With a choice of 17 cable cars and lifts, together with 60km of well-groomed pistes, this is an ideal resort for families as well as skiers of all abilities. Here you are within a "stones throw" of Kitzbuhel, the Kitzbuheler Horn and the Schneewinkel Ski Pass which is valid for 54 lifts or you can take the Kitzbuheler Alpen All Star Card Ski Pass giving access to an incredible 1081km of slopes and 347 ski lifts.
Nestling at the foot of the Wilder Kaiser and Kitzbuheler-Horn mountains, the charming Tirolean town of St. Johann in Tirol is proving an ever-popular winter sports destination for the British skiing enthusiast. The winter season starts the beginning of December.
Just a short distance from the internationally-renown ski village of Kitzbuhel, the resort of St. Johann in Tirol has joined forces with Oberndorf, Kirchdorf and Erpfendorf to make the region especially "family-friendly". It has also created a "niche" market all of it's own by providing a mixture of great skiing, good uphill transport together with accommodation, hospitality and service that sets it apart from other resorts.
St. Johann in Tirol has 60km of downhill pistes for beginners, intermediate and expert skiers alike. The mountains are served by 17 lifts - the 8-seater Bauern-Penzig gondola and the 6-seater gondola on Harschbichl, together with 14 chair and drag lifts - with a combined hourly capacity of 20,400 people so there is no waiting!. Live web cams
An exciting project to be started in the next few years is a new gondola link from the current top station at 1700m to the top of the Kitzbuheler Horn at 2000m. Important because it will mean that St. Johann can rightfully claim to have skiing from an altitude "on terms" with many of it's bigger neighbours! The project will cost many millions of euros to be provided by both by the community, through the tourist office, and by the privately-owned lift company.
To ensure that, even in a "bad winter" St. Johann's slopes have adequate snow cover the number of snow machines has been increased from 60 to 284 and a new snow-making system installed. So no danger of not being able to ski!
St. Johann in Tirol is unique in that it enjoys winter weather which often brings it more snow than neighbouring ski resorts in the region. This is because of it's location near the Wilder Kaiser and Kitzbuheler Horn. So never be put off by the altitude of the village. It is certainly misleading when it comes to snow cover! The Editor arrived at St. Johann on Saturday 8th December, 2007, to find the resort "basking" in loads of the "white stuff" with good skiing right to the bottom of the slopes. Another fall of snow on Sunday freshened everything up and provided great powder on the upper slopes.
St. Johann in Tirol is a delightful market village with ancient timber-fronted inns and houses, balconies ornately carved and beautifully decorated houses. Yet it is "home" to 3000 schoolchildren ranging in age from six years to 18 years. St. Johann in Tirol also has the regional hospital and attracts "locals" from miles around to do their shopping in this market village. The centre is a "traffic-free" zone and through-traffic is now well away from St. Johann in Tirol. Outwardly, St. Johann gives an initial impression as being "upmarket" yet the sophisticated shop windows soon disclose prices affordable to most pockets. The range of shops from family businesses to large "outlet" retailers produces ski anoraks of good quality from Euro 59,- to mens and ladies "normal" trousers at bargain prices of two pairs for just Euro 30,- as starters! Even the quality-looking cafes and restaurants offers prices even below what you would expect to pay back in the UK. A Wiener Schnitzel meal with potatoes (or pommes) and salad cost less than £7.00 and a beer at just Euro 2,- is great value.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday guests can enjoy night skiing and moonlight tobogganing. A chairlift ride takes you to Hochfeld and from here an exhilerating 2,5km run down the Rueppenhang brings you to the base station. There is also four covered curling lanes, a super indoor sports complex with a large swimming pool so visitors are never lacking in apres-ski entertainment.
St. Johann in Tirol is delightful, charming and currently rates the British as the fourth largest country for guests. With more than 16,200 British winter sports enthusiasts - and the number is growing - St. Johann in Tirol is both appealing and warrants a closer inspection. The Editor was certainly very impressed with the skiing, atmosphere and friendly welcome.
One of the many hotels in St. Johann in Tirol recommended for British guests (and where the Editor has stayed on more than one occasion) is the Hotel Fischer direct in the centre of this market village. It is owned and run by the family Grander - the owner is the Mayor - and his son, Michael currently runs the hotel which has a high proportion of UK guests. The hotel offers a high quality of food, service and accommodation and is about a six-minute walk from the ski slopes. The hotel has its own car park for those arriving "under their own steam" but the local ski bus ensures the car can be left at the hotel each day.
The Grander family also own and operate the Park Hotel at the base of the ski slopes and guests from the Hotel Fischer can leave their skis and boots at the Hotel Park each day after skiing.
Certainly St. Johann in Tirol is proving increasingly popular with British skiers and as it is only a 10-hour drive from Calais or less than one hour by bus or train from Innsbruck (airport or railway station) it is ideally located. Guests can also make use of the ski slopes at Kitzbuhel but St. Johann will more than adequately cater for their skiing needs for the duration of their holiday.
The resort closes for the winter season beginning of April.