Skiing within city limits of Austria's capital and easily reachable with public transport. No problem, if you come to Vienna:
Hohe Wand - Wiese
Did you know that Vienna is the only capital in the world that has seen a FIS (International Ski Federation) World Cup Race within its city borders? For 38 years "Hohe Wand Wiese" has served as first address for Viennese winter sports aficionados.
The piste is 400 m long and is served by a t-bar lift. The slope has a maximum incline of 25%! It features snow cannons and flood lights 'Hohe Wand Wiese' and allows therefore for night-time skiing! During the week, the slopes are open till 9:30 p.m., on weekends till 10 p.m.. Season lasts from the day before Christmas (Dec 23rd) until March, depending on weather and temperature.
In 1966, the excellent results of the Austrian ski-team during the Olympic Games in Cortina (Italy) triggered euphoric public interest in skiing. The Viennese major decided it was time to open a skiing piste in Vienna. Hohe Wand Wiese was designed to meet FIS-guidelines and accordingly the piste became a location for skiing races of international calibre.
In 1967, the first parallel slalom ever attracted many visitors. A parallel slalom is especially fascinating as you can watch 2 skiers compete at the same time on parallel slopes. After many successful races, Hohe Wand Wiese staged its last FIS-World Cup slalom in 1986. Unforgettable skiing stars like Marc Giradelli (LUX) and Ingmar Stenmark (SWE) competed in this night time race. Flood lights assured adequate lighting for skiiers and more than 10.000 fans.
"Hohe Wand Wiese" is situated within city limits and can be reached by public transport. If you can't but want to ski, no problem there's a skiing school.1140 Vienna, Mauerbachstraße 174-184
Take U4 to Hütteldorf and OEBB bus 249 to Mauerbach. 2 minutes walk takes you to the slopes.