panoramic view of Hinterstoder mountains at Schafkogelsee | © Harald Illmer
When summer is
right within reach

Mountain summer in Austria

From scenic views to pasture experiences

Experiencing a summer that you’ll remember forever? Who doesn’t want that? At the eleven skisport resorts in four federal states of Austria, Switzerland and South Tyrol, you’ve got plenty of options to choose from in terms of sports and leisure activities. Hiking is an especially great way to enjoy your summer at the eleven skisport resorts. 

The cable cars take you all the way up to the greatest pasture trails, mountain routes and hiking paths. Escape the heat down in the valley and get some exercise in the pleasant temperatures of the mountains. For all those who love a bit of a challenge, the via ferratas and bike trails are a hot tip. Climbing amidst the rock masses or biking all the way up to the summit – there are no limits to the athletic activities you can do in summer. 

By the way: Are you in the mood for soaring through lofty heights and feeling weightless? How about a tandem or paragliding flight over the roofs of the skisport resorts? In Kössen, Hinterstoder or on the Ötscher you can do exactly that! 

Mit der Gondelbahn auch im Sommer bequem auf den Berg fahren.
Mit dem Mountainbike die Berglandschaft in der Region Hinterstoder erkunden.
Beim Spaziergang um den See in Hinterstoder erwartet euch ein traumhafter Ausblick auf die Alpen.
Delicacies when stopping for a break in the huts on the Kasberg  | © Almtal-Bergbahnen
Relaxing after hiking at the reservoir in Hinterstoder | © TVB Roebl

Why you should spend a mountain summer

at the skisport resorts

Summer, sunshine, green pastures, crystal clear lakes and burbling streams: If that doesn’t make you jump for joy! Cool forests and harsh mountain peaks with breathtaking scenic views provide perfect conditions for a mountain summer at the resorts. 

The following resorts offer an incredibly beautiful summer setting: 

•    Hinterstoder
•    Wurzeralm
•    Hochkar
•    Ötscher
•    Hochficht
•    Kössen
•    Kasberg
•    Heiligenblut/Grossglockner
•    Saas-Fee
•    Savognin
•    Val Senales Glacier

Austria, Switzerland or South Tyrol: The variety of leisure activities, wellness oases and huts serving regional delicacies make these eleven locations true summer hotspots. 

You want even more reasons for a summer time-out at the skisport resorts? Well, here you go! 

Reason 1: Hiking at the skisport resorts

Exploring the most beautiful regions on foot

Over hill and dale, up and up you go on the hiking and pasture trails of the skisport resorts. You would like to sign your name in a summit register or take a break at one of the rustic mountain huts? Every wish can come true on the hiking trails. 

Eleven first-rate hiking trail networks. Routes for every level of difficulty, with or without summit experiences. You’d like to show the youngest family members the mountains of the region? Many of the trails are suitable for baby pushchairs and thus perfect for all ages. You can also enjoy an incredibly beautiful panorama and cool your tired feet in the cold water of the reservoir ponds. 

In addition, there is plenty to do for alpine pros as well. Mountaineers can explore the mountain world of the resorts on challenging routes that’ll take them several hours to complete. 

Tip: Outdoor exercise makes you hungry. How great that there are numerous huts and restaurants in the mountains that await hungry hikers! You’ll be served hearty meals and regional delicacies. 

Reason 2: Climbing and via ferratas

The mountains, a playground for summit enthusiasts

“The mountains are calling and I must go”! And while climbing, you’ll be right in the middle of it all! Surrounded by grey rock, you’re hanging on walls and around you a picture-book mountain scenery. One sure-footed step and you’ve reached the summit. What a feeling that must be! 

Climbing is too challenging for you and you’d prefer to try your luck on a secured via ferrata? No problem! On the Hochkar, the Wurzeralm, or at the base of Austria’s tallest mountain, the Grossglockner, you’ll find via ferratas for all levels of difficulty. Browse the many climbing experiences of the skisport resorts! 

By the way: In Switzerland, you can aim high too! Whether it’s in Saas-Fe or in Savognin – at both resorts, the Swiss mountains are calling. Grüezi and hello!  

Reason 3: Paragliding

Soaring over the Alps

Off you go and high up into the air! Run, lift your legs and start gliding – that’s the perfect start to your paragliding adventure. Seeing the skisport summits from a bird’s eye view and feeling weightless? In Kössen, in Hinterstoder and on the Ötscher, you’ve got the opportunity to go on a paragliding flight either alone or in a tandem with a flying instructor! 

Try it and enjoy the feeling of freedom! 

Reason 4: Mountain biking

At the bike El Dorado of

“I want to ride my bicycle” – that’s the motto of your mountain summer! The summer resorts don’t just invite you to go on extensive hiking tours. There are plenty of offers for bikers as well. Be it cycling up the High Alpine Road to the Grossglockner or dashing down the Wurzeralm on the adventurous single trail: Experience biking in Upper Austria! 

At the Upper Austrian resorts of Hinterstoder and Wurzeralm, you can discover the mountain bike trails with the Phyrn-Priel BikeCard. On the Hochficht in the Mühlviertel region, you’ll be pedalling past almost forgotten natural landmarks and, on the Hochkar, you can explore the Hochkar’s secondary summit by bike. 

The skisport association also offers holiday experiences beyond the borders of Austria. Discover the bike El Dorados of Saas-Fe, Savognin and on the Val Senales Glacier