Maria Alm resort guide - a general overview
The ski resort of Maria Alm in Austria forms one end of the Hochkonig ski area, with Hinterthal and Dienten in the middle and Mulbach at the far Eastern end of the ski system. Together these interlinked resorts offer 150 kilometres of piste which easily rivals the better known Austrian ski resorts of Mayrhofen and Kitzbuhel. The ski area is mainly suited to intermediates who wish to ski the miles but there is actually plenty of very good off piste terrain for the experts - we recommend booking a local mountain guide to get the most out of the area's secret stashes! The large un-pisted bowl to the West of the Aberg has even been likened to the legendary back bowls of Vail. However, that was from a local so he might be a tad biased.
Maria Alm is the liveliest of the resort villages with even a decent apres ski scene. There is also some good tobogganing here as well as sleigh rides, and some very good walking trails. Being set off the main valley road there is not much local traffic about the resort of Maria Alm. For those looking for a traditional Austrian resort (with hardly any Brits) which offers very reasonable prices then this makes a great choice of resort.
We have a catered chalet in Maria Alm which offers great value for money considering it's superb quality.
Check out this video of skiing the Hoch Konig ski area (Maria Alm and the other connected resorts). What you will love about this beautiful ski area is how wide the slopes are, and how empty they. Perfect for all standards of skiers and snowboarders.
800m - 1,900m
Level of skiing
- Snow sure
- Ski area
- Charm factor
- Resort layout
- Fine dining
- Short transfer
- Resort value
- Traditional, charming. pretty and unspoilt village
- Quite a large interlinked ski area which is very uncrowded
- Cheap prices in the resort and on the mountain - about the best value of all Austrian resorts
- Some smart chalet and hotel accommodation
- Maria Alm is at one end of the ski system
- Experts will need a local guide to discover the best terrain
Maria Alm Resort Restaurants
The friendly and welcoming Wirtshausl, the Almerwirt, Alpenland Sporthotel and the Dorfcafe have all been recommended.
Maria Alm Mountain Restaurants
As is normally the case in the Austrian Alps there are lots of pleasant huts to stop at, whether that be for a simple hot chocolate or for a long and satisfying lunch. We have heard that the Bergstadl and Tischlerhutte, both on the main Aberg area, are very good. In the middle of the ski area in Dienten the Bergalm and Almhausl are recommended. Further East towards Mulbach is the Sunnhutte area with the very good Tiergartenalm.
Maria Alm Apres Ski
For a smallish resort village Maria Alm is actually quite lively. The Bachwirt and Dengl Alm are both lively and traditional bars. If you are looking for a quieter drink we suggest you check out the Orgler Keller.
Maria Alm Nightlife
The Almer Tenne has live music and disco but Maria Alm is no St Anton, Kitzbuhel or Ischgl. So those looking for a thumping nightlife scene might be disappointed.