Set in the beautiful Austrian Alps, an hour from Salzburg airport, the Amade is a huge ski expanse. This network of 29 resorts brings guaranteed snow and a host of local ski instructors to give expert guidance on the best slopes.
Our groups rate the huge Salzburger Sportwelt resort as the best ski area for schools, with our hotels near Filzmoos and Wagrain both giving easy access to the slopes. Wherever you choose to base yourselves, there’s plenty to look forward to in the evenings, from quizzes and ice-skating to slides and whirlpools in the two local waterparks.
One ski pass gives you access to the entire 29 resorts. Runs in the local ski areas are graded as blue or red, giving your students lots of scope for improving, while testing blacks offer something to aim for.
First-time skiers staying in Radstadt can start out in the dedicated learning areas, while Eben also offers gentle nursery slopes and calm blues. Our Wagrain groups can find their feet on the beginner runs while intermediates hop on the Flying Mozart gondola for access to the upper slopes, where the futuristic G-LINK lift connects the two mountain peaks Grafenberg and Griessenkareck.
Km of piste
Direction of slopes
No of lifts
252 Whole Area
Yes. €3 per person added to invoice (refunded in UK)
No of runs
292 472 94
2700m Whole Area
Yes, extensive facilities
Whole Amadé Ski Region
Several doctors in the area, Hospital in Schwarzach
15 hours from Calais to resort
1.5 hours from Salzburg to resort
Amadè Ski Circuits
One of the largest ski areas, the Amadè region is made up of 860km of piste and one ski pass gives you access to the entire 29 resorts in this area. Our ski specialists have grouped together two recommended ski circuits to ensure your group gets the most out of their trip. We will offer a choice of hotels within this area that provide easy access to this region of the slopes.
Known as ‘the People’s Mountain’, Eben gives the perfect introduction to skiing. Beginners’ lifts and designated learning zones help first-timers find their feet, while confident teens can challenge themselves on the self-timing speed run. Pretty and peaceful, Eben village is typically Austrian and perfect for a relaxing school trip.
In central Amadé, this popular resort has lots to offer school groups, both on and off the pistes, with modern lifts and wide slopes that flow over a variety of terrains for all levels. The historic town is always a hit with students, thanks to its pretty streets and horse-drawn sleighs, plus there’s an ice rink for anyone with energy left to burn.
Altenmarkt’s family-friendly vibe fits well with school groups, and the unspoilt village has everything on hand, from bakeries to chemists. Up on the slopes, learners can practice their snowploughs on gentle pistes, while improvers can zig-zag down the blues and reds. The wave pool and free-fall slides in Therme Amadé aqua park will have everyone speeding back down at the end of the day.
Set at the head of a beautiful valley, the snow cover is reliably good in this high alpine ski area. A championship ski ground and former World Cup host, Zauchensee attracts professional skiers and new skiers alike. The varied slopes promise diverse ski days and holds plenty of room for progression, while modern lifts and cable cars maximise your time on the mountain.
Fast lifts whisk you around a ski area with breath-taking views and a great choice of runs. Novices can look forward to lots of easy blues, while improvers can tackle the ski circuit and draw inspiration from local skier Hermann Maier – one of the finest alpine ski racers in history – who used to practice on Wagrain’s slopes.
Sitting pretty in a tree-lined valley, Flachau is an attractive resort with a well-respected ski area. The impressive lift system and gentle nursery slopes help to ease new skiers in, while there’s plenty to inspire confident individuals, with a timed speed zone and the Hermann Maier World Cup run. Off the slopes, there’s a lots of amenities to keep students entertained.
Students love the friendly, small town character of Alpendorf, while the cafés and snack bars at the bottom of the slopes are a handy place to stop for a hot choc on the way home. First timers feel at ease on the gentle slopes, while intermediates love Alpendorf’s perfect cruising pistes. The reds and blues are lots of fun, and you can ski close to village level.
- All rooms with private facilities
- Family-run accommodation
This family-run Youth Hotel has been a firm favourite with our groups for years. It is maintained to a high standard and offers excellent facilities with easy access to varied skiing in the Amade ski region.
Location: In an elevated position on the outskirts of the village of Eben around 20 minutes drive to Flachau at the heart of the Amade.
Facilities: Three large and well equipped dining rooms together with smaller rooms which can be used by teachers. Spacious games and disco rooms and a heated indoor swimming pool (unsupervised) available from 8am until 10pm. Two heated ski rooms.
Accommodation: All bedrooms are modern and furnished to a youthfriendly standard accommodating 4 - 7 students. All have private facilities.
Meals: Buffet breakfast, packed lunch & three course evening meal.
- Direct access to slopes
- Fantastic in-house facilities
A sought after hotel which offers a high standard of accommodation and superb in-house facilities. Efficiently run by the Riepler family, this is a favourite of our groups.
Location: Just 1km from the centre of Wagrain and a short walk from “Flying Mozart” high speed gondola to the Wagrainerhaus - the starting point of numerous runs. At the front of the hotel are nursery slopes and an arrival point back from the main pistes.
Facilities: Extensive in-house facilities, which include a sports hall (30m x 20m), games room and an entertainment room for discos etc. Within the grounds, your group can ice-skate and use the curling rink. Sauna and solarium for teachers is available at a small charge.
Accommodation: Bedrooms are for 4 - 8 students with bunk beds and all have shower and WC.
Meals: Buffet breakfast, packed lunch & three course evening meal.
- Wagrain Waterworld
Europe Price Package:
All Equity packages are tailor-made to suit the needs of our groups. Here are our standard package inclusions:
- Return travel by air or coach
- 1 free staff place for every 10 full paying passengers by Air
- Or 1 free staff place for every 8 full paying passengers by Coach
Includes full-board accommodation, lift pass, 5 or 6 days ski tuition, skis boots, poles and helmet, dedicated resort representative service and 24 hour emergency service.
The Equity Ski Europe package in detail:
- Return travel by Air or Coach (Air packages include overseas airport transfer. Coach to UK airport from school is available as an optional extra.)
- All security charges, airport and local taxes
- 1 free staff place for every 10 full paying passengers by Air or 1 free staff place for every 8 full paying passengers by Coach
- Full-board accommodation
- Dedicated resort representative service
- Evening entertainment programme (optional)
- Full use of your coach in resort (coach groups only and subject to EU drivers hours regulations)
Ski Pack Inclusions...
- Lift-pass. Supplements are payable for extension areas in some resorts
- 5 or 6 days of ski tuition (minimum 4 hours per day. Additional tuition is available for a supplement)
- Skis, boots and poles
- 24 hour emergency service
- All travel documentation, luggage labels and resort information
- Personalised customer service throughout from your knowledgeable tour coordinator
Extras to budget for...
- Evening entertainments
Stayed as part of a secondary school trip with a load of kids, and must say it was an ideal hotel / resort. The hotel is about 200 meters from the chair lifts and drag lift. It is possible to ski back to the hotel.
Source: TripAdvisor review, January 2016
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