St Wolfgang Ski Resort Information
There are many activities in St Wolfgang owing to the town’s year-round operations, with winter activities encompassing everything from sleigh rides, snowshoeing and snow tubing to the skilful sport of curling. Toboggans can be rented from the Strobler hut (near Parkarea 3), while other activities include tennis at the Vital Hotel Wolfgangsee (tel: (06138) 22770; www.tennis-hotel.at).
Those in search of pure relaxation and a spot of pampering will find a number of top-class spa and wellness facilities open to the public in the resort’s various 4-star hotels. These invariably include indoor swimming pools and a range of treatments available to day-pass holders.
The majority of other activities are centred on the lake, from boating and waterskiing on it to paragliding above it.
St Wolfgang is a pleasant place to spend a family holiday, but there are pros and cons to a family stay in this resort.
On the one hand, families will enjoy being together in an area of great natural beauty, with high-value, family-friendly facilities and a small and unintimidating ski area.
But on the other, expect to spend a chunk of the holiday walking around and on buses – which is not a problem for many of the resort’s modern purpose-built competitors with slopeside access.
There is also no non-ski nursery provision for young children, although kids four and older can be catered for and taught to ski at the ski kindergarten (tel: (06137) 6090) run by Gabriele Pilz at the Postalm ski area.
A long-standing regional shopping hub, and indeed a year-round tourist centre, St Wolfgang has a good selection of shops that can meet both holiday and retail therapy needs. There are a dozen or so gift shops to explore, as well as plenty of quirky and specialist stores run by local craftspeople and other artisans.
Fine examples include the glass studio Glasschleiferei Wipplinger (Markt 72; tel: (06138) 28274) and the antiques shop Das Gwölb (also known as Zita’s) (Markt 2; tel: (0664) 112 4384).
Eurotherme (tel: (06132) 2040; www.eurothermen.at) in nearby Bad Ischl is a traditional spa with modern facilities that incorporates a thermal spa, a large sauna area with eight ‘pleasure zones’ of various sizes and a hot-whirlpool. The complex is open daily and is a 30-minute bus ride from St Wolfgang. For some real luxury, opt for one of the Alhambra packages, which include a hammam and Turkish steam bath.