non-skiers can do a light hike along the slopes.
Sillian is 37 km far from the hotel, near the Italian border. This 2407 m high ski resort is easy to access. There is a cable car from the parking in the valley to the slopes.
Sillian combines glacier feeling with a great variety of forest paths and slopes – some of them takes you down completely to the parking. The slopes are excellent for carving and a large fun park was built for freestyle skiing.
The highest ski resort in Carinthia. At the altitude of 3122 meters, the slopes run 18 km long. The hotel is about a 65 km drive, the glacier train takes you to the central station in 8 minutes. Here snow is guaranteed, however according to last years’ experience, other resorts haven’t had problem with this either. The ski season here begins in October and ends in mid-May. The upper slopes are open to skiers even in the summer. The longest ski slope, Abfahrt Eissee, is 7 km. Cross-country skiers can enjoy the 13 km long cross-country ski run.
Further ski slopes
Lienz – Hochstein
This slope in Lienz is 16 km long, the peak is 2000 meters high. We recommend this resort for advances skiers, due to its steepness. The resort is 5 km far from the hotel.
Other great entertainment opportunity here is the 2.7 km long bobsleigh track – recommended for every age.
Ankogel – Mallnitz
13 km long slope system, highest point is at 2636 m. Slopes are wide and long. It is 65 km far from the hotel.
The resort has 16 km long slopes, that start on 2250 m. It is 45 km drive from the hotel in the direction of Italy. The road runs in a beautiful valley.
35 km far from the hotel, it is a 4 km long slope, ideal for families with smaller children and beginners.
For our guests we recommen the 5 biggest ski resorts. They are easy to approach, the slopes long and well maintained, and long waiting is not really typical at the ski lifts – even in high season.