The Austrian ski resort of Maria Alm is located at one end of the little known Hochkönig ski area. Muhlbach ... Read more
The Austrian ski resort of Maria Alm is located at one end of the little known Hochkönig ski area. Muhlbach lies at the other end, with the villages of Dienten and Hinterthal along the valley road in between. Situated at an altitude of 1070m, it has surprisingly good snow conditions as it sits in a snow pocket.
Maria Alm sits just off the valley road, and provides access to some 150km of pistes. The slopes between Maria Alm and Muhlbach are all linked by a series of gondolas and chair lifts, allowing you to ski from one area to another with ease. Throughout the day, you will find plenty of pretty mountain restaurants to relax and enjoy the views from.
The main accommodation available consists of half board hotels, all in traditional Austrian style, providing a lovely village setting. From most places the quickest and easiest way to access the main lifts is by bus.
If you’re a lover of après ski, you won’t be disappointed in Maria Alm. With lively bars such as Dengl Alm and Bachwirt, quieter ones such as Orgler Keller and live music venues such as Almer Tenne, there’s somewhere here to entertain everyone. Eating out in this resort is also good, with a nice selection of friendly, warm restaurants to choose from.
There are other activities other than skiing or snowboarding in Maria Alm, including tobogganing, sleigh rides, peaceful walking trails and, if you visit the next resort along of Hinterthal, you can try out KTrack bikes.
If you’re coming to Maria Alm as a beginner, there’s great nursery slopes in the resort and gentle, easy blue runs to progress to, in Maria Alm and in the whole ski area.
The majority of slopes in the Hochkönig area are blue and red runs, so perfect for intermediates. There are a mixture of fun shorter runs on Aberg-Langeck and long cruising runs down from Sunnhutte to Muhlbach.
There are some difficult black runs meandering down from Schneeberg to Muhlberg, and others scattered across the rest of the area providing steep, tricky terrain. Advanced skiers might like to get an off piste guide, as fantastic off piste can be had in the bowls either side of the Aberg area, with a mix of open skiing and skiing through the trees.
As with skiing, beginner and intermediate snowboarders will find Maria Alm a great place to stay. The extensive runs provide options for all levels, whilst 3 terrain parks in Aberg, Sunnhutte and Dienten are fun places to try out new tricks.