The small Austrian town of Fieberbrunn sits on the border of Tyrol and Salzburgerland, in the north-western Alps. Surrounded by the impressive peaks of the Kitzbuheler Alps, Fieberbrunn is a relatively small, gem of a mountain, that should be on the radar of every pow searching freerider.
Fieberbrunn is positioned in the Pillerseetal valley which has a NW/SE orientation and is perfectly aligned to capture storms rolling in from the north-west. The valley gradually closes in which traps moisture and forces the clouds to dump their precious load . This produces heavy snowfall and, in most years, an impressive snowpack. In an average year Fieberbrunn is likely to have significantly more snow than neighbouring resorts and is often amongst the snowiest locations in the alps, especially in a winter when most storms come from the north.
Fieberbrunn backs up its impressive snowfall with great terrain too. The place isn’t huge; just a handful of lifts. Yet they access a variety of terrain, from alpine bowls to sheltered trees and plenty in between. There’s also some nice long backcountry descents just a short skin or hike from the top of the lifts, especially the Hochhorndl chair. The trees under the Larchfilzkogel lift are a good choice in bad weather and the north facing slopes accessed from the Reckmoos Nord gondola are perfect for a quick powder day hit. They have a good pitch and thinly spaced trees offer some protection and definition. Fieberbrunn is a stop on the Freeride World Tour and some of the best riders in the world come to drop into the steep face of the Wildseeloder every winter. Similar big mountain lines can also be found on neighboring Henne.
What’s more, crowds are thin on the ground at Fieberbrunn. We rode for a week without experiencing any queues for the lifts or competition for fresh tracks. The vibe seems to be a combination of both freerider and family friendly, and, as is usually the norm in Austria, you get a pretty decent bang for your buck.
Fieberbrunn town is a fairly low-key collection of traditional Austrian guesthouses, hotels and B+B’s strung out somewhat along the road. It’s attractive enough and there are several supermarkets, restaurants and ski hire shops. A short drive away at the base of the lifts there are a few more hotels and a selection of apres ski bars.
Fieberbrunn is pretty easy to get to with Salzburg airport being a relatively straightforward 1.5 hour drive away. There are many other resorts within an hours drive including Kitzbuhel, Saalbach and the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier at Kaprun.
Freeride World Tour 2013 Fieberbrunn Highlights
Access and Info
Airport: Salzburg – 65km
Innsbruck – 109km
Munich – 173km
Lift Pass: 40 Euro/day
Mountain Guide: Freeridebase
Fieberbrunn Accommodation – Gaestehaus Gollner
Located in Fieberbrunn town, a 2 minute drive to the lifts with shops close to hand. We were warmly welcomed by Karin and her family and were impressed with the huge apartment which offered great value for money. The vibe at Gaestehaus Gollner is relaxed and easy-going. Recommended!