The Grossarl Valley: ski touring heaven on the hotel’s doorstep!
n winter, the impressive mountain scenery surrounding the GROSSARLER HOF, our 4-star superior hotel in the SalzburgerLand’s Grossarl Valley, becomes a Mecca for ski tourers. Off-piste, countless peaks await in the Upper and Lower Tauern around the villages of Grossarl and Hüttschlag.
The Grossarl Valley and its twelve smaller side valleys are home to expansive Alpine pastures and countless peaks, with elevations ranging from 2,000m to 3,000m. In winter, the Valley of Alpine Meadows is transformed into the ‘valley of ski touring’ thanks to the many touring routes covering a wide range of distances and challenges.
The Grossarl Valley’s largest and most famous mountain for Alpine skiers has to be the Kreuzkogel, the highpoint of the popular Grossarl-Dorfgastein ski area. For a more peaceful time off-piste, at over 2,200m the famous Kreuzeck is a popular ski touring hotspot, alongside the Filzmooshörndl and the Loosbühel in the Grossarl Ellmau Valley. In late spring, the best peaks are the Gamskarkogel (2,467m), the Frauenkogel (2,424m), the Mandlkogel (2,442m) and the Keeskogel – the climax of this majestic valley at a towering 2,884m. For an ideal après-ski stop for ski tourers and snowshoers, visit the Loosbühelalm Hut in the Grossarl Ellmau Valley.
After an exciting day in the snowy surroundings of the GROSSARLER HOF, the Erlenreich Relax & SPA beckons with a unique, natural world of relaxation and wellbeing. Rest your weary muscles in the year-round heated outdoor whirlpool with massage jets, the Finnish sauna or the Finnish ladies’ sauna. For absolute tranquillity, seek out the lounger area with mountain views, the equilibrium area with waterbeds, soothing UV light therapy and loungers, or the bio-vitality buffet with a selection of teas and organic snacks.
Good to know: As a partner business of the BERG-GESUND Association, guests of the GROSSARLER HOF can enjoy free guided ski tours with state-approved mountain guides. High-altitude ski touring is also available for accomplished and experienced ski tourers. Equipment is available to hire from the sports shop. For tour dates and details, visit www.berg-gesund.at.