In the upper part of the standard slope there is a newly built photo point which, in good weather, offers a magnificent view of the Alps and is also a great background for cool photos.
The Ski Resort
The family ski area Hochficht is located in the beautiful Bohemian Forest in Upper Austria. It is only 60 kilometres from Passau in Bavaria and 75 kilometres from Linz in Austria. As the ski area is easy to reach without taking any toll roads, it is a popular destination for a day trip to the mountains. Hochficht offers 20 kilometres of runs, most of which are marked blue or red.
The resort is therefore a great place for beginners to hone their skills thanks to the gentle gradients of most slopes. Although the Rehberg run no. 6 is specially designed for inexperienced skiers, the other blue-marked trails are also relatively straightforward for beginners who are not skiing for the first time – the Stierwiese (no. 1) and Hochwaldabfahrt (no. 3) runs stand out in this respect.
Kids are in good hands at the Fichtl Kids Park at the base station. The park is a stone’s throw from the car park and offers a magic carpet lift to keep the little ones happy. The kids ski route through the forest from the Hochwaldabfahrt to the Rehbergabfahrt is particularly popular with youngsters looking for adventure.
Hochficht is also an enjoyable skiing area for advanced skiers. There are 10 kilometres of red-marked trails to enjoy and beautiful views over the Bavarian and Bohemian Forest comes along for free. We highly recommend the Zwieselbergabfahrten (no. 7, 7a) and Standard-Abfahrt (no. 2), if you are looking for more of a challenge. At the Standard slope there is also the Fun Slope for those who are looking for some action and a FunPark is not missing either. There are also two off-piste ski routes on Hochficht mountain – the Krumauer-Skiroute and Zwieselberg-Skiroute.
Every Wednesday and Friday evening, the Wenzelwiesen slope plays host to floodlit skiing between 5 PM and 8:30 PM.
- Offering 12 miles of slopes and terrain, Hochficht is among the 3 largest Ski Resorts in Upper Austria.
- Hochficht is the the best rated ski resort in Upper Austria.
- It is among the 15 most family-friendly ski Resorts in Austria.
- Elevated between 2822 ft and 4390 ft, the Ski Resort is among the 10 highest elevated Ski Resorts in Upper Austria. The vertical drop from summit to base is 1568 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in Austria is 2369 ft.
- Average snow depth during the season is 32 " at summit elevation and 25 " at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during February, offering an average snow depth of 40 " at summit elevation and 33 " at the base. Therefore Hochficht is among the 5 ski Resorts with best snow conditions in Upper Austria.
- Hochficht features 27 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in Austria is 40 sunny days. February is the sunniest month with an average of 10 sunny days.
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On Mountain Dining
If you spend all day on the slopes, you will no doubt work up a healthy appetite sooner or later. Luckily, Hochficht offers everything from rustic homestyle fare to sweet temptations. The newest restaurant at the resort is located in the Skiarena and it offers delicious food in modern surroundings.
In contrast, the Gasthaus zum Überleben has more of a rustic charm, serving authentic Austrian delights as well as coffee and cake. The highest restaurant in the ski area is the Zwieseltreff on Zwieselsberg mountain, some 1150 metres above sea level.
Advanced skiers visiting Hochficht should make a point of trying the FIS runs. These include the Standard-Abfahrt (no. 2) down to the base station of the Hochfichtbahn and the Zwieselsbergabfahrt (no. 7, 7a), which is also the steepest run in the entire ski area.
Starting from Christmas until the end of February, depending on snow and weather conditions, you can ski on the Wenzelwiesen slope on Wednesdays and Fridays between 16:00 and 19:00 in the floodlight.
If you fancy a change of pace, the sled run is great fun for all the family. The Bohemian Forest provides the perfect landscape for enjoying walks through the snowy backcountry, too. Moreover, the region is known for its extensive network of cross-country skiing routes and is a real mecca for fans of this type of skiing.
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Affiliate ShopsSki Rentals Hochficht (1)
The ski area is very well signposted from the surrounding towns and is therefore easy to find. From Germany, Hochficht is best reached via Passau. From there, you can either head towards Waldkirchen (B12) or Hauzenberg (B 388) then on to Schwarzenberg or Klaffer – the ski area is within easy reach of both of these towns. From the Linz direction, you can head to Hochficht on the Rohrbacher Bundesstraße (B 127) and then via Rohrbach, Aigen and Ulrichsberg.