|ski area:||Bad Kleinkirchheim|
|height at summit:||2310m|
graz 2hrs 15
innsbruck 3hrs 30
ljubljana 1hr 15
|rail:||villach or spittal - both approx 30 mins|
Set in Carinthia in the south of Austria, Bad Kleinkirchheim (also known as BKK), is a charming town surrounded by the Nockberge mountains and close to Lake Millstatt.
It is easily accessible with 5 airports within reach and good rail links, but it is a unique location, away from the hustle.
Bad Kleinkirchheim has direct access to 100km of downhill skiing, with 32 individual pistes, served by 27 ski lifts.
With skiing above 2000 metres, snow cover is generally reliable.
Bad Kleinkirchheim has more than 100 km (63 miles) of generally wide sunny pistes, always perfectly prepared, both above and below the tree line. The resort's own skiing on the Kaiserburg and Nockalm mountains is now more-or less linked to that of its smaller neighbouring village of St Oswald by the Sonnwiesenbahn lift.
The resort has also invested heavilly in a new, silent state-of-the-art snowmaking system with around 500 state-of-the-art cannons providing coverage for most of the saki terrain - a far higher coverage than at most European resorts.
On the BKK side you have a choice of T bars, a quad chairs or the two stage, four seater Kaiserburgbahn gondola up to the Kaiserburg peak, the area's highest point.
There are three key access points to the slopes so queues rarely build up. There are wide sunny meadows by the village for beginners and with 26 of the 32 runs across both mountain areas classified as 'intermediate' it's a paradise for cruisers.The skiing continues over on the St Oswald side where the skiing can be accessed by another 4 seater gondola, the Nockalmbahn. There's a good area of snow sure high altitude beginner skiing served by the gondola to ensure skiing throughout the season. More than 70 ski instructors are employed to help their ski and snowboard students to improve, and carving fans will also have a very good time. There are two ski schools, situated in different parts of the village. For expert skiers there are more demanding pistes such as the K 70 FIS run, named after the Austrian emperor Franz Klammer. This FIS run is difficult enough to ski, even for professional World-Cup ski-racers, it includes a tricky jump and a steep bottom section. Cross-country skiers will also find a variety of routes at different altitudes. You can choose between runs either 1,100 or 1,900m above sea level, including the Nockalm-Panorama-Run which offers wonderful views of the snowy mountain area whilst cross-country skiing.
Winter activities include: