Wagrain is an Austrian ski resort located in the wider region commonly referred to as Salzburg Sports World. The Sports world has been purpose built and is part of the wider Amadé region which boasts over 860 km of piste and 260 lifts. The resort is heavily geared towards tourists and skiers and has been developed with a wide range of skiing and non-skiing activities.
Wagrain sits at approximately 850 – 2,000m and is located on the northern face of the Alps.
How to get there
Salzburg W. A. Mozart Airport is approximately 45 miles away by car. The airport is well serviced with direct flights from Bournemouth, Bristol, Birmingham, Coventry, Dublin, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester and Southampton. Regular flights are run by BMI, British Airways, Easyjet, flybe, Monarch, Ryanair and Sterling. From the airport, Wagrain is accessed by heading south on the A10 Tauern Autobahn – towards Villach. From the A10 take the Bischofshofen exit, taking the motorway to Johann/Alpendorf and then to Wagrain and Kleinarl. For a map from Salzburg click here.
Wagrain is accessible from Bischofshofen railway junction, as well as Radstadt and St. Johann-im-Pongau railway stations (both on the express line) and Altenmarkt-im-Pongau. All of these stations offer bus connections on to both Wagrain and Kleinarl
The Salzburg Sportwelt region also boasts the St. Johann/Pongau railway station offering the Wedelweiss Ticket. The tickets start at 130.30 Euros and include return journey by train, transfer to your hotel and back (only between St Johann station and Alpendorf) and 6-day or 3-day ski pass.
Who does the resort cater for?
Wagrain itself is a relatively small resort but the Amadé region offers a wide range of skiing and snowboarding for all abilities. There is a wide range of skiing and non-skiing activities. For instance Wagrain boasts para-gliding and the all-weather World of Water which has a full range of pools, 2 waterslides, saunas and a restaurant.
The resort is suitable for families and offers reasonably priced accommodation and package deals. There is a good range of bars, clubs and restaurants within the resort for après ski.
The region offers a wide range of winter sports, including skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, ice-skating (at a man-made rink), ice stick (an Austrian version of curling), horse-drawn sleigh rides and cross country skiing.
The resort is also suitable for summer vacations and offers mountain-biking, trekking, a motorad (mini-motorbike) trail, climbing, abseiling, and para-gliding, as well as the "Flying Fox" –Kesselfall Tour, which involves abseiling across 4 waterfalls at heights between 10-25m.
What accommodation does the resort offer?
The resort offers a wide-range of both hotel and chalet accommodation. Notable four star hotels include Hotel Edelweiss, which is located close to a golf course and next to the ski-slope and has 70 rooms and the SportHotel. The Sporthotel has 240 rooms, an in-house pool and sports facilities and is located on the outskirts of the village. At the other end of the spectrum, offering good value accommodation is the Spannberghütte, which is a purpose built hut finished in 2004 sleeping 8 with basic facilities.
There is also a wide range of other lodgings and chalets to fit most budgets.
Wagrain has 28 slopes. However, the Wagrain ski area sits between Flachau-Wagrain and St. Johann Alpendorf. While Wagrain itself has limited pistes there are 3 gondola lifts offering access to Grafenberg, St. Johann, Griesskareck, and the Wagrainer Höhe. However, it is possible to purchase a ski pass which allows access to Altenmarkt, Filzmoos, Flachau, Goldegg, Kleinarl, Radstaft and Zauchensee.
Wagrain has 100 ski lifts and is able to carry 22,977 skiers / snowboarders per hour. The highest lift is at 2020m and the lowest piste is 800m. There are approximately 350km of pistes in total.
The area is well equipped for cross-country skiing and offers full classes. There are approximately 220km of cross-country trails including the much renowned 50km-long Tauern Trail as well as the Kleinarl and Jägersee trails. The cross-country trails cater for all levels of fitness and classes are available.
Snow is pretty much guaranteed throughout the season from December to April. However, Wagrain also has 60 snow cannons and can produce artificial snow.
- 350km downhill piste
- 100 Ski Lifts
- Highest lift 2,202m
- Lowest piste 800m
- Resort altitude 850m