Unlimited winter sports: lift pass unions worth a try

10/10/2013 - Selina Sauerland

One lift pass but a multitude of ski areas – this is not so seldom any more. Connected ski areas forming a beneficial union are becoming ever more popular and offer winter sports customers a luxurious situation with a diverse selection. It can be neighbouring, smaller resorts that form attractive, manageable terrain, but it can also be various ski areas of the entire region which together provide hundreds of kilometres of piste and therefore present the customers with a range of resorts to choose from.

We have picked out the largest ski area unions and present them to you in the following article. With each of the mentioned lift passes you can access at least 500 km of piste.

Tirol Snowcard (only seasonal lift pass)

Unbelievable 4,000 km of piste in 86 ski areas, all connected by 1,133 lifts – this is all included in the “Tirol Snowcard”. If you can’t find a suitable place to ski here, you will hardly find it anywhere else. Axamer Lizum is one of the areas included here, just as Kitzbühel, Sölden, the Zillertal, Ischgl, SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental, as well as the Kaunertal and Stubai Glaciers.

Salzburg Super Ski Card (from 3-day pass to seasonal lift pass)

This lift pass comprises all 22 ski regions of the Salzburger Land and the adjacent areas. So this lift pass includes, amongst others, the popular area Ski amadé, the Salzburger Sportwelt, the Zillertal, Schladming-Dachstein and Obertauern. About 2,550 km of piste come together with all the ski areas included.

Snow Pass Graubünden (only seasonal lift pass)

This lift pass includes a total of 40 ski areas with approx. 2,200 km of piste. This comprises the Grisons ski areas of Davos Klosters, Lenzerheide and Arosa, Engadin St. Moritz and Laax, plus Samnaun-Ischgl and Sedrun.

Dolomiti Superski (from day pass to seasonal lift pass)

12 ski areas in the Dolomites form 1,200 km of skiable pistes – amongst others in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Alta Badia, Carezza, Obereggen, at Plan de Corones and in Val D’Isarco.

Kitzbüheler Alpen AllStarCard (from day pass to seasonal lift pass)

Here the 10 ski areas of the Kitzbühel Alps located in both Tyrol and Salzburg have connected to one: the 1,088 km of piste spread out over the SkiJuwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau, the Skiwelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental, the Skicircus Saalbach-Hinterglemm Leogang and Zell am See-Kaprun, besides other areas.

Les 3 Vallées (from half-day pass to seasonal lift pass)

The 3 Vallées proclaim themselves as the largest interconnected ski areas in the world. So here are not only various cooperating ski areas, but actual connections between the individual ski terrains. Around 600 km of piste and 199 lift systems are available to winter sports fans here; from Val Thorens-Orelle, via Les Menuires-St. Martin de Belleville, right up to Méribel and Courchevel.

Meilenweiss Skipass (only annual lift pass)

1 lift pass – 4 countries: this lift pass connects 31 ski areas in Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Lichtenstein, with a total of 820 km of piste. Included here are for example Flumserberg, Pizol, the large Walsertal and the Lechtal, Feldberg and Maburn.

Allgäu Gletscher Card (only seasonal lift pass)

A cross-boundary adventure lift pass: 10 large ski regions in the Allgäu, Kleinwalsertal and in Tyrol work together here to create an offer for 580 incredible km of piste. This includes the glaciers in the Kaunertal and Pitztal, but also the ski areas Kleinwalsertal/Oberstdorf, Oberstaufen/Steibis and Bad Hindelang/Oberjoch/Unterjoch.

Superschnee Pass (only seasonal or annual lift pass)

This is, so to speak, the little brother of the “Allgäu Gletscher Card”, still offering a total of 550 km of piste in 8 large ski regions. It only excludes the glacier ski areas.

Some unions even cater to special interests: The “White 5“ lift pass for instance, comprises only the 5 big glacier ski areas. On 10 days (freely selectable) winter sports fans can switch between the pistes on the Pitztal, Kaunertal, Stubai, Hintertux and Sölden Glaciers. For all those who wish to wind down after lengthy activity in the snow, the “Steiermark-Joker” (only seasonal, valid over 181 days) is the right pass to choose: besides 28 skiable mountains (including the regions Schladming-Dachstein, Schneebärenland, Semmering and Mariazellerland) there are also 4 thermal bath complexes working together in Loipersdorf, Bad Radkersburg, Bad Waltersdorf and Köflach. After so much training the muscles really need a bit of time for relaxation!

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