Ski Holidays in Maria Alm
Maria Alm is a traditional and an unspoiled resort off the beaten track. It is situated at one end of the Hochkönig, or ‘High King’, ski area that spreads across a series of peaks through Hintherthal, Dienten and Mühlbach.
- Off piste
Skiing in Maria Alm
The area used to be connected via a bus link but since 2018, the 10 person Natrunbahn gondola connects the village centre with the mountain top.
The area is best for intermediate skiers and for beginners as there are also good nursery slope. Maria Alm has 120km of pistes that are a lot quieter than Austria’s well known and popular resorts, ideal for those looking for a more leisurely holiday.
The resort provides lovely scenic views, especially from the top of the Natrunbahn where you can either ski down to resort or connect to the Hochkönig circuit. Altitudes above the resort stretch to 1,900m at Aberg-Langeck where you can find some short blacks and off-piste trails that are great for confident intermediates and advanced skiers.
It is also perfect for skiers looking to explore vast terrain as Hochkönig is part of the Ski Amade lift pass which offers 760km of slopes in five different regions including Bad Gastein and Flachau. Getting to the resorts requires a drive or taking a resort shuttle bus, but none of these resorts take more than an hour from each other. The fact that it is also close to Salzburg means you can combine your ski holiday to Maria Alm with a city break to Salzburg, home of Mozart.
Or take a ski tour such as the Königstour which connects Maria Alm, Dienten and Mühlbach together, making up 35km of pistes.
If cross country skiing is something you’re interested in, whatever ability, the Hochkönig region has 40km of trails for levels with the biggest network situated in Maria Alm - 30km with a trail into Saafelden.
Snow conditions in Maria Alm
The area enjoys an abundance of natural snow coverage but Maria Alm and its neighbouring resorts in the area also have snow making capabilities that cover 95% of its slopes.
Après ski, restaurants and other activities in Maria Alm
Maria Alm itself is a small village but its apres ski is actually fairly lively with typical bars and cafes as well as a disco. Other possibilities for evening activities include winter walking and snowshoeing (85km of trails), swimming and bowling, ice skating in nearby Bischofshofen, tobogganing, horse drawn sleigh rides, ice go-karting and parapenting.
A popular activity in the area is Ice Stock in which you slide ice stocks on the ice to hit a target or cover the longest distance.
Transfer times to Maria Alm
Salzburg (SZG) - 1 hr
Munich (MUC) - 2 hrs
Innsbruck (INN) - 2 hrs 20 mins