The AlmBar in Hinterthal
Chocolate producers between Hinterthal and the lak
In the powder snow above Hinterthal

Summer activity paradise

After the snow has left the mountains, Hinterthal is a wonderful place for an active and healthy holiday. You will not find better walking, hiking, climbing, overnight stays in mountain top huts, tennis, golf, white water rafting and cycling than is available either from the door or in the immediate area.

For a cultural tour, Sound of Music tour or just a shopping tour Salzburg is a beautiful city and is only an hour by car. The picturesque lake-side town of Zell am See with its boutiques and water sports on its large lake is less than 30 minutes away. Each of the local villages - Maria Alm, Dienten, Saalfelden and Hinterthal - itself offer restaurants and bars for refreshment after a long day's hiking and have regular village cultural and musical events.

Our children always insist that they have a ride on the summer toboggan run at Saalfelden and more than one ride on the go-karts at Leogang, both 15 minutes drive from Hinterthal. There are two golf courses in the area, one skirting the river to the north of Saalfelden and the other on the meadows at the foot of the granite peaks above Maria Alm. The clay tennis courts in Maria Alm are next to an outdoor swimming pool complex with volleyball and table tennis facilities. The lake at Zell has a full range of water sports from sailing to water-skiing, the river at Lofer provides white water of all levels. And for children and adults, Maria Alm has a wonderful tree-top adventure park.

After all this activity you have your own deck over the private lake for swimming and chilling out.

Tony will be pleased we put this in

Our house is right next to the nursery slope where the ski school meets, so the children (and other beginners) are never far from home. Also close to the house is a range of restaurants offering traditional Austrian and modern European cuisine as well as apres-ski bars and the late night AlmBar which is behind the house at the bottom of the nursery slope. The AlmBar is where both the youngsters and the not-so-young can socialise and dance late into or even through the night; it is close enough to the house to walk home without freezing en route but far enough away never to hear the eclectic music or the leaving revellers. For those who prefer to stay outdoors, Hinterthal has horse-drawn sleigh rides and tobogganing is available in Maria Alm and Dienten.

The house is at an altitude of just over 1,000m, by Austrian standards that's fairly high. Whoever tells you that Austrian villages are too low for good snow, doesn't know much about Europe's weather patterns! Recent years have seen fabulous snowfall in Austria with some of the deepest and best powder snow in Europe falling through to April; 2012 was a record year with almost 6 metres of snow at the top at the end of March.

Winter ski paradise

For the skiing holiday, this area offers some of the most reliable snowfall in the Alps,150km of pistes for all levels of experience and plenty of safe off-piste skiing when the new snow falls. Hinterthal is in the Hochkoenig ski area which in turn is part of the massive Amade ski region with its 270 lifts and 866km of pistes. The lift pass for the Hochkoenig area of 4 interconnnected villages covers the whole of the Amade region.

The area is a paradise for ski tourers, low avalanche risk and few dangerous cliffs makes it a safe and peaceful activity. Hinterthal attracts a crowd of ski tourers every thursday evening for its weekly tour up to the mountain restaurant for dinner (head torches needed for the way down!).

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