It is that time of the year again when we seek the shelter of our warm, cozy jackets. Savoring a cup of hot chocolate or coffee becomes a heavenly bliss. It seems that nothing can be better than sitting by the fireplace, enjoying the warmth of the flaming firewood and contemplating about life. However, why not give a twist to your winter routine and try something new to break the monotony of this dreadful winter? Plan a trip to the beautiful alpine valleys and embrace the mesmerizing beauty of the mountains. Have an adventurous day as you ski down the slopes. Enjoy a scrumptious meal at the mountain huts and restaurants. What are you still waiting for? Have a vacation full of fun, food and fantastic view of the captivating landscape.
Base Elevation: 900 m
Summit Elevation: 1100 m
Vertical Drop: 200 m
Visit the beautiful alpine valley of Kleinwalsertaland enjoys the pristine beauty of the snow clad mountains. Located to the east of Vorarlberg in Austria, this valley provides a picturesque view of the Alps. The valley consists of 3 villages- Riezlern, Mittelberg, and Hirscheggat an altitude of 1089 m (3572 ft.) up to 1250 m (4101 ft.). The base elevation of the ski resort is 900 m (2953 ft.) while the summit elevation is 1100 m (3609 ft.). The total vertical difference of the ski resort is 200 m (656 ft.). Kleinwalsertal covers a total area of 97 km2 (9700hectares). It is approximately 6.5 km (4 mi) wide and 15 km (9.3 mi) long. Being surrounded by impressive mountains from almost all sides, Kleinwalsertal offers 360° panorama for your eyes to feast on. The spectacular winter landscapes are not the only highlight of this beautiful valley; it also offers various winter activities like skiing, snow parks and so on for unlimited fun and excitement.
A total of 54 lifts is available to carry passengers to different parts of the ski resort. Of the various lifts, Kanzelwandbahn (1957 m / 6420ft.), Walmendingerhornbahn (1951 m/ 6401 ft.), IfenSesselbahn (1600 m/ 5249 ft.),Nebelhornbahn (2214 m/ 7264 ft.), Fellhornbahn (1975 m/ 6480 ft.), and Söllereckbahn (1345 m/ 4413 ft.) are some of the noteworthy lifts of the area due to their high elevations. 23 ski tows, 13 chairlifts, six cable cars, four chairlifts, and eight magic carpets are available in the ski resort.These lifts have a superb average capacity of 28700 passengers per hour. The lifts operate daily from 8.30 a.m. to 4 in the evening.Being the third largest tourist destination in Austria, Kleinwalsertal attracts a large number of tourists every year. The impressive vistas and the reliable snow will definitely make your day. Plan a trip to this winter wonderland and discover the natural beauty of the Alps.
This two-country skiing region offers extremely varied runs to quench the thirst of various types of skiers. Whether you are a beginner, a child, or an extreme skier, Kleinwalsertal fulfills all your wishes. With vast skiing slopes of about 128 km (79.5 mi) in length, you get cozy family slopes, challenging black runs, and superb deep powdered snow. The ski area will get your heart racing.
Easy level– 30 km (18.6 mi) of these slopes are easy and perfect for beginners and children. Wide slopes with low elevation difference are just ideal for those who are ready to take their first steps in ski-learning. The longest run of the easy level is approximately 7 km (4.3 mi) long.
Intermediate level- Most of these slopes are of the intermediate level — 80 km (50 mi) to be exact. The longest ski run of the medium level is 4.4 km (2.7 mi) long with an altitude difference of 870 m (2854 ft.). For those who want something more challenging than the blue slopes, these runs are just right for them.
Expert level– For the daring and challenge-loving people, there are 18 km (11 mi) of the expert slopes available to test their skills. With an altitude difference of 430 m (1410 ft.), Kellerloch-Abfahrt is definitely the most difficult run as well as the longest one. It covers a total distance of 2 km (1.24 mi).
The adult lift tickets are up to €57 per person while the children lift tickets cost €44 per child, making the average ski pass on the pricier side when compared to other ski resorts. It is generally 14% more expensive than other ski resorts in Austria.
