Skiing | © TV Region Graz | Dietmar Kump Skiing | © TV Region Graz | Dietmar Kump
    the cold season has its charms

    Winter sports in  Graz Region

    Snow and ice are no reason to stay indoors! After all, it’s lovely outside when the snowflakes are gently falling from the sky and the world is covered by a white blanket.

    So put on your warm jacket and snow boots, grab your scarf, gloves and woolly hat and off you go! If you’re looking for a more action-fuelled alternative to winter hiking or walking, why not try ice skating, ice stock shooting, skiing or sledging? The region of Graz is full of winter thrills and spills!

    fun on the slopes


    Away from the hustle and bustle, the ski resorts of Graz Region offer a relaxed skiing experience. The number of slopes and lifts may not be as high as in other resorts – but the same is true for the ski pass prices! 

    The ski resorts around Graz offer snow fun in a charming atmosphere and stunning nature. Most locals learned how to ski on the mountains surrounding Graz. Even world-class athletes such as Austrian national team member Conny Hütter or Olympic snowboard medallist Marion Kreiner started their “snow career” at the local ski resorts.

    The “ski experts” are located in the west of Graz Region.

    Skiing at salzstiegl & Gaberl


    • small ski resort for everyone
    • 12 kilometres of slopes
    • perfectly groomed runs for all skill levels
    • artificial snow-making system
    • fitness lifts
    • numerous mountain huts, restaurants and hotels 
    • ski school
    • 2-km sledging run and sledging shuttle
    • ski touring and snowshoeing  



    • carefree family skiing
    • children’s skiing lessons
    • ski school lift
    • Schneehaserl run (wildlife ski trail)
    • 2 drag lifts
    • early-bird tickets
    • inviting inns with accommodation options 

    skiing at edelschrott

    St. Hemma in Edelschrott

    • small and charming family ski resort
    • 1 drag lift
    • 1,800 metres of slopes covered by an artificial snow-making system


    Modriach-Winkel in Edelschrott

    • 4 drag lifts
    • perfectly groomed slopes
    • Kängu children’s area with snow school
    • splendid views
    • lovely, traditional inn with nice food and rooms 
    • night skiing
    • ice stock shooting, winter hiking trails and a cross-country ski trail 
    Winter hiking | © Region Graz | Mias Photoart

    Ski and the City:

    You can also go skiing in the immediate surroundings of Graz, for instance at the family ski lift in the centre of St. Radegund or at Wimmer lift in Eggersdorf.   

    "frozen" in Graz Region

    Ice skating in and around Graz

    Glide across the ice or pirouette in time with the music. Whether you’re a beginner or pro: Ice skating in Graz is a magical experience for everyone. You can find perfectly groomed ice surfaces at the local indoor and outdoor ice rinks or enjoy the natural ice on the region’s ponds and lakes.

    While great ice conditions mainly depend on the temperature, it’s also the craftmanship of the experts at the local ice-skating facilities that make ice skating in Graz such a pleasurable experience.

    Natural ice surfaces:


    Artificial ice surfaces

    • Kalsdorf
    • Semriach
    • Grazer Winterwelt at Karmeliterplatz square


    Covered ice surfaces and indoor ice rinks 

    Ice skating | © Region Graz | Mias Photoart
    Ice skating | © TV Region Graz | Rene Vidalli
    Curling | © TV Region Graz | Jimmy Lunghammer

    The skating rinks

    By the way: The skating rinks in Graz Region are popular meeting places to dance on the ice or try ice stock shooting – including thrilling tournaments such as the one at Gasthof Klug zum Ehrensepp in Modriach. 

    exercise in stunning nature

    Cross-country skiing

    Exercise out in fresh winter air, surrounded by stunning nature – for instance during cross-country skiing – is good for your body and soul. Older locals might remember the winter when the city centre of Graz turned into one big cross-country ski trail.

    However, lovers of the Nordic sport usually head to the west of Graz Region, for their dose of cross-country bliss. 


    • vast network of cross-country trails 
    • some of them floodlit and covered by artificial snow-making systems 
    • for classic skiing as well as skating 


    • magnificent trail for classic cross-country skiing 


    Gaberl and Salzstiegl 

    • popular, safe ski resorts
    • connected by a classic cross-country trail leading through the romantic “Altes Almhaus” area



    • about 20 km of classic and skating trails
    • special trail for walkers

    family fun for all ages


    Toddlers, grandmas, dads, aunts, grandpas, … everyone loves sledging! It’s a great alternative to skiing and a fun activity out in nature. Graz Region  offers sledging fun for the whole family.

    at Salzstiegl

    • a real sledging highlight 
    • sledging taxi to get to the top 
    • groomed, secured sledging run covered by an artificial snow-making system
    • floodlit in the evenings
    •  sledge rental 

    in Modriach

    • sledging taxi to get to the top 
    • breathtaking natural sledging run 
    • floodlit

    in the region surrounding Graz 

    • Premstätten: sledging hill at Premstätten castle
    • sledge and dine at Gasthof Pleschwirt am Plesch 
    • in the city centre of St. Radegund: sledging run as part of the family ski slope 
    • in Deutschfeistritz: sledge rental at Gasthof Bernthaler at Königgraben
    Sledging | © TV Region Graz | Mias Photoart
    Sledging at Plesch | © Region Graz | Tom Lamm
    Sledging at Salzstiegl | © TV Region Graz | Tom Lamm

    Winter sports at its best

    Winter hiking, snowshoeing & ski touring

    Winter hiking, snowshoeing and ski touring in unspoilt nature are popular winter sports. And that’s not surprising, considering that all of these activities are perfect to relax and unwind. Try them and see for yourself! For instance …

    at Salzstiegl or Hebalmsee (Sport Feimuth) 
    Rent a pair of snowshoes and hike through snow-covered landscapes! And don’t forget to drop by at one of the region’s mountain huts for some splendid views and delicious local treats – simply delightful!

    at the Steirische Rucksackdörfer and Lipizzanerheimat regions
    Stubalm, Plankogel, Gaberl, Altes Almhaus, Rappold and Speikkogel all offer some excellent high-altitude hikes. Expect picturesque winter landscapes, breathtaking mountain views and heartfelt hospitality!

    at Schöckl, the capital city‘s landmark and fitness mountain
    The Schöckl can easily be reached with the Schöckl cable car from St. Radegund and is a great choice for snowshoeing.  

    Salzstiegl | © Region Graz | Mias Photoart


    After so much outdoor sports and fresh air, why not reward yourself with some typical Styrian delicacies? The hosts of the Graz Region are always happy to welcome hungry winter sports athletes.

    And if your batteries still need recharging, why not visit Therma Nova and enjoy the soothing warm water there?   



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