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Visitor reviews for Heiligenblut Ski Resort

  • January 31, 2010
    from Ireland

    I have skiied in loads of the Austrian locations: Soll, Kitzbuhl, St Johann, Saalfeldon to name just a few. I have also skiied in Italy and Switzerland, but I have returned to Heiligenblut for the past four years because of the range of skiing that can be done there.

    Heiligrnblut has so much to offer people who want to ski. There is a wide variety, from cross-country to off-piste, not to mention the normal routes.

    The ski instructors are fantastic with everyone, from complete beginners to anyone who just wants a tune up on their skills. The people are extremely friendly and helpful.

    Whenever I go to Heiligenblut I always stay at pension Bergkristal. The lady of the house is so nice and friendly and always has a warm smile to meet and greet the guests. She speaks very good English and is excellent company.

    Eating and drinking in Heiligenblut is very reasonable and the locals will always say hello as they pass you by. There is a lot to do in Heiligenblut if you don't want to ski. There are fantastic walks in the forests on the south side of the village, or if you visit in the winter you can head further up onto the higher mountains for bogger and more higher mountains to walk and climb on.

    Either way you will enjoy your trip to heiligenblut, I guarantee it.

  • Heiligenblut Ratings

    Overall: 3.7. Based on 2 votes and 2 reviews. Vote

    Access: 2.0

    (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 Heiligenblut.

    Public Transport: 3.0

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to Heiligenblut, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 5.0

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 4.0

    (1) No places to stay in/near Heiligenblut, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 4.0

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 3.5

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Heiligenblut.

    Ski in/Ski out: 4.5

    (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.

    Childcare: 3.0

    (1) There are no child care facilities at Heiligenblut, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 4.5

    (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) Heiligenblut is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 3.0

    (1) Heiligenblut relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 4.5

    (1) There are no snow groomers at Heiligenblut, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Heiligenblut are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 3.5

    (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) Heiligenblut is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 3.0

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Heiligenblut, 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: 4.0

    (1) Heiligenblut 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: 4.5

    (1) The staff at Heiligenblut are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Heiligenblut are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 4.5

    (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: 4.0

    (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: 4.5

    (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: 4.5

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Heiligenblut has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 2.0

    (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.

    Intermediates: 4.0

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Heiligenblut, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 4.0

    (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: 1.0

    (1) Not even a kicker at Heiligenblut, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 4.5

    (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.

    Cross-country: 3.0

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Heiligenblut, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 2.0

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Heiligenblut has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

    Mountain Dining: 4.5

    (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.

    Eating: 4.5

    (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.

    Apres-Ski: 3.0

    (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: 3.0

    (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.

    Entertainment: 3.5

    (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: 4.0

    (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: 4.5

    (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): 4.5

    (1) Overall, Heiligenblut 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): 4.5

    (1) Overall, Heiligenblut 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.

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  • July 24, 2009
    from Netherlands

    Visited Heiligenblut late Feb 2009 and stayed in Landhotel Post for a 4 day skiing trip. The snow conditions were great.

    Having skied for 15+ years in Austria, France, Switzerland and Canada, in many of the big resorts, I was positively surprised by Heiligenblut.

    The village itself is truly picturesque and has a good atmosphere. Our hotel was excellent: comfortable, clean, good food, nice pool and ideally located right opposite of the gondola. The hotel was also much cheaper than hotels in the bigger resorts, and we were able to book just two weeks in advance. Apres-ski is very limited in Heiligenblut, but still good fun (also at the hotel).

    The ski-area is the biggest surprise: nice long runs and some challenging off-piste areas. The unprepared ski-route from the Schareck into the Fleisstal is spectacular. The Hochfleiss lift going to 2900mtrs was, unfortunately, closed most of the times, probably because of too much wind (for some reason the area seems to suffer from strong winds).

    Heiligenblut would be a true hidden gem (and I would not be posting any comments here)if not for the lift infrastructure being a let down overall. The 8-seat Panoramabahn is almost pointless with only a single T-bar connecting to it. The underground Tunnelbahn is old and slow, and the link to the Fleissalm area is poor. However, the area is one to watch, as it has more potential than almost any other area I’ve visited in Austria. It could easily be improved (and expanded) to such a level that it can compete with any resort in Tirol.

    Also noteworthy to mention is the drive to Heiligenblut: driving from Germany, Heiligenblut takes 2 1/2 hours longer to reach in comparison with Tirol. The drive (including a short trip by train - loading the car onto the train) was good fun though.

    All in all, I would definitely recommend Heiligenblut. Ideal for a short ski break (3-4 days), with or without children. If the town council can get their act together and improve the lift system, I will become a regular visitor.