LANDECK LOCAL MOUNTAIN
Tue 20 September 2005 by woody4Landeck, a town that sits close to Innsbruck is usually considered little more than a passing place en route to many well known resorts nearby like St Anton and Ischgl. A closer look at Landeck reveals a typically picturesque Austrian town and the VENET BERGBAHNEN cable car station with car park. The Bottom station contains a lift pass booth where you will be releaved of 16 Euros for a day pass, price as at 28.04.04. (half the cost of the aforementioned resorts) From 780m - the adequate cable car takes you to a respectable 2212m arriving at the top of the resort where you are ready to ride. You are unlikely to find yourself surrounded by any package holiday skiers filling the lift, and on week days you literally get to share the place with a handful of Landeck residents. This local hill does not have the vast network of runs and lifts of its neighbouring resorts with only 3 chair lifts and two drags, but the terrain it does offer is surprisingly varied. Landeck as a result, has retained an authentic alpine vibe with a couple of rustic mountain restaurants. There is enough here to keep the average rider entertained for a couple of days if no more. Whilst in favourable snow conditions the nearby resorts get packed out, you can ride here in far less crowded conditions. FREERIDERS are offered some well groomed pisted runs but those looking to clock up the miles may be dissapointed. When the snow is good the decents to RIFENAL should be taken where you can deviate off the tracks to some tight tree lines. If you miss the last lift back up at the end of the day there is a free ski bus that will zip you back to Landeck 5 minutes away. On the other side of the mountain towards FLIESS the routes down are a mixture of wide groomed piste and narrow tracks cut out of the mountain side. This area can suffer more in sunny warmer conditions. FREESTYLERS will find some natural hits but no purpose built facilities. CARVERS will find the uncrowded well groomed pistes adequate but limited and are probably better catered for at one of the bigger resorts along with the freestylers. BEGINNERS will find the two nursery slopes at the top of the mountain which makes sense as the access to the slopes is from the cable car which takes you to the very top of the mountain. This means beginners can benefit from great views as they learn. On a down side the lift servicing these slopes is a button which is a challenge to master for beginners. LANDECK is an attractive town with very good rail links from Innsbruck. The town has a pleasant main street with a good variety of shops, supermarkets and cafes . For nightlife there are a few bars, a nightclub and pizza and burger joints but these are all well hidden in the traditional feel of the town centre. Accomodation is mainly 3 and 4 star hotels of a high standard but due to its size these can be marginly cheaper than the equivelent hotels near the big resorts. Some of the best hotels can be found across the bridged river from the cable car. SUMMARY. A genuine no frills local Austrian mountain. If you are travelling through to a bigger resort and the snow is good, try Landeck for a day or two.