Home » Our Salzburg Guide » Ski Safari in Salzburg

Ski Safari in Salzburg

  • by
Hochkoenig ski resort
Have you ever heard of a ski safari before?
Are you one of those skiers who shred piste after piste and love skiing/snowboarding many kilometres per day on different pistes to challenge yourself?
Are you one of those competitive types who check how many km of pistes you have done in the day and compare yourself on skiline against other skiers?
Well if this is you, you will probably love a ski safari where you get to test a different ski resort every day!
The Hochkönig ski area has 120km of pistes, across 6 peaks, 5 villages and has plenty to offer the beginner or intermediate/improving skier for a week’s skiing.
 
However, if you don’t like skiing the same piste twice, or if you have been to the Hochkönig before and would like to experience something new, your ski pass covers you for all of the Ski Amadé region which has over 750km of pistes – ski and snowboarding heaven!
 
We suggest skiing a different resort every day, and each resort is a maximum of 45mins drive from Haus Schneeberg. You will need a car, or we can organise transport for you, and you need to be able to ski red runs confidently to experience the ski safari!
 

Here is our suggested itinerary for your ski safari:

Day 1 - Hochkönig, Königstour.

It offers spectacular views of the Hochkönig mountain range as you keep the range in view throughout the ski region. Ski at least 35km of pistes starting at Mühlbach, passing through the villages of Dienten, Hinterthal, Hintermoos, Maria Alm. Take pictures at the top of all of the 6 peaks on the King’s chairs provided.
 
Stop for lunch either in one of the many mountain restaurants in Maria Alm offering very tasty food, or at the top of Gabühel at the Steinbockalm with amazing views.
On the way back to Mühlbach stop off for a Glühwein or hot chocolate at Tiergartenalm or Zapferlalm.
 
The Hochkönig ski region tends to have smaller queues than neighbouring resorts, which is why we recommend this on a Sunday, one of the busiest days of the week.
You can also start extra early on a Wednesday for early morning skiing at an extra cost and be the first to ski on freshly prepared pistes.

Day 2 - Snowspace Salzburg - Alpendorf /Wagrain/Flachau- 120km of pistes

Start at Alpendorf, near Sankt Johann im Pongau, a 20 minute drive from Haus Schneeberg, and experience 3 resorts in one day.
The bowls behind Alpendorf keep you high in altitude, and therefore, the snow tends to be in very good condition.
 
The G Link lift now links the 2 aspects of the Wagrain ski area so you can travel seamlessly between Alpendorf and Flachau. There is a new chairlift on the link back from Wagrain to Alpendorf, which now cuts out most of the wait time!
Be careful to time yourself so you know when you need to turn back so not to miss the last lift!
 
In the winter season 2020/21 Snow Space Salzburg will be amongst the largest ski areas in Austria. With the new Panorama Link cable car, which connects Snow Space Salzburg with the ski area Flachauwinkl / Kleinarl and the new construction of the Flying Mozart cable car in Wagrain, winter sports enthusiasts will be able to use more than 200 kilometers of slopes.

Day 3 - Zauchensee / Flachauwinkl 44km of pistes

Park at Flachauwinkl, with easy access from the motorway to both sides of the mountain, a 35 minute drive from Haus Schneeberg.
Spend the morning at Zauchensee and ski the FIS ladies downhill run, and experience the small mountain village and then swap mountains for the afternoon and ski from Flachauwinkl over to Kleinarl.
 
If you do this the second week in January, the FIS ladies downhill and Super G events are held this week at Zauchensee and you can see the ski stars training from Thursday onwards, and competing at the weekend.
 
As mentioned above, this ski area will be linked to Snowspace Salzburg for 2020/21 ski season creating a 200km of pistes ski area in total.

Day 4 - Schladming ski area 123km of pistes

Park at Reiteralm, 40 minutes drive from Haus Schneeberg and ski over the 4 mountains from Reiteralm to Hauser Kaibling.
 
Reiteralm is the training peak for the international ski elite! The elite members of the ÖSV (Austrian Ski Association) train on the Reiteralm alongside numerous international World Cup ski teams every ski season! You may be skiing alongside Alexis Pinturault, Dave Ryding, or you may even catch Marcel Hirsher!
 
Hauser Kaibling is great for families, with interactive pistes, and great for advanced skiers with some challenging runs.

Day 5 - Großarl Tal, 73km of pistes

35 minutes drive from Haus Schneeberg, you can ski from the pretty village of Grossarl, all the way over to Dorfgastein, over easy and intermediate pistes. There are also 10km of freeride routes for experience skiers.

Day 6 - Gasteinertal, 100km of pistes

Choose from Bad Hofgastein, Bad Gastein, Sportgastein
Sportgastein has 26km of pistes and the resort is high 1600m – 2650m, so is good if snow conditions lower down are not too great. It is fantastic on a sunny day, but we would avoid in bad weather as it is quite exposed, and with very few trees to provide shelter and better vision. It is being advertised as a freeride centre, and is great for off piste skiing. It is a longer drive from the house, just over 1 hour, but it is worth it if the conditions are good!
 
Bad Hofgastein is the closest resort, and new for 2019, a brand new gondola to replace the funicular. Ski over to Angertal and down into Bad Gastein.
 
Bad Gastein is in between Bad Hofgastein and Sport Gastein, and has ski lifts going up to 2492m. Choose your resort depending on the weather and the conditions!
There are also some other smaller resorts in the area which are also included on the ski pass, such as Filzmoos, Radstadt, Altenmarkt, and there is also the Dachstein Glacier, if snow conditions are not great lower down. Please feel free to ask us for any more information!
 
At the end of each day check out how many km of pistes you have done with skiline technology by inputing your ski pass number into the website Ski line