Maria Alm Ski Holidays
Austria

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Description

One of Austria’s best-kept secrets, the charming resort of Maria Alm is just over an hour from Salzburg airport in the Hochkönig ski area, which also includes the resorts of Dienten and Muhlbach. Visitors will enjoy extensive, peaceful slopes, beautiful scenery and quite affordable prices – it’s a wonderful choice for families. 


The town itself sits at a humble altitude of 800m, and although there is skiing available up to 2000m the snow can deteriorate quite badly at those lower levels towards the end of the season. To make up for its low altitude, Maria Alm boasts absolutely stunning scenery and slopes that are largely quiet and peaceful.

The resort centre is very traditional and pretty, offering a true Austrian experience – it’s not really on the map for most British tourists – and the compact layout means visitors can conveniently explore the village on foot.

As the cherry on top, the food and drink prices are quite cheap by Alpine standards. There are some wonderful establishments for an après-ski drink, and many of the hotel restaurants offer a superb standard of cuisine. 


Getting There

Holidaymakers interested in Maria Alm can fly into Salzburg, which is 1 hour and 20 minutes from the resort, or Innsbruck, which is 2 hours away. Those staying in Maria Alm without a hire car should take advantage of the free bus service, which links the neighbouring villages of Hinterthal, Dienten and Muhlbach.


When to Go

Early-season

Maria Alm is a wonderfully characterful and welcoming Alpine mountain town, but with a base altitude of only eight hundred metres, skiers and snowboarders considering a visit are well advised to consider their timing – and of course keep a close eye on the snow forecasts. This isn’t a particularly high resort when compared to others in Austria, such as Solden or Obergurgl. 

The festive early-season Christmas and New Year period in Maria Alm is great, though. The resort lays on a traditional and festive programme of events and entertainments for visitors of all to enjoy, although Maria Alm’s après ski scene remains pretty low-key. 

If you’re considering an early-season skiing or snowboarding holiday to an Austrian resort, and you’re looking for a destination with the charm and character of Maria Alm but with a little more nightlife, perhaps consider St Anton or Ischgl. Both are pretty alpine resorts with traditional architecture and a lot of charm – just like Maria Alm – but the après ski and nightlife over the festive Christmas and New Year period are brilliant. 

Mid-season

January and February in Maria Alm are typically very cold, and visiting skiers and snowboarders wrap up warm against the chilling winds. The fresh snowfall makes the colder weather worth it, though, and Maria Alm is a great resort choice to make. On the lower slopes, there are plenty of well-located snow cannons to bump up the natural snow fall on the runs back down into resort. 

Late-season

In March and especially April, Maria Alm’s relatively low base altitude means skiers head higher into the mountains for the best snow conditions. Skiers here in March and April can expect beautifully groomed corduroy pistes in the mornings, and as the afternoon ticks by, the snow becomes softer and slushier. 


Where to Stay



Getting around


Apres

Great places to check out in Maria Alm for an après-ski beverage include the Dengl-Alm, Chili's Pub, Der Bachwirt and Zum Steinbock. If you fancy a spot of dancing later in the night, the Tenne Almer disco is the place to go – they offer themed nights, foam parties and prizes.


Eating out

In terms of restaurants, Maria Alm has some fantastic options tucked away in hotels like the Thalerhof and the Steinbock Alm. An absolutely charming choice is the Almer Bauernkastn, which is nestled in the residential area behind the Alpenland Hotel.



Activities

For those seeking some non-skiing activities in Maria Alm, the resort features an indoor swimming pool, tobogganing, sleigh rides and plenty of winter walking trails – a great way to experience the Alpine surroundings.



Ski School


Getting around


Family ski

Maria Alm is a remarkably pretty Austrian village linked with the neighbouring resorts of Dienten and Mühlbach to form the Hochkönig ski area. Here, families and learner skiers and snowboarders are welcomed with open arms, with a broad range of family-friendly facilities and plenty of non-ski activities to enjoy. Stunning scenery, swift lifts and warm hospitality combine to offer a family-friendly feel throughout.

