Just a snowball’s throw from the legendary Kitzbühel, the St. Johann ski resort makes for amazing family vacations. The varied skiable terrain, a terrain park, and cosy on-mountain lodges assure that any type of skier and rider will have a truly enjoyable experience.
Well known for reliable snowfall and consistently good snow conditions, the cosy St. Johann ski resort offers a small-scale yet friendly day on the slopes. Situated on the northern slope of Kitzbühel Horn Peak, the varied terrain of wide-open blue and red trails makes it a family favourite.
One of its highlights for expert skiers is a 3.5-kilometer long black trail that drops down 1,000 meters and serves up beautiful views. The highest elevation in the resort is Harschbichl at an elevation of 1,600 meters above sea level and can be accessed using three different lifts. Running parallel to Lower Harschbichlbahn Gondola, the Fun Slope is an extremist’s dream with kickers, banked run and turns. With wide, gentle trails and free practice lifts, there’s plenty of room for kiddies and new skiers to get things off to the right start at a relaxed pace.
The resort of St. Johann in Tirol is perfect for families with children of varying skiing abilities. Parents with young children learning to ski for the first time can choose between three different snowsport schools with friendly and experienced instructors. Younger children and kids who just want to sit things out for a day or two can be looked after by experienced childcare experts. The resort even has its own “baby hotel”. Older children and teenagers will find plenty to keep them busy on the slopes, including a funpark with jumps and obstacles.
At the end of a long day, there is no better place to relax than the Wellnesscenter Kaiserquell in Kirchdorf or the Panorama Badewelt in St. Johann with its giant water slide. Kids and adults with a head for heights can take on the zipwire at the Hornpark adventure centre, which has a special obstacle course during the winter months, or can have a go at biathlon – a popular winter sport combining shooting and cross-country skiing. Local guides also offer skidoor adventures off the beaten track. Soft play is the name of the game at Murmis’s Kinderland, a 1,200-square-metre indoor centre opened in 2018 and perfect for days when the weather is bad.
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St. Johann in Tirol is very convenient and easy to get to by car, train or plane. The St. Johann in Tirol region is very close to the well-known cities of Salzburg (60 km away), Innsbruck (90 km away) and Munich (160 km away) and therefore offers outstanding transport links.
A variety of hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation options can be booked independently here. Package holidays can be booked with Crystal, Inghams and Iglu Ski.
There is nowhere better to sample Tirol delicacies than in the Alpine inns and mountain restaurants in the St. Johann in Tirol region. What could be nicer than enjoying the impressive landscape after a skiing day. In the skiing area of St. Johann in Tirol there are about 20 mountain inns which provide you with Tirol delicacies.
Cosy après ski is available in the St. Johann in Tirol ski area directly at the valley stations … For example in the Max Pub right next to the Harschbichlbahn, the Rockbar in the Eichenhof area and in the Liftradl in Oberndorf in Tirol.
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