A lot of fresh snow can be expected from Friday to Tuesday, especially along and south of the main Alpine ridge. Already in the early morning of Friday it starts to snow from Ticino to Engadin. During the day, the snowfall increases and spreads to the south of Austria.
On the southern side of the Alps, larger amounts of snow can then be expected within a short period of time. Especially in Ost Tirol, Karnten and Sud Tirol, amounts of fresh snow of well over 2 meters can come together in the valleys until Tuesday. At high altitudes, more than 3 meters of fresh snow is very well possible.
This extreme snowfall comes courtesy of an increasingly vigorous southerly current that will pick up plenty of moisture from the relatively warm Mediterranean before pushing up hard against the southern flanks of the Alps. By Sunday morning, resorts that could see between 1m and 1.5m of fresh snow at altitude include Passo Tonale, Arabba, Nassfeld, Obergurgl and Heiligenblut.
Most other parts of the Italian, French, Swiss and western Austrian Alps are also expected to see significant snow on Friday and/or Saturday, but there will be less snow in the north-east (e.g. Salzburgland).
Flachau is one of the most famous ski areas in the Salzburger Sportwelt and is located in the heart of Ski amadé. The lively village of Flachau and its districts meander around the spectacular local mountain Grießenkareck (1991 m), which forms the Flachau ski area, also known as the Snow Space Salzburg. Thanks to G-Link, Wagrain and Alpendorf are also easily accessible by cable car. This ski season Snow Space Salzburg is expanding its reach substantially with a new connection to the ski areas Shuttleberg and Ski Paradise Zauchensee.
In Flachau the ski lifts lead directly to the Grießenkareck. There you will find one of the highlights in the Flachau ski area. The Hermann Maier World Cup route is 3 km long and offers a real challenge for experienced ski pilots. The other slopes on the mountain are smoother and forgiving. These are mostly easy to moderate and lead up to 5 km in length over wide alpine pastures and wonderful forest aisles down into the valley.
Flachau proudly boasts it is the home of Hermann Maier, the Herminator, Austria’s World and Olympic Downhill champion, so one has to assume the skiing has much to recommend it. And it does, if you are an intermediate skier, that is. With a large array of wide, cruisey, beautifully groomed runs, most skiers will have a great wonderful time. Expert skiers, too, will find that the area is not without its challenges, not least the 6km run from the Griessenkar ridge.
Thanks to the wealth of easy blue runs, beginners will find themselves with plenty choice when the time comes for them to graduate from the nursery slopes and skiers of all standards will be able to enjoy exploring the area together.
Snow Space Salzburg is known for its immaculately groomed slopes. The hand full of black run pistes are deliberately left untouched so that you can enjoy the powder snow conditions. In addition, the lift system in the ski area is modern, fast and high-capacity. Although, the ski area can be quite busy, especially near Flachau, there is little to no waiting at the lifts. It is quieter towards Wagrain and Alpendorf.
Most likely, the crowds are a thing of the past; in the 2020-2021 ski season, the slopes of Flachau-Wagrain will be connected with those of the Shuttleberg (Flachauwinkl / Kleinarl). The new Panorma Link cable car connects both ski areas. Snow Space Salzburg is taking the next step in connecting the three different valleys with a lift connection to Zauchensee.
The Panorama Link cable car will enable the crossing from the Grießenkar above Wagrain to the Shuttleberg above Flachauwinkl / Kleinarl . The construction of the new cable car has been delayed, partly due to the coronavirus, but the opening in December 2020 seems possible. A 10-seater gondola lift will take passengers from one ski area to another in just 9 minutes. It will be a horizontal connecting lift over 3 kilometers in length. The slopes of Alpendorf, Wagrain, Flachau, Flachauwinkl and Kleinarl will be fully connected with each other from the coming season. Soon more will surely be known about a connection to Zauchensee.
A new connection to Zauchensee will complete the interconnection and create a ski area with more than 200 kilometers of slopes. This lift crosses the Tauern motorway so that you can get on and off the motorway on both sides. At the moment you still have to use the ski bus to get from the Sunshine Shuttle to Highliner 1. If all permits are issued quickly, this new runway should also be open in December 2020.
With the merger of the three ski areas Snow Space Salzburg, the Shuttleberg and Ski Paradise Zauchensee, the newly formed ski area offers you an exciting framework for an unforgettable winter holiday.
So what do the other two ski area bring into the mix?
Shuttleberg Flachauwinkl – Kleinarl is an attractive family ski area. In addition to its family-friendly character, this ski area also offers beautiful off-piste possibilities.
Zauchensee is characterised by beautiful sloping descents with limited challenge for the seasoned winter sports enthusiast. Zauchensee does provide many beautiful off-piste possibilities, the real freeriders can indulge themselves here.
For more information on Snow Space Salzburg, please visit the official website of Snow Space Salzburg