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Visitor reviews for Kanzelwand-Fellhorn (Kleinwalsertal) Ski Resort
March 06, 2012
Andrew from United Kingdom
A skiing area that is part of the Oberstdorf / Kleinwalsertal resort. It's not huge in size, but there are some very nice and well-maintained pistes, mostly quite high up. We visited in February '12, and as in most of the Alps there was loads of snow - so much that for a couple of days all the upper lifts were closed due to avalanche risk.
The skiing area straddles the German / Austrian border and most of the skiing is just on the German side. There are two ways of starting skiing here: one way from Oberstdorf is drive up the Kleinwalsertal road into Austria to Riezlern and catch the long gondola (signs for Kanzelwandbahn) to the top. There is a long (about 4.5Km) red piste that comes to the bottom there with a small fun park. At the top you can then link to the Fellhorn area in Germany which has a similar length but to my mind slightly steeper piste down to the German valley. To start skiing from the German side (there's slightly more parking) head for the signs to Fellhorn or Skiflugschanze. This will take you past the cross country skiing area and the huge ski flying stadium (not the ski-jumping Erdinger arena on the other side of town). It's about the same distance either way.
Up the mountain the uplift is fairly standard, mostly chairs. There are some unpisted "Skirouten" which demand some technique and some nice cruisy reds and blues. One or two bits are labelled black but aren't very long or too demanding. There is a largish fun park (Almdudler sponsored, so follow those signs). There are nice huts - I liked the one just down the Austrian side for its stunning views.
There are some good webcams and livecams on das-hoechste.de which also provides latest piste status and info.
All in all, I liked it here. Good family skiing.
Kanzelwand-Fellhorn (Kleinwalsertal) Ratings
Overall: 3.9. Based on 1 vote and 1 review. 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 Kanzelwand-Fellhorn (Kleinwalsertal).
Public Transport: 5.0
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Kanzelwand-Fellhorn (Kleinwalsertal), (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 Kanzelwand-Fellhorn (Kleinwalsertal), (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 5.0
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.0
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Kanzelwand-Fellhorn (Kleinwalsertal).
Ski in/Ski out: 3.0
(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) 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) Kanzelwand-Fellhorn (Kleinwalsertal) is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Kanzelwand-Fellhorn (Kleinwalsertal) 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 Kanzelwand-Fellhorn (Kleinwalsertal), (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Kanzelwand-Fellhorn (Kleinwalsertal) 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) Kanzelwand-Fellhorn (Kleinwalsertal) is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Kanzelwand-Fellhorn (Kleinwalsertal), 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: 3.0
(1) Kanzelwand-Fellhorn (Kleinwalsertal) 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: 4.0
(1) The staff at Kanzelwand-Fellhorn (Kleinwalsertal) are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Kanzelwand-Fellhorn (Kleinwalsertal) 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.
Variety of pistes: 3.0
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Kanzelwand-Fellhorn (Kleinwalsertal) 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 Kanzelwand-Fellhorn (Kleinwalsertal), (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: 4.0
(1) Not even a kicker at Kanzelwand-Fellhorn (Kleinwalsertal), (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.
Mountain Dining: 4.0
(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: 4.0
(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.
Ski Pass Value: 3.0
(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): 3.0
(1) Overall, Kanzelwand-Fellhorn (Kleinwalsertal) 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.