St Johann in Tirol is the gateway to the Ski Amadé, the largest ski network in Austria. Just 45 minutes’ drive from Salzburg airport, it is part of the Snow Space Salzburg ski area, with its 210km of slopes, 5 valleys and 12 peaks. Located between the Kitzbüheler Horn and the Wilder Kaiser Mountains it is 10km (six miles) from Kitzbühel and also part of the giant Kitzbüheler Alpen Ski Pass which covers more than 2,750 kilometres of pistes in Tirol, Salzburg, Styria, Upper Austria, Carinthia and Bavaria.
St Johann – known as Jo – has a charming small-town feel and with the focus firmly on putting children first, it’s ideal for a family ski holiday. A popular and picturesque ski resort and bustling market town, there is plenty to do for non-skiers and skiers alike.
As well as excellent wide pistes and slopes, you’ll find rustic huts, and top-quality hotels with extensive spa facilities. For teens, there’s a great Snowpark which offers more than 30 fun features - rails, kickers, and even a halfpipe - for freestylers, while the Teufelsroute (devil's route) adventure slope is recommended for little daredevil skiers. There are also numerous cross country trails and toboggan runs. If you fancy a break from winter sports a day trip to the city of Mozart, Salzburg is also very do-able as a day trip from St Johann in Tirol.
St Johann in Tirol - Ski Map & Pistes:
The local skiing in St Johann in Tirol extends to 43km of runs. The vertical of over 1,000 metres is impressive, but the village height and top lift are not high by modern standards. However the predominantly north and north west facing slopes here have a good record for holding snow.
The acquisition by Skistar of the St Johann in Tirol lift system has pumped new investment into the area. St Johann in Tirol's skiing can be accessed from five different points, all on the outskirts of the town. Beginners will find wide open and well-prepared nursery slopes at the base of the mountain with more runs to progress to all over the ski area.
Intermediates will probably enjoy St Johann in Tirol the most, with interesting and varied terrain at their standard here and at many of the neighbouring resorts, on one of the multi-area passes available. From the top of the ski lifts at Harschbichl there's a good choice of 4 - 5km reds and blues back down to the village. The long Lacknerabfahrt run down from Jodlalm is especially highly thought of. Most of the terrain is cut through forest but there are powder fields and plenty of off-piste opportunities which a guide can show you.
The one black Penzing run down to Oberndorf is regarded as being worthy of a special visit for many expert skiers that are in the area. Now protected by snow making it's long, steep and full of bumps. It's also worth noting that St Johann's ski area is dotted with more than a dozen cozy mountain huts serving meals and drinks throughout the day.
If you're venturing further afield, try the 12 Peaks tour, crossing into five valleys. If you tick off all 12, you get a prize before you go home!
St Johann in Tirol is also a mecca for cross country skiers with extensive trails extending in to a wider network of over 275km (170 miles).
St Johann in Tirol - Off-Piste, Backcountry & Ski Touring:
There's plenty of inter-piste powder to play in if there's a dump, and when it's snowing heavily the heavily-forested slopes here offer some amazing opportunities for tree runs.
The lack of height or any kind of high alpine terrain do make this quite limited, however. Really, advanced skiers would be off using St Johann in Tirol as a base and then visiting other areas with access to freeride that are included on the wider pass, including, of course, Kitzbühel, where there are dedicated freeride zones - patrolled, but unpisted.
St Johann in Tirol - Restaurants, Bars & The Town:
St Johann in Tirol has a reputation as a lively place to stay with the pedestrianised central area full of activity day and night. There are more than 50 bars and restaurants to suit all tastes. Some of the more popular include The Rock Bar and Max's Pub.
Off-slope activities include sleigh rides, swimming, tennis and the toboggan run, which is floodlight.
St Johann in Tirol - Ski Hire:
St Johann in Tirol - Ski School: