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Winter

Fun on and off the slopes

Longing for perfect powder snow, sparkling ski slopes, swirling snowflakes and amazing après-ski? The Villach Region’s ski areas are full of the joys of winter. 

All about choice. Adrenaline rush or taking it easy? We cater for every taste. The Gerlitzen Alpe and Dreiländereck ski areas have everything: magnificent mountains, variety for all abilities, wide slopes, family-friendly runs, fun terrain parks, traditional chalet restaurants and outstanding hotels.

Gerlitzen Alpe ski centre. The summit plateau on Gerlitzen Alpe north of Lake Ossiach is definitely not to be missed. From there you can cruise down 25 ski slopes (39 kilometres) or improve your skills on a snowboard. The sun is always in your face and the most gorgeous panoramic views right before your eyes. So close to heaven!

Dreiländereck. When you see snow on Dreiländereck in the Karawanken range, you will hear the call of winter sports. The small, attractive ski area lies right on the border between three countries: Austria, Italy and Slovenia. Unparalleled: the perfect quality of the runs and the family atmosphere.

 

Powder piste paradise

Wide slopes, runs for racing and cruising, 25 perfectly groomed ski slopes, endless panoramic views. Gerlitzen Alpe in the heart of Carinthia.

Dream slopes. At last! Snow and ski slopes are in season again. And whatever the weather, good snow conditions are guaranteed here. By the time the ski season opens, the whole mountain is covered in snow. Gerlitzen Alpe is known as THE top family skiing area in Carinthia and is the only certified ski centre for families with children as well as beginners and those rediscovering skiing in Carinthia.

Merits. The figures speak for themselves: 25 runs for novices to experts, 15 modern lifts, 12 traditional chalets, 12 webcams, parking for 3,500 cars in Annenheim, Klösterle and on the mountain. It’s not far to the vantage points on Gerlitzen Alpe. The cable car takes you quickly and easily from Lake Ossiach to the ski slopes.

Wonders of nature. It is a real winter wonderland on the summit plateau. What a breath-taking panorama! Lake after lake, peace and quiet, the River Drau, mountains like carvings, enveloped in a sea of clouds like cotton wool – soft and fluffy. If you’d like to see this stunning sight at sunset:


GERLITZEN ALPE SKI CENTRE

The Gerlitzen Alpe ski centre offers everything you need for perfect and unforgettable days of family skiing.

Benefit from the modern, comfortable ski lifts and the perfectly groomed, wide slopes, the Kids' Land and Snow Bear Land and the perfect supervision by ski school, the ski rental service, the family-friendly accommodation and the child-friendly inns and restaurants.

Your kids can try out their skills in one of the thee large practice areas (Middle Station/Kanzelhöhe, Bergeralm, Klösterle/Arriach) with Kids' Land and Snow Bear Land. Gerlitzen Snow Bear Bino will be there to motivate the little ones with dancing and playing fun games. While the parents glide over the slopes, specially trained and certified children's ski instructors make sure that learning is easy and great fun.

Perfectly groomed slopes at all times, comfortable and beginner-friendly lifts, friendly and helpful lift and slope staff as well as excellently trained and certified snow sport instructors provide perfect conditions for fast and lasting learning success. And in no time, your children will be gliding after you – or even ahead of you.

The Gerlitzen slope security staff ensures safety across the entire 40 kilometres of ski slopes, so that families with children can practice their turns in the snow in a safe and excellently supervised environment.

All of these factors make the Gerlitzen the only skiing region in Carinthia that was certified (in an initiative of Austria's cable car organisation) as particularly suited for beginners with special focus on families with children.

Gerlitzen – a hit for kids!

It's always hard at the beginning. But not on the Gerlitzen, where you'll find three large practice areas and the ski school with the connected ski rental service and child care as well as three great Kids' and Snow Bear Lands for the little ones that are next to each of the practice areas.

