The Hochkönig “High King” ski area has a fantastic snow record and incorporates the villages of Hinterthal, Maria Alm, Dienten, Hintermoos & Muhlbach. Hinterthal is a great family ski resort with very few queues & a good choice of restaurants & apres ski. Wachtelhof apartment is walking distance from the Hochmais heated, six main ski lift which means you have 150km of runs into pretty villages with breathtaking scenery on your doorstep. With 52 easy runs, 83 intermediate and 15 difficult plus 4 ski parks and plenty of off-piste tree skiing & back bowls there is something to test all levels of skiers/ boarders. Ski schools locally are excellent. Along with skiing (day & night) in the winter the area offers tobogganing, cross country skiing and sleigh rides.
When you need resting & refuelling, there are 37 mountain restaurants offering great quality local dishes at reasonable prices. Should you want to venture further afield, however, your ski pass covers the whole of the Ski Armada region! Situated in a traditional Austrian building in the centre of Hinterthal, the nearest lift is a few steps from the front door giving access to the Sonnleiten lift with a blue progression run which also links with the main lift out of the village giving access to miles of perfect tree lined slopes covering a huge area. It is only 5 minutes walk to the bunny slope, ski school and hire shops etc, via a little bridge over the mountain stream. Whilst central, it is still very quiet at night and even with the windows open you only hear the stream bubbling along. There is a lovely walk along the stream up to the foot of the mountains with beautiful views and woodland.
Hinterthal is a fabulous village, very up and coming with a lot to offer in both summer and winter. All lift systems have recently been updated and service around 150km of the mountain range but without the queues. Lakes and waterfalls are in equal abundance. There is a large lido pool, golf course and tennis courts at Maria Alm a short drive away so always plenty to do.
You can find Thai, Chinese or McDonalds in Saalfelden, the nearest town as well as great supermarkets and clothes shops, 20 minutes drive (or bus) away. There is a good cross-section of ski runs into the village and cater for all abilities. Flights from the UK are only around 1.5 hours and transfers around an hour, so relatively little travelling time.
In addition to the obvious winter appeal, this is a fantastic area to visit in Summer. The scenery is simply stunning and with temperatures reaching 30 degrees during the day it is a haven for all who love the great outdoors. Maria Alm is a 10-minute drive away & offers the Urslautal championship golf course, tennis and a wonderful outdoor lido. Well-marked walking trails mean you can cover most of the area on foot or by bike & if you want more of an adrenaline rush the bike parks nearby offer much more of a challenge.