On the recent trip out to Austria for the Alpentour Trophy, we came across this  gem of a place to stay; Austrian-alps.com, deep in the heart of some amazing riding and skiing areas, just 60 minutes south east of Salzburg, in the Pongau area. Its lesser known status means smaller crowds and cheaper prices, but the area offers a whole heap of very cool stuff to do, for all the family.









Nestled into its peaceful hillside location overlooking the small town of Altenmarkt im Pongau, the accommodation offers amazing views across the valley and of the surrounding mountains. The area is a mecca for the outdoors, summer and winter. Plenty of 1000m mtb climbs, rides along the valleys or if lift assisted is more your thing, then the Planai bike park at Schladming is within a super easy drive to the west or Wagrain Bike Park 15 minutes drive to the east

There's plenty to do for all the family too. Easy trails for riding and walking or the local high wire walks at the bottom of the hill. There is a local ski hill across the road too. If you want a relaxing trip, away from the crowds, then this is perfect, with everything you need at the accommodation. Town is just a 10 minute walk away.

[caption id="attachment_15096" align="alignleft" width="300"]P1010623 easy trails in the valley and the local high wire walks![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_15097" align="alignright" width="299"]P1010625 High wire walks in the trees anyone?[/caption]









[caption id="attachment_15109" align="alignleft" width="300"]P1010610 In the valley[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_15110" align="alignright" width="299"]P1010618 Looking up from the valley trail[/caption]








[caption id="attachment_15092" align="alignright" width="302"]P1010612 the locals[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_15100" align="alignnone" width="354"]P1010634 view from the balcony (left side)[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_15099" align="alignnone" width="302"]P1010633 view from the balcony (right side)[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_15103" align="alignleft" width="303"]P1010647 local hillside restaurant with views across the valley[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_15120" align="alignright" width="300"]P1010644 spectacular view even when the weather comes in![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_15102" align="aligncenter" width="319"]P1010645 restaurant with a view[/caption]

It is all here for winter activities too, check out the photos here