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St Johann in Salzburg

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Skiing is a simple activity. Find snow, strap on skis, let gravity pull you down. A skiing holiday, however, is a very different matter. It’s the slopes and their variations; it’s the runs and the lifts; it’s the quality of the snow and the quality of the piste preparation, the ski tour routes and the off-piste drops. It’s the bars and the restaurants; it’s the shops and, most importantly, the vibe. Does it feel good? Are you relaxed? Are the kids happy? Have you challenged yourself? In short, are you having a blast?

St Johann in Salzburg, just 60km from the city of Salzburg, has one factor always in mind: that this is the most enjoyable skiing you can find. So from the immaculate pistes to the sumptuous Sachertorte cake at Cafe Schiebel, the adventurous tours to the après-ski, St Johann in Salzburg covers it effortlessly. And that’s before you look up at the magnificent scenery around you. The gnarled Alpine peaks rise out of the deep Salzach valley, and castles dot the mountainsides. In fact, it’s so beautiful, remember the opening scenes of Do-Re-Mi from the Sound of Music? That was filmed here.

Ski in Ski out in St. Johann in Salzburg with its Alpendorf
From your hotel in Alpendorf directly onto the slopes of Snow Space Salzburg. No bus or waiting hour, no stress!

SNOW SPACE

The Snow Space Salzburg ski area encompasses 120km of perfectly groomed slopes. There are 35km of easy blue runs (including 7km of family slopes on the family mountain Hahnbaum), an incredible 81km of medium red runs, and 4km of black runs for experts. Forty-five cable cars and lifts criss-cross the slopes allowing easy access across the whole area. With such a vast network, no day is ever the same, and you don’t even need to visit the same huts or facilities: there are 44 of them. Draw in, warm up your bones with a cup of hot mulled wine, and experience the cosy atmosphere of these mountain lodges.

The ski resort Snow Space Salzburg, which combines Flachau, Wagrain and St. Johann, has undergone many changes over the last few years. There are new cableways, and snow-making systems that guarantee 98% of the slopes get consistent snow cover.

If Snow Space Salzburg wasn’t enough, St Johann in Salzburg is a gateway to ‘Austria’s greatest skiing paradise’ Ski amadé, one of the most diverse winter sports areas in Europe. It includes the regions Salzburg Sports World, Schladming – Dachstein, Grossarl Valley, Gastein, and Hochkönig. With a ski pass of 1.5 days or more, skiers can experience 760km of slopes and 270 lifts from 25 towns, all with one ticket. Wifi coverage is excellent across the region.

To enjoy the slopes at their best, the early-bird skiing programme allows skiers and snowboarders to make the first tracks of the day in fresh snow, before enjoying a hearty breakfast. Be sure to book ahead.

SNOWPARK ALPENDORF

At the heart of the St. Johann in Salzburg in Snow Space Salzburg is the Snowpark. Design professionals from the renowned QParks have conceived a park perfect for honing freestyling skills, whether you are a beginner or expert, freestyler or snowboarder. You’ll find banked turns, bumps, small jumps and boxes, as well as eight finely-graded jump-offs. The ethos of the park is to encourage creativity, and it changes regularly, but always with precision landing angles.

OFF PISTE

Alongside the well-groomed pistes, adventurous skiers will find routes deep into the mountains of Salzburgerland. St. Johann in Salzburg is the perfect starting point for exploring nearby valleys, including the Grossarl or the Kleinarl Valley, or higher into the Tennen mountains or the Hochkönig. With careful planning, it’s possible to take multi-day tours with overnight accommodation. Guided ski tours are available.

There are also two marked ski touring routes up the Hahnbaum, the nearest mountain to St. Johann in Salzburg.

Cross country skiing enthusiasts will find plenty to get their hearts racing in St. Johann in Salzburg. There are three carefully-kept trails near the town. The easy 7km cross-country ski run Plankenau is excellent for a warm-up or beginners. It is relatively flat with a few climbs. The cross-country ski run in Alpendorf is only 4km but offers more challenging slopes, while the elevation cross-country ski run Obergass is 3km of thigh-grinding ascents right out of the Mountain station of the Alpendorf mountain railways. The views from all the runs are spectacular.

BEYOND SKIING

St. Johann in Salzburg may be a small town, but it’s full of flair. Visitors come for the shopping alone, with its mix of traditional clothing stores (you can get that dirndl or lederhosen you’ve always fancied) and the latest collections from the world’s top designers. And after all that skiing (or shopping), grab a coffee in the renowned Cafe Schiebel or perhaps a freshly brewed St. Johann beer at Brew Town.

The accommodation available in St. Johann in Salzburg is consistently excellent, no matter what budget you’re travelling on. Families are particularly well catered for thanks to the JO Family Partners programme where local businesses become certified partners by reaching family-friendly criteria. Look out for JOEY the squirrel in certified restaurants and hotels. St. Johann in Salzburg is equally suited to adults, with high-end hotels, spa retreats and gourmet brilliance at restaurants such as Oberforsthof Alm.

Photography: ©josalzburg.com/Mirja

Key Information
St. Johann in Salzburg is about 40 minutes by car from the City of Salzburg and about 2 hours by car from Munich. There are direct train connections from Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Munich, Villach, Klagenfurt and Graz to St. Johann in Salzburg. With a valid ski pass or with winter sports clothes the ski bus is free of charge.


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