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St. Johann in Tirol and its neighbouring villages in the Kitzbühel Alps of the Austrian Tirol region are the perfect place to to experience a family ski holiday.

Skiers walking along next to ski lift with mountains in background
Photo: Mirja Geh

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Whether skiing, cross-country skiing, ski touring, winter hiking, or taking on many other activities – your winter vacation in St. Johann in Tirol and its neighbouring villages Oberndorf, Kirchdorf and Erpfendorf will be filled with many unforgettable moments of happiness and fresh snow!

With 42 km of slopes, the local ski area of St. Johann in Tirol and Oberndorf is a destination for connoisseurs and families, providing a very special kind of snow pleasure - relaxed, slowed down, family-friendly and of a high standard. There is a wide and varied piste selection. A spacious, sunny valley and the magnificent Wilder Kaiser mountain panoramas form the perfect backdrop.

The extensive and snow-assured St. Johann in Tirol ski area on the Kitzbüheler Horn and the family ski areas in Kirchdorf in Tirol and Erpfendorf for beginners, families and those looking for a fun slope to get back into skiing are truly alluring.

Beginners will find wide open and well-prepared nursery ski runs located at the base of the mountain with more pistes to progress to all over the ski area. Intermediates have interesting and varied terrain here and at many of the nearby resorts, on one of the multi-area passes available.

Skiing with children in St. Johann in Tirol
Photo: Mirja Geh

For example, if the 15 lifts at the Harschbichl are not enough for you, you can upgrade to the 3-Länder Freizeit Arena lift pass and ski on 171 km of slopes in Tirol, Salzburg and Bavaria. There is even more with the Super Ski Card: KitzSki, SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental, Steinplatte Waidring, Skicircus Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang-Fieberbrunn, three glacier ski areas and, of course, the slopes in St. Johann in Tirol, making St. Johann the perfect base for a ski safari in the Kitzbühel Alps.

St. Johann is just as beloved for its 20 cosy ski huts as it is for its slopes. What could be better than indulging in some irresistible meals on the sun terrace after those first few kilometres of pistes? Culinary delights range from delicious traditional, local Tirol meals, including 'Kaiserschmarrn' - sugared and shredded pancakes, Gröstl, and apricot dumplings to national and international dishes. Try Tirolean 'Knödel' (dumplings) at local restaurants, such as Grander Schupf, Stanglalm or Bassgeiger Alm.

For the all-important après ski, the bars, pubs and lounges in the St. Johann in Tirol ski region invite you to enjoy a leisurely drink, or turn night into day and enjoy the nightlife.

Don't miss... the black Penzing run to Oberndorf – it’s long, steep and full of bumps (recommended for the more expert skiers)!

Cross-country skiing in the idyllic nature of the region St. Johann in Tirol
Photo: Mirja Geh

Cross-country hotspot

The region of St. Johann in Tirol is a real hotspot for cross-country skiers, having been awarded the Tirolean cross-country skiing seal of approval. Here you will find over 250 km of cross-country trails, including two floodlit night trails in St. Johann and in Erpfendorf. Choose between short, long hiking or gentle trails along the extensive valley floor areas. More challenging trail sections, with in part tough ascents, can be found in the Hinterkaiser area or in Bichlach.

Tobogganing in St. Johann in Tirol
Photo: Mirja Geh

Family-friendly activities

And with 100km of winter hiking trails, you can also experience the magic of nature on a winter walk - the guided moonlight snowshoe hike being particularly impressive.

If you're looking for high-adrenalin fun with the kids, try the two natural toboggan runs, a Segway tour or the Flying Fox winter zipline course, which runs over 531 metres and 7 stations, taking you to the skies high above St. Johann in Tirol.

For even higher thrills, try a tandem paragliding flight, a parachute jump or a balloon ride. Families, especially those with little ones, will also enjoy spending relaxing hours in the indoor pool and at the 1,800 sqm ice skating rink located at Panorama Badewelt.

St. Johann offers two natural toboggan runs, which are always prepared and secured. The Bacheralm natural toboggan run, situated in the town of Gasteig, also provides the option of tractor transport, which means you get to enjoy fun tobogganing, minus the long walk.

Winter Hike to the Hermitage in St. Johann in Tirol
Photo: Franz Gerdl

Winter events

From 25 November to 24 December, the Christmas Market provides an atmospheric focus for visitors Christmas cabins, home-made treats and an ever-changing array of lovingly made crafts.

Dance into the New Year at the New Year’s Eve warm-up party in St. Johann in Tirol, two days before New Year’s Eve itself, on 29 December, when the main square is transformed into one of the hottest dance floors of the year. A live band turns up the heat for visitors, with international rock and pop hits and the village hotels on the main square serve hot and cold drinks.

St. Johann Guest Card

This one card has so many benefits! Ranging from travel, to leisure activities, to excursions and events, the Guest Card offers amazing benefits and discounts during your stay in St. Johann. The card is available from your hosts when you are staying in any hotels situated in St. Johann in Tirol, Oberndorf, Kirchdorf or Erpfendorf. Plus, the staff in the information offices are always happy to help and offer holiday advice.

Fun on the slopes of the Harschbichl with a view of the Kitzbüheler Horn in St. Johann in Tirol
Photo: Mirja Geh

How to get St. Johann in Tirol 

By car, train or plane there are a variety of options available for you to get to the St. Johann in Tirol region. It's very close to the airports of Salzburg (60 km away), Innsbruck (90 km away) and Munich (135 km away) and therefore offers outstanding transport links. All three airports are within a 2 hour drive.

St. Johann in numbers

3 ski resorts

42km of pistes

250km of cross-country trails

100km winter hiking trails

5 ski schools

For more information about the St. Johann in Tirol region, go to austria.info/en/winter/st-johann-tirol