A holiday at Hotel Sommerhof in the winter
A winter holiday in the snowy Gosau valley
Skiing with the family, tobogganing, snowshoeing or ski tours: the opportunities on your winter holiday are widespread throughout the vast Gosau valley. The ski season starts every year around 20 December and lasts until Easter or the start of April. 160 kilometres of slopes provide variety for all tastes and after a day in the snow the relaxing offers await you at the Sommerhof family hotel.
Skiing and snowboarding in the Dachstein West ski region
Upper Austria's most family friendly skiing area, the Dachstein West ski region, spreads out right from the Hotel Sommerhof's doorstep. The Gosau skiing area reaches up to 1,400 metres and offers a large range of activities for families in particular besides its 160 kilometres of slopes: the Fredyland for children, which is accessible without a ski pass and gets future little skiers used to skiing through play, is situated just 300 metres from Hotel Sommerhof. For experienced skiers the skiing area offers slopes in all levels of difficulty from easy to difficult. The skiing area, which is covered in snow down to the valley, is also situated below the tree line which means there is no wind.
Anyone who is not out and about on the slopes can enjoy cross-country skiing or snowshoeing and winter hiking or conquer the mountains during snow tours. Horse-drawn carriage rides, curling at Hotel Sommerhof, ice skating and tobogganing make a great change for families in particular. The Go-Gosau on the Hornspitz is a popular stop to finish off a day's skiing or during the day to enjoy delicious mountain inn treats and the hearty mood.
Events in the winter
When the snow silently covers the Gosau valley landscape, it also gets really cosy and snug at several events. During Advent you can experience a mountain Christmas in Gosau as part of the World Heritage Advent with great children's programme, pony rides and lantern hike. Besides this, the other magical Advent markets in the surrounding area, for example around Wolfgangsee lake, are always worth a visit. You can't imagine the Salzkammergut without the traditional Krampus runs, nativity scenes and Glöckler runs in January. The sky above Gosau becomes very colourful in January when countless hot air balloons rise into the air during the Hot Air Balloon Week.