Heiligenblut Ski Resort

Though very much off the radar of British visitors, Heiligenblut offers a huge amount of freeride terrain, untouched snow and access to some of the highest backcountry in Austria.

The picturesque village is set among beautiful surroundings at the foot of the Grossglockner – Austria’s highest mountain – and to the west of Badgastein. The slopes are quiet and are mainly blues and reds in two areas. The 12 lifts include three gondolas and serve 55km of groomed runs, though the extensive freeride terrain is the real draw. Due to the altitude, the resort’s six freeride arenas offer great snow for much of the season and the lack of crowds mean the slopes stay untracked for longer.

What better way to explore this under-the-radar resort than with Ski Club Freshtracks this winter? We’re running two touring trips from the resort, each with day tours designed to make the very most of the epic terrain and great snow on offer.

Our Heiligenblut Resort Ratings

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  • Intermediate ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Advanced ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Snow Reliability ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Fast Lifts ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Après ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Value ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Pros

Fantastic lift-served off piste and touring opportunities

Surprisingly varied local slopes

Hidden gem that is often very quiet

Cons

Limited terrain for beginners

Quiet town with limited nightlife

High altitude terrain can be bleak in bad weather

Heiligenblut Skiing and Snowboarding

The ski area has a decent network of blues and reds, dropping down from the Schareck mountain at 2604m. Even higher slopes can be found on Hochfleiss, where the long snowsure run 11 drops from 2902m right down to 1809m. Beginners will want to stay in the village, where two gentle learning areas can be found.

The main attraction however is the off piste terrain. After fresh snowfall, the lack of crowds means that plenty of excellent powder can be found within the lift served area – powder that typically remains untracked for longer than in most resorts. Touring equipment and a mountain guide will then get you into some of Austria’s finest backcountry – book on with Ski Club Freshtracks to do exactly this.

  • Total Pistes: 55km
  • Blue: 36%
  • Red: 62%
  • Black: 2%
  • Additional Ski Routes: 10km
  • Lifts: 12
  • Altitude: 1301m – 2902m

Heiligenblut Piste Map

The local area map can be downloaded here.

Heiligenblut Resort

This is a quiet and pretty resort, set at just over 1300m at the foot of the ski area. It is instantly recognisable by the stunning church in the centre of town and the towering Grossglockner behind it. Small, family run hotels dominate the accommodation on offer – so expect to come here to ski and relax, this certainly isn’t an Austrian party town.

 

Season Dates: 7th December - 13th April 2020

 

How to get to Heiligenblut

The small Klagenfurt airport is around two hours to the southeast of the resort, whilst Salzburg sits two and a half hours to the north. Innsbruck is an alternative, but the drive takes you via Italy and lasts around three and a half hours.

  • Klagenfurt airport: 2 hours (driving)
  • Salzburg airport: 2.5 hours (driving)
  • Innsbruck airport: 3.5 hours (driving)

Heiligenblut Contact Details

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