Hochkönig Maria Alm

“Austria’s greatest skiing paradise”

Maria Alm am Steinernen Meer is a municipality in the district of Zell am See, in the state of Salzburg in Austria and is one of Austria’s best-kept secrets, Maria Alm is part of the Hochkönig ski area, with around 125km of piste stretching up past Dienten to Mühlbach. For years, locals and those in the know have been taking advantage of this undiscovered gem. There’s some great off-piste opportunities along marked ski routes and plenty for aspiring intermediates to get their skis stuck into. More locally, Maria Alm has it’s own smaller beginner’s area. On top of all that, your lift pass covers the full Ski Amadé area, including Schladming and the Gastein Valley. This makes the available area a massive 860km.

Hochkönig is a really progressive and modern ski area. There’s free WiFi around the mountains, three snow parks and lots of mountain huts for breaks. In case the weather won’t play ball there are plenty of snow cannons and a fast and free ski bus to get you around to different sectors quickly (or to get you home if you miss your last lift back).

  • The village is very pretty and proud of having the highest church spire in the Salzburgerland. It also has an entertaining après scene.
  • Family-friendly activities off the slopes include horse-drawn sleigh rides.
  • Take a romantic sleigh ride through the valley, cuddled under a blanket whilst sipping gluwein.

The area by the Simmerl lift stays open for night skiing a few days a week, so you can ski under the stars for a small charge.

Winter Ski information 

“Ski on the Hochkönig”

Around its majestic summit, the Hochkönig region offers everything one needs for an unforgettable ski holiday. In the middle of unspoilt nature, on the snow-covered pistes and in the cosy mountain lodges, where cooked dishes are prepared for you with heart and soul. From each of the three resorts Maria Alm, Dienten and Mühlbach it is only a few steps to the 33 lifts and 120 kilometres of pistes.  You find yourself right in the middle of the Königstour,  Austria’s largest ski paradise: Ski amadé.

The slopes in the Hochkönig ski region are diverse and rich in variety. Skiers of every ability level will find their favorite slope. Whether you are trying out the practice slope for the first time or are having a blast on the Marlies Schild training route, skiing fun is guaranteed.

Maria Alm is made up of 32 kilometres of pistes, vast, wide, quiet slopes with stunning panoramic views descending into many beautiful chocolate box villages. The sloples are scattered with cosy mountain lodges offering scrumptious local pinzgau dishes served up with friendly local hospitality.  This winter sees a newly constructed fun slope a guaranteed fun factor for the whole family!  This and so much more make the Hochkönig very attractive for families. There are also so many activities away from the pistes, simple and convenient to reach and waiting to be enjoyed.

Never yet was a ski holiday so versatile.
Enjoy a holiday in the snow and experience a holiday for all the senses, attractions to see, feel, smell, hear and taste. Winter in Maria Alm on the Hochkönig offers variety for every holidaymaker whether when skiing on the perfectly groomed pistes or relaxing in a mountain lodge, this holiday will linger long in your memory.

Discover the slopes for yourself and take a look at the webcams across the ski amadé region.



The people in the Hochkönig region nurture customs, a love for their country, and genuine hospitality. Guests are welcomed here like friends. It is an area characterized by tradition, feeling, and innovation thinking. In Maria Alm, Dienten, and Mühlbach, the idyllic atmosphere, the tranquility, and the hospitality are palpable. Active vacationers will find the best opportunities for hiking, biking, climbing, or trail running. Connoisseurs treasure the regional cuisine, the alpine hut culture, the nature experiences, as well as the customs and traditions at the harvest festival. On the Hochkönig, you will feel right at home during your vacation.

Rustic hill farms and huts invite you to take a bite of homemade bread and farm-fresh cheese along with as many other regional specialities.

During the months of August and September there are traditional cattle events, harvest festivals, “Schafischö” (sheep shearing), stylish folk wear fashion shows, and much more are awaiting you! Enjoy an autumn vacation and indulge in freshly harvested, local delicacies while the sun is still warm and the mountains still lush green.

Breathe in fresh mountain air whilst enjoying fairytale panoramas every step you take in the Hochkönig region.