Bad Kleinkirchheim is a wonderful option for intermediate skiers. Located in SE Austria close to the Italian and Slovenian boarders in the Carinthia national park which is on the edge of the Nock Mountains.
Locals nick name Bad Kleinkirchheim BKK and this is where Austrian ski champion Franz Klammer learnt to ski, and is still his favourite ski resort. One of the downhill runs is named in his honour. Franz is often seen skiing here and a couple of times a year it’s possible to sign up for a guided tour with him (if you can keep up!)
The village is attractive and spreads across the valley floor. Most buildings are low chalet style. One of the biggest draws are the two thermal spas, both indoor and outdoor which offer different sauna options, steam rooms, hot tubs, and variety of different massage treatments. The pool has waterfalls, slides and massage jets, all of which makes BKK a good option for groups with non-skiers.Another reason why this is a good option for non-skiers is that it has many cleared walking paths for hiking snow shoeing and Nordic walking.
The ski area covers 103km of piste and stretches between BKK and the nearby smaller village of St Oswald. It’s worth mentioning however that the lift pass covers other ski resorts in Carinthia, so a car could be a good option if you want access to more skiing.
The ski range is between 1090m (BKK lowest lift) to 2055m with around 75% of the slopes being red, is ideal for intermediate skiers.
Most of BKK’s slopes face north so snow tends to stay in good condition. Every run is covered by snow making facilities with a 100% cover. There is a wide choice of excellent mountain restaurants and huts to choose from.
BKK is a 2 hour transfer time from Salzburg which is the preferred gateway airport with many tour operators, although independent travellers could fly to either Klagenfurt which is just 50 minutes or Ljubljana airport being 90 minutes away. In addition to the limited hotels we currently feature on our web site we have contracts with many other hotels in BKK so we can easily arrange short breaks here using budget airlines and either car rental or private taxi transfers. Please contact us for more details.
Based on weekly average snowfall data November 2000 - April 2018
Total Runs 32
Km of Piste 100km
Resort Altitude 1070m
Highest Piste 1070m
Beginners skiing in Bad Kleinkirchheim
There are a couple of beginner areas, we prefer the one at the top of the Nockalm gondola, it’s much warmer and sunnier than the one in BKK village. But the easy blue run progression slopes are limited.
Intermediates skiing in skiing in the ski resort of Bad Kleinkirchheim
Perfect for intermediates who love reds 75% of the runs are reds here. You can ski anywhere here, many of the runs are long some dropping 1000m.
Advanced skiing in Bad Kleinkirchheim
This resort might be a little on the small side for advanced skiers, the best and most challenging run is the Franz Klammer downhill. The off piste skiing is good, the resort arranges a 3 hour tour with guide and this can be booked locally.
It’s a good choice for advanced snowboarders but many of the lifts are drags and T-bars, so beginners could struggle to get about.
Après ski in Bad Kleinkirchheim
By Austrian standards BBK is laid back, the best après ski is on the home run at the Gondola base station. Bars such as Almstude, Club MC99, and Take Five Dancing club are popular. Prices are cheap, even compared with other Austrian resorts.
Activities off the slopes in Bad Kleinkirchheim
The spa is the most popular pastime when off the slopes and there is a lift ticket is available that includes your entrance fee. A good choice of mountain walks are available on cleared paths. Also available is ice skating, tobogganing, snow shoeing or explore the resort by horse drawn sleigh.