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St Wolfgang Slopes
St Wolfgang’s Postalm ski area has one of the lowest altitudes for a major Alpine destination, which means snow cover is only truly reliable between Christmas and late March – it is rarely a wise choice for Easter skiing. There is, however, limited snowmaking in some key areas, which helps during mid-winter if natural snowfall falls short.
The Postalm area, a 20-minute bus ride from the town, has 17km (11 miles) of runs, a fraction of the amount of skiable terrain in most other big-name resorts in the Alps. However, this is more than adequate for beginner, early-intermediate and undemanding skiers, who may prefer having the small, unintimidating ski area all to themselves. There are nine blues and eight reds, while the only black run - the Rudi Nierlich 1 piste – takes up the full vertical of the area.
More demanding skiers will find touring routes on the Postalm (if the conditions are good) or they can sign up for the Dachstein ski pass, which offers 160km (100 miles) or so of piste at multiple centres throughout the region. These resorts include Gosau and Zwölferhorn – the latter is a good option for the more advanced skier; but bear in mind the closest of these is an hour away by bus.
Back at the Postalm, there’s a popular terrain park for freestyle skiers and boarders and the area has three cross-country ski loops. These runs range in difficulty and length and can be tackled together in one 22km (14-mile) merged route – part of 40km (25 miles) of tracks in the wider ski area.