THE BEST SKIING NEAR VIENNA
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Looking for a great place to go skiing near Vienna? Then, look no further. These are the best places to go skiing near Vienna.
Imagine being surrounded by white powder, fresh air, and gorgeous surroundings. These ski resorts are “mom and pop” resorts and not the mega resorts of the Alps. Although not as robust, they are more intimate. There are challenging runs, but these resorts are geared mostly towards families and beginner and intermediate skiers. Plus, these ski areas are incredibly affordable.
The best part — if you are looking for skiing near Vienna, these resorts are an easy drive and make for great day trips. As an added bonus, in the Summer you can go hiking. Read on!
STUHLECK SKI RESORT
The Stuhleck Ski Resort is an hour and 20 minutes from Vienna. It is a straight shot on the S6 motorway and is the closest thing to major resort skiing near Vienna. With a peak of 1,782 meters (5,846 feet), Stuhleck, located in the region of Semmering, is part of the Fischer mountain range.
The skiing and amenities are what one would expect to find from a local ski resort with larger terrain and broader appeal. In fact, the women’s professional slalom was held here in December 2019. Our family spent a full day and there were plenty of runs that we did not tackle. There is a nice family ski area for beginners and a variety of pistes for all levels of skiing and snowboarding. There is also a tobogganing trail. This is a great place for teenagers.
There are 18 runs in total including several blue, red, and black trails, 10 lifts and 24 km of slopes to be enjoyed. The views at the Stuleck Ski Resort were wonderful and the scenery rivaled that of western Austria. That said, it can congested on weekends given the absence of quality skiing near Vienna.
MONICHKIRCHEN – MARIANSEE SKI RESORT
The Mönichkirchen-Mariensee Ski Resort is an hour and 15 minutes from Vienna and is located in the Mostviertel region of Lower Austria. It is truly a time warp kind of place and is frequented by locals. If you are looking for an old school skiing experience near Vienna at a Mom and Pop mountain, then this is it.
This is a fantastic place for families and beginners. Seldom crowded even on the weekends. During the week, you may find you are the only one on the slopes.
Mariansee occupies the back of the mountain and has one long red run. Our friends from the UK visited and we brought them here to learn how to snowboard and ski. They thoroughly enjoyed it. Mönichkirchen-Mariensee is a great place for young families.
We enjoyed a great meal at the Berggasthof Mönichkirchner Schwaig. The owner, Andy, took excellent care of us. He and his wife make incredible cherry schnapps and he has a terrific Hauswurstel.
Info: +43 (0) 2649/20906
ANNABERG SKI RESORT
The Annaberg Ski Resort is an hour and 45 minutes from Vienna and is located in the Mostviertel region of Lower Austria. Annaberg offers family friendly skiing near Vienna and has a handful of more challenging red and black runs. Annaberg is a great place for teenagers.
Annaberg is one of three mountains along the Mariazellerbahn. You can purchase a single ticket to enjoy three connected ski areas: Annaberg is particularly popular for families. The sporty Gemeindealpe Mitterbach has more challenging runs. The Bürgeralpe has wide pistes and an illuminated toboggan trail. The nearby Puchenstuben has snowshoeing.
HOCHKAR SKI RESORT
The Hochkar – Göstling ski area is two hours and 20 minutes from Vienna and is located in the Mostviertel region of Lower Austria. Although a bit further, Hochkar has some of the best skiing near Vienna.
Only 150 km away from Vienna, Hochkar is recognized as the largest ski area and has the most reliable ski conditions among the ski areas in the alpine foothills. At Hochkar, you can also go skiing from December until the end of April.
Hochkar is a great place for skiers and snowboarders, from beginners to professionals. Almost in the Alps, Hochkar is about as close as it gets. For an Alps experience while skiing near Vienna, Hochkar is a solid choice.
Info: +43 / 7484 / 2122-0
WILDKOGEL RODELBAHN. Race with your family and friends down the world’s longest illuminated toboggan run at the WildKogel Rodelbahn in Neukirhen-Bramberg.
JASNA-CHOPOK SKI RESORT. A world caliber ski resort at an affordable price. Trails are well groomed and scenic. If you enjoy going off piste, then this is the place for you. The entire back half of the mountain is waiting for you. Home of the Women’s Downhill Skiing World Cup Championships.
STUHLECK SKI RESORT. At the Stuhleck Ski Resort in Semmering, you can ski with family and friends in the Alps within one hour from Vienna.
BEST PLACES TO STAY
WHITE INN. Modern apartments for families only 7 km (4 ½ miles)from the Stuhleck Ski area. FREE Wifi and FREE parking. ADDRESS: Untere Berggasse 5, 8680 Mürzzuschlag, Austria.
DER – KNAPPENHOF HOTEL. Traditional hotel with modern rooms at the foot of the Rax Mountain, the Knappenhof offers a wellness area with sauna, steam room, and restaurant. The Rax Cable Car is 5 km (3 miles) away, Semmering Ski Area is 18 km (11 miles) away. ADDRESS: Kleinau 34, 2651 Reichenau, Austria.
SO/ VIENNA. Designed by the famous architect Jean Nouvel, this stylish hotel is near all of the sites. Panoramic views over Vienna, a gourmet restaurant, a gym, and FREE spa facilities. Modern, spacious rooms with air conditioning, FREE mini-bar, and FREE Wifi. ADDRESS: Praterstraße 1, 02. Leopoldstadt, 1020 Vienna, Austria
RUBY LISSI HOTEL VIENNA. Boutique hotel located in an 18th-century building in Vienna’s first district. Luxuriously furnished rooms with air conditioning, wooden floors, use of tablet device and FREE Wifi. Each room has a Marshall amplifier and guitars can be rented. Organic breakfast and 24/7 access to Italian antipasti and snacks, beverages and selected wines. ADDRESS: Fleischmarkt 19 / Laurenzerberg 2, 01. Innere Stadt, 1010 Vienna, Austria.