Night skiing- Enjoy skiing under the star-lit blanket every Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. near Kesslerlift and every Thursday from 8-10 p.m. near Hubertus. The slopes are well-lit with floodlights to ensure a safe and thrilling skiing experience.
There are so many undiscovered spots in the area that awaits you! Unravel the untouched spots in the valley as you go freeriding along these slopes. Kleinwalsertal offers limitless possibilities for off-slope skiing: tree skiing in all weather conditions, steep cliffs for thrill-seeking junkies, and grassy slopes. Discover the Austrian landscape in a better manner with the aid of guides. They know the Austrian terrain like the back of their hands. You can hire them from the ski schools in the region.
Equip yourself to with all the necessary equipment and get ready to explore this untouched beauty. Get a rucksack, shovel, and avalanche transceiver equipment and you are good to go. Take a safety course or a freeriding course in any of the mountaineering schools in the area. While freeriding, you will see areas marked in green. These areas are reserved for flora and fauna of the local habitat. Do not enter these areas as you would be disrupting the animals’ habitat.
Get closer to Mother Nature this winter. Classic cross-country skiing or skiing can also be enjoyed on the 50 km (31 mi) long cross-country trails in Kleinwalsertal. There is a total of 4 trails which are perfect for you, whether you are a beginner or an expert. Want to learn cross-country skiing? Enroll in any ski school and learn the basic skills. The slopes offer plenty of opportunities to master the skills. The great snow availability from December to April makes it a popular pastime for people who visit this ski resort.
This snowpark in Kleinwalsertal is perfect fo you to relax. Grab a sun lounger or shred in the park and have a relaxing time. The obstacles in the park range from beginner to advanced level. Take a day out from the adventure and skiing, and chill in this area. It is open day and night, with floodlights every Wednesday from 7-10 pm.
Feel a rush of adrenaline as you ride a snow bike along these alpine slopes. The ski resort also offers Skifox and Snowscoot which are sure to give a thrilling experience. Snowscoot can be enjoyed in a variety of ways- Freestyle, Downhill, Border-X, and Jump). These sports are simple and easy to learn. You can enjoy all these under expert supervision. Tobogganing, mountaineering, trail running, and biking is some other highlights of this fantastic ski resort. With so much fun to offer, you will never have a dull moment in this resort. Hop on from one activity to the other and get your money’s worth.
There are more than 50 km (31 mi) of winter hiking trails available for all the nature lovers. Go hiking with your loved ones and capture the panoramic vistas. Hike with children, your friends or just solo and enjoy the solitude on these peaceful trails. Refresh your minds as you walk through the splendid mountains. With every step you take, your spirits rejuvenate. Snowshoeing is also available on these slopes. Enjoy the culinary delights at the mountain huts and bars during your journey.
The ski resort offers facilities which cater to the needs of family and little ones. You can leave your kids in the childcare, Dwarf Bartli’s, under the expert supervision of professionals. Enjoy a day to yourselves while the little angels have a fun time in the childcare. There are other provisions for the little ones as well. Your children can have a gala time in the Burmi’s adventure land. Burmi, the mascot, engages the children in all sorts of fun activities. The Burmi Winter Club, Burmi Cross Country parkour, and Burmi downhill ski slope are special attractions for children. The ski resort ensures a happy time for the whole family.
Any skiing experience is just incomplete without an Apres Ski. Kleinwalsertal has more than 20 apres ski bars where you can enjoy your evening after skiing throughout the day. There are 80 restaurants to choose from. With so many options, your taste buds are ready to savor the diverse delicacies offered. Apart from these, you can relax in other facilities available in the ski resort- 3 indoor swimming pool, a nightclub, an outdoor skating including a host of other amenities.
All the winter activities offered at the ski resort are tempting even for a person who is not a winter sports enthusiast. This ski resort is no less than a paradise for all the thrill-seekers. Kleinwalsertal is the perfect winter destination to get a flavor of variety in your monotonous life. Get ready to have loads of fun in the snow.
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