Katschberg ski resort is located 100kms south of Salzburg and 20kms northeast of Spittal in the province of Salzburg. The easiest and fastest way of getting to the resort is to fly into Salzburg International Airport and hire a car. By rail, Eurostar trains link up with local rail services to Spittal, where the final leg of the journey is made by bus.
Salzburg International Airport is the nearest and receives flights from all over Austria, Europe and other destinations worldwide. Shuttles go from the airport into Salzburg, from where trains go to Spittal. From here, regular buses service Katschberg.
By car, the drive from Calais is over 1,200kms but the route is fairly direct, covering major highways; however, tolls are quite expensive. If you fly to Salzburg and hire a car, the drive is just over an hour south (115kms) on the A-10 south and B-99.
It is possible to get to Spittal by rail from London, involving four connections. Daily Eurostar trains leave London at 17:09 going firstly to Paris; from here, an overnight train goes to Munich from gare de l’Est. There are numerous onward connections to Salzburg and then on to Spittal via Eurocity trains. From Spittal, you need to take a regular bus to Katschberg.
Situated on two mountains, Katschberg is a popular ski resort for families with children and boasts a range of skiing options and après-ski activities. The town sits at an elevation of 1,641m and offers a variety of quality accommodations as well as a host of cafés, bars and discos. A free child day care centre is also available.
There are 60kms of groomed runs in Katschberg ski resort, catering to beginner and intermediate skiers, with the longest downhill section of eight kilometres. Sixteen lifts transport up to 24,000 skiers per hour. Off-piste options include six kilometres of cross-country trails and ten kilometres of snowboard trails with half-pipe, high jump, pro jump and slide features. In addition, there are two kilometres of sledding/tobogganing trails, as well as night skiing.
Other après-ski winter activities include: ice-skating, indoor swimming and tennis, curling, and sleigh rides. There are plenty of summer activities also on offer, including: hang-gliding, paragliding, cycling, horseback riding, hiking, Nordic walking, hunting, fishing, tennis and golf.
Katschberg’s ski season runs from mid-December to after Easter, with the ideal conditions in late February and the cheapest rates before Christmas and at the end of the season.
There is an international airport in Salzburg, 100kms to the north, and hire car is the most convenient option for reaching Katschberg resort, via the A10 highway. Alternatively, shuttle buses run to Salzburg train station where regular trains run to Spittal; from there, you can complete your journey to Katschberg by bus.
Katschberg ski resort, located on the border of the provinces of Kärnten and Salzburg, covers two mountains – those of Katschberg (2,020m) and Aineck (2,220m). Katschberg is a well-developed tourist centre made popular by its 60kms of excellent and well-maintained ski trails. Catering to families is its specialty, with free child care offered during the ski day.
Katschberg town, with its Roman connection, lies on a plateau at an altitude of 1,641m, immediately above the Katschberg tunnel. Accommodation consists of mostly four-star hotels and vacation apartments with ski-in and ski-out convenience, not a usual feature of European resorts. Folklore evenings are popular and bars and discos are plentiful.
There are 60kms of ski runs in total with a longest section of eight kilometres from the top of Aineck Mountain to the village of St Margarethen (Aineck Mountain mostly consists of open snowfields). Skiing is suitable for all ages and levels from beginner to intermediate. There are 16 lifts with a capacity for 24,000 people per hour.
A tourist train ride in the nearby Pöllatal Valley, known as the ‘Valley of a 1,000 Orchids’ due to its rich and rare flora and fauna, is enjoyable; additionally, the Pöllatal Nature Park is beautiful. The surrounding area is brimming with charming hamlets; be sure to visit the splendid Knight’s Castle in Mautendorf.
Katschberg’s ski season runs from mid-December to a week after Easter, with snow guaranteed thanks to cutting-edge snowmaking machines. Salzburg International Airport is the gateway to the region, with trains running to Spittal and buses from here to Katschberg. The most convenient way from Salzburg is by hire car.