The Ultimate in Skiing Fun Gliding and Hiking from Farm to Farm
Hochkar is a versatile ski resort and frequent venue for ski races, The Hochreit High Plateau has three particularly
racing camps and training camps. You can choose between nine beautiful cross-country skiing trails. They have two
modern lifts and 18 kilometers (11 miles) of well-groomed runs. lanes each (one for classical and one for skating
Nature and the snow guns make sure you always have ample style) and range from 3.5-kilometers (approx.
snow. You can ski down the runs on Hochkar from November to 2.2-miles) to 12-kilometers (approx. 7.5-miles)
the end of April. in length. The best departure point is the Ablass
Hochkar Racing Camp Hof run by the Zettel Family. In addition to ample
The racing camps staged by the Skiing and parking and rental skis, it has a winter children’s
playground with a bobsled and wave run. The trail
Selected Runs Snowboarding School are in heavy demand.
They are geared to everyone, from novice to costs €3 to use.
The longest: The standard descent from the 1770-meter expert.
(5807-foot) high Vorgipfel to the bottom station There is a 50-kilometer (approx. 31-mile) trail
on Hochkar is 2.1 km (1.3 miles) long. system for winter hikers. Cross-country trails
and the cleared trails all lead to farms that serve
The steepest: The 0.5-kilometer (0.3-mile) long Sykora slope is tasty most (the local cider) and bacon to guests in
the steepest. Thomas Sykora, the former slalom cozy rooms inside or a sunny spot outdoors. How
champion, trained on the final stretch of the The cross-country ski trails traverse one of the most scenic high plateaus in Lower Austria.
practical! The “Bacon Snack Trail” is one of the apt
black Scheiterkogel downhill run. nicknames of this trail.
The most demanding: The steep Häsing run is 1.1-kilometer (0.7-mile)
long from the 1700-meter (5577-foot) high
Häsing to the bottom station. This descent
combines all levels of difficulty. It is quite wide,
making it ideal for carving. Hochkar Fun Park
The most relaxing: The 1.5-kilometer (0.9-mile) long family run from Hochkar Senoner Park is the best snow park
Hochkar or Hochkar-Vorgipfel. in eastern Austria. Free riders and free stylers
The most moguls: The 1.5-kilometer (0.9-mile) long Kar run from can take their pipes on the runs or off them. What a View!
Vorgipfel to Draxlerloch. Tip: The 2-kilometer (approx. 1.25-mile) long
Hochkar is famous for more than its great runs. The snow-covered floodlit ring near the Ablass Hof is groomed for
countryside is so enchanting, dotted with iced bushes sparkling and bent classical and skating styles and is lit up every
Tip: There is night skiing on floodlit Run 2 (Almhang) every Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
to the wind. The open vistas are so impressive. Friday and Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
It can also be lit up for groups of five or more if
One of the best outlook points is the Geischlägerhaus on the 1770-meter arrangements are made in advance. Guided snowshoe hikes are offered regularly, also in the evening.
(5807-foot) high Hochkar Vorgipfel. The view from there extends over the
Central Alps and Alpine Foothills to the Bohemian Forest.
Mountain Summer in the Göstling Alps
What would a day of skiing be without stopping at a ski
hut? A little rest and fortification, a little sun and you are
The cozy ski huts and inns are welcoming places for a break. Most of them all set to hit the slopes again. What a great feeling!
also have sunning terraces. The two après ski bars are cheery spots to get
together after a day on the slopes. In the summertime, Hochkar and Dürrenstein attract people interested in scenic hiking and
mountain bike tours. Two nature areas are especially worthwhile. One is the Wilderness
Region, the largest remaining section of Central Europe’s primeval forests, which is
Hochkar Kids’ Land Dürrenstein is nearly 2000 meters
accessible only on a guided hike. The second is the Leckermoor Nature Area, one of the
(6562 feet) high. most extensive and beautiful highland bogs in Lower Austria.
Children three and older can practice on the Magic Carpet, Baby Lift and
Fairytale Forest Run. The team from the Skiing and Snowboarding School “The Lumber Trail” in the Mendling Valley is an adventure trail that takes visitors through
provide optimum supervision and child-care. Children are also invited to take the last fully functional lumber driving operations in Central Europe. The cycling and hiking
beginner’s lessons at the skiing school. trail through the Steinbach Valley also has a special theme: “The Power of Water.” Rafting
Little tikes out on the slopes learn the art of skiing and canyoning are two great ways to enjoy the streams and rivers of this region. The
so quickly. Göstling Children’s-Summer provides all kinds of fun and games for kids.
