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Visitor reviews for Flachau-Reitdorf Ski Resort
January 10, 2012
Guy Pocock from United Kingdom
We visited Flachau-Reitdorf, (which is one of the major centres of the "Ski Amade" region in Austria) from 31st December to 7th January 2012 and had a superb time. The resort benefits from being a short 50 minutes drive from Salzburg airport, so by catching an early flight on the Saturday, we were skiing by noon and at the end of the holiday we were still on the slopes at 13.00, still with plenty of time to catch the 16.25 flight home! 8 days skiing for a week's trip - excellent value!!
Very little snow had fallen across the Alps until mid December 2011, so I was worried we would be hill walking rather than enjoying skiing, but the resort website gave a categoric "100% snow guarantee", so I felt more optimistic, especially whenever the temperature dropped, they turned on their extensive network of snow cannons. So luckily when we arrived there was loads of snow (170cm at the top and 70cm in the resort). The pistes were immaculately groomed, with one or two black run pistes deliberately left untouched so that you could enjoy the powder snow conditions.
The ski pass was pricey, 256 euros for 8 days skiing, but the ticket does allow you to enjoy up to 860 km of pistes and 270 lifts in the “ski Amade” region that includes the ski resorts of Wagrain, Filzmoos, Zauchensee, Flachauwinkl, Kleinarl, Schladming and 18 other ski centres!
We stayed in a self catering apartment in Reitdorf, (about 2 km from the slopes), with a lovely family, Theresa and Patrick Pilcher (email@example.com ) We used a hire car to get to Flachau-Reitdorf from the airport and also to access the other nearby ski centres. Despite all the snow falling whilst we were there, the Austrians are brilliant at clearing the roads throughout the day and night, so there is no problem driving to the ski slopes which all have large, well organised (free) parking. The only down-side of Flachau-Reitdorf appeared to be the free ski-bus system that appeared to be a little slow and inconsistent, especially during the middle of the day, so overall I would strongly recommend hiring a car from the airport.
Flachau-Reitdorf is not a high altitude resort, so there is always concern about enough snow, but as mentioned above, the use of snow cannons in the resort is verging on obsessive. For example, despite 40cm of snow falling one day when we were there, they still turned the snow cannons on! The pistes are mostly red and blue runs with a few black runs, so the resort generally suits intermediate but also ski beginners. If you are a true "black run junky" there are areas of off-piste to keep you entertained, but there is no hiding from the fact that the resort has a shortage of black runs.
Overall, we had a superb family holiday and whole heartedly recommend Flachau-Reitdorf to you.
Overall: 4.6. Based on 5 votes and 7 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Flachau-Reitdorf.
Public Transport: 4.8
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Flachau-Reitdorf, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Flachau-Reitdorf, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.5
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.3
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Flachau-Reitdorf.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.4
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Flachau-Reitdorf, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Flachau-Reitdorf is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Flachau-Reitdorf relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 5.0
(1) There are no snow groomers at Flachau-Reitdorf, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Flachau-Reitdorf are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Flachau-Reitdorf is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 5.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Flachau-Reitdorf, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.6
(1) Flachau-Reitdorf usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.8
(1) The staff at Flachau-Reitdorf are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Flachau-Reitdorf are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 5.0
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 5.0
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.6
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Flachau-Reitdorf has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Flachau-Reitdorf, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.8
(1) Not even a kicker at Flachau-Reitdorf, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Flachau-Reitdorf, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Flachau-Reitdorf has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 5.0
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 4.8
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.2
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.8
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.6
(1) Overall, Flachau-Reitdorf is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.6
(1) Overall, Flachau-Reitdorf is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
January 07, 2010
Lesley from Sweden
Visited Flachau (Flachau-Reitdorf) in Jan 2008 after a 6 year gap from skiing. Fantastic skiing and so much sunshine. Some fantastic long runs - blues that just go on forever. If the fog sets in, just hop on the bus and go round the valley to the other slopes. Stayed at Hotel Hartl - an excellent hotel with fab food and service.
February 02, 2009
christina from Greece
Flachau is a top area. Great snow and facilities, the best found at Flachauwinkel resort. Will not try another Austrian resort again.
November 27, 2008
Pete from United Kingdom
Flachau and the surrounding region is great for intermediate skiers. Check (www)flachau.co.uk for some independent advice on where to ski.
February 25, 2007
Steve from United Kingdom
Great area at centre of "Ski Amade", the largest single pass ski area in Austria (0ver 860km of runs, 270 lifts) . Not known in the UK and very underrated by British skiers, but well known among Germans, Dutch and Scandinavians. Great variety of slopes and more than enough directly above the village to keep most people busy for a week, and the huge Ski Amade area will keep the most adventurous happy. Best option is flight to Salzburg, which is only 40 mins away, by taxi or rental car. Munich is just over 2 hours. If you want to tour the surrounding area rental car best option, otherwise taxi from Salzburg is good. Ryanair, Thomsonfly and others now serving Salzburg make this a great combination of first class ski area, very near airport and low cost flights.
Known locally for its reliable snow. For example at Xmas 2006, when most of the alps were struggling people were being bused to this area from others. Skied here at Easter 2006 on a metre of snow right into the village.
This area was picked over Kitzbuehel for the Alpine skiing events in Salzburg's 2014 Winter Olympic bid - which tells you something about the quality of slopes and reliability of snow.
December 24, 2004
huw owen from United Kingdom
lovely area for beginners and intermediates
ski pass includes altenmarkt,flachau,wagrain,flachauwinkl and zauchensee
zauchensee high snowsure but with some narrow areas approaching base station can be icy
easier if you have a car otherwise long trip on bus
the rest all lower but have had good snow 6 years on trot in mid February.
Lovely wide pistes flanked by trees
mainly chairs and gondolas but some drags in flachau
lovely mountain restaurants everywhere
but transport still required between areas
Usual travel arrangements flight into Munich and then hire car to local hotels
(no brochure holidays)
also possible to fly to Salzburg
Home of the Herminator
November 15, 2004
Andy from United Kingdom
Flachau is easily accessible from Salzurg and if you book Ryanairs early flight out and late flight back to Stanstead you can add an extra two days on the slopes to the normal 6
Flachau is great for beginners and intermediates but it is definately worth trying the ski bus to Flachauwinkle (approx 20mins)All included within your ski pass here you can ski over to Zauchensee which is higher and has more challenging slopes.