Nassfeld Ski Resort
The sunny resort of Nassfeld in Carinthia has 110km of well-groomed pistes and 30 lifts – it is a real hidden gem.
The slopes of Nassfeld are pretty, mostly tree-lined and served by a very good lift system that is dominated by fast 6-seater chairs and high capacity gondolas. Most of the slopes are rated red, making this a paradise for intermediate and advanced skiers looking to cruise kilometre after kilometre of well-groomed runs. The jewel in the crown is the epic descent down to Tröpolach, which drops over 1200m of vertical to the valley floor. Unless there's been fresh powder, experts may find the ski area a bit limited, but there are a few blacks marked on the piste map. Look out for a new big connection to Pontebba over the border into Italy in the next few years.
Accommodation-wise, there are two main options. Families or those looking for maximum convenience should base themselves at Sonnenalpe, which has a decent collection of family run hotels and apartment buildings. The alternative is to stay at Tröpolach at the foot of the Millenium Express gondola – which has its own good selection of accommodation and dining options. Away from the slopes, the region is home to 300km of cross country trails, 150km of winter walking trails and if the Pressegger See in the valley freezes, great ice sports are on offer.
Resort website: www.nassfeld.at