ski resorts near salzburg

Best Ski Resorts Near Salzburg

Salzburg is a beautiful medieval city in Austria, on the German border near the Eastern Alps. The city itself is a must-visit destination for those who are charmed by the traditional Austrian vibes and is perfect for a city break. But if you look off into the distance, and avert your eyes away from the baroque style architecture, you will see the stunning snow-capped mountains of the Tyrolean Alps- they are calling…and we think you must answer!

Best Ski Resorts Near Salzburg

Salzburg is ideally located only 1 hours drive from the nearest resort, with around 15 to 20 resorts all within a 2-hour drive. So for those of you who either live in Salzburg, flying in or looking to extend the city break with a cheeky spot of snow sports, then we have provided a perfect list of 10 ski resorts closest to the city. Some of Austria’s biggest, best and baddest resorts are all within a stones throw of Salzburg.

Getting To Salzburg

Best Ski Resorts Near Salzburg

Salzburg airport is only an 11-minute drive from the actual city centre, which couldn’t be any more convenient. There are regular buses to and from the airport to the city, but also taxis are very easy and reasonably priced to take you to the door of your accommodation. 

If you are flying into Salzburg, this is ideal as it Austria’s 2nd largest airport and is said to be the gateway to the Alps. There are many transfer companies that you can pre-book to take you straight to resort, or you can hire a car and self-drive. Driving, either by transfer or car will be the quickest way to the resorts, getting you to below 10 resorts within 90 minutes. There are the options for trains, for example, to Zell am See, but that will just make you wait longer before you can hit the slopes, and no one wants that. 

What are you waiting for? Pack your favourite ski jackets and ski pants and bring the whole family to your next awesome ski vacation near Salzburg!

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Rosshütte - Seefeld

Rosshütte-Seefeld

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Where: In the Olympiaregion Seefeld in the Austrian state of Tyrol 

Distance from Salzburg: 1 hour 

Ski-Able Terrain: 18.3km

Elevation: 1,230 and 2,064 m

Just 1 hour away from Salzburg you are in the charming medieval town of Seefeld in the Tyrolean Alps. It is not a large resort with limited terrain, but this makes it perfect for a weekend getaway. All you need is 2 days on the slopes and you could cover all the ground it has to offer and be back at work for Monday. The facilities are modern, making getting around easy and efficient, so not to waste your precious weekend in queues and make the most of blitzing down award-winning pistes that are groomed to perfection. 

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They recently built the Sportis Children Area which is a large section dedicated to magic carpets and pommel lifts, so it’s ideal for beginners. 

Fieberbrunn

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Where: Tyrol in the Kitzbuhel district 

Distance from Salzburg: 1 hour 

Ski-Able Terrain: 270km

Elevation: 830 and 2,096 m.

Just one hour outside of Salzburg, you have access to one of the largest combined ski areas in Austria, the Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn-which is a mouthful- so for short, it is referred as the Ski Circus. This area of skiing stems from Tyrol over to the province of Salzburg and has become world-renowned skiing for its varied terrain. Fieberbrunn, in particular, is known for its freeride, so is ideal for those wanting to head to the slopes quickly after a good dump of snow. 

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There is an awesome freeride park for you to practice your freestyle. 

Ski resorts near Salzburg - Over 1 hour away

Ellmau

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Where: Wilder Kaiser region in the Tyrol 

Distance from Salzburg: 1 hr 10  

Ski-Able Terrain: 288km

Elevation: 620 m – 1957 m

Ellmau is lucky enough to be super close to Salzburg and the airport, whilst also being one of the villages that is part of the Ski Welt Wilder Kaiser- Brixental ski areas, which is one of Austria’s largest resorts. Ellmau itself is a picturesque village, with a beautiful alpine church at its centre, creating a lovely cosy atmosphere. It’s also popular as a family resort, with lots of amenities for all ages, but you may find you will be so occupied on the slopes, you probably won’t have much time to experience much else. 

Ridestore Recommends:

Head to the Alpeniglu-Dorf igloo village in Hochbrixen, for a perfect winter tourist attraction. 

Bad Hofgastein

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Where: Gastein Valley in the District of Johann im Pongau in Salzburger Land 

Distance from Salzburg: 1 hr 20  

Ski-Able Terrain: 85.9km

Elevation: 860 and 2,300 m

Bad Hofgastein is ideally located, both from Salzburg but also within the Gastein valley, where you have access to the Ski Amade region. The town itself is a pretty spa town, that is known for its mineral-rich thermal waters, making the perfect destination for apres-ski luxury, relaxation and muscle recovery. The slopes are great for families and beginners but lack steepness and snow-sure conditions for the experts and freeriders. But the beauty is that you will have you have easy access to the whole ski region and 2 other nearby resorts. 

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There are specific hotels dedicated to the thermal spas, with access to outdoor lakes and luxury spas, so ideal for an afternoon spent soaking up the nature and views.

Kitzbühel

Kitzbuhel

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Where: Kitzbuhel District in the region of Tyrol 

Distance from Salzburg: 1 hr 20  

Ski-Able Terrain: 188km

Elevation: 800 and 2,000 m.

