q: So what do you do when you’re tired & sore from skiing and the low cloud that greets you makes visibility so poor that sightseeing holds scant appeal?
a: Take a ride on the St Gilgen cable car to the top of the mountain!
The 16-minute trip commences from near the St Gilgen Busbahnhof on the Postbus 150 route and rises to just below the Zwölferhorn summit at 1522m.
Breaking through the cloud cover is a truly magical experience as the glorious sunshine and brilliant, blue sky are hard to believe when conditions on the ground are so poor.
The view is breathtaking but during winter it can be a little slippery at the top so walking shoes or boots with good tread are highly recommended.
There is a good-sized viewing platform and from there a final short climb to the peak where a large, wooden cross stands sentinel.
A restaurant at the top where the cable car operates serves typical Austrian food so I tried the würstl mit senf+kren und brot, not all that dissimilar to a good ol’ hotdog back home.
Skiers brave the 1km decent but it’s not for the beginner or feint-hearted as it sounded very icy and looked even more precipitous.
This is one side-trip that is definitely worth the €20 charge for adults, €14,50 for children 15 years and under, or €2,50 for your dog.