- Elevated between 1,380 m and 1,800 m, the ski resort is the highest elevated ski resorts in Lower Austria. The vertical drop from summit to base is 420 m. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of ski resorts in Austria is 742 m. Runs and slopes are therefore relatively short.
- Hochkar is the the best rated ski resort in Lower Austria.
- It is among the 3 most family-friendly ski resorts in Lower Austria.
- Season starts on 4 Dec and ends on 3 Apr (121 days). Average season duration in Austria is 114 days.
- Average snow depth during the season (4 Dec to 3 Apr) is 69 cm at summit elevation and 46 cm at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during March, offering an average snow depth of 88 cm at summit elevation and 58 cm at the base. This makes Hochkar the ski resort with the best snow conditions in Lower Austria.
- Hochkar features 55 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski resorts in Austria is 56 sunny days. December is the sunniest month with an average of 22 sunny days. This makes the ski resort one of the 10 sunniest in Lower Austria.
- Offering 19 km of slopes and terrain, Hochkar is among the 5 largest ski resorts in Lower Austria.
Information on the ski resort Hochkar
Eight lift facilities as well as two conveyor belts get winter sport enthusiasts up the mountain. The resort has 19 kilometers (11.8 mi) of terrain and is not too far from the capital of Austria, Vienna. Hochkar is famous for its high snow guarantee, but also because stars from the Austrian Skiing Association (ÖSV) such as Thomas Sykora, Andreas Buder or Kathrin Zettel practice their skiing here!
Beginners have 5.5 kilometers (3.4 mi) of blue marked terrain at their disposal. The absolute highlight for all newcomers is the blue marked family slope from the summit Hochkar at a height of 1.800 meters (5905.5 ft), the highest point in the resort. This slope runs alongside the Hochkarbahn gondola. It'll either lead back to the base station or by continuing on the blue marked ski path you'll end up at the base stations of the two lifts B1/B2 Sonnenlifte. Definitely worth your time is also the route from the summit Häsing at a height of 1.728 meters (5669 ft). This trail leads you to the intersection of the family slope and the ski path. From the peak Leckerplan at a height of 1.782 meters (5846.5 ft), beginners can take the blue marked carving track. Eventually, you'll end up at the Almhang hillside, which is perfect for newcomers and beginners to practice.
Advanced skiers have 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) of red marked terrain at their disposal. In the area below the Hochkar and Vorgipfel you'll find a red marked family slope, a standard piste as well as the runs Draxlerlochabfahrt and the Draxlerloch racing track. These are definitely a must for experienced skiers and snowboarders. From the summit Häsing you have another red marked slope, the Häsingabfahrt. If you want to go down from the Leckerplan you can either choose the slope Sonnenhang, the piste Leckerplanabfahrt, or the trail Blachlbodenabfahrt via the Scheiterkogel.
Real professionals should definitely try the 3.5 kilometers (2.2 mi) of black marked terrain. Starting out at the Vorgipfel, the slope Karabfahrt leads you back to the valley with lots of twists and turns. Another intense yet fun challenge is the Draxlerloch-Steilhang slope at the Draxlerlochbahn gondola. From the summit Häsing, athletic skiers and snowboarders can have a go at the black marked Häsing-Abfahrt back into the valley. The red marked slope Blachlbodenabfahrt splits up into the very challenging Thomas Sykora piste, which leads you back directly to one of the parking areas.
Snowboarders and freestyle fans have a terrain park/funpark to look forward to. The freestyle elements within the park give lots of possibilities for practicing and showing off new tricks and stunts. The park is located at the Almlift facility.
At the Almhang hillside you can even ski after the sun has set. There are fixed dates for night skiing during the end of December till the end of February.
On Mountain Dining
If you choose JoSchi Berghaus as your stop, you'll be eating in the highest pizza restaurant in lower Austria at 1.770 meters (5807 ft). From the sun terrace you have a wonderful view onto the entire surrounding landscape.
Taking a break from skiing is also possible at the JoSchi Karhütte mountain hut at the Draxlerloch. There is a sun terrace there also, so you can enjoy delicious food while sunbathing and relaxing.
Another possible stop is located at the base station, where you can enjoy drinks and food before heading back out on the slopes. Here you'll find the restaurant of Family Blaimauer directly next to the Hochkarbahn gondola.
For a rustic and homey environment, head on over to the Latschen-Alm. If you like a more comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, this is definitely your spot! It's also a popular place for Après-Ski celebrations.
At a height of 1.480 meters (4855.6 ft) directly on the slope you'll find yet another mountain inn called JoSchi Almgasthof. The freshly renovated restaurant lures his guest with delicious regional foods and drinks.
For athletic skiers the most challenging run would be Thomas Sykora, which is one of the highlights at the resort! Take the Leckerplanbahn gondola up to the summit. From there take the red marked slope Blachlbodenabfahrt at 1.782 meters (5846.5 ft). Once you're past the Scheiterkogel, the slope will branch off into the slope Thomas Sykora. The demanding piste will lead you straight back to your starting point, the base station of the Leckerplanbahn gondola.
Beginners can be excited about a slope, that leads from the top of the resort (1808 m/5931.8 ft) back down to the valley. Via the family slope you'll get back to the base station of the Hochkarbahn gondola or traversing the ski path you'll end up at the two lifts B1/B2 Sonnenlifte.
Video about Hochkar
Besides enjoying the slopes on skis or boards, the resort has 50 kilometers (31 mi) of winter hiking trails, tons of snow shoe hiking tours and a couple of natural ice rinks for ice skating and curling to offer. Sledding fans can have some fun on the natural toboggan run Kirchau, which is about 1 kilometer long (0.6 mi).
For a romantic getaway after a long and exhausting day on the slopes, explore the neighborhood during a horse sleigh ride. The tours starts at the parking area Fachwerk in Wildalpen and lasts between one and three hours - depending on the tour you booked.
Après Ski Hochkar
For some after skiing celebrations, people usually meet up at the Latschen-Alm or in the JoSchi Après-Ski Bar. The latter is located directly at the lower parking area next to the ski school terrain.
Traveling on the western highway you can either take the exit Ybbs, which will lead you via the federal highway (Bundesstraße) B25 to Göstling an der Ybbs. Or you choose exit Amstetten, take the federal highway B121 to Waidhofen an der Ybbs and then switch onto the rural road (Landesstraße) L31 in the direction of Göstling.
By public transportation:
With the so-called Western Railway (Westbahn) you can travel to Amstetten, Waidhofen an der Ybbs or St. Pölten, Scheibbs. From there you can simply take the public bus MO1 or MO2 to Göstling an der Ybbs. To reach Hochkar directly take the bus MO13.