Visitor reviews for Klausberg Ski Resort
December 30, 2012
Lorraine Stead from United Kingdom
Klausberg is a truly wonderful ski resort. It's main attraction is that there are no other Brits there for the majority of the time, only one English school go there as they have done for the last 13 years.
We have been going for 13 yrs at various dates in Jan and Feb and there have never been any other Brits in our hotel. In some ways I would like to write a bad review so I could selfishly keep this place to ourselves, but I know hotels are struggling. I have never ever told anyone but a select few before where we go as it has been our secret. We did go to France one year and it cost us three times the amount for the same food up the mountain. This year the same food was still half what we paid in Val T then.
Klausberg is great but please don't go.
Overall: 3.8. Based on 2 votes and 2 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 Klausberg.
Public Transport: 4.0
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Klausberg, (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 Klausberg, (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 Klausberg.
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) There are no child care facilities at Klausberg, (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) Klausberg is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Klausberg 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 Klausberg, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Klausberg 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) Klausberg 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 Klausberg, 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: 3.5
(1) Klausberg 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 Klausberg are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Klausberg 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: 2.0
(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: 4.0
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Klausberg 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 Klausberg, (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: 3.0
(1) Not even a kicker at Klausberg, (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 Klausberg, (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) Klausberg 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.
(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: 2.0
(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.
(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, Klausberg 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, Klausberg 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 08, 2012
Rob Davies from United Kingdom
Klausberg is a medium-size resort in the Italian Tyrol, located about 1:45 from Innsbruck, over the Brenner pass, then east along the Ahrntal valley; just north of the Dolomites. It's located just beyond the similar resort of Spiekboden. Lift passes can cover one or both.
The valley villages are pretty enough but not quite as scenic as some in the nearby Austrian Tyrol, though the further up you go the prettier they get. Once you are up on the ski fields the views are stunning with a large number of magnificent 3000m+ peaks all around.
The area is primarily German-speaking and feels much more like Austria than Italy. Very friendly. Most of the people who ski here are locals. British skiers tend to head to big-name resorts like Mayrhofen and Stubai to the north, or Val Gardena to the south. After 3 days, we are yet to meet any other Brits here.
With lifts to over 2500m and a valley at 1000m, Klausberg has an excellent vertical range. Chairs and 2 fast cable cars give access to extensive slopes that are mostly intermediate level. Widespread snow-making and a northerly aspect close to the main Alpine divide means it is very snow-sure, guaranteeing skiing at Easter, no matter how late it falls. Pistes are meticulously groomed and first lift is at 8am, giving the overall impression of an exceptionally well-managed operation.
My only complaint is that after a big dump of new snow, the grooming efforts were even a bit excessive and I felt sure most skiers and all snowboarders would like a bit more of the raw stuff left untouched rather than wall-to-wall bland corduroy. On some runs this entirely filled the possible width without leaving even a tiny strip of soft-snow between piste and trees.
Off-piste is very good, both above and below the tree-line, though some may be out-of-bounds because of avalanche risk. The woodland runs are exceptionally good in deep fresh snow, but too steep for the high tree density at anything other than these ideal conditions. There is so much woodland terrain that it takes several days to track it out but I must stress it is really only for skiers and boarders who are comfortable in the steeps.
There is an ok snow-park park too and some of the most obvious off-piste is accessed off the bottom end of it. Stay high on skiers right to access a large bowl that leads through a difficult steep and bushy section to more wide open un-groomed slopes.
We were there on a busy Saturday at the end of the early January school holidays after a big fall of fresh snow and yet there were no lift queues whatsoever.
There are some nice places to eat and drink on the hill and generally very good value. The villages in the valley, all served by a ski-bus, are good value too. All in all, one of those Alpine places that begs the question, why on earth do so many people go to Eastern Europe looking for a cheap ski holiday. It's as if Brits think everywhere in the Alps costs almost as much as Verbier. We found a very nice pension for €45/night for a double and glass of decent red wine is €2 and dinner ranges from €6 for pizza to €20 for a decent meal. On the slopes, prices are similar: say €10 for a pasta lunch, including a large beer or mulled wine.
All in all, a good resort for a few days for skiers and borders of all abilities. Combine with Speikboden for a varied week.