Kitzbühel is a world-renowned resort and attracts snow lovers from all over the world, and with it being so close to Salzburg and the airport, it is so easy to experience it. This bucket list resort is high-end, a little bit fancy and quite pricey, but this also means top-quality facilities, restaurants and of course apres-ski. There is also amazingly varied terrain and a lot of ski area to have a go at, if you are not too busy wining and dining.

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Book here in January for the famous World Cup Men’s Downhill event, the town comes alive even more and this is a historical race.

Ski resorts near Salzburg - Over 1 hour 30 minutes away

Hopfgarten

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Where: Kitzbuhel District in the region of Tyrol 

Distance from Salzburg: 1 hr 30 

Ski-Able Terrain:  288km

Elevation: 620 m – 1957 m

Hopfgarten is another ski village that is part of the Ski Welt Wilder Kaiser- Brixental super ski resort. Hopfgarten is a small market town at the foot of one of Austria’s highest mountains, Hohe Salve. It is a relatively quiet and cosy resort which is the ideal for families, or those more focused on skiing than the apres. Young families and beginners can learn their skills without even having to venture up the mountain, whilst the experts and enthusiasts can blast it around one of the largest ski resorts in the world- the best of both worlds. 

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This is the perfect resort to head to during peak season if you are still keen to avoid the major crowds, perfect for Christmas and New Years.

Kaprun

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Where: Southwest of Salzburg 

Distance from Salzburg: 1 hr 30 

Ski-Able Terrain:  138km

Elevation: 768 and 3,029 m.

At the foot of the Kitzsteinhorn glacier is the lovely village of Kaprun, part of the Zell am See ski area. This awesome resort is ideal for freeriders and expert skiers and boarders with steep descents, lots of backcountry and off-piste potential, due to its dizzying heights and regular fresh powder dumps. The glacier also provides a long season from October to July, making this a unique experience with the potential of summer riding. Off the slopes, Kaprun also has a quaint but vibrant town with plenty of typical Austrian apres bars and appetising local cuisine. 

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The famous Black Mamba run is to be experienced by the experts and thrill-seekers, the steepness of this run is not for the faint of heart.

Söll

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Where: Brixtental Valley in the Kufstein District 

Distance from Salzburg: 1 hr 30 

Ski-Able Terrain:  288km

Elevation: 620 m – 1957 m

Söll is another charming resort that is part of the epic Ski Welt Wilder Kaiser- Brixental, so you can access the 288km of varied terrain and never-ending slopes. The resort itself is relatively low, but this means that it is surrounded by thick trees, creating for protection when the weather comes in. The town is not too expensive compared to other Austrian resorts, so you can still make the most of its lively apres scene and restaurants and not break the bank, win-win! 

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Söll is well known for its night skiing, with 11km of runs illuminated from Wednesday to Saturday, so make sure to experience the magic of night skiing at least one evening.

Zell Am See

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Where: South of Salzburg 

Distance from Salzburg: 1 hr 30 

Ski-Able Terrain: 138km

Elevation: 768 and 3,029 m.

Zell am See is the town next to the famous Lake Zell, which is stunning in the summer and even more so in the winter. In the winter, the resort draws people in for its impressive views of the lake with a snow-capped mountain backdrop. Above this picturesque town, there is the Schmittenhöhe mountain and the Kitzsteinhorn glacier. The skiing is awesome, with lots of terrain for the beginners and intermediates to test their skills on, whilst the non-skiers or those needing an afternoon off, will be charmed by the town centre, the awesome scenery and local activities on offer. 

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You can get access to a viewing platform at the summit of 3029m- The ‘Top of Salzburg’ is a must-visit whilst on a big ski day. 

Schladming 

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Where: Northwest of the Styria estate 

Distance from Salzburg: 1 hr 30 

Ski-Able Terrain: 123km

Elevation:  728 and 2,015 m.

Schladming is one of the lesser-known resorts not far from Salzburg, but this makes it a great opportunity for you to head to the mountains from the city, and not follow the crowd. It is still a lively and charming car-free resort, just like many of the other Austrian Alpine villages. It is also a perfect location for intermediate skiers and boarders looking to advance themselves and build confidence, as there is a wide range of slopes for the red run enthusiasts. Although, be mindful of the weather when you head to Schladming, as it is relatively low and the snow coverage can be hit and miss. 

Ridestore Recommends:

Head here is January for its historic and famous night slalom race event which attracts enthusiasts from all over the world- a bucket list event!

Wrapping Up

So there we have it, within 90 minutes of the incredible city of Salzburg you have 10 resorts all within the Tyrolean alps, and all just as good as the next one. Salzburg is not just the gateway to the Alps but the gateway to some of Austria’s best resorts, with the largest ski areas, varied terrains and liveliest apres scenes. 

If you have kids and the thought of a long transfer fills you with dread or you are keen snow enthusiasts with uncontained impatience and anticipation to hit the slopes, then Salzburg and its nearby resorts could not be any more ideally located. 

We’re booking our flights to Salzburg right now, what about you?!

PS

Hey Riders, note from your gal Angelica here. All information was correct at the time of writing through research and extensive knowledge and experience. However, things change during different periods in the season and some websites offer out of date information and links may change.

Maybe you have some better information to offer or any addendum or changes to make, in which case, feel free to email me on angelica@ridestore.com, and we can consider adding them in! Let me know. . .

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