The Ski Amadé region of Austria is a network of 28 ski areas and towns that combined, make up the second largest ski area in Europe. It is named after the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who was born in the city of Salzburg.
The resorts are linked by buses. There are 860 km of downhill slopes and 278 modern ski lifts, the highest lift being at the Dachstein Glacier with an altitude of 2,700 m. There are over 700 km of marked cross country Nordic skiing tracks.
The Five Regions
The resorts are made up of 28 villages in five principal regions that make up the alliance. The five regions are: Salzburger Sportwelt, Dachstein Tauern, Gastein, High King Mountain Ski Area and Grossarl Valley.
Being in the Eastern Alps, thus being colder than the Western Alps the region has a good record of snowfall during the winter months.
- The alliance resort of Planai was chosen as the best skiing region in Europe by the London "Daily Mail".
- The resorts of Schladming/Planai, Reiteralm, Flachau and Zauchensee all have runs which are used for the annual Alpine Skiing World Cup circuit.
- Hermann Maier who has won four overall World Cup titles, two Olympic gold medals, three World Championship titles and 53 races in the Alpine Skiing World Cup circuit is from the Austrian Three Valleys area of Alpendorf, Wagrain and Flachau. With 53 champion races he is only second in place to being defined as the world's greatest skier; in front of him is Ingemar Stenmark from Sweden who has 86 victories.
- Scenes from the classic film The Sound of Music were filmed around the Salzburger Sportwelt region of the alliance. One scene in particular, where Julie Andrews is singing as she walks along a grassy verge was filmed near the resort of Alpendorf.
- The resort of Bad Gastein as highly renowned amongst health conscious Austrians for its mineral water as it is for its extensive skiing.
- Ski Amadé Alliance website (German with English option)
- Salzburger Sportwelt Region
- High King Mountain (Hochkonig) Region
- View Gasteinertal panoramas(Gastein) Region
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