The Chalet | Hochkönig, Austria
The Alpine Coast Escape Chalet is a traditional Austrian mountain retreat situated in the small hamlet of Hintermoos between the town of Maria Alm and the village of Hinterthal. It's a perfect place for a winter or summer holiday, accommodating up to 4 people, in two bedrooms, with a large lounge and wood burning stove, there is ample room to spread out and relax. The chalet is located at an altitude of 1,000m on the Aberg-Langeck Mountain, commanding stunning views of the surrounding Hochkoenig valley. Nestled between two ski pistes, its just 50m stroll and then you can ski down to the chair and gondola station.
We are just an hour from Salzburg, so whether you visit for the skiing and boarding in the winter or the hiking, mountain biking or golf in the summer, everything is in easy reach.
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- Floorplans -
The chalet has a large entrance hallway with seating and ample storage space. There are two bedrooms and a bathroom on the ground floor.
Bedroom 1 - King-size double
Bedroom 2 - Twin beds
Living Room - Access to the balcony with un-obscured views across the valley. It also has a wood burning stove (wood supplied), double sofa bed, dining table, cable TV, DVD player, Wi-Fi and iPod/iPad dock.
Kitchen - The kitchen is fully fitted and well equipped including oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, all cooking equipment (pots, pans, and utensils), kettle, coffee filter and toaster.
Bathroom - A large family bathroom with a shower, WC and double wash basin.
- General Information -
We would recommend guests rent a car so you can sample some of the excellent local restaurants and bars, as well as for supermarket trips (the nearest is about 10 mins away in Maria Alm). In winter the road to the chalet is cleared frequently by the local farmer, but please ensure you pack snow chains just in case. Guests are welcome to use the bakery at the Hintermoos Huttendorf, where you can collect fresh bread every morning and also use their bar of an evening if you wish: www.huettendorf.com
A damage deposit of € 200 is payable when you collect the keys. Tail end fee of € 135 is payable on all lengths of stays to cover cleaning at The Chalet.
- Things to do | Winter -
Hochkönig means "High King" and this is the name of the 3,000m peak that dominates the area. The snow record is impressive, as the region sits in a snow hole with the Hochkönig mountain ranges to the north; this gives fantastic conditions year in and year out. Also, unlike most French resorts, the ski slopes are on alpine grass not rocks, this means you can ski much earlier and there is less likely to be any damage to your equipment. In case the snow fall takes a break at any time there are 110 snow-makers and 200 snow lances to ensure the best conditions possible.
The Hochkonig ski area has over 150km of trails, 39 lifts and almost as many mountain restaurants. The runs are varied, challenging beginners through to experienced skiers, with some great off piste and tree skiing as well. However it still remains undiscovered by all the tour operators, leaving you & us our own winter play ground, with no lift queues!
There are two great ski schools very close to the chalet in Hinterthal and Maria Alm. The meeting point for the Maria alm school is just below the chalet, before you get to the gondola base station. You can book online before your stay using the links below.
Mayer Ski School Hinterthal
SkiSchule Maria Alm
If you fancy an afternoon off from skiing, why not have a go at Tobogganing on the 2.5km run from the Jufen alm or perhaps a guided Snowshoe Tour from Maria alm, with over 85km of marked trails in the winter, there's plenty of time to enjoy the mountain views. Still want to keep the ski's on, then how about Cross Country skiing, there are plenty of trails and even a night course.
- Things to do | Summer -
Summer in Hochkoenig is amazing as the average temperature is a balmy 30°C / 87°F. Serious adrenaline junkies can enjoy mountain biking, paragliding, rock climbing or nearby white water rafting. For a gentler experience take in the breathtaking views whilst golfing, horse riding, hiking, or perhaps a refreshing dip at the Sommerstein adventure pool in Maria Alm.
Chalet Maria is ideally placed for a golfing break in Austria. There are 4 courses within 30 mins and 10 within an hours drive. The region is part of the Golf Alpin, so you can pre-book a card to play a number of courses. The closest 4 are:
Club Urslautal - winner of the 2005 Hertz Undiscovered Golf Course of the Year award is a 10 mins drive away. 6,525 yds par 71.
Country Club Brandlhof is 20 mins away 6,659 yards par 72 is a stunning course surrounded by majestic granite mountains.
Club Zell am See has two parkland courses and is 35 mins away.
Golfplatz Mittersil is 45 mins away and again surrounded by stunning scenery. 6,119 yds par 71.
Climbing & Hiking
The Hochkönig is one of the mightiest rock edifices in the northern limestone Alps, lying at the south-eastern corner of the Berchtesgaden Alps. The Hochkönig has a wealth of variety in store for climbers, lovers of fixed-rope trails and truly ambitious mountaineers.
Experienced mountaineers will definitely get their money’s worth on the Königsjodler, one of Austria’s top climbing trails. And if you wish to warm up those climbing muscles a little beforehand, you might want to head to the Grandlspitz climbing trail first.
If you are someone who loves exhilarating climbing routes ranging from levels 3+ to 9, with the secure handholds afforded by the region’s limestone crags, then the 300 different rock-climbing routes of the Hochkönig are the perfect place for you.
Walking & Biking
Summer walking in Hochkönig is a dream, with lots of well marked paths, a variety of grades and most of the mountain huts are open for some seriously relaxing long lunches. There are also a number of lifts that operate in the summer, just in case you don't fancy the walk back down.
Whilst dedicated mountain-bike routes invite you to discover the magnificent mountain landscapes. There is a wide variety of terrain plus, just down the road in Leogang is Bike World - a purpose built down hill and free-ride Park.
Traditional alpine huts, such as the Steinbock alm serve up mouth-watering dishes, making them the ideal stop-off whenever you need to recharge your batteries
And lastly, as you will have seen from the numerous links above, is the Hochkönig Region website. It is an excellent resource for up to date news on local events, weather and web-cams. If you want to find the closest mountain hut or track your vertical during the week, you can do it all right here.
- Location & directions -
The chalet is just over an hour from Salzburg, which needs little introduction. Why not spend a day there walking the old streets in the birth place of Motzart, or visit the numerous designer shops before relaxing in one of the traditional bistros.
Take the 1 out of Salzburg towards Bad Richenhall and then the 178 to Lofer, then the 311 to Saalfelden. From here is a further 15 min drive.
Take the A12 from Innsbruck towards Schwaz, at Wörgl take the 178 towards St Johann, then the 164 to Saalfelden. From here its a further 15 min drive
More detailed driving instructions will be provided at the time of booking.