How to get there
The beautiful ski resort of Flattach sits at the top of the stunning Carinthian ski area in Austria. It is one of the most breathtaking ski resorts in Europe and also one of the most popular.
The nearest airport to Flattach is Klagenfurt. Finding a direct flight to this airport from the UK is difficult but there are several indirect flights on offer from various airlines. Expedia is currently offering an Austrian Airlines flight for just over £200, departing from London Heathrow, connecting in Vienna and taking approximately 4 hours. Lufthansa also offers flights to Klagenfurt, leaving from London Heathrow and connecting in Munich. Once you arrive in Klagenfurt, take the train to Mallnitz and then continue by bus to the ski resort itself.
Cheaper air travel options may be found if you travel to Salzburg instead of Klagenfurt. The international airport at Salzburg is well-served by flights departing from airports across the UK and cheap deals can often be found towards the end of the ski season. From Salzburg, take the train to Mallnitz and then a bus to Flattach. The airport at Vienna is a third option but most people stick to the first two choices. You can drive from Vienna to Flattach via the A2 motorway, which will take you through Klagenfurt and Villach. Travel in the direction of Spittal and the Moeltal valley and this road will end up in the ski resort.
If you would like to travel by train, you can take the Eurostar from London to Paris. From Paris, you can transfer to a high-speed TGV train which will take you to Salzburg. From there, transfer to Mallnitz and then catch the bus to Flattach. You can find more information on the TGV services to Salzburg here.
Driving to the resort via Calais is another option but the convenience of air and rail travel makes this a laborious choice. If you do decide to drive, check that your snow tyres and chains are in good condition and make sure you plan a safe route.
Who does the resort cater for?
Skiers of all abilities will find something to keep them happy in Flattach. Expert skiers will love the vast expanse of backcountry terrain that is waiting to be explored by those seeking a challenge. Intermediate skiers will enjoy the varied runs on offer that allow them the chance both to practise their skills and push themselves to their limits. If you purchase the Top Ski Pass, you will be able to use all the slopes in the Carinthia and East Tyrol region, so boredom is simply not an option. Beginners will be pleased with the family-friendly ski school and ski kindergarten. Snowboarders appreciate the easy access to the Möll Valley Glacier, where they can enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding Grossglockner and Ankogel Mountains. Cross-country skiers will also be at home in Flattach, since there are lengthy, scenic trails suitable for cross-country skiing.
If you would prefer not to hit the slopes during the day, there is plenty to keep you amused in the resort. The most popular activities include ice-skating, hiking, and curling. Younger visitors to Flattach will be pleased to learn that the entertainment does not stop when night falls. There is a very popular discotheque in the middle of the town and a wide range of restaurants and bars suitable for families and couples.
What accommodation does the resort offer?
No matter how small or large your budget is, you will find comfortable accommodation in the resort. Most people choose to stay in private chalets but there are several good hotels. Molltal is just 100 m from the centre of Flattach and the free ski bus stops in front of the hotel. The rooms are very well-equipped and are furnished to a comfortable standard. There is an on-site restaurant that serves local food and the bar is a cosy place to unwind after a long day on the slopes. If you would like to splash out on a more luxurious hotel, try the Flattacher Hof, which is located at the bottom of the Möll Valley Glacier. The hotel boasts a sunroom for relaxing during the day, a cosy restaurant and bar, an upmarket dining room, a Finnish sauna and steam bath, a playroom for children, and a popular pool table. A double room will set you back 68 Euros per person per day, on a half-board basis. When it comes to chalets, you really will be spoilt for choice. You can find details of a typical chalet here. This chalet sleeps 4 people on a self-catered basis and has an on-site sauna.
There are 14 kilometres of black runs (suitable for expert skiers), 21 kilometres of red runs (suitable for intermediate skiers), and 18 kilometres of blue runs (suitable for beginners). The slopes are served by modern lifts, which take nearly 10,000 skiers per hour up the mountains. You can also take the world’s longest underground funicular up to the nearby glacier. The resort has 13 snow cannons which generate artificial snow to supplement the natural snow.
- Downhill Pistes: 475 km
- Cross Country Trails: 4 km
- Number of Ski Lifts: 6
- Maximum Vertical: 2420 m
- Highest Lift: 3120 m
- Altitude of Resort: 700 m
- Lowest Piste: 1250 m