Maria Alm Ski Holidays

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One of Austria’s best-kept secrets, the charming resort of Maria Alm is just over an hour from Salzburg airport in the Hochkönig ski area, which also includes the resorts of Dienten and Muhlbach. Visitors will enjoy extensive, peaceful slopes, beautiful scenery and quite affordable prices – it’s a wonderful choice for families. 

The town itself sits at a humble altitude of 800m, and although there is skiing available up to 2000m the snow can deteriorate quite badly at those lower levels towards the end of the season. To make up for its low altitude, Maria Alm boasts absolutely stunning scenery and slopes that are largely quiet and peaceful.

The resort centre is very traditional and pretty, offering a true Austrian experience – it’s not really on the map for most British tourists – and the compact layout means visitors can conveniently explore the village on foot.

As the cherry on top, the food and drink prices are quite cheap by Alpine standards. There are some wonderful establishments for an après-ski drink, and many of the hotel restaurants offer a superb standard of cuisine. 

Getting There

Holidaymakers interested in Maria Alm can fly into Salzburg, which is 1 hour and 20 minutes from the resort, or Innsbruck, which is 2 hours away. Those staying in Maria Alm without a hire car should take advantage of the free bus service, which links the neighbouring villages of Hinterthal, Dienten and Muhlbach.

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Great places to check out in Maria Alm for an après-ski beverage include the Dengl-Alm, Chili's Pub, Der Bachwirt and Zum Steinbock. If you fancy a spot of dancing later in the night, the Tenne Almer disco is the place to go – they offer themed nights, foam parties and prizes.

Eating out

In terms of restaurants, Maria Alm has some fantastic options tucked away in hotels like the Thalerhof and the Steinbock Alm. An absolutely charming choice is the Almer Bauernkastn, which is nestled in the residential area behind the Alpenland Hotel.


For those seeking some non-skiing activities in Maria Alm, the resort features an indoor swimming pool, tobogganing, sleigh rides and plenty of winter walking trails – a great way to experience the Alpine surroundings.

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Getting around

Family ski

Maria Alm is a remarkably pretty Austrian village linked with the neighbouring resorts of Dienten and Mühlbach to form the Hochkönig ski area. Here, families and learner skiers and snowboarders are welcomed with open arms, with a broad range of family-friendly facilities and plenty of non-ski activities to enjoy. Stunning scenery, swift lifts and warm hospitality combine to offer a family-friendly feel throughout.

The alpine village itself offers traditional alpine architecture and a wonderfully relaxed armosphere – perfect for your family getaway to the slopes. Accommodation is a mix of hotels, chalets, and apartments, generally located in the resort centre or just a short stroll from the ski lifts. It’s a swift transfer time from Salzburg airport too, of just over 1 hour, which is ideal for parents with kids eager to reach the slopes.

120 kilometers of groomed runs offer pistes for a wide range of levels of skier and snowboarder, with some of the most impressive scenery to be found on the Königstour. The resort in general is very family oriented, with specially designed children’s areas across the different sectors. Child-friendly lifts are specially indicated with smiley faces, making life wonderfully easy for parents looking for learner-friendly terrain. More specifically, you’ll find brilliant nursery slopes close to the resort and a fine range of gentle blue pistes for easy progression. 

The Beginnerspark Natrun is a little park located on piste number 25, where kids can master the basics of freestyle skiing in comfort. Here, you’ll find two boxes alongside a strip of small burms and moguls. The Funslope Schönanger is also worthy of note, offering families and youngsters 850 metres of banked curves, rolling hills, boxes, and a speed-measure trap. 

Away from the groomed slopes, families in Maria Alm can turn to a wide array of non-ski activities and entertainments. You’ll find tobogganing slopes across the valley, plus the welcoming Sommerstein Pool with a 40-meter waterslide, a gentle river rapids, and diverse swimming and play areas ideal for children. There’s also an ice-rink and bowling alley for evening entertainments as a family. 

Group Ski


The Ski School Maria Alm offers a wonderful kindergarten at the Aberg middle station for kids as young as 2-years-old – do make a reservation, though!

Private nanny services are also available.

The Piste

There are some 125km of pistes to explore across the Hochkönig area, the majority of which are cruisey blues and reds. This makes it an excellent destination for beginners and intermediate skiers, and further links to the rambling Ski Amadé area provide even more options – though one will need a hire car to make full use of the ski domain. There isn’t much to keep advanced skiers entertained here, however, other than two snow parks and the off-piste terrain, which can be explored with a local guide. Night skiing is also on offer, and non-skiers can enjoy a decent range of activities. 

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