Austria - Hochkönig - Ski amadé - Maria Alm
Maria Alm - ski paradise amongst majestic surroundings!
The popular resort Maria Alm is surrounded idyllically by the "Stone Sea" and the impressive mountain massif of the Hochkönig, and therefore offers a magnificent mountain panorama and an El Dorado for every holiday skier! Together with Hinterthal, Dienten and Mühlbach, Maria Alm builds a huge interconnected ski area with sunny but still snow sure slopes and pistes. The picture of the old centre of Maria Alm is now characterised by the landmark of the village's pilgrim church. The ski area “Hochkönig” offers a large selection of activities for children and is especially for families the perfect winter holiday destination. Due to the diverse offers of pistes, of which over 120 km can be explored with the “Ski amadé” lift pass, the easy to intermediate runs will even give experts their money's worth. Furthermore, in and around the winter sport resort, there are plenty of cross-country trails for all abilities, which invite you to take part in extensive tours through the magnificent landscape. The evenings in Maria Alm are also certainly not a bore- numerous bars like the “Chilli” invite you to round off your day of skiing in a folksier setting. Various other activities besides skiing for both active and relaxed travellers make for a very special ski holiday.
The lift pass "Ski amadé" gives you access to a jaw-dropping 760 km of piste and 270 lifts (see ski region). In other words, one single lift pass allows you to use the piste in the regions "Salzburger Sportwelt", "Schladming-Dachstein", "Gastein", "Hochkönig" and "Großarltal". You will definitely get your money’s worth here!The local ski area of Maria Alm, "Hochkönig" (2, 941 m), is particularly well-known for its guarantee of snow. And if the snow does not fall as expected then snow machines, snow cannons, piste equipments and snow-making pond will make sure you have undisturbed skiing fun. 120 km of well-prepared pistes and 35 modern lifts are available at the child-friendly ski area. The hardest piste is the 1 km long Hochmaist descent. However, there are more challenging slopes at Aberg-Langeck (1, 900 m), but beginners get to join in the fun here, too. The piste at the Simmer lift is lit several times per week so you can stay in your boots for some night skiing. The snow park at Aberg with tables, slides and jumps is perfect for freestyle fans. Furthermore, the place offers some good freeriding opportunities. There is a ski bus that runs between the individual areas and which is free to all lift pass bearers.
The Königstour in the Hochkönig ski area is a beautiful ski route - and one of the longest in the Alps. The total length of 32 km can be explored in only one day, making it an ideal day excursion for the whole family. Since 2012, the Königstour connects the ski areas of Mühlbach, Dienten and Maria Alm. The Königstour was voted the winner of the best ski circuit 2014 by the website skiresort.de - the largest testing portal for ski areas worldwide.
Do you want to share your skiing day experiences with family and friends? No problem! In the Hochkönig ski area, several Wi-Fi hotspots are available to use. These provide you with uncomplicated and free-of-charge internet connections in fun parks, lift stations and ski huts. The Kings Cab is Austrias first mountain railway that is equipped with a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The umbrella bars at the Aberg valley station invite you to see out the day day on the piste in a sociable fashion. In neighbouring Dienten, good après ski can be found in e.g. the „Bründlstadl“. Those who want to keep the party going can head to “Dorfstadl” or in the “Riverside” bar in Maria Alm.
Those wanting to have a quieter time can pay a visit to one of the traditional restaurants, where your taste buds will be tantalized with local delicacies, such as Wiener Tafelspitz, Lammbratl (lamb roast) with dumplings or cheese fondue.
Besides skiing or snowboarding, you can still be active with a variety of ski tours and 85 km of winter hiking trails. Snow-shoe hiking is also a great alternative, as well as toboggan parties. In Maria Alm alone there are two illuminated toboggan runs that you can make use of. Water babies can let loose in the indoor pool.
Various cross-country trails with a total length of 30 km offer the right route around Maria Alm for all abilities. The Schattberg trail in Maria Alm is suitable for beginners. Those looking for more of a challenge can use the 14 km long Krallerwinkl trail. The 5 km long Hochkönig trail (1,016 – 1,179 m) is a high altitude track at easy level.
The cross-country trail network in the region of Hochkönig comprises a total of 40 km, as well as a further 22 km of skating style trails, which connects to the Saalfeldener network.
Resort Highest point: 1,900m | Lowest point: 800m | Skiing Region: 800m
LIFTS - Chairlifts: 9 | Cablecars: 5 | Total: 35
SLOPES - Blue: 52 km | Red: 41 km | Black: 19 km
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