Bad Kleinkirchheim is One of Austria’s Best Undiscovered Ski Resorts
8th February 2015
Bad Kleinkirchheim (also known as BKK) is a ski resort well worth considering for red runs skiers. It’s here that Austrian ski ace and local hero, Franz Klammer learnt to ski. One of the downhill runs is named after him. It shouldn’t then surprise you that with his endorsement there is some serious skiing to be had here, 75% of the runs are reds and ideal for brave intermediates.
BKK is covered by only a couple of British tour operators, (skiline.co.uk being one) most use Salzburg as its connecting airport, which is about 2 hours transfer time. Prices for a week’s stay are good, even in some of the resorts 4 and 5* hotels. For example the 4* Hotel Eschenhof in the centre of the village and only 200m from the main ski lift offers an extensive spa and half board dining, packages in January 2016 are around £820 pp based on half board with flights and transfers from London airports. Regional flights are available.
BKK is a great choice for shorter skiing breaks too, cheap flights are available from London to Klagenfurt with Austrian airlines from London Heathrow and transfers taking under an hour! Easyjet operate almost daily between Stanstead and Ljubljana about 90 minutes transfer time. Skiline.co.uk can arrange car rental or private transfers and your accommodation can be in hotels which range from simple pensions to 5* luxury hotels with spas. Some of our short break packages are exceptional value for money. You can budget around £400-£450 for a 3 days H/B package using private transfers and budget flights in a 3* or 4* hotel in BKK. The shorter transfers and cheap flights help us keep the costs down.
The lift system in Bad Kleinkirchheim includes 3 gondolas and one fast chair, the other lifts tend to be slower and include a few T-bars and other drag lifts, so snowboarders who struggle on drag lifts should consider this. There is a terrain park with rails, jumps and boxes.
BKK is a resort best suited to intermediate skiers who like fast long reds, some of the runs drop 1000m. We think families will enjoy the value for money, currently in the 2015 ski season children aged under 12 years can buy a lift pass for €1 per day between 10th January and 6th March if skiing with an adult with a 6 day ski pass. This is a great way to keep cost down on a family skiing holiday. We have good feedback from guests using the 3 local ski schools in BKK, there is also one in the nearby connected village of St Oswald which is connected by bus/lift.
Après ski is less frantic than in many Austrian villages, most of the popular après ski bars are located at the base station, bars like Victoria pub and Take Five Dancing club are busy as the lifts close.
If you are intending to use the resorts two thermal spas make sure you buy the lift ticket that includes entrance to the spas as its much better value. Other off slope activities include tubing, Curling, ice skating, snow shoeing and tobogganing on flood lit runs.