On the Lumber Trail through the Mendling The Wasserlochklamm in the Salza Valley near Palfau is an impressive experience. In
Valley fact, with its narrow canyons and five magnificent waterfalls, it is one of Austria’s most
New: The Ybbs Valley Brine Bath Complex with Therapy Center in Göstling breathtaking natural spectacles.
Imagine warm water caresing your body and relaxing your muscles. A swim in brine water does
such wonders after a day of winter exercise. The new baths complex in the center of Göstling Tips for outings: Lunzer See / Iron Road Cultural Park with forges and hammer mills /
Tow-lift Restaurants offers four different pools for swimming: an indoor and outdoor pool, a sports pool and a children’s Five Element Museum in Waidhofen/Ybbs / Erzberg near Eisenerz / Abbey of Admont /
Two-seater chairlift B&B pool. Guests can also look forward to a slide, steam bath, three saunas, massage, therapy, water Gesäuse National Park / Mariazell / Most Road in the Mostviertel and the Most Pear House
Four-seater chairlift Training Center gymnastics, aquatic courses, a restaurant and a shop. at the Abbey of Ardagger / Renaissance castle Schallaburg / Wachau with the Abbey of Melk
Fun Park Rental skis
The exhilaration of rafting
Floodlights Sports shop
Panorama camera Skiing school Hochkar Alpenstrasse
Winter Fun for Sports and Nature Lovers
Göstling and the Hochkar ski region are just 160-kilometers (100-miles) from Vienna.
Göstling Alps – Hochkar
Hochkar is the highest Alpine resort in the Eastern Alps. Excellent snow conditions
are guaranteed there from November until the end of April. Skiers have their choice of
nine lifts and 18-kilometers (11.5-miles) of runs featuring all levels of difficulty. There
The Ultimate in Skiing Fun
are also cross-country skiing trails and winter hiking trails plus an ice-skating rink and
accommodations in all categories. The fund and inviting Wellness Brine Baths Complex
was opened in December 2009.
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Vienna Slovak Republic
Deutschland Linz St. Pölten
Germany Salzburg Göstling
Bregenz Innsbruck Ungarn
Distance between Göstling Distance between Göstling and Vienna:
and Salzburg: 160 km (approx. 100 miles)
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Hochkar is the highest Alpine resort in the Eastern Alps and has the St. Georgen
best guarantee of snow cover in the winter months. It is located in Gesäuse GÖSTLING
the Lower Austrian region called the Mostviertel above the town Lassing Steinbach Mariazell
of Göstling/Ybbs at an altitude of 1800 meters (5905 feet) above Hochreit
sea level. Hochkar
Accommodations are available for guests on Hochkar or in Distance between Göstling and Graz:
Graz 130 km (approx. 81 miles)
Göstling. Göstling is a picturesque village with all categories of
Göstling is especially proud of its World Cup
accommodations: from rooms in private homes and farm holidays to
ski stars: world champion Kathrin Zettel and
downhill specialist Andreas Buder. Both still live
a four-star hotel. Guests who stay in Göstling are closer to the many
in Göstling and regularly train on Hochkar. recreational facilities. The Ybbstal Brine Baths Complex is a welcome We are happy to advise you!
addition to the village. Göstling also has an ice-skating rink and a Tourismusverein Göstlinger Alpen
curling rink, 50 kilometers (31 miles) of cleared winter hiking trails, Göstling 1, A-3345 Göstling an der Ybbs, Austria
snowshoe hiking, a natural sledding run and a bowling alley. The Winter with flair: Enchanting snow-covered landscapes,
Phone: +43(0)7484/50 20-19 or -20
fast runs and wonderful Alpine vistas.
many local inns in the area treat guests to culinary specialties from Fax: +43(0)7484/50 20-18
the Mostviertel and the Iron Road Cultural Park. email@example.com
The convenient Hochkar Ski Express operates a shuttle service to the
ski slopes from Christmas to the end of March.
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