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Winter Yoga, Ski and Snowshoe Holiday in Austria

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Austria.

In January 2018, MoaAlm Mountain Retreat was featured by The Guardian newspaper as one of the best retreats in the world. In 2020 and 2021, it was awarded TripAdvisor's 'Best of the Best' in Austria. Join us for an extraordinary winter holiday. Whether you would like to be on the ski slopes every day, improve your yoga practice, or snow shoe hike on beautiful trails, there is something here for everyone. This Austrian retreat is also about delicious plant based meals and celebrating an amazing mountain location.

Meet the instructors

Craig
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Highlights

  • Customized retreat experience
  • Daily yoga classes in a panoramic studio
  • Daily breakfast and three course plant based dinner
  • Opportunity to take part in various winter guided activities such as snow shoe hiking and cross country skiing
  • 7 nights accommodation in stunning Scandinavian inspired home
  • Daily afternoon tea with cake
  • Transfers to and from ski lift
  • Wood burning Hot Tub

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German
Group size: Maximum of 14 participants
Airport transfer available:
Salzburg Airport (US$45 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio

MoaAlm Mountain Retreat has comfortable single, double, twin, or triple rooms all with en-suite bathrooms. The rooms are stylishly decorated and spacious. The sizes vary up to 24 square meters. All rooms have an en-suite private bathroom and stunning views. Some have balconies but not all. All rooms can be made up with one double or two single beds. We also have the option of triple rooms.

After an active day in the outdoors, you can enjoy the stunning view from the sunny terrace or relax in the living room, enjoy a drink at the bar, curl up on the sofa with a magazine or book, or enjoy a meal at the shared dining table.

The in-house yoga studio has a panoramic mountain view and is the perfect place for an active start of the day with some energising yoga or a relaxing session of Restorative yoga in the afternoon. In the morning, the sunrise fills the room with energy and the late afternoon turns the mountains pink.

Program

MoaAlm is situated at 1800 meters and is the ideal place to relax and refresh. This retreat is the perfect holiday for single travelers, families, or groups of friends. There is something to do for everyone. Some like to participate in the morning yoga and spend the day reading, whilst others go skiing in the resort or join the organized snowshoe hiking or cross country skiing. At the end of the day, you will all come together over a delicious plant-based meal.

Yoga

MoaAlm offers a one-hour morning yoga class with a certified instructor on five days of the week. You are very welcome to join whether you have never done yoga before or you are a regular practitioner. The classes are always tailored to individual needs. Your yoga teacher teaches an energizing yoga class in the mornings and occasionally teaches a Restorative yoga session in the afternoon. Every evening the yoga space is also opened for self-practice.

A typical week might look like this:

Day 1

Arrival to your mountain home, MoaAlm. Welcome drink and a chat over dinner about the week ahead.

Day 2

Morning yoga class looking out at the sunrise from behind the mountains before breakfast. You choose either: Introduction to snowshoe hike with our Activity Leader or a day of skiing from MoaAlm where you orientate yourself to the local ski resort. Invasion class and self-practice in the yoga studio before dinner.

Day 3

Today could look like you having breakfast followed by a fresh powder run down to the chair lift of the GG resort. There could be a day cruising on the pistes or maybe an apres-ski drink in the village before being driven back up to MoaAlm for late afternoon cake and a soak in the hot tub. Alternatively, you may wish to join our introduction to cross country skiing organized by our Activity Leader.

Day 4

There could be poor visibility up high so you will head down the valley and take an accompanied snowshoe hike through the trees. There will be an early evening toboggan followed by a restorative yoga session or inversion practice.

Day 5

There will be no alternative activity today so you can head to the piste for a day, take the snowshoes out on one of the marked trails or improve your cross country ski technique. Dinner out this evening will be at one of the restaurants in the village.

Day 6

If you’ve never tried cross-country skiing before, then take the opportunity to join a beginner’s cross-country ski group guaranteed to make you laugh out loud! Dinner will be at the house in the evening.

Day 7

Friday comes around all too quickly but you make the most of it with a chance to explore the fresh powder and off-piste skiing at the base of Austria`s highest mountain, Grossglockner. Alternatively, join our final organized snowshoe hike along a stunning ridge line with views of Grossglockner. Final evening meal at the house with new friends!

Day 8

This will be your departure day.

Included excursions

MoaAlm Mountain Retreat offers one daily yoga session in a panoramic mountain studio alongside organized cross country skiing or snowshoe hiking on five days of the week. The yoga studio is always open for self-practice. Equipment is provided.

MoaAlm Mountain Retreat does not offer guided skiing or snowboarding, but each day there will be a transfer to the resort for skiers.

