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Next stop, Nassfeld

Austrian skiing with an Italian twist

Scenic Nassfeld is southern Austria’s biggest ski area. Sharing a border with Italy, it gets some of the best weather in the Alps, with over 100 sunny days each winter. Add in wide, tree-lined slopes and mountain huts serving delicious local dishes, and you’ve got the all the ingredients for a great trip. Here are just a few of the reasons why we love Nassfeld.

There’s heaps of intermediate skiing

Most of the slopes here are blue and red, just right for confident skiers to rack up some miles and explore the whole mountain. The wide-open pistes below the Madritsche peak are a great place to start the day. Then, once you’ve warmed up your ski legs, tackle the Carnia – a 7.6km tree-lined red down to the village. And the skiing doesn’t have to stop when the sun sets. Head back up after dark for a spot of night skiing on Europe’s longest floodlit slope.

It’s great for families too

Nassfeld’s one of our favourite resorts for families. Most of the hotels are close to the slopes and some have extra facilities for kids, like playrooms or after-ski clubs. On the mountain, there are three zones just for little ones. They’re fenced off from the main runs and have magic carpets, colourful cartoon characters and gentle slaloms where young skiers can make their first turns. There’s also a top-notch ski school and a kids’ club with a friendly penguin mascot, for extra fun in the snow.

There’s lots to do off the slopes

Visit the luxury Acquapura spa for some rest and relaxation. There are saunas and steam rooms galore, as well as a heated outdoor pool where you can swim a few lengths and soak up mountain views. For a classic winter adventure, it’s hard to beat a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Snuggle into warm blankets and take in the views as you trot through snowy surroundings. And on the frozen Pressegger See lake, you can swap your skis for ice skates or try a game of ice stock – Austria’s take on curling.

You can try delicious regional food

The flavours of both countries mingle together here, so you can try Austrian staples like cured meats and cheeses, as well as plenty of authentic Italian pizza and pasta. Look out for local specialities like Gailtaler Almkäse (a type of mountain cheese), creamy garlic soup and fresh fish from nearby mountain lakes. The wine is excellent too – whether you go for Austrian white wines like Grüner Veltliner, or full-bodied reds from Italy. If beer’s more your thing, visit the Loncium brewery and sample their award-winning lagers, ales and stouts.

If you’re looking for somewhere to eat on the mountain or around town, there are plenty of places to choose from. Here are a couple of our favourites to get you started…

Restaurant Huber-Feistritzer: This cosy restaurant is the spot to head to for hearty dishes. Try the schweinshaxe, a slow-roasted cut of pork with tender meat and crispy crackling – home-style cooking at its best.

Kofelalm Madritsche: Nassfeld’s highest mountain hut is known for making the most of fresh, local ingredients – think rich venison stews and pan-fried fillets of trout. It also has a panoramic sun terrace, so you can enjoy impressive mountain views with your meal.

Our top picks for where to stay

Sold on Nassfeld? Now you need to pick a place to stay – and happily, Nassfeld has heaps of high-quality hotels to choose from.

Franz Ferdinand Mountain Resort: Kids will love clambering on the indoor climbing walls and playing in the games room at this family-friendly hotel. There’s also a spa with a Finnish sauna and steam room, where you can unwind. And when it’s time to hit the slopes, the Millennium Express gondola is just a minute’s walk away.

Hotel & Spa Wulfenia: Luxurious and modern, this hotel has a prime spot next to the Madritschen chairlift – just step outside each morning, click into your skis and you could be one of the first people on the piste. At the end of the day, take your pick from the elegant hotel bar or the lively WU-Bar. Or for a different kind of après, slip into the outdoor whirlpool and admire the slope views.   

Falkensteiner Hotel Sonnenalpe: It’s all about convenience and luxury here. The ski-in, ski-out location makes starting each day a breeze – pop your skis on at the door and off you go. Then in the evening, step into the Acquapura Spa for a choice of saunas, steam rooms and beauty treatments. Little ones are well looked after too. The hotel runs the Falky-Alm kids’ club and even offers a menu of spa treatments just for children. 

Say ‘hallo’ to Nassfeld and start planning your Austrian adventure.

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