That is where Gerlitzen's mascot Bino Bear can be seen helping the little ones with their first moves on skis. During the winter season, Gerlitzen's Bino Bear comes to the Kids' Land and Snow Bear Land every day and dances and plays with the young skiers. Every Friday during the winter season, the youngsters can demonstrate what they have learned in a large ski and snowboard race on the Moserabfahrt near the middle station/Kanzelhöhe. With time measurement, award ceremony and certificates included.

NEW this year: An additional rope tow and an extended practice area in Arriach/Klösterle offer perfect conditions for fast learning success. Here learning to ski is easy and great fun.

GUARANTEED, as Gerlitzen Alpe the only certified ski centre for families with children as well as beginners and those rediscovering skiing in Carinthia.

Cross-country skiing 

Tradition enjoying a revival

Fresh tracks. You'll be amazed by the trail network in the Villach Region. Well-groomed tracks, all lengths and levels of difficulty, fresh alpine air, tremendous views.

Network. On the slopes, get set – go? No, not this time. Why not try Carinthia's freshly tracked cross-country ski trails for a change. It’s just a question of where to go. After all, you are spoilt for choice with a varied network covering countless kilometres in the Villach Region. Perfectly groomed for skating and classic parallel skiing. Like on the sunny panoramic trail on Gerlitzen Alpe for example. Or on Dreiländereck. The Karawanken trail on Lake Faak is also very popular with our guests.

A special tip: the cross-country ski centre in the Dobratsch nature park. It has a fabulous five-kilometre trail starting at the alpine rock garden car park. For even more vitality: the gorgeous four-kilometre trail at the top Rosstratte car park. 

Villacher AlpenarenaA Nordic ski centre for ski jumping and cross-country. Even top local athletes train here on the internationally recognised race trail. The stats? Five kilometres long, floodlit, three kilometres even served by snow machines. So cross-country skiing is guaranteed until the spring. Even then you don’t have to stop: the trail is used for roller skiing in summer.

Snowshoeing

Step by step

Increasingly popular, for everyone. Strap on today’s light new snowshoes and set off through the magical winter in the Villach Region.

Away from it all! You’re not so keen on the ski lifts, crowds and high life? Then you are bound to like snowshoeing well away from the busy slopes. The Villach Region has a whole host of opportunities for walking through scenic snowy landscapes. On Dreiländereck, Gerlitzen Alpe and in the Dobratsch nature park you can even explore the area with guides and rangers. Take your pick: from a short trial walk to a longer trek to a summit.

 Add some sparkle. Snowshoeing is fast becoming a new trend in winter. Because you can go at your own pace: it doesn’t matter whether you take it sedately, stride out or walk briskly. Whatever your speed, you'll feel almost weightless gliding over the snow and exploring the white winter landscape. Snowshoeing is not only a whole lot of fun – it is also a gentle way to keep fit and really easy to learn. Just think how you will glow and your eyes will sparkle after a walk in the winter sunshine...

 

Tobogganing

Winter fun for all ages

On your sledge and off you go! Tobogganing in the Villach Region is fun for the whole family. Experience the thrill of sledging down snowy forest paths and through idyllic clearings.

Down you go! Whether slowly or speedily, through idyllic clearings or down snowy forest paths. Going out sledging is a fun alternative to a day on the ski slopes. During the day the snow glistens in the sun and the landscape flashes past you like in a winter fairy tale. And at night – with the light, the stars and the thrill of a long descent, it beats après ski.

Sledging fun. Where to go tobogganing in the Villach Region? On Dreiländereck you can try the sensational eight-kilometre-long natural toboggan run, on Gerlitzen Alpe a ski-doo will take you back while the Rosstratte tobogganing hill at the end of the Villach Alpine Road is the hot spot for the youngest bobbers. Exhilarating natural toboggan runs are also to be found on Verditz, at Landskron Castle, in Nötsch, Ledenitzen, Altfinkenstein-Pogöriach and St. Georgen.

To get up the hills you can walk, take the chairlift, cable car, ski-doo or toboggan taxi. You don’t even have to pull or carry your sledge: you can borrow one at many of the toboggan runs.


Skizentrum Gerlitzen - Ossiacher See