Instructors

Craig Wear

Retreat location

This retreat takes place at MoaAlm Mountain Retreat in Kals am Grossglockner, Austria. The MoaAlm Mountain Retreat is a secluded location at 1800 meters above sea level; just three kilometres above the farming community of Kals am Grossglockner in the middle of Hohe Tauern National Park.

From the house, you can ski down to the ski resort and at the end of the day, MoaAlm will pick the skiers up at the bottom of the ski slopes with the jeep to drive everybody back up to MoaAlm.

MoaAlm’s three-kilometre driveway is also a sledging track in winter, normal cars cannot drive up and down to MoaAlm. If you are traveling by car, you can park your car at the parking lot down at the bottom of the driveway and MoaAlm will pick you up with our Landrover.

Kals

Being one of the most snow-sure regions of the Alps, Kals is a perfect place to ski and snowboard. The GG-resort offers 40 kilometres of pistes that are suitable for skiers of all ages and with all levels of experience. There are no waiting lines for the lifts and the many restaurants on the slopes serve local specialties.

Distances

  • Huben - 20 minutes
  • Lienz - 30 minutes

Distances

  • Innsbruck Airport (INN) - 189 km
  • Salzburg Airport (SZG) - 167 km
  • Klagenfurt Airport (KLU) - 186 km

Unique features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Mountain walking
  • Skiing
  • Table tennis

General

  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Internet access
  • Wireless internet

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

During this retreat, you will be served seven breakfasts, six dinners, and seven afternoon teas. At MoaAlm, food is very important, we like to eat sustainable, whole-food, plant-based diet. Whenever possible MoaAlm Mountain Retreat sources locally produced and organic ingredients.

During breakfast, you may enjoy a variety of muesli, fresh fruit, fresh bread, sweet spreads such as jams and peanut butter, alongside a range of our homemade fermented goodies, and savory spreads and nut cheeses. MoaAlm Mountain Retreat also includes local cheese and egg options for those who would prefer that.

Organic coffee and tea is served all day at MoaAlm. You will be welcomed back to MoaAlm every afternoon with freshly baked vegan cake, and a choice of hot or cold drinks. During six evenings, MoaAlm Mountain Retreat will serve a delicious and freshly prepared three-course plant-based dinner, including local wine or beer or organic soft drinks.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Whole food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Ski or snow board lessons

Ski Touring

Curling

Ice climbing

Glacier travel course

What's included

  • 5 guided winter activities ( snowshoe hiking, cross country skiing or tobogganing)
  • 5 morning yoga classes in our panoramic mountain studio
  • 5 evening inversion classes or assisted self practice
  • Yoga, snow shoe hiking and cross country ski equipment is provided.
  • 6 delicious three course, plant based dinners with local wine, beer or soft drinks
  • 7 afternoon teas with cakes
  • 7 organic, locally sourced breakfasts
  • 7 nights stay in stylishly designed accommodation
  • Use of wood fired hot tub
  • Daily transfer from and to the ski lift
  • Tourist tax
  • Transfer from Kals or Lienz train or bus station
  • Transfers to and from the restaurant on the evening out

What's not included

  • Insurance
  • Lift pass for the ski resort (if applicable)
  • Ski guide
  • Lunch
  • Downhill ski and snowboard equipment rental (if applicable)
  • Travel to Kals or Lienz
  • Alcoholic and other beverages not served at the table (not including tea and water)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Kals

  • After passing through the main town, take the right-hand fork following signs for MoaAlm.
  • On reaching a junction, take the right-hand fork following signs to MoaAlm
  • During the winter, you will leave your vehicle in the small parking area just beyond this sign.
  • MoaAlm will drive you the last two miles up the local Rodel Bahn (sledding track)

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive either at Innsbruck International Airport (INN), Munich International Airport (MUC), Klagenfurt Airport (KLU), or Salzburg Airport (SZG). To get to MoaAlm in Kals, it is recommended that you rent a car. Car rental starts at 140 EUR per week.

Arrival by bus

You can travel by bus or train from Innsbruck, Munich, Klagenfurt, and Salzburg to Lienz or Huben. MoaAlm Mountain Retreat will pick you up in Lienz or Huben free of charge. This is often the cheapest but most time-consuming option. Public transportation in Austria is very reliable and the platforms and directions are clearly indicated.

Arrival by shuttle

You can find airport shuttle taxi service from Innsbruck International Airport (INN), Munich International Airport (MUC), or Salzburg Airport (SZG).

Airport: Salzburg Airport Airport transfer available: Salzburg Airport (US$45 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Please take notice some weeks have discounted rates. For a more accurate information, kindly send MoaAlm an inquiry.

 

Availability

This vacation is available from December to April with arrival on Saturday.

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