The most beautiful ski tours in Salzburg city and countryside

Enjoyable tours for beginners and advanced skiers

Thinking about the active winter diversity in and around Salzburg, ski tours hardly come to mind. After all, the most beautiful, attractive and challenging tours of the region are in more alpine areas, aren’t they? Actually, there are quite a few thrilling experiences waiting beyond groomed slopes in close proximity to the provincial capital. It’s not just beginners who appreciate the variety of ski tours in Salzburg.

Ski tours in the city of Salzburg

Salzburg’s city mountains are great for ski tours. They are mostly beginner-friendly with only a few steep ascents for more advanced skiers. We recommend a course with one of the nearby ski schools, comprehensive avalanche training and appropriate equipment plus, if you’re still unsure, the company of a local guide.

Hochthron on the Untersberg

This absolutely beginner-friendly ski tour requires some technical preparation. While it might not be particularly demanding, the steep slopes can be quite tricky for beginners. Start in Fürstenbrunn at the southern city limits. The first part along the slope on the Kühbach rises moderately to various parking grounds. Things get pretty steep just before the Richterkehre – some endurance is required, but the downhill skiing descent on the return path is wonderful. Moving through the dense forest you travel to the Schweigmühlalm and reach the free karst slopes soon after. The summit cross is not far.

  • Length: approx. 12.7 km
  • Altitude metres: 1,450 m
  • Duration: approx. 4.5 hours

From Salzburg-Aigen to the Gaisberg

There are actually ski tours that start in Salzburg. The district of Aigen is the starting place for this easy to medium ascent, which should take three and a half to four hours, depending on endurance and experience. Take the Gänsbrunnstrasse onto a forest road. Soon you wil have left the last houses of the city behind you, passing the little hamlet of Stöcker, and after a brief forest area you will reach several open hills. As soon as you’ve crossed the Gaisbergstrasse, the terrain becomes increasingly steeper heading toward Zistelalm. Forest and hills alternate, the Walterskirchen hiking trail eventually takes you to a path with electricity pylons that lead directly to the summit. Ski downhill on the same route.

  • Length: approx. 9 km
  • Altitude metres: 850 m
  • Duration: approx. 3.5 hours

Ski tours near Salzburg

There are many more other options for ski touring around Salzburg. Here are two particularly beginner-friendly suggestions you don’t have to drive far for.

Fürmann Alm near Anger

How about a brief trip to neighbouring Bavaria? Chiemgau is home to many a natural treasure – and what is perhaps the best ski tour for beginners. Even beginners should be able to conquer the Fürmann Alm near Anger in under two hours, as the moderate terrain doesn’t demand a great deal of technique and endurance. What once saw busy ski operation – the moderate altitude isn’t snow-reliable enough anymore – is now home to tours. You can see the entire hill perfectly from the motorway bridge. You simply ascend and ascend. As the slope and Fürmann Alm is wide and steep enough (25° angle of slope), climbers and downhillers won’t get in each other’s way.

  • Length: approx. 5 km
  • Altitude metres: 300 m
  • Duration: approx. 1.5 hours

Eibleck in Gaissau-Hintersee

It is a genuine insider’s tip among the beginner-friendly options for ski touring in Salzburg: The drive to Gaissau-Hintersee is an experience in itself, as the route leading 30 km southeast of the provincial capital fascinates with open little platforms with clear views. Reaching Spielbergstrasse, your eyes meet the side summit of the Wiesenhörndl beyond active skiing operation. Cover the first part across the road and flat meadows on foot before slowly manoeuvring yourself onto more interesting terrain via the road toll booth and the Spielbergstrasse toboggan run. Follow forest roads and alp trails at the edge of the forest. After the dragging trail through the forest, open areas reveal the view of the Eibleckalm. Turn right to the summit slope and the summit cross is almost within reach!

  • Length: approx. 4.5 km
  • Altitude metres: 809 m
  • Duration: approx. 2 hours

These are just some of the many options for ski tours in Salzburg and its surroundings, and that’s not even considering the exciting ascents in more mountainous regions. Where do you want to go today? The GMACHL has several additional suggestions for you, arranges ski touring courses and local guides, and spoils you in the GMACHL restaurant after your touring adventure. How about a Fondue Chinoise, every Sunday, Monday and Saturday on advance booking?

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