Sublime Ski Safari

Although there are no big 5 animals to track on a ski safari in Austria, there are plenty of snowy areas to explore with excellent varied terrain, all surrounded by the most beautiful scenery of the Salzkammergut region in Austria.

View from the top of the sunniest plateau in Upper Austria, the Feuerkogel

From Ebensee and the Rosenhof it’s possible to access 5 different ski areas with a great variety of snowy pistes between the spectacular ski resorts of Feuerkogel, Kasberg, Dachstein West, Loser and Krippenstein. That’s a different ski resort each day on a week long holiday with a day at the nearby spa town of Bad Ischl to totally relax and recover!

An unfortunate name for a ski resort when pronounced in English, but Loser is certainly nothing like its name!

One of the nicest aspects of the ski resorts that surround us are the family focused attitudes and facilities. Over at Kasberg at the start of March it was possible for toddlers as young as 3 to get their first taste on a snowboard thanks to the mini shred day that is now a fixture on the resorts calendar. At Dachstein West, the resort won the top rating for being family friendly and overall rating of 4 out of 5 star award qualifying it as a top ski resort.

Dachstein West – top ski resort, great for snowboarding too 🙂

As well as the family friendly areas there is also plentiful terrain to test more advanced skiers and snowboarders too, with plenty of accessible and beautiful off piste potential particularly around our local ski resort the Feuerkogel, as well as at Loser and the Krippenstein, and there are plenty of guides that can help you out should you wish to leave the pistes behind.

Head into the hills on snow shoes, ski tour or a splitboard from the Feuerkogel and this is your reward!

If you’d rather get into some of the stunning Austrian backcountry, there are many ski touring or splitboarding opportunities ranging in experience from mellow to maniac! As well as ski touring there are also many cross country skiing circuits set in some stunning settings and are setup and maintained as good as the ski pistes. In addition snow shoe hikes are possible just about anywhere thanks to the numerous routes, with new routes being added such as those at our local ski resort the Feuerkogel where there are also special early lifts at the weekend to save some time so you can explore even further!

Ski touring or splitboarding at Loser.

Whilst the temptation is often to stick with what you know and trust the tried and tested route of the larger and so called snow sure resorts (I know I’ve been there and got the 3 Valleys/Val-d’Isère Tignes/Saalbach t-shirts), it is a true hidden gem to visit the Salzkammergut in winter as it is one of the most scenic and friendly ski areas I have ever visited and I am truly glad that I get to live here! If you’ve been convinced to give something new a chance then we are perfectly placed for making the most of this stunning area and would love to give you our hints and tips during a holiday at the Rosenhof Bed & Breakfast. Take a look around the winter section on our website for more details or contact us via our enquiry form.

About Robert Blee

Addicted to snowboarding, cycling, hiking and most activities involving the stunning lakes and mountains around us, I love living in Ebensee, Austria!