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Skier & Snowboarder-Submitted Reviews for SkiStar St. Johann in Tirol
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St. Johann is an underated resort except by people in the know. Often overlooked by skiers because it has 2 neiighbouring ski areas, Kitzbuhel and Ski Welt, which are much larger, with very modern lift systems and greater choices of accommodation. Fine, if you prefer to ski on crowded pistes and queue for your lunch. Apart from the 2 high season weeks, St. Johann is less crowded and for me far more enjoyable to ski than it's neighbours. It is actually possible to practice carving turns safely and to ski without looking behind you. Nearby Fieberbrunn, on the same lift pass, nearly always has better snow than other resorts in Tirol. And if you purchase an All Star pass you can be in Kitzbuhel in 10 mins by train or Going/Ellmau in 15 mins by bus if you want to join the crowds.
It is not the perfect beginners resort but better than most, and a good instructor will choose the best terrain to allow for a natural learning progression. It is perfect for intermediates who can manage red runs as they can ski the whole mountain and access the quietest pistes away from the Gondola over towards Eichenhoff.
Due to the cone shape of the mountain you can get from one side of the ski area to the other very quickly.
It an excellent choice for parties with non skiers as the town is very buzzy during the day and has great transport links to Kitzbuhel and other towns in the region.... Full Review
Super family holiday in St Johann. Stayed at Hotel Park which was close to the slopes and very family friendly. Snow was great. Children had a fantastic time with the St Johann ski school, they were in an all English speaking group and their instructor Anna was fun, energetic and always smiling.
We were very disappointed with our first instructor. As second week skiers we felt he didn't t do any teaching, in fact he hardly spoke at all! Just said "Follow me" and whizzed off into the distance. I was so disillusioned, I was ready to quit on the second day. We asked to change groups and had to be really, really insistant as the instructor tried to ignore us and then pretended we couldn't change. Anyway ended up with in a group led by Fritz, he was a fantastic teacher. Got my confidence back and really enjoyed the rest of the holiday.
Would definately recommend St Johann and Park hotel for proximity to slopes, shops and bars.... Full Review
Just returned from a holiday booked at the last minute. Will be back !!! Snow making fascilities compliment the natural snow all over the mouontain. Not for the really advanced though it had more than enough to keep me on my toes. This is my fourth ski holiday. Tip if you visit this little town and want to experience more... buy the ski pass which opens up over 600km of runs. Public transport is as everywhere in europe except the u.k. allowing easy transfers to Kitzbuhel in 20 minutes running every 30 minutes.. just enough in the evenings and very good value. It has the best ski school (wath their show one evening) I have experienced..... Full Review
Been to St Johann every winter without fail for the last ten years! Slopes are amazing for beginners and intermediates, but those thrill seeking experts can create there own fun with ramps and moguls all over the mountain. With pit-stops to be found on almost every piste with a hot chocolate and rum waiting for you. The Local swimming pool is second to none, with an outdoor jacuzzi that lets the snow fall on your head as you relax. Max's bar is the place to be, with free shots pouring from the ceiling when the sirens soun that is if your brave enough to wrestle for them! After that you can head to Bunnies, For a craic wont be found anywhere else in the village. Would reccomend St Johann to anyoine and everyone! With the Hotel Park or The Fischer (both run by the Granders) the best for accomodation! See Yaz All There 07/08 =]... Full Review
Have been to St Johann each of the last two years with drastically varied time. 05/06 season was fabulous with all area open and meters of snow. 06/07 however was very spare with snow machines working overtime. Most of the best runs were closed and even more as we prepared to go home (17th Feb 07). However are planning on going again on the 9th Feb 08. Hopefully with a bit more snow.
Last few years have stayed at the Sport Hotel Austria. Its fabulous. Friendly staff and owners. Also the breakfast and tea time speads in the restauraunt were brilliant with a large range of traditional, delicious food. Definatly recommended.
The skiing is best suited for beginners with some intermediate challenges. Its a very good resort for family as the range of easy slopes will allow younger members to venture up the slopes without much risk. However this will probably be the last trip to St JOhann because the slopes lack variety after 3 trips.
Apres Ski is varied with the best craic to be had at Bunnies (the Austrialian Bar) and Crowded House night club which stays open to 5.
This year staying at The Park and heres hoping it will be as enjoyable with plenty of snow.... Full Review
Have been to St Johann the last week of January for each of the last 5 or 6 years. Great, friendly town. Also stayed at the Park Hotel and have to agree that the Family Grander are wonderful hosts and very kid friendly with lots of activities for families. The Park is located a short 3 min walk from the main gondola and the Intersport Ski Shop which has top-notch rental equip at a reasonable price if you don't want to lug your gear through airports. Conditions in January '07 were the worst I have ever seen there, very much like those here in Vermont where I live. The year before was excellent as in years past. Access to Kitzbuhel by train is very easy if you are looking for a change of scenery with a lot more 'glitz', including more, varied terrain and a Casino. Stay at The Park includes access to the Panarama Badewelt facility which includes a waterslide, heated outdoor spa pool and indoor full-size pool and even an ice skating rink. The Huber Brau brewery with it's tower-top restaurant is a short walk from the Hotel as is grocery and other shopping. Travel to Salzburg or Innsbruck is just over an hour east or west by rental car and Munich airport is 1 1/2 -2 hrs. Overall a very nice, friendly town with good intermediate to advanced ski terrain and easy access to other skiing and sightseeing. I recommend touring the salt mine in Hallein near Salzburg, the Zugspitze (highest peak in Germany) and Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany not far from Innsbruck. For those looking for night life the Aussies have a rockin' bar right across the street from the Park and the bars don't close until 5 AM. My family and I plan on returning to St Johann again this year and I would recommend the area to anyone.... 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!... Full Review
Went skiing in St johann in February and was disapointed. There was no snow. There are good slopes that can be accesed by bus, but they are very crowded. Only visit this place if the snow is good.... Full Review
Only just back from a week skiing in St Yohann (13th to 20th Jan). Dont expect the conditions of last year. As usual a beautiful and friendly place to be but the snow cover and skiing is awful. At best it was ice covered by a thin layer of man made snow turning to heavy leg breaking slush by afternoon. It rained on Friday and closed the resort leaving very little 'snow', if any. You cant predict the weather but snow is desperately needed as soon as possible. Having said all of that and with two children injured in the heavy conditions we still had a good week. Apres ski in Max bar lived up to its usual standard and the ski show was superb considering the difficult conditions. Hoping for better conditions next year. ... Full Review
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