Gradonna Mountain Resort, Kals, Austria: Spring vibes in the snow
If you can’t decide between going skiing or hiking, fear not – in the period between the winter and summer seasons at the Gradonna, you can do both. With bonus spring vibes!
From the middle of March, there are signs of spring in the air in East Tyrol’s largest ski resort – the birds are chirping again in the trees, the sun warms the tip of your nose and the mountain breeze feels fresh on your skin. At the heart of all the action you’ll find the luxury Gradonna **** Mountain Resort Chalets & Hotel, where nature meets design and where many can’t quite work out at first whether they’d rather be inside or outside. The sunshine starts to knock on the door in March and you have a choice to make: ski boots or hiking boots. After all, the Großglockner mountain is ideal for both options at this unique time of year.
From powder to mountain-top adventures
The privileged location of the luxury resort means you won’t only be the first to carve up the freshly prepared powder in the morning, but can also be the last down the slope in the evening. The perfect day on the pistes lies ahead no matter whether you choose to ski or board – and you can get started the very moment you arrive, as ski equipment and lift passes are available in the hotel itself. In addition to the convenient ski-in, ski-out facilities, there’s also a free beginners area right outside. In the mild spring temperatures, this is where the youngest guests will have some fun and venture out onto the snow for their first twists and turns.
From mountain-top adventures to peak relaxation
The special thing about spring is that the surrounding mountains can also be explored via the numerous hiking trails, some with and some without the need for snowshoes. If you’re someone who can’t wait to swap their ski boots for hiking boots in this in-between time, you’ll find the Gradonna is the perfect departure point. An extensive and varied network of around 250 kilometres of hiking routes awaits here at the gateway to the Hohe Tauern National Park, asking to be discovered on foot – accompanied by a mountain guide, if you choose. Committed hikers will be rewarded with breath-taking views of the first lush greens of spring in the valley with glittering snow still coating the upper slopes. Back at the hotel, your body will have the chance to reset with a relaxing visit to the sauna or a guided yoga session.
From peak relaxation to deep sleep
Those who can resist the spring sunshine outside will enjoy the Gradonna’s five pools, seven saunas and the cosy water beds in one of the quiet areas that affords stunning views of the unparalleled mountain backdrop. You can also book premium natural and specialist treatments in the sustainable spa, which promises a programme of natural pampering for body and soul.
The objective is holistic well-being and coming back to centre. And you’ll find it’s very easy to achieve at the Gradonna four-star mountain resort.
Text: Nina Prehofer