Lifts to complete Hochkönig chain

14th July 2010, by Chris Gill

Hinterthal, Hochkönig

Hinterthal, Hochkönig

Next season, a new gondola will fill the last gap in a chain of attractive slopes and villages in Hochkönig, Austria - part of the Ski Amadé region, near Salzburg and a much-underrated area among British visitors.

The lift will provide a link between the outlying village of Hinterthal, and its larger neighbour Maria Alm – the resort at one end of a series of linked slopes, which stretches across to Mühlbach - and eliminate catching a bus between the two. The gondola will start at Hintermoos, in the valley below Maria Alm’s main Aberg slopes, and go up to Gabuhel, the high point above Hinterthal. As well as opening up this area, investment is also developing better access out of Hinterthal too: a new bottom-to-top fast six-pack will remove two slow lifts for a slicker connection towards the gondola and the newish red run to the valley.

For mileage-hungry piste bashers, an end-to-end of the 150km slopes from Hinterthal will be a decent day out for good intermediates. And Mühlbach at the far end has its own separate area of slopes to explore, once you get there.

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