Hauser Kaibling is the local ski area of Haus im Ennstal, nestled in the beautiful Schladming-Dachstein region. This corner of Austria resides somewhat under the radar of many winter sport enthusiasts but is definitely worth visiting. Hauser Kaibling has not yet been discovered by mass-tourism which is remarkable considering it’s close proximity to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany. Residents of nearby Salzburg Stadt cherish this little gem as Haus im Ennstal provides them with an easy-accessible getaway. Although Salzburgerland has several attractive ski opportunities itself, Hauser Kaibling – in contrast – offers long and wide tree-lined slopes in a dramatic setting combined with modern infrastructure and great hospitality.
Beautiful long and wide slopes
The Hauser Kaibling ski area features more than 37 km of easy-accessible and perfectly groomed runs. The slopes are varied and ideal for beginners to advanced-intermediates and those looking for scenic descents. Most of them are long, wide and practically all cut down through pine forest and provide a wide range of stunning views. A dream for cruising and winding-down in dramatic decor dominated by the rugged Dachstein mountains.
The sheltered location of the Hauser Kaibling ski area and the tree-lined runs guarantee calm weather conditions, and good visibility even on days with bad weather. In combination with the compact and comprehensible layout of the Hauser Kaibling skiarea makes Haus im Ennstal an excellent destination for families, especially for those with young children.
Family ski resort
Hauser Kaibling is very child friendly. It’s a lovely and exciting playground for young children and all of those who want to sharpen their skills. This ski resort makes the extra mile to satisfy every parent and leaves nothing to be desired for. There are smaller ski parks where children can learn. There are more difficult slopes to ski as they advance, there even are chairlifts for the children on the learning slopes, which isn’t as common in Austria. Recently, a dedicated Kinderland the ‘Audi Kid’s area was opened at the Kaiblingalm. An exciting course where fun is guaranteed.
Challenging and reliable
Hauser Kaibling might not be your first choice if you are an expert or off-piste skier. Largely due to the fact that it has just a handfull of, fairly short, black slopes notwithstanding the long (2.7km) FIS downhill run. However, there are many challenging red-runs, great mogul pistes and some tough powder slopes. And there is usually more than enough powder as this part of the Dachstein area has a good snow track-record. The northerly orientation of the slopes helps keep the pistes in good shape. The serious snowmaking operation of Hauser Kaibling -with well over 200 snowcannons- makes it a good choice for early or late holidays; the system is put to good use. The snowmaking machines are able to produce a staggering amount of 12.000m³ snow per hour. Still, at this altitude poor conditions on the lower slopes are a natural hazard.
The lift system and infrastructure of Hauser Kaibling are first class. In this respect Hauser Kaibling is one of the most modern skiresorts in Austria. Due to the massive investment in infrastructure in the recent past you will enjoy perfectly groomed slopes and fast and convenient transfers by the lift-system. The overall lift-capacity is 16.170 persons per hour which means that there are hardly any waiting lines left!
The comfortable 8 seat Hauser Kaibling bahn for instance, just outside the village center, brings you lightning fast over a stretch of 2.5km straight to the highest point of Schladming’s 4-mountain linked ski area, a unique 360° panoramic view opens up over the Upper Enns Valley.
For the second time already, the Hauser Kaibling has received the award of ‘Best European Ski Area’ in 2013 due to it’s snow reliability, perfectly groomed ski runs, and rustic mountain huts with friendly service. The Hauser Kaibling got also the awards ‘Best for Families’ & ‘Best for Advanced’ from the international Website www.skigebiete-test.de!
There is a very good reason why the German national ski team chooses Hauser Kaibling on a regular basis for it’s training sessions…
The Hauser Kaibling is the first access point on the east-side in the Schladminger 4-Berge-Skischaukel where wintersport enthusiasts will find a paradise. The winter sports arena offers downhill skiing and snowboarding at 4 different -but perfectly interconnected- mountains: Hauser Kaibling, Planai, Hochwurzen, Reiteralm and in addition the Dachstein Glacier at an altitude of 2700m. It’s one of the largest ski areas in Austria. Enjoy 123km of fine slopes, 44 modern cable cars and lifts and over 55 inviting lodges. The Schladming-Dachstein region is also member of ski amadé: 5 regions, 25 places, 760 kilometres of ski runs, all available on one single ski ticket.
You would have to ski fast to get from Haus to Reiteralm at the other end of the valley and back in one day, but it’s worth the effort and an amazing ride. Some steep red and black runs are well worth testing over at Planai and Reiteralm. There are loads of mountain huts and restaurants to choose from at lunchtime.
The Schladming interlinked 4 mountains Hauser Kaibling, Planai, Hochwurzen, Reiteralm have been elected amongst ‘Austria’s/Europe’s Best Ski Resorts’ by several media. We agree, it is beautiful, diverse and exciting. Try it yourself. You won’t regret it!
Haus im Ennstal is located in Steiermark just 10 minutes away from Schladming and easily accessible from Salzburg.
With a transfer time of one hour it is viable choice for people travelling via Salzburg airport. Several low-cost airlines service Salzburg Airport. Dutch airline Transavia provides frequent flights to Salzburg from Amsterdam and Rotterdam. AirBerlin operates from Berlin. EasyJet is based on London Gatwick. Ryanair is based on London Stansted, Several Scandinavian airlines (SAS, Norwegian) are tied with Salzburg. Siberian airlines is operating from Moscow.
An inexpensive transfer from Salzburg Airport to the Schladming-Dachstein region is available.
Haus im Ennstal lies at the interantional railway line Salzburg-Graz. Express train stations are Schladming and Gröbming, regional trains also stop in Haus im Ennstal and Öblarn.