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Ski Resort Guide | St. Johann In Tirol

There’s something for all the family in Austria’s cosiest cross-country hotspot

Featured image credit: St. Johann in Tirol / Mirja Geh

Nestled in the middle of the Leukental Valley and overlooked by the breathtaking Kitzbüheler Horn, St. Johann in Tirol boasts exceptional all-ability skiing, a 250-km network of cross-country trails, and plenty of cosy mountain huts to boot.

“Nestled in the middle of the Leukental Valley and overlooked by the breathtaking Kitzbüheler Horn”

This family-friendly resort caters to kids, but not at the expense of the adults. Are there multiple toboggan runs, a giant indoor playground and four ski schools? Sure. But there are also plenty of challenging runs for more accomplished skiers and snowboarders, as well as some of the finest (and most picturesque) cross-country skiing in all of Austria. 

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Photo Credit: St. Johann In Tirol / Mirja Geh

How To Get There

You have three options when it comes to accessing St. Johann in Tirol by plane. The nearest airports are Salzburg, Innsbruck and Munich at 60km, 90km and 125km respectively, and from there you can jump on a connecting train to the resort. Both Salzburg and Innsbruck offer direct train services that take less than two hours, and from Munich it’s a two-hour train with one quick change in Wörgl.

“Less time stressing about transfers and more time getting those turns in”

Whichever way you choose to get there, travelling to St. Johann in Tirol is relatively quick and straightforward, which means less time stressing about transfers and more time getting those turns in.

Photo Credit: Kitzbuheler Alpen / St. Johann In Tirol

Why Go

With 20 cosy huts sprinkled across 43km of groomed pistes, St. Johann in Tirol is the perfect place to coax your kids down the slopes with the promise of regular strudel and hot-chocolate stops. It’s exceptionally family friendly with 16km of blue runs, multiple ski schools and plenty of tobogganing action. 

Off the slopes, children and adults alike are bound to love the magical atmosphere of this chocolate-box village, and the neighbouring towns of Oberndorf, Kirchdorf and Erpfendorf boast a similar vibe.

“If you’re sans kids and looking for a dose of adventure and adrenaline there’s plenty to keep you entertained”

It’s not all rainbows and unicorns though. If you’re sans kids and looking for a dose of adventure and adrenaline there’s plenty to keep you entertained. Grab yourself one of the Super Ski Cards and you’ll have access to 2,750km of alpine goodness, including three glaciers. Or give yourself an authentic alpine workout by exploring the 250km of cross-country trails – some of the best in the country.

If all of that doesn’t satisfy your craving for adrenaline, why not hurl yourself down the mountainside on the Flying Fox zipline? This 531-metre course sees thrill seekers soaring through the air where they can soak up the sights from above. After that, chances are you’ll want to unwind, so get yourself down to the Panorama Badewelt Spa where you can have a well-earned wallow and then warm up in the sauna.

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Where To Stay

Staying as close as possible to the lifts is a good way to maximise your time on the mountain. That’s why Sentido alpenhotel Kaiserfels, located right next to the Eichenhof Ski Lift, is such a great option. It’s a modern hotel with spacious family rooms and modern suites that provides direct access to the St. Johann in Tirol ski area. There’s even a mountainside spa where you can unwind after a long day on the slopes while enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.

“There’s even a mountainside spa where you can unwind after a long day on the slopes”

For a more affordable option, check out Explorer Hotel Kitzbühel for around £80 a night. It’s slightly further out, but offers everything you need from a modern ski hotel, including lots of storage and heated boot rooms.

Eating And Drinking

For a meal with a view, get yourself up to Harschbichlalm, the highest mountain inn in St. Johann in Tirol. It’s a cosy refuge from the cold, offering traditional Tyrolean fare with stunning views of the imposing Kitzbüheler Horn just above.

Further down the slopes, Angerer Alm is one of the area’s original mountain huts at over 250 years old. The food is excellent, but it’s the wine that’s the star of the show here. Beneath the well-worn floorboards lies an expansive cellar which is home to up to 6,000 bottles from over 400 vineyards around the world. Struggling to choose? Have a word with trained sommelier Annemarie who runs the place and will be happy to offer some expert advice.

Photo Credit: St Johann In Tirol / Mirja Geh
Photo Credit: St Johann In Tirol / Mirja Geh

Other Activities

St. Johann in Tirol are neighboured by Kitzbühel and SkiWelt, so there’s an almost limitless amount of things to do in this part of the world.  The Max Pub at the base station of the Harschbichlbahn lift, when you’ve had your fill of skiing or snowboarding for the day, is worth a look if you’re after the simple delights of a post-skiing beer. There’s a newly designed terrace here, open just in time for the 2021/22 winter.

Want to get active, but do something that doesn’t involve clipping into your snowboard / downhill skis? Koasa Boulder is one of the biggest bouldering halls in West Austria, and well worth checking out if climbing’s your thing. Snowshoe hiking, meanwhile, is one of the best ways to access the most secluded and untouched corners of Tirol. It’s a really nice change of pace if you’re looking to mix things up mid-trip. The cross-country skiing in this part of the world is also superb.

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“If you’ve got the skills to tackle it, St Johann in Tirol’s toughest run is the black FIS Saureggabfahrt”

Hit This Run

If you’ve got the skills to tackle it, St. Johann in Tirol’s toughest run is the black FIS Saureggabfahrt. It’s only 3km long but it features a vertical drop of 1,967ft which is sure to get the adrenaline pumping.

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