Experience snow & winter in Mariazell
The AKTIVHOTEL Weisser Hirsch as base camp for your perfect winter holiday in the Mariazell!
Whether mountain adventures on the two closest mountains "Bürgeralpe" and "Gemeindealpe" or winter experiences off the slopes - Mariazell offers a variety of attractions for an eventful and relaxing winter holiday. Up on the Bürgeralpe or the Gemeindealpe, down through the safest snow in the Alps and then back to the hotel - to warm up at the café bar PLATZHIRSCH.
Skiing & action on the mountains
Bürgeralpe Mariazell - the "family ski mountain" for all generations
Skiing was once invented by the pioneer Matthias Zdarsky - on the slopes of Mariazell. Ski-wellness is invented in the AKTIVHOTEL Weisser Hirsch - every day anew:
Only 50m away from the hotel currently the "Bürgeralpe Express", the new monocable gondola, is built on the Bürgeralpe. The investment volume for the new monocable "Bürgeralpe Express" amounts to 7.2 million Euros. The cable car will be equipped with Doppelmayr's 21 aft cabins and will carry up to 800 passengers per hour from the center of Mariazell to the Bürgeralpe.
Long waiting times are a thing of the past. For skiers and snowboarders in winter, the new "Bürgeralpe Express" offers ample space for the transport of sports equipment. For all visitors, whether skiers or snowboarders, winter hikers, tobogganers or special guests, the excursion to the Mariazeller Bürgeralpe is stress-free and pleasant. The "Bürgeralpe Express" is scheduled to open in December 2019. 11 km of slopes and 5 lifts, the 1.7 km long toboggan run, Basti's Slope and the winter hiking trail "3-Seen-Blick" await you.
Gemeindealpe Mitterbach - the "athletic mountain" offers fun & action
The Gemeindealpe has repositioned itself as a ski resort and offers even more fun and action for skiers and snowboarders. Two modern chairlifts provide access to 15.5 km of pistes. On deep snow specialists, a freeride area awaits you in the summit area next to the steepest slope in Lower Austria, a speed track with speed measurement is available for high-speed fans and the Funslope in the valley station area.
The centerpiece is the snow park, directly at the middle station, equipped with 17 elements, including 15 rails / boxes and two kickers. This is fun for advanced and beginners. An alpine hut right at the start of the snowpark and an inn at the park end complete the offer. The associated drag lift ensures a fast turnaround time.
Our TIP: network ticket "Skiberge an der Mariazellerbahn"
Through the Ski Association "Skiberge an der Mariazellerbahn" you can visit our neighbors Gemeindealpe or Annaberg with one ski card at any time. There is a free ski bus between these 3 ski mountains during the Christmas and semester holidays.
Winter hiking with touring skis or snowshoes
Enjoy the nature off the slopes: Whether on the touring skis or snowshoes, explore the wintry landscape at your own pace. In addition to the ascent to our local mountains - "Mariazeller Bürgeralpe" and "Gemeindealpe Mitterbach" also the winter hike around the Erlaufsee is an unforgettable experience.
Our TIPS in the region:
Touring Ski Offer & Touring Ski Night: Touring Skiers are welcome on the Bürgeralpe! Every Friday selected pistes for the Touring Ski Night are excluded from the piste barrier until 9pm.
Winter Hiking Trail "Drei-Seen-Blick":
The summit - hiking trail - Three Lakes view was created in autumn 2015 directly at the summit of the Bürgeralpe Mariazell. The trail starts at the mountain station of the Bürgeralpe. Along the circular hiking trail you not only have an impressive view of the mountain panorama of Mariazell - from various places you can enjoy the view of the three lakes Erlaufsee, Hubertussee and Kristallsee. On the hiking trail, the wonderful winter landscape can best be explored on snowshoes. Walking time: approx. 45 minutes
Away from the slopes ...
On the way with cross-country skis: Explore the marvelous landscape in Mariazell with the cross-country skis - best preparation is guaranteed. Around 27 km of groomed trails (classic & skating) are available in the immediate vicinity.
Our Tip: Walstern - Lake Hubertus, total length: 17 km, classic and skating;
The Walstern is an idyllic recreational area arround the Lake Hubertus. The start of the trail is located at the Inn Reininger, the famous "Wuchtlwirtin" with 4 different possibilities:
From here, the trail leads across a meadow along the Walsterbach
- direction Hubertussee (2nd entry possibility)
- over a forest in the Raninggraben
- over a forest in the Sandinggraben and Fadental - each route leads back to the starting point - total length: 12 km.
- North of the Wuchtlwirtin leads the trail along the Ottersbaches to the border in the direction Fadental and back to the starting point - Length: 5 km.
Ice skating and curling
Natural ice skating rink at Mariazeller Stüberl (tennis court) with suitable weather conditions - please inquire in advance! Ice skating rental & night running with escape light until 21.00 clock.
Ice skating on the Erlaufsee and Hubertussee possible with appropriate weather. Attention: no snow removal, at your own risk!
Ice diving & ice fishing
Ice diving at lake "Erlaufsee" is offered on request by the local diving schools "Harry's Diving School" and "Neptun Erlaufsee".
Ice fishing at lake "Erlaufsee"
In the eastern part of the lake Erlaufsee ice fishing is possible on whitefish (Reinanken). Information: Mr. Scratches (Forest administration Stift Lilifenfeld)
Our Winter-Specials can be found here.