Nassfeld is known for its mix of excellent ski schools, good intermediate runs and family activities. It also gets over 100 days on sunshine in winter, so count yourself in for bluebird days. The town sits in the Carinthia region of southern Austria, just over the border from Italy – so the restaurants here serve up favourites from both countries, like local cheeses, fresh pizza and sweet kaiserschmarrn. All of the hotels are really close to the slopes too, so you can be on the mountain in minutes.
Ski area: Nassfeld, 110km
Resort height: 610m
Snow range: 610-2,200m
No. of easy slopes: 30km
No. of intermediate slopes: 69km
No. of difficult slopes: 11km
- Hotels close to the slopes
What’s the skiing like in Nassfeld?
Tressdorfer Alm: First time on the mountain? Head here to meet your ski school instructor and then take to the nursery slopes to learn the basics. Little ones aged 3-5 can join the BOBO Miniclub for ski lessons, snowy games and indoor fun.
Madritsche: Confident skiers should make a beeline for the reds and blues on the Madritsche peak. Hop on either the Trogkofelbahn or Zweikofelbahn gondola, and race back down on long, tree-lined runs.
Carnia run: You can’t miss out on the longest run in Nassfeld. Rated red, Carnia stretches for 7.6km and drops 1,200 vertical metres. Wide and tree-lined, it’s pure joy from top to bottom.
THINGS TO DO
Snowshoe walking: Strap on a pair of snowshoes and follow your guide through peaceful meadows and up into the hills. Take your time and enjoy the beautiful views.
Acquapura Spa: Soothe your ski muscles in the herbal sauna, brine steam bath and ice fountain at the Falkensteiner Hotel’s stylish spa.
Horse-drawn sleighs: A fun ride for families or a romantic trip for two – stay cosy under woollen blankets as you glide through snowy alpine scenery. Or saddle up and have a go at horse riding around the village of Tröpolach.
Garnitzenalm: Grab a spot on the south-facing terrace to soak up some sun while you tuck into local dishes – the chicken schnitzel is a favourite. It’s a popular place so get there early to beat the midday rush.
Restaurant Huber-Feistritzer: This cosy restaurant is the place to come for local specialities like garlic soup and juicy veal. Finish with a pint of Loncium beer, brewed right here in Carinthia.
Pizza Stadl-Restaurant: Pop in here for a laid-back lunch of classic Italian favourites – freshly made pasta and crisp pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven.
Barenhütte: A rustic log cabin that’s a lively spot for après drinks, especially at the weekends. Bärenhütte means ‘bear hut’ in German – look out for the stuffed bear who lives there.
WHERE TO STAY
Almhotel Kärnten: A ski-in, ski-out hotel with huge panoramic windows to make the most of the slope views – and a sun terrace where you can catch some rays while you watch skiers out on the piste. The natural wood throughout the hotel adds a touch of Alpine charm to the modern design.
Franz Ferdinand Mountain Resort: Families will love the Ferdinand. Kids can tackle the climbing walls in the indoor playground or get competitive in the games room, while the adults unwind in the spa. And it’s just a minute’s walk from the lifts so you won’t have far to walk each morning.
Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Carinzia: When you’re not on the mountain, warm up with a lazy dip in the Falkensteiner’s indoor and outdoor pools. In the evenings, you can feast on Austrian and Mediterranean fare in the restaurant, then bop along to live music in the bar. The hotel is just steps from the Millennium Express cable car too.
Ready for an Austrian adventure? Find out more about Nassfeld and book your place on the piste.