Snow and Winter Sports at their Finest in St. Johann in Tirol

The white peaks of the Kitzbühel Alps glisten above the villages of St. Johann in Tirol, Oberndorf, Kirchdorf and Erpfendorf, ready to welcome holiday makers to perfectly groomed slopes, cross- country ski routes and modern, comfortable lifts.

The Kitzbühler Alpen are the ideal starting poin for skiing and snowboarding in this Austrian province. With access to the St. Johann in Tirol / Oberndorf ski area on the snow-sure side of the Kitzbüheler Horn, you're guaranteed good conditions for your winter holiday. The Kirchdorf and Erpfendorf ski areas are idea for families with plenty of practice slopes for beginners and great value for money. Over 164km of slopes open up with the Freizeitarena Ski Pass, and as well as 2,750km with the Super Ski Card.

The beauty of the winter landscape makes cross-country skiing around St. Johann in Tirol an unforgettable experience. The extensive network of trails, which can be used free of charge, offers cross-country enthusiasts double-lanes of varying difficulty to guarantee an enjoyable outing for all. Families, beginners and hobby skiers can choose between gentle, short and long tracks along the valley floors, while those looking for something a bit more challenging will find exciting trail sections with steep inclines in the area of the Hinterkaiser or on the Huberhöhe. There is even a well-lit night trail, so that unrelenting enthusiasts can continue into the night. Due to their quality, range and magnificent scenery, the routes of the Kitzbühel Alps have been awarded the quality seal for cross-country trails by the state of Tyrol. 

The cross-country ski centre, “Koasastadion”, which is the starting point of the legendary Koasa run in St. Johann in Tirol, has become a popular and internationally known meeting point. Cross-country ski schools, ski rental, a wax room, cafe, showers, changing rooms and free parking invite lovers of the Nordic ski sport to discover the fascinating winter world of the Kitzbühel Alps.

Cross-country skiing enjoys a long tradition in the Kitzbühel Alps region. For over 40 years now, the “Koasalauf” (Koasa run, a biathloan event) each February has been attracting thousands of top athletes and hobby sportspeople from around the world. Visitors can also experience the excitement of the biathlon for themselves at the shooting ranges in Erpfendorf and St. Johann in Tirol. Here, you can test and improve your accuracy, trying out the combination of cross-country skiing and shooting.

There's plenty of winter magic to be found off the slopes in St. Johann in Tirol, Oberndorf, Kirchdorf and Erpfendorf too. Experience the peaceful side of the alps with a mountain tour or snowshoe hike, walking through snow-covered meadows while enjoying spectacular panoramic views. Highlights include moonlight snowshoeing and night ski touring on the Harschbichl. Horse-drawn sleigh rides and fun-filled toboganning bring back feelings of childlike glee as you speed through the winter wonderland alongside friends and family. One can relax at the “Kaiserquell” wellness centre or the “Panorama Badewelt” pool complex - the latter of which also offers a rink for ice skating. Thrill seekers will find their fix tandem paragliding, skydiving and ballooning, or at the Flying Fox Winter Parcours in the Hornpark, with which visitors glide through the air for 531m, across seven stations.

For those seeking culinary thrills, St. Johann in Tirol’s high density and range of huts provide plenty of choice when choosing between local delicacies, lovingly homemade desserts and regional tipples. Freshly baked Kaiserschmarrn and Apfelstrudel await excited skiers big and small, coming in to cosy mountain huts from hours of fun on the pristine slopes.

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