The town of Kals lies in the exclave of East Tyrol in Austria and is famous for a few things like the historical churches and the beautiful country meadows. However, what it is most famous for is the number of tourists it sees in summer and winter, on account of being in the same vicinity as the tallest mountain in all of Austria. Yes, the Groflglockner Mountains partly located in this town, and provides some of the best and widest ski slopes in the country. It is the largest ski resort in East Tyrol and offers a variety of adventurous activities like skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing and sledding.
The panoramic view of multiple mountains can be seen from the ski lifts while ascending to the top and it is undoubtedly a sight to behold. The snow covered mountain tops are picturesque, along with the beautiful and serene valleys.
Base Elevation: 933 m
Summit Elevation: 2422 m
Vertical Drop: 1489 m
Kals am Großglockner Ski Resort has many different attractive features like a snow park for children complete with all the exciting equipment, a ski school wherein beginners can learn and practice. The trainers at this ski school are very experienced and have been working with individuals as well as large groups. Skills and techniques are taught.
Many activities and fun events like Christmas and New Year celebrations on the mountain, torchlight ski runs and tobogganing, children’s races, and ski tours to mountain huts take place very frequently. They are accompanied by food, drinks and of course, music. No guest ever gets bored here at the Kals am Großglockner Ski Resort
A detailed review of the services available and the ski area is given below:
Snowfall at Kals am Großglockner: The snowfall in this region is moderate and is suitable for winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. On the mountain, the thickness of snow is about 55 centimeters (27.7 inches), whereas in the valley the thickness of snow is up to 45 centimeters (17.7 inches).
However, the actual snow depth in Kals am Gro?glockner, may be drastically different, particularly if the snowfall is accompanied by high winds and/or varying air temperatures.
The snow is grainy, and the texture is such that skiers are able to create a proper grip. Advanced and efficient snowmaking machines are also fitted on the slopes, due to which they can even be used in the summer season.
Elevation at Kals am Großglockner: The height of the majestic Großglockner Mountain is 3,798 meters (12,461 ft) above sea level, and it is the highest mountain in Austria. Not only is it the highest in Austria, but it is also the tallest mountain in all the Alps east of the Brenner Pass. The ski resort is built between the elevations of 933 meters (3061 feet) and 2422 meters (7946feet). The vertical drop of about 1489 meters (4885 feet) is long and perfect enough for every ski lover to enjoy.
Ski Slopes at Kals am Großglockner: The ski slopes here at Großglockner are a mix of all the three levels of difficulty (easy, intermediate and difficult), creating a balance for skiers of all abilities. The intermediate ski run is the most predominant, with a length of 22.5 km (almost 14 miles). The easy and difficult ski runs are 8.5 km (5.28 miles) and 6 km (3.7 miles) respectively. In total, there are 37km (22.9 miles) of well-groomed and well-maintained ski slopes. These slopes are worked upon every day in the afterhours so that they are good as new in the next day. Artificial snow making machines are present on each and every slope.
Valley runs are available with the run location being above as well as under the tree line. This valley run leads to Matrei and Kals, and at the end of the run there are ski buses which transport you back to the lift stations. Additional marked ski routes that 4.6 km long (2.85 miles) are also provided. Tobogganing and cross country skiing are the highlights of this fantastic ski resort, and most guests do not miss the opportunity of skiing through the excellent condition classic cross country ski trails along the beautiful romantic countryside.
The longest ski runs in the Kals am Großglockner Ski Resort are Run Nos. 1, 2 and 10 whereas the most difficult run is Run No. 12.
Weather at Kals am Großglockner: The weather is notably cold, and as is expected, always at sub-zero temperatures on the mountain. The valleys are always at temperatures below 10 degrees during the winter months. The probability of precipitation is forty to sixty percent in average, although there are no thunderstorms. The sunlight lasts for an average of five to six hours every day, and it definitely makes the beautiful white snow shine, while giving it a breathtaking look.
Lift System at Kals am Großglockner: The Kals am Großglockner Ski Resort is equipped with great quality ski lifts manufactured by Doppelmayr, which is well and widely known in the chairlift manufacturing market. They are safe for the guests and have extra features in their design as well. There are 13 ski lifts, traveling a length of almost 15 km or 9.3 miles.
Let us look at the lifts in detail:
There are three gondola lifts, having a seating capacity for eight persons.
There are two high-speed detachable chairlifts, having a seating capacity of 6 people. These chairlifts are fitted with weather protector bubbles as well as seat warmers.
Two slower chairlifts have a seating capacity of four people and have a weather protector bubble only.
There is one chairlift which is a fixed grip chairlift and can seat four people.
There are five T Bar lifts which can be used for beginners.
There is an another ascension mechanism for kids called the Sunkids Magic Carpet.
All these lifts combined can transport 18,276 passengers per hour.
Tariff at Kals am Großglockner: The rates at Kals am Großglockner Ski Resort are definitely worth every penny you spend there. Some great discounts and offers can be availed of. The rates differ, depending on the time of day, ranging from 30 to 40 Euros. A full day pass can be bought at 45 Euros, for adults and 22 Euros for children. From 2 days to 5 days the price ranges from 89 Euros to 209 Euros for adults. If you take a ski pass for twelve days straight, the cost is around 333 Euros. Youth and senior citizens get a few Euros off on the ski tickets too. You can even buy season passes.
All ski tickets for more than a day are valid throughout East Tyrol (except Prägraten, Möltal Glacier, and Ankogel). For children under the age of 5, the tickets are free if adults accompany them. Group discounts and discounts for school coaching groups are also given.
Operating Times at Kals am Großglockner: The slopes remain open from 9 in the morning till 4 in the evening. Night skiing and floodlit tobogganing are offered for guests from 6 PM till 9 PM. The Kals am Großglockner Ski Resort is open from early December to late April. In the summer season, it is open from June to August.
Kals am Großglockner Ski Resort is a wonderful place to spend quality time with your family and loved ones. The people who work here are hard working, helpful and warm. Don’t miss out on Kals am Großglockner as a vacation spot, and have an unforgettable experience. Right from skiing, snowboarding and a wide range of other fun activities on offer make this place truly special. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead, book your tickets, grab your gear bags and head out for this amazing winter location with family and friends and make the most of the ongoing winters. You can have endless fun here and return with memories to cherish forever. Have fun!
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