The alpine village itself offers traditional alpine architecture and a wonderfully relaxed armosphere – perfect for your family getaway to the slopes. Accommodation is a mix of hotels, chalets, and apartments, generally located in the resort centre or just a short stroll from the ski lifts. It’s a swift transfer time from Salzburg airport too, of just over 1 hour, which is ideal for parents with kids eager to reach the slopes.

120 kilometers of groomed runs offer pistes for a wide range of levels of skier and snowboarder, with some of the most impressive scenery to be found on the Königstour. The resort in general is very family oriented, with specially designed children’s areas across the different sectors. Child-friendly lifts are specially indicated with smiley faces, making life wonderfully easy for parents looking for learner-friendly terrain. More specifically, you’ll find brilliant nursery slopes close to the resort and a fine range of gentle blue pistes for easy progression. 

The Beginnerspark Natrun is a little park located on piste number 25, where kids can master the basics of freestyle skiing in comfort. Here, you’ll find two boxes alongside a strip of small burms and moguls. The Funslope Schönanger is also worthy of note, offering families and youngsters 850 metres of banked curves, rolling hills, boxes, and a speed-measure trap. 

Away from the groomed slopes, families in Maria Alm can turn to a wide array of non-ski activities and entertainments. You’ll find tobogganing slopes across the valley, plus the welcoming Sommerstein Pool with a 40-meter waterslide, a gentle river rapids, and diverse swimming and play areas ideal for children. There’s also an ice-rink and bowling alley for evening entertainments as a family. 


Group Ski

Maria Alm is a small ski resort popular in winter for its snowy slopes. It forms part of the High King Mountain Ski Area, and joins 27 other resorts within the Ski Amadé network. These combine to form Europe’s largest alpine ski area, with a diverse range of terrain for all levels of skiers and snowboarder. Away from the groomed slopes, Maria Alm offers groups of visitors a wide range of alternative activities to enjoy, including cross-country skiing, climbing, hiking, and tobogganing.

Nestled between Hinterthal and Dienten to one side and Mulbach to the other, Maria Alm offers access to a grand total of 150 kilometres of groomed pistes – easily enough to rival more famous Austrian resorts like Solden or St Anton. This charming and characterful resort’s slopes are perhaps best suited to intermediate skiers and boarders keen to tuck in the miles across cruisy blues and reds. Away from the groomed runs, there’s a decent range of off-piste terrain to explore too – and hidden pockets of powder known only to the locals and the resort’s guides. For groups of learner skiers, Maria Alm is home to a welcoming and gentle nursery slope area. 

On the après ski front, what Maria Alm lacks in size it makes up for in hospitality, and the resort is home to a warm and welcoming offering of bars and restaurants. Groups in search of a few beers after a long day on the slopes have a fine selection to choose from!

One fine accommodation idea for groups of friends or family considering Maria Alm is the traditional and welcoming chalet Panorama. The nearest lifts are a short 400m from the chalet, and it’s a further 100m to the resort centre. The lower ground floor is where the wellness area can be found, and where most head to at the end of the skiing day! Relax in the sauna or steam room, or just sit back on the loungers surrounded by an attractive decor and water feature.


Childcare

The Ski School Maria Alm offers a wonderful kindergarten at the Aberg middle station for kids as young as 2-years-old – do make a reservation, though!

Private nanny services are also available.


The Piste

There are some 125km of pistes to explore across the Hochkönig area, the majority of which are cruisey blues and reds. This makes it an excellent destination for beginners and intermediate skiers, and further links to the rambling Ski Amadé area provide even more options – though one will need a hire car to make full use of the ski domain. There isn’t much to keep advanced skiers entertained here, however, other than two snow parks and the off-piste terrain, which can be explored with a local guide. Night skiing is also on offer, and non-skiers can enjoy a decent range of activities. 


Ski School


Equipment Hire


Lift Passes


Chalet Sleeps

Chalets sleeping: 10 people & over
Chalets sleeping: 15 people & over



Resorts statistics

  • ALTITUDE

    850m

  • LONGEST PISTE

    9km

  • HIGHEST SKI LIFT

    2000m

  • TOTAL LIFTS

    40

  • TOTAL PISTE

    150km






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