St Wolfgang Slopes
St Wolfgang’s Postalm ski area has one of the lowest altitudes for a major Alpine destination, so snow cover is only truly reliable between Christmas and late March. There is, however, limited snow-making in some key areas, which helps if natural snowfall falls short.
The Postalm area is a 20-minute bus ride from the town and has 17km (11 miles) of runs, a fraction of the amount of skiable terrain in most other resorts in the Alps. However, this is more than adequate for beginners, early-intermediates 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.
If conditions are good, more demanding skiers will find touring routes on the Postalm (or they can sign up for the Dachstein ski pass, which offers around 160km (100 miles) of pistes at multiple centres throughout the region. These resorts include Gosau and Zwölferhorn, but bear in mind the closest of these is an hour away by bus.
Back at 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 but can be tackled together in one 22km (14-mile) merged route – part of 40km (25 miles) of tracks in the wider ski area.