A high-altitude ski resort surrounded by majestic peaks of some of the highest Austrian mountains ranges, the Kals-Matrei resort is singular in its year-round beauty and unspoilt character. Lovers of unforgettable panoramas, families with children and anyone who enjoys outdoors will be spoilt for choice in the pristine landscape of this resort.
- Elevation up to 2,426m
- Total Ski Runs 41km (blue 8.5km, red 24.5km, black 10.6km)
- Lifts 14
- Transport: By car 2h from Salzburg, 2h20 from Innsbruck airport
Don’t miss: A high-altitude mountain hike with a pit-stop in one of the ski huts full of character such as the Stüdlhütte, the Kalser Tauernhaus or the Kürsingerhütte
Nestled under the imposing Großglockner, the highest mountain in Austria at 3,798m, The Kals-Matrei resort is the largest ski resort in Osttirol (or East Tyrol) boasting over 270 hectares of slopes surface/ 41km of ski runs with 14 ski lifts. The resort is relatively little known abroad which means it doesn't get overcrowded and prices remain reasonable. Accessed via the 5.3km-long Felbertauern tunnel from Mittersill to Lienz, this resort really is a hidden secret.
Winter Season & Ski
The downhill skiing area in Kals-Matrei is very attractive. It is laid over two valleys with a gondola and a modern chairlift coming from both sides up to the Cimaross peak offering beautiful views at the different imposing peaks surrounding it, including the eastern side of Grossglocker or the Gorner or Ankogel summits. High quality terrains of all difficulty categories ensure a top snow adventure. Whilst altitude is high with plenty of natural snow, 100% of terrains have snow-making facilities so a long ski season is guaranteed. This is a particularly welcoming area for families with small children with many practice areas, easy pistes and the Bobo ski club. Aside from ski runs, the beautiful landscape with breathtaking panoramas of the mighty summits make the perfect setting for other winter sports, from cross-country skiing to tobogganing and snowshoe hiking.
Located in a spectacular position among very high mountains, there is no surprise this resort is a big-hitter in the summer months as well. Gondolas will transport you to the starting points of numerous lovely hikes. In Matrei, you are on the edge of the Hohe Tauern National Park, a true nature paradise with bubbling mountain streams, beautiful lakes and sleepy meadows. It is also a retreat for many endangered animals and plants. For bikers, there is a wonderful network of newly created cycling trails of different difficulties. And there is a versatile offer of other outdoor sports as well.
As everywhere in Austria, food is an integral part of the overall experience and it is a very democratic affair with choice for a low budget as well as for those who are up for some serious high dining. The Adler lounge, a floor-to-ceiling glass box structure, offers high-end fine-dining at an altitude of 2,426m with traditional delicacies with a modern twist. Many ski huts are scattered across the mountains making lunch stop an obligation.