Organising a school ski trip offers multiple rewards, from letting students broaden their cultural horizons to putting their skills and stamina to the test – not to mention having a great time with their classmates in an inspiring new setting. Europe has numerous ski resorts to choose from, and the best ones for school groups combine great routes and modern facilities with friendly and visually appealing surroundings. Mallnitz offers all of the above, with a good amount of variety in difficulty levels – making it ideal for groups of mixed experience and ability. A state of the art lift system, bus links to the nearby Molltal glacier skiing area, and a full range of student-friendly après ski activities makes this one of Austria’s best resorts for school groups. Read on to find out more.
Nestled in a valley in the picturesque Hohe Tauern mountains in the Austrian region of Carinthia, the village of Mallnitz is a highly appealing school ski trip destination, surrounded by sublime natural beauty. The area has a long history, thanks to its location on age-old mountain trade paths, which were later incorporated into the Roman Road, and continued to be a key trade and transport route well into the middle ages. Today, the area is part of the Hohe Tauern National Park, the largest such park in Austria – not to mention the most extensive nature reserve in all of the Alps. Key parts of the park are protected from human activity, but even the populated areas and ski routes are graced with extremely beautiful evergreen plants.
Skiing in Mallnitz
When it comes to the primary activity of a school ski trip – skiing – Mallnitz is a gem of a resort. Students will primarily find themselves skiing on the 2,800 metre high Angkogel Mountain, which offers progressively more challenging runs the higher up they go. A key feature of the resort is its suitability for a variety of levels: beginners will find a gentle range of slopes at the mid-point of the mountain, while intermediate skiers can proceed to the top, where they will be treated to the pick of all the mountain’s routes. Additionally, students will have access to the stunning Molltal Glacier and its superb pistes.
Mallnitz is has plenty to offer school ski trip groups off the slopes as well as on them, and your students will be spoiled for choice when it comes to opportunities for unwinding after a successful day’s skiing. There is a good range of student-friendly evening activities, including karaoke and disco nights, and a choice of shops and cafes for them to investigate. Swimming is an excellent way to relax the muscles after skiing, and Mallnitz provides with the Taurnbad pool, one of the region’s best.