Dachstein West ski resort

Dachstein West ski resort

Between huge glaciated massif of the Dachstein and the Tennengebirge, you can find the largest ski region in Upper Austria. Thanks to its specific location, offers excellent snow conditions, dense forests, first-class skiing conditions, quality accommodation and many other high-level tourist services. Remember it is the Dachstein West Ski Resort


Dachstein West lies between the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt – Dachstein/Salzkammergut and Salzburger Land.

Due to its panoramic views of the Dachstein and picturesque lakes Traunsee and Gousausee and wide range of slopes it is acceptable for all lovers of skiing, regardless of their abilities and skills…

Dachstein West ski resort description

Awesome ski slopes in a low mountain range, family atmosphere and modern lifts – that´s what characterizes the Dachstein West Ski Resort!

The Dachstein West region covers the territory of two federal states. The Lammertal valley lies in the Salzburger Land, while Gosau lies in Upper Austria and whole area is divided into 5 sectors –> Gosau, Rußbach, Annaberg, Zwieselalm and Edtalm. The ski resort is connected  by cable cars and lifts from those villages. 

Annaberg is connected to the main area by a new modern gondola lift. This area has its own lower hill with two quiet red pistes. 

There is the Edtalm mountain meadow between Hornspitz and Zwieselalm, with several easy and intricate red pistes as well and open terrain, which is also marked out for the ski routes.

In the charming landscape of Salzkammergut and within sight of the mighty Dachstein, there are hills with less demanding and mostly shorter routes. The longer ones lead through the forest to the valley villages of Gosau or Rußbach. There you´ll find also the best snow conditions due to the northwest orientation of the slopes. Snow is guaranteed there until the spring months. In Rußbach there is also a well-equipped fun park for snowboardes.

With five access to the mountain peaks, you can reach slopes quickly and comfortably. Whether your accommodation is located in Annaberg, Rußbach or Gosau

The altitude range of the complex is between 750 and 2100 m. There are 2 cable cars, 8 chair lifts, 18 ski lifts and also 36 slopes.

Slopes in Dachstein West ski resort

In the entire resort of Dachstein West there are 133 km of groomed and regularly snow-covered ski slopes. 

The area offers mostly gentle and medium-difficult slopes (blue and red). So it´s especially suitable for beginners, recreational skiing and families with children. But no worries, if you are a lover of adrenaline and fast riding, you´ll find here more demanding downhill slopes and slopes for carving with an elevation of over 500 meters too!

Dachstein West ski resort map

With a length of 44 kilometers, it connects the ski resorts of Gosau, Annaberg and Rußbach. 

The tour will bring you endless fun in the snow and make your heart beat faster when enjoying the magnificent Dachstein panorama view… That is skiing at its best!

Ski area

Central ski area connects 51 kilometers of slopes of Gosau, Russbach, Annaberg and Zwieselalm.

The ski swing has two main locations – the Hornspitz peak. There you find comfortable wide and easy blue or red slopes that lead to both Gosau and Russbach. And then the Zwieselalm with mostly shorter but sportier slopes. 

Kids areas and ski schools in Dachstein West ski resort

Dachstein West Ski Resort mostly focuses on ski lessons and families with small and older children. You can find 3 ski schools in the area. At all the main boarding statitons (Gosau, Rußbach, Astauwinkel) there are training grounds with kids´ educational parks with nearby located reastaurants and baby-sitting.

Skischule Dachstein West

Dachstein West Gosau Ski School – focus on safety and high teaching success through private and small group lessons

Addresse: Gosauseestraße 140, 4824, Rakousko, tel. +43 660 1121772

  • I had two courses with Rob as a teacher, one of them private. I was a complete beginner and he was able to teach me to ski and eventually parallel ski in a very short time. Rob is a very personable teacher and addresses weaknesses individually to improve them. Highly recommended!
  • The ski instructors are really great. Babysitting so many children is an art

Ski school Russbach

At the valley station of the Hornbahn cable car in Rußbach you will find everything you need to learn how to ski:

  • private ski or snowboard lessons
  • backcountry ski tour
  • kindergarten ski
  • ski course for teens

Addresse: Schattau 90, 5442 Rußbach am Pass Gschütt

Norbert Höll
mail: info@russbach.com
tel: +43 676 848822881

  • We had a very good double lesson with Flo today. The ski instructor is technically very competent and very personable. After my knee injury, he responded very well to my problem. I would like to thank the Rußbach ski school for the enormous help.
  • We had a fantastic afternoon with our son and daughter and Florian. He gave the kids the day of their lives with all sorts of exciting routes while teaching them all about skiing technique..

