Small but superb ski resorts

Personal, friendly and reasonably priced: lesser-known ski resorts near Vienna

There are many good reasons why lesser-known ski resorts are well worth a visit. Waiting times are short, prices are moderate and you can easily keep an eye on the little ones.

The natural snow paradise of Unterberg in Muggendorf

The Unterberg, located near Pernitz, offers natural snow, family-friendly runs and beautiful terrain for ski tourers. For the little ones, there is the Fichtel-Wichtel children’s area, complete with magic carpet. For the bigger ones, there are ten slopes and two skiing routes to choose from. The descent into the valley is a considerable 5 kilometres (approx. 3 miles).

The ski resort at the Feistritzsattel

Insider tip for pleasure skiers: the ski resort at the Feistritzsattel near the Dissauer Guesthouse has guaranteed snow. Two ski lifts rise to 1,300 metres (approx. 4,265 feet) above sea level, where there is also an entrance point to the Wechsel Panorama Trail. Family activities and the children’s ski area complete the offering.

The Arabichl ski lift

At the Arabichl ski lift near Kirchberg am Wechsel, skiers can choose between three different family slopes, the forest run or the race slope through the natural snow down into the valley.

The Semmering Happylift

Here, the children are the stars of the show. At the Semmering Happylift, the little ones can learn to ski in a playful way on the wide and shallow slopes. The ride on the toboggan meadow is also fun, especially when it is floodlit. Practicalities: Toboggan hire at the Happylift valley station

The Simas lifts

Heads up skiers and tobogganists! Although the Simas lifts will be closed this year, the two-kilometre (1¼ mile) run will be covered in snow. The legendary Sumpi-Hütte will be open subject to snowfall amounts.