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Flacau April - What’s it like?

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Found a decent deal for Flacau starting April 13. What are ski conditions likely to be? I k ow it is a low resort but after all the snow this season, will it likely to be still good enough for my kids on nursery slopes (1st ski trip for them)? Are these low-lying resorts quieter at this time of year?
Any advice greatly appreciated.
Thanks
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@Dougie, Who knows?.....if it carries on like present it'll be mountainbike season soon Wink

FWIW I wouldnt worry, i'm going to west of Austria in 2 weeks and i'm not concerned but predicting 6-7 weeks ahead isnt easy. i'd hold off for now tbph and potentially book nearer the time if you're concerned, there'll be snow but what quality who knows..
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@Dougie, it could be melted or it could be dumping down. There is not much in the way of nursery slopes, what there is in the valley at the Space Jet 1 lift area and round the other side at the bottom of the Rote 8 lift and likely to be mush all day IMHO. It will be very quiet indeed. There are nursery slopes higher up in Wagrain and Alpendorf but it is probably a very sunny aspect (I have no idea which way the mountains face but it's always bright there)
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I don't know about Flachau, but I saw some photos of the valley near Windischgarsten (not v far away) the other day and there's WAY more snow there than Tirol. You'd expect it to be soft snow by then with the sun, but it's unlikely there won't be enough!
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Reiteralm is 15 mins down the road from Flachau and have their nursery up at the top of the first gondola. Its an excellent place to learn to ski in April. There are 3 mountain huts surrounding the nursery, and skiers can explore Reiteralm and return easily. Have you found a package or diy? Ski passes are free in Ski Amade for kids when an adult buys a week pass. I cant think of any other nursery slopes that are not in the valley. hth. Ange.
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@flangesax, good call..and even closer from your place
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Cool. Thanks for the replies.
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@holidayloverxx, its one to remember. A return on the gondola is about 15 so perfect for foot passengers. And they do a point card for about 26 which covers the gondola and enough on the button lift to keep a learner sorted for the day. We learnt this in Nov. Ange
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@Dougie We'll be there that week too. Two of us already booked to be instructing that week. Flachau will be fine on piste if that's all you want to do. To go off piste (assuming you don't want to tour), then jump on the bus to Zauchensee or head up to Bad Gastein for higher slopes. It will be great. You might want to start a bit earlier then kick off the Apres around 3pm to avoid slush.
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Great advice. Thanks for that. @panaga52,
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@flangesax, with your knowledge of the area, please can I ask about Xmas/New Year. We’ve just returned from a great week at Rohrmoos, so know it fairly well. Aside from the last 2 amazingly snowy Austrian Xmas’s, is there always decent skiing at Rohrmoos/Hochwurzen at New Year? Thanks in advance.
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@Snow&skifan, it's changeover day so flangesax is probably knee deep in cleaning right now. In fairness I have only lived here for two Christmas/New Year periods.

Last season the snow was fabulous throughout December. It came early so many ski areas opened early during November. By Christmas there was a lot of snow in the valley and everywhere was open with great skiing.

This season the snow was a little later arriving, so although there was good skiing during Christmas and New Year weeks, the valleys were largely still a bit green and the valley runs operating on artificial snow. Straight after New Year it started snowing heavily and didn't stop for two weeks!

So to answer your question, there will be skiing over Christmas and New Year. If Mother Nature doesn't provide the goods in time, there is a massive snowmaking infrastructure here to ensure the tourists get what they have paid for. That's the worst case scenario. The average scenario is probably more like this season where the valleys were still a bit green but there was a good mixture of natural and man-made on the pistes. What happened directly after New Year can certainly not be described as average.

If you fancy booking accommodation with flangesax for the Christmas and/or New Year period, get in there quick as those are weeks in high demand.
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