by: Frosty_the_Snowman - 27th October 2007

  • 4
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced/Expert
  • 3All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 4Family Friendly
  • 3Aprés Ski
  • 4Terrain Park
  • Overall Value

Full review

Visited 11/18 Feb 2007- Park Hotel. Transfer time is about 90mins from Salzburg Airport by road but by train its a hassle, sometimes changing train thro Germany and can take 4-5 hours but you get to see some beautiful scenery. The resort has a "Turn up & Stay" 24hr (lobby) acom. office with a fancy iluminated board showing acomodation & vacancies & a free direct phone line to the acomodation. If your staying some distance from the slope then Intersport Shop near Harbisch Lift have lockers/facilities for leaving skis/boots - about 16 Euro for the week. I agree with other reports: the 05/06 season was outstanding but St.Johann in the Tyrol (StJ.)was pretty poor for 06/07, best skiing this year was found at the Steineplatte about 30 mins and Fieberbrun about 50 mins-the area Ski Pass for St.J should cover you for both. StJ. has runs to suit all levels of skier and boarder but off piste is a bit limited. The scenery is beautiful with several wide runs through pine forest and a very wide open expanse for learners. Lifts and Gondolas plentiful & modern - a bare handful of T bars at lower levels for children. A good choice of onslope restaurants - and your never more than 5 mins from one - try going to the top of the Harbisch Lift, grab a goulash soup and enjoy the view serenity and clean air - if your a good skier it'll take you 15 minutes to pound the 7km back to base. Good selection of skiing outside StJ.. The Steinpl. is ideal for beginers an intermeds but has only a few challenging runs;also you cant ski to the base, you intitially have to take 15 min (modern) Pod to the ski area otherwise very pleasant. Part of of the area is in Germany & u used to have to take your passport when you skied to show border guards! Fiebr. is a bit more challenging and ideal if you're advanced; several runs are north/ne facing so prone to iceing-beware. If you fancy a more cosmo. glitzy resort then hop on the train to Kitzbuhel-in 7 minutes for about 8 Euro retn. you land 20 metrs from the Hannenkan Lift - you'll need a new pass about 26 Euro for the day but its worth it and you wont get bored - head for runs nos. 21 & 22 ONLY if you have good ski insurance cover! If your a keen boarder then get off at the main station for the Kitbuheler Horn with a few nice bowls & pipes to ride. The K. Horn is effectively the other side of St.Joh and theyve been talking for years about running a lift over the top but cant agree who pays for it. LOL. Anyway, enjoy St.Johann with its very warm friendly people and pleasant village atmosphere (it is quite a large town with a population im told over 6000). I can recomend The Park Hotel with decent location/ food / acomodation and bar manned by John the Canadian or "3 jobs" for short(dont call him American unless you're on the wagon and missed your last AA meeting! LOL). Overall a family friendly hotel run by the generous Grander Family who seem to run & own most the town - the Austrians like children and like to involve them in daily activities/excursions and this hotel is no exception. A reasonable apres ski scene: if you're short on cash and need a drink ...go to Max's Bar and get ready to jossle for position for the moment when the siren and flashing light starts - my lips are sealed but yours' wont be!
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