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 indoor activities include tennis at the Vital Hotel Wolfgangsee (tel: +43 6138 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 in the area are centred on Lake Wolfgangsee; from boating and water-skiing 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 sitting on buses.
Also, there is 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: +43 61 376 090) run by Gabriele Pilz at the Postalm ski area.
A long-standing regional shopping hub, 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 (tel: +43 613 828 273) and the antiques shop Das Gwölb (also known as Zita’s) (tel: +43 66 41 124 384).
Eurotherme (tel: +43 6132 2040; www.eurothermen.at) in nearby Bad Ischl offers the epitome of tranquillity in its traditional spa, which incorporates a thermal bath, a large sauna area and a hot-whirlpool into its many soothing treatments. The complex is open daily and is a 30-minute bus ride from St Wolfgang.