Ankogel Ski Resort

Ankogel ski resort Carinthia Austria
Ankogel ski resort Carinthia Austria
Ankogel ski resort Carinthia Austria
Ankogel ski resort Carinthia Austria
Ankogel ski resort Carinthia Austria
Ankogel ski resort Carinthia Austria
Ankogel ski resort Carinthia Austria
Mallnitz-Gastein car-train provides an easy link to Ankogel ski resort from the north of Austria
Ankogel ski resort Carinthia Austria
Ankogel ski resort Carinthia Austria
Ankogel ski resort Carinthia Austria
Ankogel ski resort Carinthia Austria

Ankogel Ski Resort

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Nearby Ski Resorts

Gastein
Moelltal Glacier

     Ankogel Ski Trail Map
  • Ankogel Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,287m – 2,636m (1,349m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (7)
    2 Cable cars
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Late December to Early April
    8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 13km
    Longest run – 7+ km
    Advanced - 40%
    Intermediate - 40%
    Beginner - 20%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Adult – approx. €49
    Child – approx. €24.50
    Child u/6yr – Free

    >1.5 days = TopSki Pass
    Valid at all Carinthia & East Tyrol ski resorts
     Carinthia Ski Trail Map
  • Regional Ski Resort Map

Ankogel Ski Resort Austria

Ankogel is a small ski resort with a big skiable vertical in a spectacular setting amongst the peaks of the Hohe Tauern National Park.

Situated near the time-warp village of Mallnitz in the southern Austrian state of Carinthia, Ankogel is the starting point for several classic Austrian freeride ski adventures, plus is close to the Moelltaler Gletscher & Gastein ski areas.

Pros & Cons for Ankogel Ski Resort

Pros

  • Massive skiable vertical;
  • Uncrowded;
  • Some very good full vertical valley runs;
  • Amazing freeride backcountry ski routes;
  • User friendly & sheltered learn-to-ski area at the resort base;
  • The valley around Flattach has loads of great places to stay & relax in splendid Austrian mountain surrounds;
  • Easy public transport access by train (including a sensational car-train) & bus plus ample free car parking close to the lifts.

Cons

  • Dated lift system;
  • Expensive lift pass relative to the older lifts & limited on-piste trails ;
  • Food & après ski is surprisingly underwhelming;
  • No ski-in ski-out accommodation (although one very good guesthouse at the lift base);

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Small ski area with huge potential if the snow & weather are right;
  • The village at Mallnitz is still dwelling in the 1990s – that’s either good or bad – you choose!

Ankogel Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

On paper, we thought the Ankogel skiing & snowboarding terrain would be perfect for Powderhounds. Whilst we didn’t see at its best (fair to say that we didn’t actually see it at all!), it feels seriously limited by its lift system, particularly for on-piste skiers. Having said that, the base area is very good for beginners (particularly with a reduced lift pass price) & the long, valley descents are excellent - over 7km of sliding on a 1350m vertical.

See the Ankogel ski trail map here.

The real strength of Ankogel is in its off-piste potential. In that way it is like Krippenstein. Limited groomers but massive freeride. At Ankogel, the freeride options include some epic north-aspect descents into the Gasteinertal (Gastein valley) to the town of Böckstein & then returning by train.

The inbounds ski experience at Ankogel will improve if a future project to install a modern chairlift on the upper mountain goes ahead. Could be the time we head back to revisit!

Where is Ankogel Austria?

Ankogel ski resort is 4km north of Mallnitz in Carinthia state, southern Austria. Closest major city is beautiful Salzburg, approximately 90km to the north. An otherwise circuitous drive from the north to Mallnitz is brilliantly circumvented by the car transport train that travels through the bowels of the mountain from the Gastein valley at Böckstein station. The 15min train ride saves 3 to 4hr driving time in winter.

Gateway international airports are either Salzburg (SZG) (for European & UK skiers) or Munich (MUC) (for everyone else.

Unless one has a rental car, we recommend utilising the train to get to Ankogel via Mallnitz station. From Salzburg, direct trains take as little as 1¾hr to complete the journey. A full train trip from Munich airport to Mallnitz is a respectable 4 to 4.5hr.

Search & book train tickets to Mallnitz here.

Ankogel Accommodation

Accommodation at Ankogel is limited to the family-run Guesthouse Alpenrose located directly at he lift base. Beyond that, the town of Mallnitz 4km to the south provides the lion-share of the accommodation options & is connected to the ski lift base area by regular free buses.

Mallnitz is a quiet outpost appearing to be firmly entrenched in the 1990s. This is best evidenced by the Kodak & Agfa film signage above one shop paying homage to days gone by. Don't expect a St Anton après ski party any time soon in Mallnitz (perhaps that's a good thing!).

Search & book all Ankogel ski accommodation here.

Further down the valley, anyone with a car can utilise the plethora of hotels, guesthouses & farm stays around Flattach. Makes a useful central location is intending to ski Moelltal Glacier in addition to Ankogel.

Day trips to Ankogel are possibly utilising the brilliant train services between the Gasteinertal & Mallnitz. Our view is that Bad Gastein or Böckstein has the better lodging options & ‘ski town vibe’, so is worthy of consideration.

Search & book all Gastein ski accommodation here.

Nearby Ski Resorts

Ankogel is very close to the Gastein ski area and the Mölltal Glacier resort (open for 11 months of the year) .

Review

The Powderhounds visited Ankogel during season 2019/20. Sadly, the weather did not play ball. While there was a blue sky & sunshine at the base, on the mountain a seething cauldron of storm-force wind, zero visibility & blowing snow made skiing difficult at best, dangerous at worst. To Ankogel's credit at least they ran the lifts as much as possible. Stay tuned for our sparkling repartee, photos & insights.

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