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Weissenbach 109

The local alpine environment - fabulous

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Click here for an aerial view of the area around Weissenbach 109

Click here for more Weissenbach 109 in summer [last updated in January 2012] Click here for more Weissenbach 109 in winter [last updated in February 2012]
Click here for more of Anne and Ron Ellis [last updated in January 2012] Click here for a larger map of the ski area etc...
Click here for a selection of this and last season's photos... [last updated in February 2012]

Resorts, resort information

and, related to the link above, an article After the thaw by Richard Holledge in the Financial Times from 20th November 2009

Webcams and video

Local ski shops (ski hire etc)

Miscellaneous, utilities... etc

Free translation website...

Federation Internationale de Ski webite...    

Airlines, airports and parking

Car hire and travel

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and places to stay

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other stuff....

An interesting little black graded piste (Gamsleiten II at Obertauern) which definitely sorts the men from the boys!

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And, looking foward to summer

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The Cromer RNLI Lifeboat

[Webcams]    This site was last updated on 12th November 2014

along with Hauser Kaibling Reiteralm and Planai

The Enns valley from Weissenbach looking towards Haus and the Kaibling

Photos taken by Gerhard Stranger from his and wife Hannelore's house in Weissenbach at the end of November 2010

Pistes on the Hauser Kaibling mountain (with a summer flavour!)

Mountain sheep instead of skiers!

The Prenner piste near the bottom of the Hauser Kaibling together with the top of the Quattralpina lift

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Local Webcams

The regularly updated images in the sequence below are all taken from webcams in the local area and Obertauern .... Some provide a 24/7 image and so will be black during the hours of darkness or may not be available at certain times.

Hauser Kaibling [x7] >> Hochwurzen [x1] >> Galsterbergalm [x2] >> Ramsau [x1] >> Stoderzinken [x1] >> Pichl (Reiteralm) [x1] >> Obertauern [x3]

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Looking forward to the 2013/2014 ski season

A piste basher packing down early October snow on  the Hauser Kaibling

During the course of next season we would be very interested to hear your views and for you to share your experiences, recommendations and photos with all of us. There are many terrific runs in the local area and depending on specific snow conditions, the weather and the point in the season e.g. a very cold January day or a warm and sunny late March afternoon, some runs ski better or provide more stunning views than others. Please do feel free to comment via Facebook or Twitter (or even email) and let's get an interesting exchange going....

The wonders of artificial snow!

Top 5 local ski runs (a highly personal view)

  • from the top of the Hauser Kaibling, down the 1 o'clock section back to the valley via the FIS course
  • on the Planai, from the top of the Schönfahrerpiste to the middle station via Die Sportliche and then on down to the base lift station on the FIS Abfahrt
  • on Fageralm, take the Hüttenabfahrt piste from the very top down to join the Vorderfager I and from there on to the Jägerlift (Skiweg) to the mid station continuing on the Talabfahrt down to Forstau
  • at Obertauern, from the top of the Schaidberg lift, down the FIS Hang
  • at Flachau/Wagrain, from below the Griessenkareck peak, the Steilhang Mulde piste accessed from the Top Liner chairlift... short lived excitement and sometimes rather interesting (i.e. make sure your ski edges are sharp if the piste is hard)!

Night Slalom ski-racing on the Planai at Schladming

Lovely deep snow, refreshing local beer and magnificiently prepared pistes....

Piste bashers at Reiteralm

Below is a selection of images taken from the Hauser Kaibling mountain, the local ski area for the village of Weißenbach, with its lower pistes down into the valley finishing by the market town of Haus im Ennstal.

Skiing on the Hauser Kaibling, the nearest ski area to Weissenbach

The FIS ski racing course on the Hauser Kaibling is considered to be one of the flattest and slowest on the women's downhill circuit. The piste on which the course is set starts at the mid station and finishes down in the valley (a section of which is shown below) and is an alternative route to the Prenner piste on the other side of the main lift.

The piste is challenging at the best of times even for recreational English skiers, especially when trying to follow the lines the racers would take (but at less than half their race speeds, naturally!) and without the piste having been watered and therefore very hard (if not icy)! 40 kph feels very fast to most of us therefore imagine what 80 kph plus, the top speeds the racers reach, would feel like!

Part of the way down the FIS on the Hauser Kaibling

Photographs from Weissenbach 109 taken in early December

Intermediate skiers' heaven on the upper slopes at Flachau?

So, how many of those of you who managed to get out to this ski area last season managed to enjoy the pistes served by the new chairlift (Mitterhaus) 'over the back' in Schladming? What about the new piste variant and lift (Preunegg Jet) at Reiteralm?

The upper pistes at Reiteralm looking exceptionally well groomed


Linz Airport to Weissenbach

Using Linz Airport (actually located at Hörsching) as the entry airport (with Ryanair out of London Stansted) rather than Salzburg or Munich has, in the last couple of years or so, become increasingly attractive due to convenient flight times, the apparently more frequent availability of low fares and competitive car hire prices.

The road journey from the airport to Weissenbach is not unpleasant and takes not that much longer than the journey to/from Salzburg especially if one takes the scenic route joining Liezen to the autobahn (which also avoids payment of the small toll for using the section of the autobahn with the longer tunnels).


Distances and average journey times to Weißenbach bei Haus im Ennstal:

Linz Airport: 147 km, 2 hours
Salzburg Airport: 96 km, 1 hour 15 minutes
Munich Airport: 265 km, 2 hours 45 minutes

The AA and (winter) motoring advice Winter Tyres and Snow Chains
Driving to Europe's ski resorts

Winter road conditions in Northern Europe, particularly in and around winter sports destinations will be much more severe than anything normally encountered in the UK. The AA only recommends driving in winter conditions if the driver has the necessary skills, is confident to do so and the vehicle is suitably equipped e.g. with appropriate tyres and possibly snow chains

Winter tyres use a tread rubber compound and block pattern specifically designed to retain flexibility in low temperatures and give good braking/traction performance on snow/ice covered roads. The sidewall of a winter tyre will be marked with a symbol showing a snowflake or snow-topped mountains.

Snowchains are compulsory!
Vehicles can skid on snow covered roads!

Icy roads are slippery!

All Season Tyres
As an alternative, drivers could consider buying so-called 'All Season Tyres' which also have a high silica content for low temperature flexibility and a tread pattern somewhere between a normal summer tyre and an out-and-out winter tyre. Like all compromises they're unlikely to be as good as the best specialist tyre but can be expected to work better on wintry roads than a summer tyre, with improved wear characteristics and reduced road noise.

Tread depth and pressure
Whatever type of tyre you have fitted to your car, it's vitally important that they have adequate tread depth – in general at least 3mm of tread is recommended for winter motoring, and certainly no less than 2mm. Check pressures too. Don't be tempted to try reducing tyre pressure when there's snow and ice about – it doesn't help with grip but can adversely affect handling.

Austria specific regulations
Between the 1st November and the 15th April vehicles must be fitted with winter tyres (which must be marked M&S on the side walls and have a minimum tread depth of 4mm) or all-season tyres which must be marked M&S (mud and snow) and if roads have a covering of snow, slush or ice, outside these dates. So, to state the obvious, driving to Austria with a UK car fitted with standard UK tyres would be inappropriate and actually illegal until after 15th April.

Mud and snow tyre marking
Marking on winter tyres

However, Continental, the German tyre manufacturer, has expressed dismay at the presence of numerous M+S marked tyres on the market which it believes are, at best, only slightly suitable for winter driving. You may be interested to read more about relevant Pirelli and/or Michelin tyres.

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