Bad Kleinkirchheim is downhill race hero Franz Klammer's favourite ski area - he learned to ski here, there's a World Cup downhill run named after him, and he skis with guests here a few times a year. Given Klammer's endorsement it's no surprise that the resort has some serious skiing: 75% of its slopes are classified red and suit confident intermediates best. It is perhaps a surprise that there are few real challenges for experts.

The resort is tucked away on the edge of the Nock Mountain National Park in Carinthia, in the far south-east of Austria, near the Italian and Slovenian borders. The nearest airports are Klagenfurt (around 50 minutes away) and Ljubljana (90 minutes). Salzburg is less than two hours away.

The lift pass covers St Oswald, a smaller village at the far end of the shared ski area, and all the resorts in Carinthia - useful for visiting other resorts if you have a car. Bad Kleinkirchheim's spa facilities are excellent, with indoor and outdoor thermal pools, different types of sauna - including a tepidarium (which is a sauna with a lower temperature so you can sit there longer) - and steam rooms, solariums, hot tubs, massage and therapy rooms. There are also water slides, waterfalls and massage jets in the pools. The Thermal Römerbad, recently refurbished is set over three floors, with 13 different types of sauna and steam rooms, and has since received rave reviews.

Pros

Mainly red intermediate slopes

Virtually 100% snowmaking

Two superb thermal spas

Cheap, even by Austrian standards

Cons

Spread-out town

Still a lot of slow chairs and T-bars

Slopes limited in extent and variety

Après-ski quiet

Getting there

  • Salzburg airport: 2 hours

Good For

Ability
  • Intermediate
On Slope
  • No Queues
  • Snow Reliability

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