Flachau is the most known resort in the Sportwelt Amade with the Amade itself the second largest ski field in Europe. It is easily situated some 40 minutes south of the city of Salzburg so offers a very easy transfer time. For those drivers amongst us (our group being one of them) it is an easy 10-hour drive from Calais, taking you through six countries in all. There are no toll roads in mainland Europe that you must navigate and there are plenty of lovely cities along the route to make the trip a few days longer.
Flachau itself is sat near enough in the centre of the region and offers awesome skiing itself; powder fields and plenty of easy blue’s to challenging reds and blacks. It offers something for everyone. If you venture over the top and down the other side you will be in Wagrain, where Amadeus Mozart spent a lot of time in his teenage years and most of the runs are named after him. Just a short 10-minute bus journey and you can be in the World Cup resorts of Zauchensee/Altenmarkt or the park capital of Austria Flachauwinkle’s Absolute Park, which is home to the spring battle competition, and introduced three seasons ago the Burton’s Stash.
A lift pass for 6 days is priced at 227€. There is the chance to purchase a pass, which allows you to ski 5 out of 7 days priced at 211€
Flachau offers many delights in the evening. For you apre-skiers, the Hoffstadl is definitely a must after a hard day skiing. Located at the bottom of the Herman Maier World Cup run, it is open all day but starts to fill up around 3pm. Expect to be dancing on the tables, getting splashed in beer “yodeling” to loud Austrian music – definitely a cracking night. Restaurants are easily to come by as well with the Hoagascht being a definite. Lovely atmosphere goes well with Austrian dishes, beer and followed by schnapps. Bars and clubs are plentiful in Flachau so still loads to do into the early hours.
Overall if you stayed in Flachau for a week there is plenty to do and see but venturing 10-15 on the bus opens up so much more. This is area is not very well known on the English market but definitely is worth the trip. Amazing area!by