Posted: 20 September 2017
Do you like to imagine waking up on a sunny winter’s morning to a view of snow fields and the peaceful sound of a burbling stream outside your door? Well, if you are on a school ski trip, the chances are this peace will be shattered by the giggles, slamming doors and stomping feet of a herd of teenagers but we think you will really love this youth hostel just outside Sankt Johann in Pongau, in the heart of the Salzburger Sportwelt. Set in its own grounds by the river Salzach, you are only a short drive away from the ski lifts that whisk you up to the top of the Hirschkogel, where blue and red pistes just wait for your group to try out their skis.
Photo courtesy of Alpendorf Bergbahn
Recently renovated, the Schlosshof offers all en-suite multi-bedded rooms and two separate dining rooms, so your group can easily enjoy their meals together.
In-house facilities include a cinema, party room and games rooms with table tennis and football. For those still bursting with energy after their ski day (any takers?!), the grounds outside offer scope for snow-volleyball, igloo and snowman building competitions. For a more relaxing option, rent a horse-drawn sleigh for a ride in those peaceful snow fields mentioned earlier!
We think the location, price and facilities make this youth hostel perfect for younger groups or those who like to be away from the crowds. It offers plenty of space both in and outside and is still within easy reach of all the amenities that Sankt Johann has to offer.
Find out more about taking school ski trips to Sankt Johann in the Salzburger Sportwelt here.
Sarah Whitbread, Chepstow House School, London