Winter in Grossarltal
In winter, the valley is completely dedicated to alpine skiing and, with its own Grossarltal-Dorfgastein ski arena, belongs to the Ski amadé alliance, the biggest skiing enjoyment in Austria. Away from the pistes as well, a colorful range of opportunities await wintertime visitors. Mom prefers the more inviting wide pistes, dad loves the freeride challenges of the Himmelreich and the extra-long Bergland Route. And while the two of them relax side-by-side out on the cozy sun terrace, their kids are busy zooming through the cool Snopark and down the Fun Slope. When everybody’s finally done with skiing, the whole family can pay a visit to one of our friendly ski huts with views of the snow-capped Hohe Tauern mountains, to enjoy a selection of popular regional dishes together.
Away from the pistes, the two winter sports communities of Grossarl and Hüttschlag attract visitors with a colorful selection of opportunities for sports & recreation. Active winter sports fans pull on their snowshoes or touring skis and make a beeline for the valley’s numerous expanses of high pastures and imposing summits. In addition, floodlit toboggan runs, horse-drawn sleigh rides, cross-country ski trails, ice climbing, winter hiking etc. provide all the variety you could wish for. Thanks to our activity program known as BERG-GESUND, featuring guided ski tours, snowshoe expeditions, fitness hikes, ice climbing etc., Grossarltal proudly offers the greatest variety in all of Ski amadé. Further information is available at: www.berg-gesund.at. Participation is free for all guests of our approximately 110 BERG-GESUND partner businesses.
That’s the call for everyone who’s already raring to ski as soon as the rooster crows at the crack of dawn. Experience sunrise on the mountain and be one of the first to slice down the freshly groomed pistes with an exclusive group capped at 30 people led by two guides and beginning at 7:30 AM. Afterwards, you can look forward to a splendid regional breakfast on the mountain.
Salzburg Mountain Advent
Winter ski season kicks off in Grossarltal in its own very special way. In fact, this is probably the kind of place even Santa Claus would want to take a winter holiday – that’s how festive the two towns of Grossarl and Hüttschlag are during the run-up to Christmas, with Salzburg Mountain Advent running from the end of November until Christmas, every Friday through Sunday. If you book 3 days including ski pass, you get one extra day for free. Info: www.salzburger-bergadvent.at.
Summer holidays in Grossarltal
In summer, Grossarltal attracts visitors with a wide selection of mountain huts that serve refreshments to hikers and passersby.
That's why every hike and every mountain bike tour is an absolute treat in so many different ways. 40 huts serve mouthwatering homemade specialties to hikers and bikers. There is no doubt, a hearty snack enjoyed amid alpine pastures tastes different: More authentic, more intensive, more natural. In addition, you are rewarded by magnificent mountain views of Hohe Tauern National Park. With your refreshment break over, you will continue exploring scenic summits, alpine meadows strewn with flowers and crystal-clear mountain tarns.
The hiking village of Grossarl awaits you roughly in the middle of the valley with numerous mountain huts, a big sports & recreation center with swimming pool, sports facilities and the legendary GAUDI-Alm, Salzburg’s biggest playground set amidst alpine meadows. With the Grossarltal panorama lift, you will float from the town center up to your carefree mountain experience on and around the summits of the Kreuzkogel and Fulseck. Enjoy an excursion to “Mirror Lake” in Dorfgastein and to the newly redesigned Himmelreich reservoir in Grossarl, a paradise for the whole family. Fun and action are guaranteed by a mountain cart ride on the downhill track or mountain biking on a single-trail just recently enlarged in 2019, now extending some 10 km with an elevation change of around 1000 m.
Bergsteigerdorf® Hüttschlag a little farther back in the valley attracts visitors with its picturesque valley head. Also where Hohe Tauern National Park begins in Grossarltal. Which means, Hüttschlag offers tranquility, relaxation, pristine nature, along with some really challenging alpine tours and summit conquests, including the Keeskogel and Weinschnabel. Also especially popular is the hike along the Salzburger Almenweg from the Gamskarkogel via Hüttschlag to the Tappenkarsee, continuing the length of Grossarltal to Ghost Mountain in St. Johann Alpendorf and Wagrainis Grafenberg in Wagrain. Fixed-cable climbs through the Hüttschlager Wand promise pure adrenaline.
Thanks to the activity program of BERG-GESUND, every week you can participate in as many as 10 guided tours, including a yoga hike, a “deceleration day”, a fitness hike, guided high-alpine tours to seven of the most beautiful peaks in the valley, along with a via ferrata climb. Participation is free for all guests of the approximately 110 BERG-GESUND partner businesses.