Hit the Slopes and Ski in Villach

Chelsea Navarro


It’s time to hit the slopes! Since the beginning of December the ski season in Villach has arrived.

The Villach region is home to two ski areas - the Gerlitzen Alpe and the Dreiländereck. If you are looking for beautiful runs, perfect powder and a great après-ski the Villach region is the place for you.

Skiing in Villach by the Numbers

  • 58.6 km of Slopes
  • Elevation of up to 1911 meters
  • 23 ski lifts

Gerlitzen Alpe Ski Center

Located north of the beautiful Lake Ossiach is the Gerlitzen Alpe ski center. It is only a 15-minute drive to the Gerlitzen Kanzelbahn, making it an easy destination for Villach skiers and snowboarders. Once you reach the summit of Gerlitzen, enjoy the scenic views of the Villach region as you ride down 60 kilometers of slopes. Don’t have a car? No problem! The Gerlitzen Alpe ski center runs a free ski bus from Lake Ossiach, Villach, and Lake Faak just check their website for more details. After a day spent on the slopes, enjoy a relaxing après-ski at the Cielo Mountain Lounge Bar. Drink schnapps, enjoy a pretzel or two, and warm up while enjoying the scenic vista. Even John Travolta thinks Gerlitzen is a great place to ski, he visited for a skiing holiday in February 2017.

Gerlitzen Fast Facts

  • Elevation from 1000 m up to 1911 m (Difference of 911 m)
  • 41.6 km of Slopese
  • 15 Ski lifts
  • € 46.00 Lift ticket (Day ticket main season at opening, discounts are available)
  • Gerlitzen Alpe Website


This small ski area has a unique location - it is right on the border of three countries: Austria, Slovenia, and Italy. Its prime location in the Karawanken mountain range means it is highly reliable for snow and benefits from the famous Carinthian sunshine. Dreiländereck is great for families and has a Kinderland at the valley station.Do you enjoy cross country skiing? Go the distance on Seltschach, the 10 km long cross-country ski trail that is 750 m above sea level at Dreiländereck. If you are looking for a traditional Austrian après-ski, look no further, Dreiländereck has four Alpine huts for a leisurely break. Experience Austrian Gemütlichkeit and cozy up with some delicious Austrian food.

Dreiländereck Fast Facts

  • Elevation from 680 m up to 1600 m (Difference of 920 m)
  • 17 km of Slopes
  • 8 Ski lifts
  • € 35.50 Lift ticket (Day ticket main season)
  • Dreiländereck Website

Winter in Villach is the perfect time for skiing and snowboarding. So gather up some friends, gather your ski gear, and hit the slopes! We hope to see you there!

About the author

Chelsea Navarro is an American expat from California, USA.

She has lived in Villach with her partner and dog since February, 2016. She enjoys exploring the Austrian wilderness, drinking Villacher beer and traveling around Europe.

Chelsea blogs about her adventures and life in Villach at and twice per month here at

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