Frequently asked questions and answers

Group courses

Detailed information on our collection points is available here

The meeting place may be changed, if there are too few participants in each group or because of the snow conditions. 

The group courses are offered from Sundays to Fridays. The normal lesson times are 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Of course, you may also book fewer days. For children's group courses it is possible to book lunchtime supervision. The children are then supervised from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. !

Advanced skier and snowboarders can join a group course on any day. You will then be allocated to an already existing group. Beginner skiers start on Sundays and Mondays. Beginner snowboarders start on Sundays and Mondays (from 4 persons, depending on season) .

Private courses are possible at any time on request.
No group courses are held on Saturdays (apart from during the Christmas period).

For child beginners a language guarantee can be booked (extra charge 5%).

For advanced skiers we have a large number of Dutch ski instructors and also a few Austrian instructors, who speak a little Dutch; however, we cannot guarantee a Dutch ski instructor.

For child beginners and advanced skiers up to 12 years of age and Level 3 you can book a language guarantee (extra charge 5%). 

We offer half-day lessons for the Bambini courses for children from 3 years of age and for advanced children  .

For child beginners from 4 years of age only full-day courses are possible.

Our experience over the years at the Ski School Maria Alm has shown that learning outcomes are considerably greater after 4 hours than after 2 hours. The ski school's whole concept and learning programme is based on four-hour lessons. 
With 4 hours the learning objective can be set on skiing on blue slopes!

You can go straight to the meeting place with your booking confirmation. This guarantees you short waiting time in the ski school office. If the meeting place is changed, we notify you by SMS!

No that is not necessary. If you are not sure how you want to organise the lunch hour, you can also book individual tickets for each day. Lunchtime supervision includes supervision and lunch with a drink.

Lunch supervision is held in the guest children's nursery at the Aberg middle station, in the ski school room at Natrun and in various chalets in the skiing region.

No, it is not necessary, but if you book online , you have a range of benefits:

  • Guaranteed place
  • With the online booking confirmation you can go directly to the collection point.
  • Online early booker bonus

No. If you have previously booked a 3-day course, you can also book the next days individually.

A group is viable with a minimum of 4 persons.

If there are fewer than 4 persons, groups may be merged.

Children from the age of 3 years may attend the 2-hour Bambini courses  from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Supervisors trained in children's education take care of the children, who are not able to decide whether they want to play or ski. These methods turn the children into little ski stars with absolutely no pressure.

We recommend that children attending snowboard courses are aged  at least 6 years.

Basically, yes. It makes sense to attend the course day by day, since the learning programme is structured for each day. If children or adults miss one day, this may result in them being no longer able to join the group and therefore having to change group.

Yes, at the end of the week every Friday there are ski races. The final race is part of the course. To enter you need a ski school ticket.

Group course allocation

Skiers are allocated to group courses on Sundays and Mondays between 9.30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Allocation Children: Children are allocated to groups at the Natrun and Aberg valley station collection points by means of a short test. At the Kirchenwiese collection point children are allocated to groups by means of an interview or according to their level pass from the previous year.

Allocation Adults: Adults are allocated to a group by means of an interview. 

We allocate children into groups at the Komperdell middle station. Children are primarily allocated to groups in accordance with their skiing skills, language and age.

If your children or a group of friends are at roughly the same level, there is no problem in allocating them together in one group. However, we would request you to mention this wish at the time of allocation. If the children are not at the same level, but nevertheless would like to ski in the same group, the child with the higher level must take the child with the poorer skills into consideration.

Private lessons

The maxim here: the earlier, the better! In holiday periods we would always recommend that you book the ski instructor in advance by e-mail or through our home page, so that we can satisfy your requirements. Of course, it is possible, depending on availability, to make a booking at short notice at our offices on site.
Private lessons with language requirements must always be agreed by e-mail - with the exception of German and English!

The specified private tariffs apply to 1 person; a supplement is payable for every further person. In workshops from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. the price is valid for up to 3 persons without supplements.
There is also a special family offer.
In this offer the price for two persons is charged and the remaining direct family members (parents and children) ski without charge. For this offer all the participants must ski at a similar level .

General questions about the ski school

Basically it is not possible to cancel courses. The ski school has several offers, e.g. the taster ticket or extensions, so that your risk is kept as low as possible. However, if, contrary to expectations, things do not work out, we are able to transfer your course within the ski school or offset against other family members. If you want to cancel a course because of illness or injury, this is of course no problem if you submit a doctor's certificate.

Yes, for children and adolescents up to 14 years of age there is a requirement for a helmet. 

No. Children up to the age of 5 years can use the ski lifts for free. All other participants must purchase ski passes separately.

Information is available on www.hochkoenig.at.

Supervision is available for children from the age of 2 years in the guest children's nursery at the Aberg middle station in the Bärmooshütte chalet.

No. Sports equipment must be hired or purchased independently of the ski school.
Further information at: www.intersport-mariaalm.at  

You may pay in cash or by card in our ski school offices. We accept: Maestro, MasterCard, VPay and Visa Card.