This traditional Austrian market town is the largest in the North Tirol and is situated just 15 minutes from its more illustrious neighbour of Kitzbühel. The town has a long history and retains its traditional feel despite some recent modernization.
The ski area is relatively small, with just 42km of pistes in the immediate ski area. The high proportion of blue runs means the St Johann ski area is well suited to beginners, though confident intermediates and advanced skiers will quickly exhaust the ski area within a day or two. Lift passes for more than two days therefore cover a range of ski areas, so hiring a car is recommended – there is certainly huge mileage on offer nearby including in the SkiWelt and the KitzSki ski area. Advanced skiers can also take advantage of the ski touring options in the nearby Wilder Kaiser.
The resort, which is easily accessible from several major airports, has limited après-ski, though there are a handful of restaurants for visitors wishing to explore beyond their hotel. The food on the mountain is quite remarkable, however, with some of the Tirol’s most characterful mountain restaurants, including the Angereralm which is run by the President of the Austrian Somelier Association.
While the extent of the skiing may be limited, and the lift system in need of upgrading, St Johann has a remarkable range of non-skiing activities. St Johann has some of the best cross country skiing in Austria, while there are a number of outdoor sports options including paragliding and ski hiking, while there is an ice skating rink near the centre of town.