The Ski Resort
In the Hochkönig ski area, especially beginners and advanced skiers and snowboarders will find numerous beautiful slopes. The entry points Mühlbach, Dienten and Maria Alm are united by more than 33 lifts and together form the second largest connected ski area in the Salzburger Land.
Beginners can enjoy 52 km of blue marked slopes. The areas below the Hochkeils are particularly suitable for them. There are also beautiful beginner slopes at Schneeberg and Wastlhöhe. From Aberg-Langeck you can even take a blue marked downhill run into the valley to Maria Alm. For kids there are several separate children's ski areas throughout the ski resort. These are located below the Tiergartenalm, at the Bürglalm or at the base station in Dienten. At the Bärmooshütte below Aberg-Langeck there is also a guest kindergarten.
Advanced skiers have 41 km of red marked slopes at their disposal. Unspoilt skiing fun is guaranteed on the red marked slopes leading from Gabühel to Hintermoos, Hinterthal or Dienten. With 19 km of black marked slopes, even experienced skiers at the Hochkönig will get their money's worth. To mention is for example the black marked exit from the Karbachalm.
Freeriders best meet at Freeride-Info-Point at Aberg. Here you will find the most important information about the freeride possibilities at the Hochkönig as well as the current avalanche situation. The extensive Hochkönig ski area is accessible via 8 km of ski routes.
Snowboarders can relish three snowparks:
- The Snowpark Maria Alm is divided into the areas Schönanger and Natrun at the Simmerllift. The Snowpark Schönanger is especially suitable for children and beginners. Jumps and boxes are particularly easy to ride. The park is located right next to the Schönangerbahn beginners' slope. The snowpark Natrun at the Simmerllift is also suitable for beginners. It contains a light line with two boxes as well as a jump and a wave track.
- A paradise for freestylers is the Kings Park. It extends with 1.8 km length next to the cable car Kings Cab. A total of 49 freestyle elements ensure that both beginners and real professionals get their money's worth.
- With a kids, beginners and advanced line as well as numerous boxes, walrides and other freestyle elements, the Snowpark Livingroom Mühlbach also offers everything a boarder's heart desires.
The long-term vision of a Ski-In / Ski-Out connection in the heart of Maria Alm directly to the Königstour was completed at the beginning of the 2018/19 winter season. With two new cable car installations on the Natrun and an extended ski run, the Sonnbergpiste, including state-of-the-art snowmaking, the direct ski connection to the Aberg is made possible.
- Offering 75 miles of slopes and terrain, Hochkönig is among the 3 largest Ski Resorts in Salzburg.
- Hochkönig is among the 5 best rated Ski Resorts in Salzburg.
- It is among the 10 most family-friendly ski Resorts in Austria.
- The vertical drop from summit to base is 3609 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in Austria is 2365 ft. Most runs are therefore relatively long. The high point of the ski resort is located at an elevation of 6234 ft.
- Average snow depth during the season is 51 " at summit elevation and 26 " at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during February, offering an average snow depth of 61 " at summit elevation and 35 " at the base.
- Hochkönig features 56 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in Austria is 58 sunny days. March is the sunniest month with an average of 23 sunny days.
Snow Safety & Snowmaking
On Mountain Dining
Real regional specialities are available in the 15 huts, marked with the logo "Schmankerlhütte". From Kaiserschmarrn to Pinzgauer Kasnock'n, hearty snacks and plum schnaps, here you will find everything you could wish for. But also vegan dishes can be found more and more often on the menus, among others in the Steinbockalm, Wastlalm, Gabühelhütte, Fellersbachalm or Tiergartenalm.
One of these Schmankerlhütten, for example, is the Bürglalm at Sonnberg. A special feature here are the special potatoes from the potato oven. Filled with cheese, bacon, onions and herb sour cream and served with a matching wine, the baked potatoes are true delicacies.
Another one is the Bründlstadl on the FIS route Bürglalm. In the rustic hut you should have tried above all the Speckknödel soup - of course comfortably on the sunny terrace with view to the Hochkönig. The open fireplace inside creates a particularly cosy atmosphere.
The longest slope in the ski area is the slope between Sunnhütte and Mühlbach. The blue marked pistes no. 4 and 1a lead you directly from the Sunnhütte to Mühlbach over a length of 9 km and with a difference in altitude of 830 m.
The most demanding slope in the ski area is the Hochmaisabfahrt Nr. 31. It is one kilometre long and has a difference in altitude of 300 m.
The best way to explore the ski area is via the 32 km long Königstour. This panoramic tour leads on blue and red marked slopes over 6 peaks, 35 continuous kilometres of slopes and 6700 metres of altitude difference. It can be mastered by experienced drivers in one day.
Most Difficult Runs
At the Simmerllift in Maria Alm you can still ski after dark. Night skiing is possible on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 18.30 to 21.30.
After skiing you can enjoy a leisurely hike. With 85 km winter hiking trails there are more than enough possibilities. The 6 km long Aberg trail, for example, with its particularly panoramic views, leads from Maria Alm to Bärmooshütte. Guided snowshoe hikes are also offered at Hochkönig.
Altogether six toboggan runs the region has to offer. Fun is guaranteed! A toboggan run is worthwhile, for example, on the 2.5 km long, illuminated natural toboggan run Jufen in Maria Alm. The Kopphütte toboggan run is 4.5 km long and leads from the inn of the same name to Mühlbach.
At Hochkönig you also have a lot of possibilities for cross country skiing. Over 40 kilometres of cross-country ski tracks await winter sports enthusiasts. More than two thirds are located around the village Maria Alm.
There is a very special highlight for ski tourers at Hochkönig: the Tourenlehrpfad "DYNAFIT TOURING BASE". The start is at the Arthurhaus in Mühlbach. Beginners have the opportunity to learn basic techniques and the right behaviour in alpine terrain and to train in a marked out avalanche search field. The ascent takes about an hour, after which you are rewarded with the impressive panorama at the Hochkeil. Here you have a panoramic view from the Hochkönig Massif over the Hohe Tauern to the Großvenediger Group. The descent then takes place on groomed pistes in the Hochkeil ski area.
Après-Ski and Nightlife
Dining and Restaurants
Gourmets should visit the restaurant of the Club Aldiana Hochkönig in Mühlbach. Here, down-to-earth Salzburg cuisine is paired with light nouvelle cuisine and international specialities. The buffets offered change their motto daily. On Fridays the gala evening with culinary highlights and shows will take place under the motto "Black and White".
Excellent Austrian cuisine with a touch of Italy can be found in the Restaurant Wachtelhof in the hotel of the same name.
Infrastructure & Rental
Coming from Salzburg take the Tauern motorway A10 to Bischofshofen. From there take the B164 to Mühlbach. Then follow the villages Dienten and Maria Alm, they are all located directly on the B164.
By public transport:
By train you can travel as far as Saalfelden. From there you can take the bus or a taxi to the ski area.