How to get there
The Austrian ski resort, Flachau, belongs to the popular Salzburger Sportwelt Ski Area, which gives skiers access to more than 130 well-groomed pistes. The ski resort is set in magnificent countryside just 80 kilometres south of Salzburg.
There are numerous flights departing from airports around the UK destined for Salzburg and, from the airport, there are buses and trains to take you to Flachau. Alternatively, you can fly to Munich and take advantage of the efficient public transport that takes skiers between the city and the resort. Despite the availability of public transport, a large percentage of visitors choose to drive between the international airports and Flachau. From Salzburg, follow the A10 towards Graz and Villach. Take Exit 66 in the direction of Flachau and then take the third exit at the roundabout. Follow Flachauer Straße and you will find the resort located directly in front of you. From Munich, take the A8 towards Salzburg and drive for approximately 120 kilometres. After entering Austria, follow the A1 heading towards Italy and Slovenia. Once again, take Exit 66 in the direction of the resort and then the third exit at the roundabout.
If it is more convenient for you to fly into Vienna, you can hire a car from the airport and drive direct to the resort. Take the A4 towards Graz and head towards Prague. Follow the A23 for about 10 kilometres and then the A2 for a further 54 kilometres. Exit on to the S6 and follow this road for just over 100 kilometres in the direction of Salzburg. After driving along the A9 for 65 kilometres, take the exit directing you towards Salzburg and Liezen. Take the B320 until it becomes the E651 and then turn right on to the A10 towards Villach and Flachau. Take Exit 66 and then the third exit at the roundabout to reach the resort centre.
If you would prefer to travel by train to the resort, take the Eurostar to Paris and then transfer to either a high-speed TGV or an overnight train to Zürich. Several trains run daily between the city and Innsbruck, a major town near Flachau. Take a regional train from Innsbruck to the resort.
Driving to the resort from the UK is not a particularly easy choice, since Flachau is over 1000 kilometres away from Calais.
Who does the resort cater for?
Flachau is the perfect place for intermediate skiers and beginners who want to improve their skills. All the slopes are extremely well-groomed and many of the runs are floodlit. For those learning to ski, there are four reputable ski schools to choose from. Cross-country skiers will also be kept happy in Flachau, since there are over 150 kilometres of suitable trails, and snowboarders will enjoy the reliable snow cover on the slopes that makes boarding a real pleasure.
For family members who choose not to ski during the day, there are many activities to provide entertainment. Ice-skating, carriage rides, and tennis at the local sports centre are always popular choices with visitors to the resort. For those who want to experience the fun of the winter snow, tobogganing is a fun option.
What accommodation does the resort offer?
When it comes to staying somewhere comfortable and affordable in Flachau, you really are spoilt for choice. Most guests choose to stay in either a hotel or a private rented chalet. One popular hotel is the Flachauerhof, which is located in the centre of the resort. There is a bus that stops directly in front of the hotel which transports skiers to the ski lifts. The rooms are cosy and very well-furnished, the staff are friendly and accommodating and there is a lovely sauna, solarium, and hydro-massage facilities. If you would prefer to stay in private apartments, try the Apartments Wieslbauer, conveniently located 200 metres away from a cable-car lift. The apartments will sleep 4 people and they feature a small kitchen and living area.
There are 2 black runs (suitable for expert skiers), 30 red runs (suitable for intermediate skiers), 15 blue runs (suitable for beginners), and 7 green runs (suitable for those learning to ski). The slopes are served by modern lifts, including the world’s first six-seat bubble-encased chairlift, and they take over 60,000 skiers per hour up the mountains. The resort also has 300 snow cannons which generate artificial snow to supplement the natural snow. However, snowfall is generally reliable in Flachau, so these cannons are not often needed.
- Downhill Pistes: 350 km
- Cross Country Trails: 160 km
- Number of Ski Lifts: 100
- Maximum Vertical: 1050 m
- Highest Lift: 1980 m
- Altitude of Resort: 930 m
- Lowest Piste: 930 m