DACHSTEIN KRIPPENSTEIN, also named by the locals: “Stoa” is a less known ski resort in Dachstein – Salzkammergut, in Upper Austria. Away from mass tourism, this area has a more relaxed and calm vibe than others. Not to mention, Krippenstein has the longest ski run in Upper Austria!
Krippenstein offers a limited amount of slopes (12 km), but for those off-piste and freeride enthusiasts, this area has so much to offer! Thirty kilometers of off-piste routes, between 609 and 2,109 meters altitude, with incredible landscapes, for every winter sports fan. That’s why it’s known as the Freesports Arena Krippenstein!
THE 11 KILOMETER VALLEY RUN
What makes Krippenstein spectacular besides the freeride area: the downhill! A beautiful, long slope with a total length of 11 km and 1,500 metres altitude difference! A real and fascinating ride for every ski and snowboard fan! It is supposed to be the longest ski run in Upper Austria! After many ski regions visited in numerous years, this slope is and will always be in my heart!
GETTING TO KRIPPENSTEIN
BY PLANE: The nearest airport to Krippenstein is in Salzburg. With shuttle service or individual service, you will get to Krippenstein in no more than 1hour.
BY CAR: You can reach Krippenstein from the famous Halstatt, 30 kilometers away, from Bad Ischl, 34 kilometers away, or from Gosau, 27 kilometers away.
BY TRAIN: The nearest train station is in Obertraun, 9 kilometers away. From there you can get to Krippenstein by bus or by taxi.
BY BUS: Take the Postbus line No. 542 and No. 543 from Bad Ischl, Hallstatt, Gosau to Obertraun Dachstein Cable Car. The bus stop is located right in front of the entrance of the cable car, and it’s free for anyone showing a quest card.
CABLE CARS & LIFTS
Two cable cars access the top of the mountain. The first cable car goes from the valley station to the first station, called the Schönbergalm (Section 1). The second cable car reaches the top of the mountain, the Krippenstein (Section 2). From here take either the 11-kilometre long valley run or the off-piste routes. Or ride till Gjaid Station, 2 kilometres from the top station. From here take the cable car Section 3 to reach the top again. A short chairlift near the summit is an excellent option for beginners.
Frist cable car ascent: 08:30 hrs.
Last cable car descent: 16:50 hrs.
Run every 15 minutes.
Lift open from 9:00 to16:00.
Prices are starting from € 41,90 ($ 46) one day but for more precise details check their webpage.
WHERE TO EAT:
MOUNTAIN RESTAURANT KRIPPENSTEIN, just as you exit the cable car. Try the carrot ginger soup or the salmon trout!
LODGE AM KRIPPENSTEIN, 3 minutes walk from the top station of the cable car. Maybe some roast pork with bread dumplings and coleslaw will inspire you or a homemade apple strudel! This place offers accommodation as well!
GJAID ALM, only 10 minutes walk from the Gjaid Cable Car! The Gjaid Alm offers accommodation with breakfast and dinner.
DACHSTEINBUFFET offers snacks and drinks.
FIVE FINGERS – THE SUMMIT OF THE KRIPPENSTEIN
Enjoy the panoramic view from the “Five Fingers” lookout point, only 20 minutes hike from the top section of the cable car! The entire Krippenstein area is impressive and will give you some of the most stunning scenes!
A tandem flight is a beautiful experience that everyone should experience at Krippenstein!