Visitor reviews for St Wolfgang Ski Resort
October 14, 2012
Sandra Bennett from United Kingdom
I love St Wolfgang and the best hotel in the world is Weissen Rossel! It has luxury and I am treated like a returning family member every year.....and there is great nightlife...just get out of your hotel and look for it! The ski bus takes 50 mins and I'm on the black and red runs at Dachstein west by 10.15 daily and home again by 5 that's more than enough skiing for a 49 year old. My husband and I come back every year and nowhere else compares. I tried St Anton.....too many queues and too pricey for poorer quality! The skiing at Postalm is great for beginners then just move on up to Dachstein west for advanced and intermediate. I'll be going again and have already booked for 2013.
St Wolfgang Ratings
Overall: 3.5. Based on 1 vote 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 St Wolfgang.
Public Transport: 3.0
(1) There are no buses or taxis to St Wolfgang, (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 St Wolfgang, (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: 4.0
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in St Wolfgang.
Ski in/Ski out: 1.0
(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 St Wolfgang, (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) St Wolfgang is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) St Wolfgang 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 St Wolfgang, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at St Wolfgang 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) St Wolfgang 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 St Wolfgang, 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) St Wolfgang 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 St Wolfgang are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at St Wolfgang 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.
Hire and Repairs: 4.0
(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: 3.0
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) St Wolfgang 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 St Wolfgang, (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 St Wolfgang, (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 St Wolfgang, (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) St Wolfgang has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.0
(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: 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.
(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: 5.0
(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: 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, St Wolfgang 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): 3.0
(1) Overall, St Wolfgang 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.
February 26, 2012
Nick White from United Kingdom
St. Wolfgang can be reached in just under 1 hour from Salzburg Airport. We had early flight from Birmingham and were in the hotel Leifer by 1.30pm for lunch. Being picked up at 4.40pm on the following Saturday allowed for plenty of shopping in the resort and a walk up to one of the small waterfalls. The resort is very traditional and picturesque being located next to Wolfgangsee lake. Well worth getting a lake view.
Slopes are a 30 mins (good weather) to 50 mins (it's snowing) bus ride away (you do get a seat) which is again very picturesque but becomes a bit tiresome by the end of the week. You can be picked up from outside of some hotels but can never be on the slopes until 10:15am (10:30am ski school start) and the bus(es) all leave at 4pm sharp!
Ski school is the best we've ever had - I was in the intermediate group with "Killer" Fred and he was brilliant.
The piste map looks tiny compared to most ski resorts being split into mainly blue runs on the one side (all T-bar lifts) and reds and one black on the other (4-seat chairlift). The reds are a good challenge and even the longer blue run from the top suddenly turns into a red near the bottom. Both sides have off limited off-piste, however, go with the right ski school instructor and they will take you through forest and away from the crowds to virgin snow that the crowds never visit.
Overall, it is very small compared to the typical ski resort but you could always travel to Gossau near the Dachstien Glacier (1 hour on the ski bus though) for 130km of runs.
February 24, 2008
Julian Mead from Portugal
If you accept that St.Wolfgang is a beginner/intermediate resort it is also a low hassle, super little resort. Yes, the slopes are a 40 minute (not 1.5 hrs) drive away in the coach and when you arrive at the slopes you can get straight on to the lifts with NO queues. If the snow is good you can ski off-piste through the trees and on completely virgin snow.
On the basis I don't want to scare myself silly every day, I love the place and have been there 7 times. It is also possible to get buses to other resorts nearby where there is some seriously challenging skiing.
The night life is quiet but last time I was there Karl-Heinz had a great club.....ask around to find it. Rosies Bar is also open into the wee hours!
It is ideal for families or couples with mixed abilities, safe and friendly.......I am going back in 2009!
February 14, 2008
Maria Gregori from United Kingdom
I think, if researched well, which the person who commented below clearly did not, they would have found it was a resort for the beginner and not intermediate or advanced skiers, as they appear to be.
March 14, 2006
sandra tuffs from United Kingdom
We visited Wolfgang AGAIN this February....unfortunately we were based in Strobl (but that's another story). We actually love the place...it all depends on what you want for a night life. If you had actually read up about St Wolfgang
you would see that it is not a booze type resort ...We enjoy the quieter night life but appreciate that others do not...we hope to be going back again next year.
March 12, 2006
Katie Wooldridge from United Kingdom
Are you having a laugh? Excellent? The place is a summer resort! The ski bus takes an hour and half to get to the slopes. There are 3 bars, no apres-ski and the souvenir shops close when you get back off the bus from the long journey from the slopes. There are NO slopes here, you are only 49 kms from Salzburn airport - you will not ski until 11 a.m. every morning and you have to catch the 4pm bus back - NO other buses - a complete waste of time and hard earned money. Ski resort?...ha
February 09, 2006
Joyce & Peter Sims from United Kingdom
Excellent for beginners and people just feeling their ski's! Brilliant instructors, night life a bit on the quiet side, but if there is a group of you the eateries are fab as are the hotels. Highly recommend the Forsterof.