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Carinthia – laid-back southern feel and snow-sure ski areas

The conditions for a winter holiday in Austria’s southernmost province are ideal: a varied mountain landscape offering spectacular views interspersed with idyllic lakes, and a mild winter climate with an especially high number of sunny days.

From this winter, the region’s 30 resorts will be served by direct EasyJet flights every Saturday between London Gatwick and Klagenfurt. As soon as you arrive, you can expect awe-inspiring mountain views, idyllic lakes and a milder-than-normal climate, which makes this southernmost region the perfect destination for a relaxing week in the snow.

Klammer time

One of the greatest downhill racers of all time, Franz Klammer, was born in a village close to Bad Kleinkirchheim, where he honed his skills. And while the Olympic champion is less recognisable without a bright yellow 1970s skin suit, Der Kaiser can still be found hosting BKK’s Skiing Before 9am programme. And the current generation of speed merchants arrive every January for the women’s World Cup downhill on Klammer’s eponymous and seriously steep piste. The majority of the 103km of snowsure pistes here, however, are red - although there is also an easily accessed beginners’ area on a sunny plateau at the top of the Nockalm gondola.


Exploring Carinthia

The region as a whole has over 800km of pistes across more than 30 areas, covered by inclusive lift passes such as the Topskipass Carinthia-East Tyrol Gold. Just an hour from Klagenfurt, on the Italian border, Naẞfeld is a self-declared “surprise resort”. Its 110km of slopes include terrain parks, family areas and a recently upgraded lift system. Its 25 mountain huts and terraces suit chilling out or partying, but hardcore skiers can try the longest race in the world, Schlag das ASS! Gerlitzen is a pretty family area with accommodation on the lake and up on the mountain. And Turracher Höhe is a luxurious resort with personal touches such as a piste butler service, in addition to winter fun facilities that include an alpine roller coaster, husky sleds and traditional curling and skating on the lake. Whether you are a beginner, returner or expert skier, you’ll certainly get your money’s worth here.

© Franz GERDL, 2012, all rights reserved

So near, so spa

After a long day skiing you’ll want to kick off your boots and relax. You’re in luck, because Carinthia is famous for its natural spas. Bad Kleinkirchheim has just as much history as a spa town as it has as a ski destination - there are even sauna cabins on the slopes! At the foot of the slopes is the 12,000sqm Therme Römerbad, with every type of sauna, steam room and treatment imaginable. The newly renovated St Kathrein baths have 1,200sqm of swimming pools, an 86m slide, as well as Roman baths and treatment rooms. What’s more, guests of the luxurious eco-conscious four-star hotel Trattlerhof have their own spa area, with massage treatments, swimming and saunas.

© Gert Steinthaler 2013
Why this winter?
Yes, it’s official - EasyJet’s London Gatwick – Klagenfurt connection launches on 16th December 2017, taking you straight to the Carinthian slopes.

Further information: www.carinthia.at or Austria.info/winterunleashed