Located less than an hour’s drive from Salzburg (about 3 1/2 hour from Vienna) Sankt Johann im Pongau is a fun ski areas for beginners and intermediates. There may have been more challenging slopes available if we had more snow, but the blue, red and black trails that were open were nice trails.
There are some fun attractions on the mountain: two paid race courses, a free speed measuring course, and on the Wagrain side of the mountain, there was a free race course that recorded your race on video which you could download for free at home. While not a challenging mountain, the huts were nice and some of the runs with the race activities were a lot of fun.
Great places to eat in the area are:
Alpendorf 12, Sankt Johann im Pongau 5600
Oberforsthof Alm was a great restaurant in terms of the food, the service and the atmosphere. The menu was extensive – like many of the reviewers on Trip Advisor, we were at first nervous about the size of the menu since big menu often equals low quality. Our choices were delicious. We had two different salads, a mixed salad and the burrata salad. We then shared the Chinoise Fondue which included chicken, pork, beef, shrimp, hot dogs – we weren’t expecting those – vegetables and a variety of sauces. It was all delicious! I would love to go back there again next time we are in the region to try some of there other offerings. A great place to eat after a long day skiing or hiking.
This tiny restaurant is located in the center of St. Johann im Pongau, just across from the cathedral. There were only 3 tables and then some seats the the bar. The cuisine is Mediterranean – I enjoyed some baked feta and vegetables, some gambas, and some hummus. My husband had a salad, the souvlaki, and the apple streudel topped with caramel and whipped cream. Everything was delicious. The service was slow but friendly.