Heiligenblut – Grossglockner-Heiligenblut Ski Area

10/19/2018 - SnowTrex

The Großglockner-Heiligenblut ski area consists of 55 km of pistes accessed by 12 lift stations. The main medium-difficulty pistes on the highest mountain in Austria (3,798 m) are particularly enjoyed by leisure skiers.

Großglockner (3,798 m) in the background provides an impressive view.

1) General information about the Großglockner-Heiligenblut ski area

  • 55 km of pistes and 12 lifts
  • A highlight – the tunnel cable car
  • Pistes up to 2,989 m altitude

The community of Heiligenblut is located at the foot of the highest mountain in Austria, with the ski area of the same name, Großglockner-Heiligenblut. From the pistes, there is a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains and the peak of Großglockner. At altitudes of 1,301 m to 2,989 m, there are 55 km of low-to-medium difficulty pistes for varied skiing. These are divided into 20 km of blue, 34 km of red and 1 km of black pistes. There are also some 10 km of ski routes.

The “Großglockner” ski pass opens up the world around Schareck, Fallbichi and Fliessalm to winter sports fans. From the mountain station at Schareck, visitors have a wonderful view over the forty peaks of more than 3,000 m. The largely tree-free zones at airy heights provide plenty of space for powdering beside the pistes. The black and red descents from Schareck down to Fallbichi are recommended for advanced skiers and boarders. Beginners will also find suitable areas to practice on the many blue pistes. The local ski schools provide additional support. And at “Snowland”, even the smallest have a place to power out. The Großglockner-Heiligenblut ski area is regarded as a connoisseur ski area on account of its long panoramic descents.

The long panoramic descents are perfect for connoisseurs.

Because of the altitude and modern snow-making equipment, the Großglockner-Heiligenblut ski area is extremely snow-reliable. The average snow depth on the mountain is 69 cm. March is the richest month for snow with an average of 107 cm. Sun-lovers should plan their holiday in January. With on average 20 of the 72 sunny days per season, it is the best month for sun.

While the ski area received 3 out of 5 stars in the top category “Lifts & cable cars”, it received the full number of stars in “Reliability for snow”.

In 2016, the Großglockner-Heiligenblut ski area was honoured with the “Best place to ski” award for its ideal conditions for freeriders and its fabulous scenery. This honour was awarded by SnowTrex to the ski area, which has distinguished itself with special features.

2) Großglockner-Heiligenblut ski area map

Großglockner-Heiligenblut ski area: an Eldorado for freeriders.

3) Skiing in the Großglockner-Heiligenblut ski area

The Großglockner-Heiligenblut ski area is the ideal starting point for all those who want to enjoy a fantastic view when skiing. Almost all pistes provide a great view of the peak of the 3,798 m high Großglockner, which is not only the highest mountain in Kärnten, but also the highest in Austria.

The entry to the ski area is only through Heiligenblut. The valley station with the Rossbach lift is one access point, or alternatively there are additional lifts with parking facilities at the middle Rossbach station. From here it goes up to Schareck (2,604 m) from where one can get to Fleissalm with its wide beginner-friendly pistes. A special highlight is a ride with the tunnel cable car. This connects the middle station of Rossbach with the valley station of Fleissalm. Alternatively, there are more difficult descents down to Fallbichl.

Großglockner-Heiligenblut ski area: an Eldorado for freeriders.

As a connoisseur destination, the Großglockner-Heiligenblut ski area does not focus greatly on snow and fun parks. However, if the many panoramic pistes should become too boring, there is the option of trying out the wave slope on Fallbichi. In Heiligenblut, freeriders will find the perfect place to let off steam, as the large part of the piste lies above the tree line and the snow conditions leave no wish for powder unfulfilled because of the altitude.

The local ski schools provide skiing courses and all-day support so that parents can have a carefree day’s skiing as well. Children from 3 years upwards can get their first experiences on the piste in Snowland and get together in the powder.

Children are well looked after in one of the many ski schools.

After a strenuous day on the piste, the little ones can try out the toboggan run in Heiligenblut with their parents. The illuminated toboggan run of about 1 km in length is open until 11 pm.

Cross-country skiers have a limited, but fine choice of trails with breathtaking panoramas. With three trails from 2 to 6 km in length, the resort has a total of 12 km of prepared trails for differing performance levels. The best thing is each of these trails begins at Heiligenblut.

4) Expert rating

The Großglockner-Heiligenblut ski area does not belong to the top modern ski areas with mass tourism. It does though have the best rating in the categories “Reliability for snow” and “Experts & freeriders”. It achieves this with an overall result of 3.5 stars. It is regarded as an absolute insider tip for all pleasure skiers.

Current status and further information with SnowTrex.

5) Activities besides skiing

As far as après ski is concerned, Heiligenblut has much to offer guests – whether this is a well-earned drink after the lifts close in one of the huts such as the “Laterndi” or the “Mühle”, or a home-made schnapps in “Skistadl”. Here the ski day can be ended very convivially.

The area also offers other activities. Piste enjoyment of a different kind is always provided by a big toboggan party. A 1 km long tobogganing run waits in the Heiligenblut ski area for adventurous guests and is illuminated at night until 11 pm.

Ski and snowshoe tours make for a varied holiday.

There is also the option of exploring the surroundings on an exciting snowshoe tour. With a bit of luck one or more wild animals may be seen. Or how would it be with a romantic horse-drawn sleigh journey? Visitors can also spend the evening skating or curling.

Those interested in culture should visit the sanctuary of “St. Vinzenz” in Heiligenblut. The gothic-style building is picturesquely set amidst the picturesque winter landscape.

6) Locations in the Großglockner-Heiligenblut ski area

As the entry point into the ski area, Heiligenblut (1.288 m) is the most important tourist village in the Möll valley. The tranquil community with 1,022 inhabitants transforms itself each winter into an Eldorado for winter sports fans.

Idyllic Heiligenblut with the “St. Vinzenz“ church.

Dollach (1,024 m) is another peaceful locality in the Möll valley. It is part of the Großkirchheim community and provides several different accommodation options. From here, it is some 10 km to the Großglockner-Heiligenblut ski area.

Winklern is near Lienz, at the entrance to the Möll valley. The picturesque village lies at an altitude of 966 m and provides breathtaking scenery as three mountain chains meet there. It is approximately 22 km from here to the valley station of the Großglockner-Heiligenblut ski area.

7) Arrival in the Großglockner-Heiligenblut ski area

Travelling by car, Heiligenblut is some 38 km from Lienz. Anyone arriving by rail should get a taxi from Lienz or use public transport. Alternatively, the station at Mallnitz (about 60 km away) is also an option. The nearest airports are Salzburg (about 140 km) and Klagenfurt (about 165 km)

8) Weather, snow depths and webcams of Großglockner-Heiligenblut

Want to check and see if the sun is shining in the ski area? SnowTrex provides information about the weather and snow depths, and also gives you the chance to view webcams images.

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