Lower Austria: Annaberg – Commencement of the Ski Season
Winter is here again. For some, it is perhaps too cold and harsh, but to me it is the most popular season of the year. Everything is hidden under a fluffy white blanket of snow and acts somewhat calmer, and even cleaner than the rest of the year. It is also a time of winter holidays in the mountains, meeting with friends over a glass of mulled wine or it is a time of a great cabbage soup, which will warm you up in this season.
Although winter so far only started, a few ski resorts already have opened their slopes these days. Despite the fact that they only run several ski tows, they have enough visitors eager to ski even in this busy time of Advent.
Annaberg ski resort in Lower Austria
Even Annaberg , a picturesque village in Lower Austria, which is located in the ski resort of the same name, is no exception. The ski area will not surprise you with its vastness (you will find here to "only" 20 km of ski slopes). But it is a place with nice family atmosphere and and quality services. Especially in recent years, the village Annaberg hosted increasing number of winter sports lovers from Slovakia or the Czech Republic. Perhaps it is due tot the fact that it is only about 200 kilometers from Bratislava. Moreover, the resort is located between 800 to 1334 meters above the sea level. In recent years it snow conditions are much better than in more distant parts of western Austria. Even ski ticket prices are not exorbitant.
Ski resort Annaberg has opened the new season symbolically on the St Nicholas holiday, which gave a nice gift not only to children but to us born earlier, who cannot imagine winter without skiing. Nevertheless, it is still in operation, only half of the 3 lifts and 6 ski lifts is operating right now, and so skiers come into their own. Not only now, but, in fact, it has never happened to us, that we waited more than 2-3 minutes in a ski-tow queue. And I was here already several times during different times of the winter season. Well-maintained slopes, a mountain chalet with an interesting selection of food and drinks or a buffet restaurant and several bars is only part of the services which can be found in the center. Ski school, rental and free parking are included. Not only children will enjoy a bob sledge that is 2 km long.
There are several accommodation or food options in the village. We especially liked the nice apartments that are part of the inns and hotels near the church in the middle of the village. Not only that you can cook there but you can also use the lounge, which includes table tennis, darts and a large room full of toys, which is especially useful for mothers with children. There is also a sauna, which is already included in the price, so the skiing is nothing more pleasant than in the warm up and loosen frozen body.
We can say that the prices for accommodation and other services in this part of the country usually more favorable than a given distance from the border with our fellow citizens is a very interesting skiing, but also a tourist destination worth visiting.
Another interesting places around
The jump from Annaberg there are also other very interesting sites. Think of a nearby town Mariazell, which is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Central Europe, which is also a mountain climatic spa. Above Mariazell extends the popular ski resort. Just 4 km northwest of pilgrimage city, near the village Mitterbach, lies at an altitude of 827 m glacial lake Erlaufsee , which, throughout the year, offers many options for leisure. In winter the lake freezes very quickly, because the sun is low and the lake lies in the shadow of the surrounding hills, and thus becomes a popular destination for fans of ice skating in the wild. Also you can meet divers who are practicing ice diving. Directly above the village Miterrbach to an altitude of 1,626 meters is the hill Gemeindealpe from which you have a wonderful view of the surroundings. On its slopes during the winter months in service another ski resort.
Do you still hesitate where you will go for some skiing? How about a couple of days in neighboring Austria and try some of the smaller resorts? Surely you will be pleasantly surprised, not only for its quality services, but also the favorable prices that are truly comparable to those in our country.
Text and photo: O. Maňáková
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