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Winter Holidays in Donnersbachwald - Ski Vacations at the Riesneralm

Away from mass tourism

Donnersbachwald enchants with its pristine winter landscapes and family-friendly opportunities for winter sports.

Nestled romantically in a 1,000-meters-high side valley of the Donnersbacher Tauern mountains in the Ennstal river valley of Styria, Austria, you are greeted by all the joys of winter and unimaginable beauty.


Riesneralm Ski Holidays: skiing & snowboarding

The Riesneralm ski area was a winner in the International Ski Area Test and is an absolute insider tip for an utterly enjoyable ski vacation.

  • awarded the international Piste Seal of Quality
  • 4 valley runs as long as 7 km, each dropping approximately 900 vertical meters
  • 30 kilometers of pistes in total
  • New: 6-seater panorama chairlift and 3 new pistes  
  • glorious deep-snow slopes  
  • snows you can count on, 2 modern quad chairlifts
  • permanent race hill with automated Ski Movie technology

  • Our Tip: The free ski bus to the Riesneralm (ca. 800 m) stops right in front of the house; Ski all the way back down to our front door!

KRISPINI Tunnelbahn
1. Österreichische Kinderskischaukel auf der Riesneralm

1st Austrian Children's Ski Circuit

Great fun for kids in Austria's biggest children's ski circuit with 5 different hills - guaranteeing boredom will never be a factor:

  • 3 magic carpets, 2 practice lifts
  • moguls hill, playhouse, interactive course

Magic Snow Ski School in the new ski-school center on the grounds of the children's ski circuit offers daily ski & snowboard lessons for children as well as beginners.

Ski rentals, ski service & sporting goods through Sport Scherz at the Riesneralm valley station.

  • Our Tip: The Riesneralm is a member of "Schneebärenland". With just 1 ski ticket, you can also explore the neighboring ski areas of the Planneralm, Tauplitz, Loser and Kaiserau.

Winter in Donnersbachwald
Hochsitz und Riesneralm bei Nacht

Winter Holidays in Donnersbachwald: pure nature enjoyment

Enjoy peace and tranquility in harmony with nature that's right outside your front door!

  • Cross-country skiing: 16 km of XC trails including an additional trail groomed for "skating" technique, trail access right outside the house
  • Ski touring: extensive backcountry area with magical deep-snow slopes, ascent right from our house to the Austrian Alpine Assoc. refuge hut at the Mörsbachalm and the Grosses Bärneck, night touring to the Hochsitz on the Riesneralm
  • Snowshoeing and winter hiking through idyllic winter countryside to the Mörsbachalm
  • Sledding: 4 km-long natural sled run from the Mörsbachalm and the Alpine Assoc. hut all the way back to our front door, sled rentals at the Mörsbachwirt, hand-sled rides from the Schauppalm
  • Skating rink and ice-stock at the recreation grounds 
  • Wellness enjoyment at the  Grimming-Therme in Bad Mitterndorf (ca. 45-min drive)

It might well happen that you choose to spend a warm & cozy winter evening at Gasthof "Zur Gams", surrounded by a group of singers and musicians who got together quite spontaneously. Who knows, you might also want to learn one of our traditional songs by heart and even join in the sing-along.

After all: Every day of your holidays that ends amid pleasant company counts double! This is our guarantee, from our Rüscher family to you. Needless to say, we are really looking forward to your visit!

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