Skiing in Mariazell

17.04.2019

This is Austria, you can ski pretty much anywhere. There are famous resorts like Kitzbuehl or St. Anton or Schladming, but how about Mariazell?

Sure the 1250 meters will not impress much in terms of mountain height, you've seen bigger, grander, Swisser.

But sometimes it's not about the height and the reputation, it's about having your own corner of the world, where the snow falls silently over the woods all around you, all you see is fir trees and endless white. Where you can ski the slope and own it, and feel like they run the lift only for you, that's how scarce the crowds are.

We will not belittle the coolness of the grand resorts, we've been there, done that. The fancy ski lifts with all that high tech can offer, the vibration of the après-ski parties, the shiny stores, ritzy folk walking by...But at the end of the day places like that leave you empty (not just your wallet) and you'll need somewhere quiet to recover from the hustle and bustle, the short thrill of the ride after you waited in a lift line for half an hour. Your only refuge remains the panorama at the top, that is if you get lucky and it's not foggy. But seriously, it was fun for a time...

For now we have found a quieter place to tease the fresh snow, to call our very own. It is the Mariazell Buergeralpe, and Mariazell is practically at the foot of it.

You can actually ski all the way down to Halltal if you know the back roads. You might think that for this altitude there is not much to be expected from the snow, but you will be pleasantly surprised.

Mariazell is actually one of the cold poles in Austria, and we do not lack precipitation. It does not take long in December for water to turn to snow. Ski season opening for this year was on December 7th, and it did not disappoint. There is something here for everyone: black, red and blue. The black was short and sweet, just how I like them. As on every respectable Austrian mountain there are a few huts where you can rest and strengthen yourself with the hearty fare of this region. The Edelweisshuette is right at the top of the mountain and the panorama is included with every menu. Who needs 150 miles of slopes when all you want is a couple of smooth home runs without the crowds? We look forward to this ski season and getting to know this mountain that is so welcoming. Ski Heil!

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