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School Ski Trip to Dachstein West


Fabulous scenery

Exciting and varied skiing

Snow-sure ski area

Resort Information

On your school ski trip to Dachstein West, your lift pass will provide access to Gosau, Annaberg and Russbach. You’ll be blown away by the sheer beauty of Gosau, a charming, rustic village in the shadow of the vast, rugged Gosaukamm mountain range. You’ll really feel like you’re in ‘traditional’ Austria, where cosy ski huts invite passers-by in to warm themselves up and experience real Austrian hospitality and gemütlichkeit. The Austrians refer to the area as a Schneeloch, or snow hole, and Dachstein West is prone to heavy snowfalls. Added to this, the excellent snowmaking facilities ensure that this is a snow-sure resort – so your young skiers won’t be held back by a lack of snow.

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Total Piste

142 km

Top Piste Altitude

2100 m

Transfer time to resort

16 hours from Calais

Vertical drop

780 m



No. lifts


Snow making coverage


Snow Park


Skiing Information

Dachstein West is a brilliant choice of ski resort if you have a mixed-ability group – it’s ideal for beginners and intermediates, and there are also a handful of black runs for the more advanced skiers. Beginners will gain confidence on the long, tree-lined blue runs in Gosau, or on the Astauwinkl in Annaberg. Intermediates will appreciate the wide variety of red runs on the Zwiesalalm, which also offers good links to Annaberg and Russbach. If you have any keen snowboarders in your group, they’ll be excited to learn that the snow park on Edtalmbahn in Russbach has been redesigned by free-ride experts to include more ‘obstacles’ and, therefore, to be more fun!

Dachstein West is an excellent ski resort, particularly for the intermediate skiers. Snow conditions have been excellent for our previous 3 visits and I'm told that there is a good snow record in the region by many locals. The BSFZ in Obertraun is amazing accommodation by school standards. I'd be happy staying there on a family holiday! Rooms are generously sized and the food is ample with plenty of choice. The ski equipment supplied in the centre is amongst the best I've seen in 14 years of organising ski trips and the instructors are very good, all speaking good English. There is a brief journey each day but if kids are allowed to wear ski boots on the bus it is just 15 minutes extra kip! Pupils do not have to carry skis more than 20 metres because they are kept on the bus each night and we were dropped off at the first chair lift. We had plenty of games and sport around the centre and used the sports cafe for late night supper. The only reason I would not recommend this destination is because I would like to keep it as a secret so that the pistes are quiet and the queues are short. You'd be pushed to find a better resort and accommodation combination. Halsbury Travel have been excellent as always!

- Trinity School

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Hotel Goldenes Schiff

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Hotel Goldenes Schiff

This superb 4* hotel offers our guests a warm and friendly welcome, and comes with one of the highest recommendations in our programme. The hotel is an exciting contrast between old and new and suits those looking for that extra bit of luxury. The hotel also offers sole occupancy to good size groups.

The hotel offers a special breakfast buffet every day, as well as a three course evening meal with salad buffet.

Facilities include: Bar and lounge, spa area with sauna and steam bath, meeting rooms and free WiFi.

The spacious rooms sleep two to four people, many of them with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the River. Their amenities include a safe, radio, HD TV with laptop connection, desk, and private bathroom.

National Sports & Recreation Centre BSFZ

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National Sports & Recreation Centre BSFZ

The BSFZ National Sports & Recreation Centre complex is one of Austria’s top training facilities for football athletes, having had Chelsea youth and the Scottish national team to stay there, among others. In the winter this self-contained complex is the perfect retreat for Halsbury groups.

Students are accommodated in one of three buildings, which merge effortlessly into the mountain scenery. All rooms are spacious, sleeping 4 students in single beds, with en-suite facilities and plenty of storage space. Each group also has its own meeting room. Through an arrangement the accommodation has with the restaurants on the mountain, each member of the group receives a voucher they can use to purchase a meal on the slopes instead of a packed lunch - which makes a great difference on cold days!

All sport facilities can be used by Halsbury groups and include:
Indoor Sports Centre

Aprés-Ski at Dachstein West

swimming pool gosau

The indoor pool in Gosau features:

- A sports pool with massage jets
- Sauna (adults only)
- Steam bath (adults only)

This activity is ideal if your group is in need of a bit of relaxation.

eurothermen bad ischl

Attractions at the Eurothermen Salzkammergut thermal spa in Bad Ischl include:

- Brine pool with approx. 3% salt and a water temperature of ca. 34 °C
- Spring loungers
- Underwater massage jets
- Brine whirlpool
- Comfort and lounging areas
- Massages, solarium

The perfect option to relax everyone after a hard day's skiing!

pizza restaurant obertraun

This restaurant not only serves delicious meals, including homemade pizzas, but also has a small bowling alley! (2 automated lanes)

tobogganing bad goisern

The 2 km long Toboggan Run is graded medium in terms of level of difficulty. The run is floodlit in the evening.

Subject to availability and snow conditions.

tobogganing gosau

The 1km long Toboggan Run in Gosau is well-prepared and child-friendly with a difference in altitude of just 200 metres. The toboggan run is floodlit every Monday.

Subject to availability and snow conditions.

ice skating bad ischl

Ice skating is a tried and tested après-ski activity, and it is easy to see why! Your young skiers will love the opportunity to glide around the rink.

Subject to availability and snow conditions.

ice skating bad goisern

This lovely natural ice rink is located in Stampfl - a fantastic choice for some après-ski fun on ice!

Subject to availability and snow conditions.

climbing hall bad ischl

The indoor climbing hall in Bad Ischl offers:

- Large indoor climbing area with 492 m²
- 6 routes
- Rental equipment
- 312 m² indoor bouldering wall
- Gym

ec red bull salzburg ice hockey match

Enjoy the unique atmosphere of an ice-hockey match with EC Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian First Division!

Subject to the team's schedule.