Hochsteiermark’s ski resorts between the Hochschwab and the Semmering boast a total of 35 lifts and 100 kilometres of slopes. The region is a secret tip for families and all those looking for relaxed skiing far away from the hustle and bustle. For all those looking for quality, for state-of-the-art snowmaking systems and night-skiing options. And for those looking for laid-back family runs, action-packed mogul runs – and affordable prices!
Ski & relax: At the family-friendly ski resorts of Hochsteiermark, you can do both!
Brunnalm – Hohe Veitsch in St. Barbara im Mürztal is perfect for leisure skiers and pleasure-seekers. Enjoy winter sports on the sunny side of the Mürz Valley – it’s for everyone, from beginners to seasoned pros! 16 perfectly groomed slopes and one freeride route await all those looking for skiing options away from the crowds. With its twelve kilometres of slopes and various lifts ranging from chairlifts to magic carpets, the resort is especially popular with families.
Tip for pleasure-seekers: Enjoy a meal in the valley restaurant "Die Gams" on the Brunnalm.
At eastern Austria’s largest and most modern ski resort, at Stuhleck at the Semmering, everything revolves around fun and action for the whole family. There are 26 kilometres of wide slopes, a timed speed track, four spectacular snow parks and one ski race track. The following lifts take you up to the best slopes in no time at all:
Our tip: If you’re curious to find out what ingredients make up a “Hexenkessel” (“witches’ cauldron”), drop by Schwaigerhütte and find out!
“Family fun in the snow“ – that’s the motto of Mariazeller Bürgeralpe. The ski resort boasts ski runs for all skill levels plus an extra wide slope. To get up the mountain, simply hop on the “Bürgeralpe Express“ circulating monocable ropeway, on one of two chairlifts, the drag lift, the button lift or the practice lift.
Good to know: The ski resort is also known for its family-friendly ski pass prices. Flexible tickets for certain times of day, punch cards, promotions and special offers make skiing at Mariazeller Bürgeralpe affordable.
Are you looking for a natural snow paradise for families? Then look no further than the small and charming ski resort of Aflenzer Bürgeralm! The perfectly groomed natural-snow slopes and pristine powder descents are popular with both skiers and snowboarders. Young skiers can fine-tune their technique at the practice lifts at Almboden. More experienced riders can hit the carving slopes at Schönleiten.
Our recommendation: How about a homely mountain hut as your holiday accommodation?
Right in the heart of Mürzer Oberland Nature Park, you can find the romantic ski resort of Niederalpl. A unique highlight in all of Austria: Children up to the age of 15 go free there when accompanied by an adult. The resort’s ski runs are perfect for beginners, but there also more challenging options for freeriders, powder lovers and off-piste fans. A four-seater chairlift, two button lifts, one drag lift and one tow lift make it easy for you to get to the top of the slopes.
If you need a break to recharge your batteries, we recommend dropping by Berggasthof Plodererhof and trying some of their tasty dishes.
Schwabenbergarena in Turnau at the foot of the mighty Hochschwab mountains features four ski runs, all of them perfect for families, leisure skiers and sporty riders. Plus, there’s a special training track for FIS ski racers. It’s been a while since your last time on the slopes? No problem! Hochschwab ski school specialises in getting returnees fit for the slopes again.
Our tip: Every Friday and Saturday in January and February, you can enjoy night skiing on flood-lit slopes.
And another tip: If you need a little break, we recommend the traditional Styrian dishes at GAMSerl.
In addition to the bigger ski resorts, there is a number of smaller lifts in Hochsteiermark that make your skiing experience even more varied.