The slopes

  • Extent 3 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 5 out of 5
  • Snow 2 out of 5
  • Queues 4 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 1 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 4 out of 5
  • Boarder 3 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 4 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 3 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 3 out of 5
  • Convenience 3 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 2 out of 5
  • Apres ski 3 out of 5
  • Off-slope 3 out of 5

Key facts covers:

  • Wagrain only

Key facts

Resort850 m
Slopes850-2000 m
Lifts18
Pistes160 km
Price index90

Wagrain

Austria

Wagrain ski area

The upside

  • Compact resort, centrally located
  • Impressive lift system, with lots of fast chairs (particularly towards Flachau)
  • Fair-sized area of mainly easy slopes, stretching across three valleys
  • Gentle beginner slopes up the mountain
  • Lots of attractive mountain restaurants
  • Ski Amadé pass makes it a good place for touring
  • Extensive snowmaking but…

The downside

  • Snow reliability not a strong point
  • Lifts a bus ride from the centre
  • Short runs between Wagrain and Alpendorf
  • Very little to entertain experts
  • Steeper home runs may deter timid intermediates

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News – 2017/18

In the nearby (and eventually to be connected) Kleinarl/Shuttleberg sector a new chair-lift is to be built, reducing congestion on the Kleinarl side of the mountain.

Summary

Wagrain is a compact little resort near Salzburg, rather neglected on the UK market. It is pleasant without being notably charming, sharing slopes with the neighbouring resorts of Flachau and Alpendorf/St Johann im Pongau –  at the centre of a lift system spreading widely across several low, partly wooded ridges. The slopes are practically all classified red but at the easier end of the scale, giving some excellent cruising. And they are served by an impressive number of fast chairs and gondolas.

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The slopes

  • Extent 3 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 5 out of 5
  • Snow 2 out of 5
  • Queues 4 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 1 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 4 out of 5
  • Boarder 3 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 4 out of 5
  • Schools 3 out of 5
  • Families 3 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 3 out of 5
  • Convenience 3 out of 5
  • Scenery 3 out of 5
  • Eating out 2 out of 5
  • Apres ski 3 out of 5
  • Off-slope 3 out of 5

Key facts covers:

  • Wagrain only

Key facts

Resort850 m
Slopes850-2000 m
Lifts18
Pistes160 km
Price index90