Located in the midst of the Carinthian Alps near Austria’s southern border Bad Kleinkirchheim (frequently abbreviated to BKK) is perhaps best known for its most famous native, the Austrian downhill skiing legend, Franz Klammer.
However, despite being a resort of truly international standing, with a massive ski area, reliable snow, a World Cup Event and those sublime thermal springs, BKK still remains perplexingly unfamiliar to most skiers outside central Europe.


BKK’s ski-terrain extends down from four principal summits: the Kaiserburg at 2055m, the Strohsack at 1940m, the Nockalm at 1870m and the Brunnach at 1901m. The Brunnach lift originates from St. Oswald, a small, satellite resort about a 5 minute drive from the centre of BKK. In all, the resort boasts of 100km of skiable terrain ranging from the exceptionally difficult to the most basic of nursery slopes. At both ends of the village there are a couple of short beginners lifts. From these, improving skiers can ascend to the main terrain. In all, 25 lifts serve the resort’s four main skiing areas. Closest to the village centre is the Strohsack, which is accessed by a quadruple chair and provides not only comfortable intermediate type skiing in the immediate vicinity, but also access to the more challenging Kaiserburg section. This includes the famous Franz Klammer Abfahrt, a breathtaking drop named after the legendary downhill racer. What the piste map cannot show is the large number of tree-lined runs that crisscross the main slopes. These trails enlarge the ski area and give a large number of different routes down the hill for groups to explore.

On the other side of the valley are the twin peaks of Nockalm and Brunnach. Linked by the new Wiesernockbahn and Schartenbahn chairlifts, these areas offer skiers a wide range of runs for all abilities, including the 9km Priedrofabfahrt. Those with the need for speed can be ‘clocked’ on the speed run from the top of the Panorama lift. Boarders and free riders will enjoy the Snowsports Park that offers a wide range of rails, tabletops and jumps for all levels of ‘shredder’.



  • Resort Height: 2055m
  • No. of Lifts: 25
  • No. of Trails: N/A
  • Easy Runs: 18km
  • Medium Runs: 23km


  • Difficult Runs: 8km
  • Skiable Area: 103km
  • Average Snowfall: N/A
  • Snow Making: N/A
  • Lift Pass: All resorts on piste map


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