Resort News 2019/2020
Austria Ski Resort News
The Summer holiday season is behind us, the ski season is less than 3 months away and we are very much looking forward to this coming Winter Ski Season! The summer months see a great deal of change and significant investment in the Alps with more lifts and resort infrastructure improving every year. Here are just a few highlights to look forward to this Winter.
SKI ALPIN CARD
Saalbach and Zell am See-Kaprun have joined forces for this coming Winter to offer the SKI ALPIN CARD which will cover 408 km of piste and 121 lifts. This follows the completion of the ZellamSee Express lift from Zell to Viehofen in the Glemm Valley. You will be able to ski from the Saalbach side to Zell am See using the new lift connection : Coming from Zell am See, it will be a short hop on the ski bus from Viehofen to the Schoenleiten Lift in Vorderglemm (with a full lift connection allowing lift-connected travel in both directions coming in the not too distant future!).
ZELL AM SEE – KAPRUN
The final phase of the K-onnection lift will open December 2019 which will connect the village of Kaprun directly with the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier. Last Winter saw the first phase of the new lift from the village resort to the top of the local Maiskogel mountain : The final phase now connects the top of Maiskogel across to the Kitzsteinhorn – great news for fans of no ski buses!
No new lifts this year although the 2-Stage Streuboeden Red Gondola is scheduled to be replaced in the coming years. There will be increased snow-making for the coming season and some pistes will be wider. With the all new Ski Alpin Card, it will be possible to ski all the way from Fieberbrunn to Zell am See (lift connected!).
At the foot of the slopes, the 4* Alpine Resort will re-open December 2019 as the 4* TUI Blue Hotel.
The Fleckalmbahn from Kirchberg has been replaced this Summer after 28 years in service and will greatly increase capacity and reduce the journey time from the valley station.
Saalbach continues to invest in its lift infrastructure and the Zwolfer Kogel lift in Hinterglemm has been completely replaced for this coming Winter Season. This is the World Cup run and a steep, challenging run - one of the best in Hinterglemm. The lift link to Zell am See is now complete allowing lift linked access to the slopes of Zell am See on the Ski Alpin Card.
The Rotkogl lift connecting Solden with HochSolden has been upgraded and replaced and the extended Oetztal Super Ski Pass now includes the neighbouring resort of Obergurgl for extra kilometres and away days.
Image : ZellamSee Express Lift