The 31st most popular snowboarding destination in Austria.
Sunday 17 December 2017 06:26 GMT
Southeast of Salzburg, the Flachau ski area has 70 pistes served by 51 lifts accessing a maximum descent of 1090m. With it’s lower elevation pistes, the quality of the powder isn’t renowned. Also, if you’re into freeriding, beaware that there are limited off-piste zones. The best options are accessible from Flachauwinkl over in the Zauchensee zone. Alternately, head to the Sonntagkogel peak and hike to the backside for a line down to the Sonntagskogel 1/2 lift base. Also, from the Gernkogel top station, there is a ski route that appears to start off pretty flat before it drops.
As for glades, head to the top of the Griessenkareck and ride towards Moadorfll-Wagrain where you can look for legal lines into the trees off to the sides. Sadly, most tree riding is forbidden and there are plenty of roped off areas. On the way to Wagrain, you’ll come across a short ski-route starting from the gondola mid-station.
The Flachau ski area is within both the Salzburger Sportwelt ski region and the much larger Ski Amade ski arena, which has over 860km of pistes served by 270 lifts. The Salzburger Sportwelt ski region combines lifts and ski buses to interconnect the villages of Flachau, Flachauwinkl, Kleinarl, Wagrain, St Johann-Alpendorf, Zauchensee, Radstadt Altenmarkt, Eben, Filzmoos and Goldegg. The Salzburger Sportwelt ski region is the heart of the much larger Ski Amade ski arena, which consists of 5 ski regions interconnecting 25 villages. The five ski regions include Salzburger Sportwelt, Schladming-Dachstein, Gastein, Hochkonig and Grossarltal.
The main terrain park, Absolute Park, is located in Flachauwinkl at Shuttleberg Flachauwinkl Kleinarl. It extends over 1.5km with a halfpipe, jib line, rails and kickers. Along with Burton The Stash, there are over 80 stunts to test your skills in the Flachauwinkl area. Above Flachau, the smaller Alpendorf Betterpark is located between Wagrain and Alpendorf below Hirschkogel Peak. There is usually a pro level 22m kicker along with more moderate 14m kickers and plenty of rails.
After a long day of shredding, you can try the apres ski action at Yeti’s party house in Lacknerhof Hotel. The real nightlife kicks off at Musicstadl in the Flachauer Gutshof, or you can head over to the Downtown Bar.
To reach the Flachau snowboarding from Salzburg, follow A10/E55 south for about 40+km. While some of the better snowboarding is more quickly accessible from Flachauwinkl, there is more evening action in Flachau.
Overall, Flachau is the 31st most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 67 snowboarding resorts in Austria.