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Dachstein West
Highest point: 2,100 m
Lowest point: 780 m
Altitude ski resort: 714 m
Lifts in total: 44
Tow lifts: 22
Chair lifts: 11
Gondola lift: 11
Pistes in total: 131 km
44 km
80 km
7 km
Ski routes: 44 km
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Hotel Der Abtenauer

211 Number of reviews:

68 % Recommendation rate:

Accommodation 6.7
Resort 8.4
Ski area 8.5

Ski area Dachstein West

Ski area Dachstein West

With the regional lift pass "Dachstein West" you will find 160 km of piste waiting to be explored in the ski area of Dachstein West with Gosau, Russbach and Annaberg, as well as the Freesports Arena Dachstein Krippenstein and the areas of Feuerkogel, Karkogel, St. Martin, Lungötz and Dürrnberg. The 53 lift systems provide ideal access to the desired pistes. The quaint and manageable ski area Karkogel at Abtenau with the challenging "David-Zwilling" and "Alexandra-Meissnitzer" World Cup run lies directly in front of the door. Within only a few minutes you can also reach the ski area "Postalm" which partly still belongs to the resort Abtenau.

Russbach, approx. 9 km from Abtenau, offers the perfect access point to the interconnected Dachstein-West. The regional ski pass additionally offers you wonderful descents in various other ski areas, which are all connected with complementary ski buses. Especially beginners and wallowers, but also experts will find wonderful pistes which offer good diversity. The "Gaudipisten" (fun pistes) provide slalom descents with time tracking, snow-cross areas, wave and mogul pistes. And for whomever this is not enough "Gaudi" yet, can get a kick with some night skiing at the Ötscherlift.

Beginners will feel well catered for on the wide and extensively maintained blue pistes to practise their first swings. Families with children have long ago recognised that this ski region is ideal for their needs. There are many offers for the little ones, some ski kindergartens and ski camps which all provide loads of fun for children.

In the various funparks, skiers and snowboarders can equally run riot. The Dachstein West snow park in the Russbach area is the largest and most diverse, and provides jumps, rails and tables. Freeriders will find what they are looking for in the "Freesport Arena Krippenstein", a real hotspot in the freerider scene.

The panorama ski circuit "Panoronda" with a total of 44 km of piste is a diverse experience on perfectly prepared and signposted pistes. Cosy huts and sun terraces are available for breaks and especially for enjoying the magnificent panorama view.

Do you want to share the experiences you made during the ski day with your friends and family? No problem! There are altogether 13 Wi-Fi hotspots within the Dachstein West ski area - in the fun park as well as in cottages and lifts. Like this you can let others know about the fun you are having, send photos and find out about the latest news.
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Night skiing Abtenau

Winter sports fans can turn night into day in the ski area Dachstein West. On the valley side of Gosau there is a small night ski area, that invites you to have fun on skis after the official opening hours. The lower section of the valley run at Ötscherlift is illuminated once per week for night skiing. The piste is approx. 1 km and, as a red piste, is challenging also for experienced skiers. Another part of the night skiing offer is the beginner's area at Brumsiland nearby the Hornspitzbahn lift valley station. On both pistes the extended opening hours from 18:30 - 20:30 are valid every Friday. The Hornspitz umbrella bar invites you to take a break or end the day after the evening skiing.

Après ski Abtenau

Apres ski fans turn into the huts and umbrella bars in the ski area - like the Knittlhütte bar at Karkogel - or into the bars and discos of the resort after a long day on the piste. Local specialities, but also international cuisine can be found in the inns and restaurants.

Let yourself be pampered, not only by the culinary highlights, but also with some relaxing spa treatments. There are three spa facilities in close proximity to Abtenau: "Aqua Salza Golling", "Heiltherme Bad Vigaun" (healing thermal baths) and the "Therme Amadé".

If you want to remain active after skiing you can make use of the winter hiking trails in the area - 50 km of signposted walkways are available. Or you can go on a guided ski tour in the Tenne Mountains. The 3.2 km long toboggan run is lit up in the evenings and provides fun into the late hours of the night. Sledging is however not the only form of fun sport on offer: try snowbiking, airboarding or ski bockerl riding - all of which can be found in Abtenau directly. Ice skaters are drawn to the resort's ice rink.

Snowpark: Snowpark Dachstein West Abtenau

The ski region Dachstein West offers a total of four different funparks and is great for all freestylers!

Those who are looking for the ultimate kick, should definitely visit the "Snowpark Dachstein West"! Obstacles such as the 7 m long curved box, and various medium kickers, as well as a jib box, a pro kicker with 10 m long table and a wall ride provide the ultimate adrenaline kick. Too daring for you? No problem - there are also beginner elements which are great when you want to experience the slide feeling. Professional shapers guarantee first-class shred sessions and transform the park into a must-see for everyone who gets bored on the regular pistes. Additionally, a free Wi-Fi hotspot keeps you updated and offers you an instant way of sharing your new achievements.

For those who want to first practice a little away from the freestyle aces, there are three ports of call: the "Ötscher Kids Park" in Gosau, the "Youngsters Freestyle Park" in Annaberg and the "Rookie Park" in Russbach. Small waves, banked curve, jumps, boxes and rails make it ideal to practice here.
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Expert rating report Dachstein West

The rating report Dachstein West comprises the main groups "Top rating categories", "Categories for special interests" and "Further rating categories" which all influence the overall result with their own count.

Overall rating

(4 out of 5 stars)

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Lifts & cable cars
Reliability for snow

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Families & children
Experts & freeriders
Snow parks
Cross-country facilities & trails

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Orientation (piste maps, info boards & sign posting)
Mountain restaurants, huts & gastronomy
Getting there & parking facilities

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