Heiligenblut at a Glance

55km of pistes
1301m resort height
Intermediates & experts great for
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Heiligenblut Ski Breaks Overview

Heiligenblut, nestled at the base of Großglockner , Austria's loftiest mountain, is a haven for freeride enthusiasts. Offering access to some of Austria's highest backcountry terrain, this picturesque village is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty.

On the border between Carinthia and East Tyrol Heiligenblut is steeped in Alpine history and is the starting point of the scenic Grossglockner high alpine road.

Skiing in the resort

The resort features quiet slopes with predominantly blue and red runs across two areas, served by 12 lifts, including three gondolas, totaling 55 kilometers of well-groomed runs. However, what truly sets Heiligenblut apart is its extensive freeride terrain. 

Situated at a high altitude, the resort's six freeride arenas benefit from excellent snow conditions for much of the season. The limited crowds ensure that these slopes remain untouched for extended periods, creating a paradise for off-piste enthusiasts and powder seekers. For those in search of a hidden gem amid the serene beauty of the Austrian Alps, Heiligenblut offers a unique and captivating experience.

The expansive terrain surrounding the Grossglockner is segmented into six Freeride Sectors, spanning from Sector A (Schareck) to Sector F (valley runs). This arrangement enables seasoned off-piste skiers to craft customized itineraries to suit their preferences. It's essential to note that the Freeride Sectors are natural runs, lacking secured, maintained, or marked trails, typically blanketed with excellent powder snow. Therefore, off-piste skiers must prioritize their safety, possessing a thorough understanding of avalanche safety and familiarity with local topography.

A ski route refers to a ski-run that is accessible to all, yet remains ungroomed and unprepared. However, it is marked and protected against avalanches, distinguishing it from the Freeride Sectors. Ski routes offer a relatively high level of safety compared to off-piste areas. Nonetheless, engaging in off-piste skiing demands adequate training and skill. At the Freeride Checkpoint, skiers can test their avalanche transceivers and access essential information about avalanche risks, open or closed runs, as well as current and forecasted weather conditions, all at no cost.

What We Like

Uncrowded slopes
Amazing scenery
Epic back country terrain

Worth Knowing

Après ski is not as lively as can be found in other Austrian resorts

Accommodation in Heiligenblut

Accommodation in Heiligenblut is mostly made up of small family run hotels with a relaxed and quiet atmosphere.

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4* Hotel Karntnerhof
4* Hotel Karntnerhof
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Fireplace
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Sauna
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The resort
Resort height - 1,301m
Highest point - 2,902m

Ski area55 km of piste

Heiligenblut is best for intermediate skiers with a nice selection of quiet and well maintained slopes.  The main attraction is the lift accessed freeride terrain.
Blue runs 36%
Red runs 62%
Black runs 2%

Lifts - 12

Freeride Arena – facts & figures:

  • approx. 1500 hectares of ungroomed skiing terrain
  • High-alpine terrain with countless runs and variations
  • Ski runs and powder-snow runs with altitude differences of up to 1500 metres
  • Highest point: 2989 m; lowest point: 1204 m
  • Excellent snow reliability and tree-less terrain due to high altitudes
  • 6 Freeride Sectors with runs all the way down to the valley
  • 3 ski routes - not groomed, but marked and secured against avalanches
  • Departure points for numerous high-alpine ski tours to 3000-metre summit

Season length - December to mid April

Resort ratings
Beginners - 2/5
Intermediates - 3/5
Experts - 4/5
Snowboarders - 4/5
Families - 3/5
Après - 2/5
Eating out - 3/5
Charm - 4/5
Scenery - 5/5

Cross-country skiing | snowshoeing | horse-drawn sleigh rides |Nordic walking| tobogganing | ski touring | paragliding | ice climbing| freeride

Transfer times
Klagenfurt 2hrs
Salzburg 2hrs 30mins

Lift pass
3 day lift pass from £TBC
6 day lift pass from £TBC

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