When people think of Carinthia, in addition to the famous Carinthian cheesy noodles and other specialities, they immediately conjure up images of the wonderful natural landscapes found almost everywhere you look. Featuring beautiful mountain panoramas, the Nassfeld-Presseggersee Region promises Austrian hospitality that’s laid back thanks to the proximity to Italy. In other words, the perfect destination for an energizing winter vacation.
Hours of sunshine, snow-capped mountain peaks, and almost endless slopes invite you to a very special winter experience. Thanks to its special location, Nassfeld has an average of 850 hours of sunshine annually, a hundred more than in some areas north of the Alps. Despite all the sun, the region is also always blessed with a lot of snow. These are definitely two of my most important criteria for a winter holiday: sun & snow ✅ No wonder the region is one of the top ski areas in all of Austria!
PURE MOUNTAIN FEELING
If you get up early and are the first to arrive high up on the mountain station, allow yourself to enjoy the breathtaking mountain panorama down in the valley. It’s guaranteed to make you forget any winter blues, I swear! ✌️ Just inhaling this especially fresh, slightly tingling mountain air raises my energy level by at least 200% every time and I can’t help but immediately break into a smile. As my body is invigorated with the thrill of this feeling, I sigh with joy as I head straight downhill.
With a total of 110 kilometres (69 miles) of slopes, Nassfeld is already one of the larger ski areas in Austria. Are you a real athlete on the slopes or out there more for the fun? Pushing your endurance or on a family adventure? Skis or snowboard? Whatever your preference, you’re sure to find the right downhill run at Nassfeld, where the well-maintained slopes ensure everyone a great time on the mountain. ⛰️
And if by night you haven’t yet had enough or you’ve found some reserve energy in your legs, there is a good mile of slopes open at night every Saturday in January & February for even more fun.
SNOWPARK AM NASSFELD: FREE YOUR MIND
For all the cool kids who prefer to move on boxes, rails, and wallrides, the snowpark at the foot of the Gartnerkofel offers many opportunities to spice up your Insta story. The great thing is that the park is laid out in such a way that it is really suitable for freestyle professionals and those who would like to become one. It’s also very cool that freestyle workshops are offered free-of-charge every Sunday and are a perfect opportunity to try out the boxes, rails, and more for yourself. No advance registration is necessary. Just drop in at the Snowpark Info Corner at 11:00 and get ready to do your jumps and kicks.
FREERIDING & SKI TOURING
As a counterpart to the snowpark that’s created each year, there are also many pristine, ungroomed slopes with deep snow at Nassfeld that are perfect for freeriding & ski tours. Since the selection of freeriding slopes is quite large, even late risers can still look forward to being first in line at many.
There are numerous options for ski tours, even newbies to touring can borrow equipment on-site and take beginners’ courses, sure to make the first experience away from the groomed slopes memorable.
If you’d like to get away from the crowds on the maintained slopes, you don’t need to go freeriding. You can also take a much less challenging cross-country tour. Idyllic forest ski trails are perfect for escaping everyday life and concentrating only on the here & now, surrounded by Mother Nature. The regional ski trail network covers 130 km (81 miles), 22 km (14 miles) of which can be found directly at Nassfeld, making Nassfeld a real paradise for cross-country skiers.  I particularly like the fact that it’s easy for cross-country skiing newbies to take their first steps on the trail. A local cross-country ski school not only helps by lending you the right equipment but also teaches you the proper technique. Advanced cross-country skiers will also enjoy the route over the Nassfeld Pass or the sightseeing route that runs almost the entire length of the valley.
AWAY FROM THE TRAILS, THE SLOPES & THE MOUNTAIN
Even away from the mountain, the region offers a wide range of activities for those who don’t want to venture out on skis or snowboards. A total of 5 toboggan runs, 3 of which are illuminated at night, offer a great way to spend the evening with friends or family. And seriously, no matter your age, going sledging with friends is always good for a lot of fun on any winter holiday.
A slower-paced alternative for exploring the winter wonderland would be to go on a guided snowshoe hike. For me, this is really one of the most beautiful ways to encounter pristine nature far from the madding crowd.
Last but not least, the absolute highlight at Nassfeld: ice skating on Pressegger See. The finest natural ice rink. If you’re not so confident braking on skates, no worries: you’ll have plenty of room on the 55 ha (136 acres) lake. 😉 No one said you have to do jumps and pirouettes!
IN CONCLUSION: HEAD TO NASSFELD
Nassfeld is a wonderful region to spend a relaxed, yet active winter vacation.
The arguments: guaranteed snow, spacious slopes & an abundance of hours of sun speak for themselves. I look forward to seeing you then at one of the 25 rustic huts in the ski area. Or at one of the hotel bars in the Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Carinzia or a little further up at Hotel Sonnenalpe. By the way, these two hotels are particularly recommended for late risers. Thanks to their locations directly at the lift stations, you can save yourself the morning rush to the ski bus and still be one of the first to hit the slopes.