Ski resort features
The Mölltal Glacier ski area
The Mölltal Glacier offers skiers a great mix of easy, medium and difficult pistes. It is this variety that attracts visitors to the area, year after year. With a maximum altitude of 3,122 metres, it is the highest ski area in Carinthia. Skiers and snowboarders will love the 17.4 kilometres of groomed pistes, and its network of nine ski lifts makes it easy to move around the runs. It has five chair lifts, two drag lifts, a cable car and a gondola.
Situated near Flattach, the Mölltal Glacier enjoys the excellent weather conditions that are typical of this area. So it is hardly surprising that the Austrian and German national ski teams have chosen the Mölltal Glacier as their official training area. This is where seven times overall World Cup winner Marcel Hirscher hits the slopes to train for his upcoming races.
The wide glacier slopes are popular with young and old alike, while the 4-seater chairlift takes more experienced skiers to the top of three challenging descents. Two are suitable for advanced skiers, while the other is for experts only. Dropping 1,014 metres in the space of 3 kilometres, the longest run is the route from the top of the Gletscher Jet lift down to the bottom of the Schwarzkopfbahn. The most challenging run on the Mölltal Glacier is piste number 4 at the Gletscher Jet lift. Glacier pistes 1, 2 and 3 and piste 13 from the Alteck are a must if you love skiing surrounded by incredible mountain views. The Mölltal Glacier also has a snow park. The skiing season at the Mölltal Glacier is extremely long, with the lifts operating eleven months of the year. They only take a break from mid-May to mid-June. The area is equipped with 55 snow cannons to ensure snow is guaranteed all year round. 90% of the pistes are covered by the snowmaking equipment.
Relaxing over dinner is the perfect way to end a wonderful day’s skiing on the Möllner Glacier. Try some of Carinthia’s best-loved dishes, such as Gelbe Suppe (yellow soup), Kasnudeln (pasta stuffed with cheese) and local lamb. Reindling – a kind of Bundt cake – is a delicious regional dessert. The Panorama Restaurant Eissee is located at the top of the Eissee gondola at an altitude of 2,800 metres. Visitors are fascinated by its amazing glass and steel architecture, and it is popular with groups because it offers overnight accommodation, along with spacious seating areas and a seminar room in the conservatory. The menu includes popular local dishes such as pasta stuffed with cheese, crown roast of lamb and sweet buns with custard. In the conservatory, visitors can enjoy warm sunshine combined with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. In summer, the Duisburger Hütte in the Goldberg range is a popular starting point for hikers. Built from natural stone, the hut is more than 100 years old. It has an authentic mountain hut feel thanks to its traditional Alpine furnishings and atmosphere. Whether you visit in summer or winter, you are assured of a warm welcome and delicious homemade food. After an active day on the slopes, the terraces of these two huts are great places to relax, or the Europa ski bar is another good option. There are no après-ski bars at the bottom station.
The occasional rainy day is not a disaster when you stay in this region. The Felsentherme in Bad Gastein is a thermal bath complex where you can relax in the crystal-clear water that flows down into the pools from 18 different mountain springs. Bathing in this pure, unpolluted water with its valuable minerals is the perfect way to relax and recharge your batteries. Its mineral content also has healing properties and provides natural pain relief. The thermal complex is set in a stunning location at 1,100 metres, surrounded by soaring mountain peaks. The oldest thermal spa in Austria is popular with people of all ages. The state capital, Klagenfurt, is always worth a visit. Call in at the Rudolfinum – Carinthia’s state museum – to explore fascinating displays on the region’s folklore, history, archaeology, art and more. Built in the 16th century as a Protestant church, Klagenfurt Cathedral never ceases to amaze visitors with its magnificent interior. The city’s main landmark is the Lindwurm fountain, a classic example of Mannerism, an Italian form of Late Renaissance art.
The Mölltal Glacier ski area has a cold and temperate climate. Rainfall can be expected all year round. The warmest month of the year is July, with a maximum temperature of 23°C and an average temperature of just below 17°C. However, rainfall is more frequent in summer than in winter. January is the coldest month and has the least rainfall.
On a sunny day, it’s always worth taking a trip to Ober-Falkenstein Castle. The fortification complex – known as the “Troy of the Inn Valley” – can be reached via a forest path. Perched high up on a rocky promontory, it is a magnet for anyone who is interested in archaeology. Excavations suggest that there was once a Bronze Age settlement on this spot. Nowadays, most holidaymakers are attracted by the wonderful views from the castle. As a natural spectacle, the beauty of the Ragga Gorge is hard to beat. Visitors wind their way through the narrow gorge on wooden walkways and bridges. The thundering waterfalls provide a popular photo opportunity, but sturdy footwear is a must as it can be wet and slippery underfoot. On hot days, the gorge is the perfect place to cool down. For adventurous, outdoor types, the Aktiv-Sport-Erlebnis-Camp is a great place to try out a range of action sports, such as canyoning and rafting. It may involve stepping outside your comfort zone, but you’ll be rewarded with a very special sense of satisfaction. More sedate sports such as golf are also on offer. The campsite also has an adventure playground where younger guests can run and clamber about to their heart’s content. Meanwhile, parents can head for one of the restaurants to sample some local Carinthian dishes. The camp is a place to enjoy action sports – and a better quality of life.