The Ski Area on the Rofan

Rofan Ski Area, AustriaA cable car near the main road serves the small Maurach ski area high in the Rofan range of mountains.

The Rofan cable car transports skiers up to a collection of restaurants and huts under the rocky ridge of the mountain range of the same name.

Like the Zwölferkopf ski area visible on the opposite shore of the lake, the skiing has little to recommend it outside a mountain diversion for a day to enjoy the slopes and the scenery. Keen skiers are more likely to head over to the Christlum area above Achenkirch (which is also available on the multiday local ski pass).

The slopes consist of the small beginners' area near the top served by a short drag lift. Once confident on these runs, other choices are a blue run to the Rofan chairlift and an easy red to the second chair, the Mauritz lift.

Both lifts access the top station of the cable car. Intermediate skiers can try the long run through the trees to the village, should snow conditions allow. Any more advanced skiers trying out the area might like to try to the steeper 'black' run off the Mauritz chairlift.

An alternative form of adrenaline rush can be had by sampling the Rofan glider. The AirRofan Eagle is something a little bit different. Four people hanging from a harness fly the 200 vertical metres back to the top station of the cable car at speeds of up to 80km per hour.

Ski Verdict

Another small area with great views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Mainly intermediate terrain and the AirRofan glider offers an interesting alternative to skiing.

Ski Facts

Base altitude: 950m
Top altitude: 1850m

1 cable car
2 chairlifts
2 drag lifts

2 red runs
2 blue runs
1 black run