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Winter Fun at the Hochkönig Ski Resort & Pronebengut Farm in Salzburg

“You are already off skiing? Is there enough snow already?” Yes, it’s still pre-season here in the Austrian mountains, but my friends and I have decided to take a chance and followed an invitation to join a team of bloggers at the Hochkönig mountain ski resort, about an hour south of the city of Salzburg. “Kuschelhütten and Erlebnisbauernhof – comfy huts and a fun-filled farm” are waiting for us up here in the Salzburg mountains. I am really curious what this means! Two years ago, I have already been here skiing, impressed by the mighty Hochkönig mountain massif towering like a king’s crown over the small villages at its feet.

 

This time, however, the welcome is even more special. “You are the first guests in our new mountain huts”, Andrea Deutinger is happy to say, showing us around the farm including some 100+ animals …

… “we don’t actually know how many there are exactly”, Jakob her husband admits, smiling. “Unfortunately, every now and then, the fox is able to catch some of our hens. Really clever, I can tell you. But most of the times, I win”, he concludes triumphantly. Apart from cleverness, three lovely sons and a good sense of humour, the Deutinger family has a lot more to offer: A lot of love (and eye) for detail, for instance. From the very beginning, we are simply blown away by the charm of our individually designed, inviting mountain huts. Ours, by the way, is called “Schmuckstück” – Jewel. Of the Alps, and probably all mountain huts contained therein.

 

Skiing at the Hochkönig starts with looking for traces. Of snow, that is. Down in the valley, the hillsides are still green, but up at the mountain tops …

… the slopes are white, devoid of people and simply beckoning us to carve down in long, beautiful slopes. Mountains full of snow. The air crisp and clear. The sky a heavenly blue, our face warming up in the winter sun. Up here, at some 2.000 metres above sea level, we have hit the jackpot: No waiting times queuing in front of lifts. Virtually no one but us. Sunshine every day. What else could you possibly wish for? “Well, we still have to go for a typical ‘Jagatee’ don’t you think?”, our friend Romeo reminds us after a few fun-filled hours of carving down the slopes. He is right, of course – as the Austrian tradition almost “forces” you to rest, eat and drink at all times.

Im Tal noch auf der berühmten Suche nach dem Schnee ...

Still looking for snow in the valley …

 

… kämpft sich unsere Gondel ...

… as our mountain cable car slowly makes its way up …

 

… bald in luftige Höhen mit verheißungsvollen Ausblicken: Nichts & niemand hier! Und das, obwohl schon später Morgen ist.

… to views like these. Magic.

 

Das ist das Glück des Sonnenskilaufs in der Vorsaison ...

This is the happiness of skiing during pre-season, with virtually no other people around …

 

… welcher uns beflügelt ...

… which animates us to ski full swing …

 

… und auch den Einkehrschwung genießen lässt.

… and enjoy a break at the hut. Naturally.

 

Am Hochkönig kann, wer will, stets gern König sein ...

At the Hochkönig, everybody is entitled to the king’s chair …

 

… und wenn dann auch mal die Sonne vom Horizont verschwindet ...

… and as the sun is setting on the horizon …

 

… und die Berge ringsum prächtig neu einfärbt ...

… painting the mountains a bright orange red …

 

… then is the time to retreat to our mountain hut, welcoming us well-heated and with the fireplace crackling. Lovely. Only some five minutes drive from the valley station of the mountain cable car in Mühlbach am Hochkönig, the Pronebengut farm of the Deutinger family can easily be reached, located on a sunny hillside above the main valley road.

Hereinspaziert, heißt es da ...

Please come in: Private spa in each hut …

 

… wie gut, dass Zeit für den "Erstbezug" dieser phänomenalen Badewanne blieb!

… including a sauna and bathtub for each house!

 

Der Blick in die Wohnküche ...

The view into the open kitchen …

 

… sowie auch ins Wohnzimmer verrät viele gemütliche Details ...

… as well as from the living room gives an idea of the family’s love for details …

 

… für Stricken blieb dann leider doch keine Zeit.

… unfortunately, no time was left for knitting.

 

Dafür Zeit fürs Signieren des zauberhaften Gästebuches unseres "Schmuckstück"!

But at least, we could sign the guest book of our beautiful “Schmuckstück”!

 

Und auch der Frühstückstisch am Morgen, organisiert von der Familie höchstpersönlich, kann sich wirklich sehen lassen .. Hier sind wir einen ganzen Skitag lang satt geworden!

And the breakfast table, too, is worth a mention: Each day, the Deutinger family comes up and brings you everything you need for a day in the outdoors. I am getting hungry again!

 

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Happy skiing! Next time, let me tell you even more fancy (foodie) travel tips around the Hochkönig area, and some more details about the Pronebengut farm where we are staying. Really worth your while here, and so cosy you can easily take a day off from skiing as well.

PS: My friends Kathi & Romeo, writing on their Sommertage Reiseblog, have also made a great video about our stay. Check it all out on: http://www.sommertage.com.

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Elena writes about creative destinations, shares her personal travel stories and brings inspiring photography & interesting news updates home to you. Her mission is: "Continue to be amazed at this world, one creative travel experience at a time."

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