St. Johann-Alpendorf, Austria
St. Johann-Alpendorf is one of two resorts located close to the town of St. Johann. The other resort is called St. Johann im Pongau. They are only separated by about 3 kilometres. From both resorts, efficient ski lifts transport skiers to one of the largest ski areas in Austria.
The town of St. Johann itself is a very attractive and traditional settlement, and is situated about 55 kilometres from Salzburg, making access particularly easy. It is a pleasant town and although it has kept its traditional feel, there is plenty on offer to entertain the large number of skiers that visit every year.
How to Get There
The best way to reach St. Johann-Alpendorf is to fly to Salzburg International Airport. This is situated only 60 kilometres away from the resort. It is then possible to take a bus or a shuttle to the main city station, and then a train to St. Johann.
The drive from Salzburg International Airport to the resort only takes about one hour. From the airport you should take the B-1, followed by the A-1 and finally the A-10. From the A-10, join Route 311 at the intersection, and this road will take you straight to the resort.
If you are driving from Calais, take the A-26, the A-4 and then the A-8 to Salzburg, then follow the directions as above. The entire journey could take up to two days, so be prepared to stop along the way.
From London, take the Eurostar service to Paris. From there you can catch an overnight train to Munich. It is easy to get to Salzburg from Munich, since trains depart for the city frequently. From there you can take the train to St. Johann, which should take about an hour.
Who The Resort Caters For
Intermediate skiers will be the happiest at St. Johann-Alpendorf, but that’s not to say that the resort does not cater for skiers of all abilities. There are plenty of gentle slopes on offer for beginners, and advanced skiers will also find enough to keep them entertained during their stay.
One of the great things about the resort is that it not only connects with the ski area of St. Johann im Pongau, but it also connects with the larger Amadé ski area, offering numerous slopes and one of the largest ski areas in the continent. Summer skiing is also available on Kitzsteinhorn Glacier.
There is an excellent ski school at the resort, which employs over 100 instructors. This school is great for beginners or children who need some extra tuition. Snowboarders are also well-catered for and the two snow parks in the resort provide plenty of opportunities for experimenting on the slopes.
Away from the slopes, there is plenty of sightseeing available, and one of the most popular trips is to Liechtensteinklamn Gorge. As well as this, there are numerous activities on offer, and you will be able to enjoy tobogganing, hiking, ice-skating, swimming, tennis, mountaineering, squash, and a whole host of other activities.
As far as après-ski goes, the resort itself is quite peaceful, but the town of St. Johann is very lively, with lots of bars, cafés, restaurants, and nightclubs available to keep people entertained throughout the evening.
What Accommodation the Resort Offers
There are over 3,700 beds available in the resort, and these are mainly located in hotels. Some of the most popular hotels and apartments are:
- The five-star Wellness u. Garten Hotel Oberforsthof.
- The four-star Hotel Sonnhof.
- The four-star Hotel Alpendorf.
The St. Johann-Alpendorf ski area offers over 300 kilometres of slopes, with 19 different pistes. With the correct lift pass for this area, you will also be able to access the St. Johann im Pongau ski area.
There are fantastic snow-making facilities in the resort, which will ensure that you will never have any trouble with the availability of skiing during your stay.
The resort connects with the huge Amadé ski area, which offers 860 kilometres of slopes. The areas that are connected in this network include Schladming-Dachstein Tauern, Gastein, and Grossarltal amongst several others.
- Total runs: 28
- Advanced runs: 2
- Intermediate runs: 23
- Easy runs: 3
- Cross country: 18 km
- Lifts: 12
The ski season lasts from December until April, but summer skiing is available on Kitsteinhorn Glacier.