Skischool Gosau

We look forward to your visit to Gosau ski school and strongly recommend that you book the required courses in advance. Children, youth, adults, ski, snowboard etc.

Gosauseestraße 52
4824 Gosau
Tel.: +43 6136 8559

  • Great ski school for kids, very careful supervision by many ski instructors. Stijn had a great hand with our son and the other young children in the Bambini course.
  • Kudos to Gosau Ski School! It was a great experience for our two boys, especially with the two ski instructors Tiss and Constantine!

All facilities for children (playgrounds, kindergartens,…) are at a very high level. This is one of the reasons why the Dachstein West Ski Resort is ideal for family skiing.

Also a pleasant family ski resort “Karkogel” offers pistes of all difficulty levels. Furthermore, check the 3 km long toboggan run in Abentau. It is great for the whole family. Every day Tuesday, Friday and Saturday till 10pm.

Restaurants in Dachstein West ski resort

On the slopes in Dachstein West Ski Resort you can find a wide range of stylish wooden mountain ski huts that look cozy both inside and outside and also tempting sun terraces, where it´s possible to relax in a sun lounger while drinking “Bombardino or Aperol”… 🙂

The cuisine in these restaurants is predominantly Upper Austrian. Order soups (especially goulash, which is sometimes in bread), schnitzel with french fries, sausages or sweet dumplings. But there are also dishes that are not traditionally Austrian. For example spaghetti or lasagna.  So everyone can choose what they like the most.

Dachstein West ski resort restaurants

Other services in Dachstein West ski resort

Ski bus

In the entire Dachstein West ski region you can the ski bus from Annaberg and Rußbach to Zwieselalm completely for free.

Ski bus connection to Gosau, Rußbach and Annaberg from Obertraun, Hallstatt, Bad Ischl, Bad Goisern, Golling, Abtenau, St. Martin or Lungötz is included in the price of the valid ski pass.

There are also free local ski buses for your transfer between Gosau, Rußbach and Annaberg.

Ski rental and depot

You will find many ski rental stations or ski depots in Dachstein West Ski Resort. 

If you´ll need the right equipment for your day in the snow or if you´ll just want to storage your skis and boards next to the lift station, you can visit these points and they will be happy to help you enjoy your winter holiday.

Dachstein West ski resort ski pass

You can enjoy skiing with one valid ski pass from Salzkammergut to Lammertal or with a single ski pass you can use the slopes and cable cars in Abtenau, Lungötz, Bad Dürrnberg, St. Martin, Feuerkogel and Obertraun.

Dachstein West ski pass is also valid in the natural paradise Freeride Arena Krippenstein, which is Austria’s best freeride region!

Ski pass price list

You can get your ski pass also in their online shop at a favourable online price! (Dachstein West Ticket-Shop).

Accessibility from Hallstatt

For arrivals from Hallstatt are the best access points in Gosau –> at the chairlift to the Hornspitz or at the gondola to the Zwieselalm. Parking is free of charge everywhere.


  • A beautiful and relaxing resort. A ski resort suitable from a child to a demanding skier‼
  • For skiing, a great resort, everyone can choose according to their possibilities…
  • A ski resort for nature lovers. Skiing in beautiful nature with slopes of varying difficulty.

Summary about Dachstein West ski resort

As you may have seen in the article, the Dachstein West Ski Resort is definitely worth a visit, no matter if you are a great-experienced skier or a complete beginner. This resort is ready for both.

Due to its facilities for kids at a very high level, it is also an ideal place for a winter holiday for families with children. As bonus you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Dachstein all the time while skiing. And the best news is that you can get here from the Hallstatt in less than 20minutes by car!