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WTS Austria gets an update

Six years on from its publication, we're giving Where to Ski in Austria a boost by producing an update covering all the important lifts and new links in the resorts covered in the book – about 55 lifts in total.

These are the half-dozen developments most likely to swing your choice of ski destination.

2018 Bad Hofgastein– transformation of mountain access after many years of serious queues

2018 Hochkönig– linking of the village of Maria Alm to the Aberg lift base, cutting out the bus ride

2018 Zillertal – Mayrhofen– the hamlet of Mösl became a ski resort overnight with the opening of a gondola over a previously virgin mountainside on the fringe of the Penken area

2018/19 Kaprun / Kitzsteinhorn– the impressively ambitious project to link the village of Kaprun directly to its excellent glacier ski area, involving two 4km gondolas

2019 Zell am See / Saalbach– a short gondola in the Saalbach valley bottom completing at last the link between these two resorts

2020 Salzburger Sportwelt – Wagrain – the long-awaited high-altitude link between the two multi-valley networks that make up the Sportwelt; there is no skiing between the two, but by the unwritten rules of ski resort marketing this is now a seriously large area (cf Paradiski, Megève, Arlberg)

2023 Kitzbühel – two six-packs are removing the slow chair/draglift bottleneck on the way back to the town from the high Resterhöhe slopes

The photo included here shows another excellent improvement in Kitz – the Raintal gondola that replaced a venerable double chair on the back of the Horn in 2018.

You can download the full 12-page update pdf file using the button below to go to the Skiing page of the site. Of course, to really understand the changes you need the book, and throughout November 2023 you can get it for half price in the shop reached via the same page.

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