Visitor reviews for Katschberg-Aineck Ski Resort
February 02, 2018
Elaine Fell from United Kingdom
Just returned from a week at the Hotel Cristello (23/1/18). We’re middle aged skiers who’ve had a 10 year break from skiing and just wanted a quiet intermediate resort to get back into skiing. This was really ideal. The slopes were quiet. The ski school, professional and the hotel very comfortable with great facilities right on the ski slopes. The majority of guests were from the Balkan countries and proved to be great company. We’d like to go back next year!
Overall: 3.9. Based on 2 votes and 5 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 Katschberg-Aineck.
Public Transport: 3.5
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Katschberg-Aineck, (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 Katschberg-Aineck, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.0
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.5
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Katschberg-Aineck.
Ski in/Ski out: 5.0
(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) There are no child care facilities at Katschberg-Aineck, (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) Katschberg-Aineck is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Katschberg-Aineck 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 Katschberg-Aineck, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Katschberg-Aineck 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) Katschberg-Aineck is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.5
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Katschberg-Aineck, 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) Katschberg-Aineck 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 Katschberg-Aineck are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Katschberg-Aineck 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: 3.5
(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: 4.0
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Katschberg-Aineck 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 Katschberg-Aineck, (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: 2.0
(1) Not even a kicker at Katschberg-Aineck, (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 Katschberg-Aineck, (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) Katschberg-Aineck has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
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: 2.5
(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: 3.5
(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: 4.0
(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): 4.0
(1) Overall, Katschberg-Aineck 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): 4.0
(1) Overall, Katschberg-Aineck 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.
December 23, 2008
Emerson Cargnin from United Kingdom
I've been to Katschberg-Aineck last year (end of December of 2007). I quite liked it. Although the weather was perfect, but the runs were pretty good. What I liked most was the A1, a continuous 6km run with constant inclination where you can get a lot of speed; I really enjoyed it.
January 28, 2007
Monty and Gill from United Kingdom
Just returned from the Hotel Cristallo in Katschberg (27.01.07). Hotel is fantastic and excellent value for money. Kids loved it. There was plenty of snow and the place looked very scenic. Great skiing for beginners but a little restricted for good intermediates. Most of the runs are quite short, but no queues for the lifts, so you can get straight back to the top for your next go! Would consider going back. Only down side was that persons without ski's on could not go on the lifts, so couldn't get to higher up bars.
January 20, 2006
Peter and Karen from United Kingdom
We have just returned from a great ski week in the Lungau valley
Katschberg village stands at around 1600m which assures good snow well into the season. It is a small "ski to your hotel" resort with charm.
The larger ski area of Katschberg is linked with its smaller sister resort of St Margarethen in the next valley by a 4 man chair lift and some enjoyable red and blue runs. The villages are picture postcard and there is plenty of variety for blue or red run fans. If you are looking for scary blacks there are two runs , but only one of these makes your heart flutter.
For beginners there is a long wide blue to practice your style.
No crowds and I am told it rarely gets too busy as the Lungau valley is yet undiscovered by most forgeign tourists.
Do try out the other resorts that are all 15 to 20 mins drive away.
December 09, 2005
masa from Slovenia
Katschberg and Obertauern are two mountain passes, normal stops on the road before the Tauernautobahn was built between Salzburg and Villach. Even if centers of both resorts are on approximately the same altitude and there is just about 20 km distance between them as the crow flies, the Obertauern gets a lot of snow and Katschberg is often barren.
So you have to wait for good snow conditions - patches of stone and flanks of ice are really a nuisance. On the slope of Tschaneck (2030 m) there are many runs but lie parallel to each other and are not much varied. On the other side of the pass there is a connection with St. Margarethen in the valley over the Aineck (2220 m). From the top of the mountain there is nice view but the resort itself does not give very mountainous feeling if you don’t count the often present cold wind. There are two or three nice long and a bit steeper runs here but the lifts are old and slow. Children run with all the animals is located just below the pass and is sheltered from the wind.
Resort itself is small and it is more likely to find accommodation in the Lungau valley - this way you can use whole ski region Oberlungau or Lungo (Oberlungau + Obertauern). Overall, me and my friends don’t like the scenery in Katschberg too much and rather drive for another 20 minutes to reach Obertauern…