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Winter Hiking and Yoga Holiday, high in the Austrian Alps

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, MoaAlm was awarded TripAdvisor's 'Best of the Best' in Austria. MoaAlm Mountain Retreat provides an extraordinary winter holiday from our unique location. We love sharing our stunning mountains with our guests! From our cozy, but stylish home, our wonderful hosts will help you to make the most of the Alps in winter.

Meet the instructors

Craig
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Highlights

  • Morning yoga classes
  • Evening inversion classes or assisted self practice
  • Organised snow shoeing and hiking tours
  • Organised introduction to cross country skiing
  • Personalised schedule based on the group's preferences
  • Delicious plant based meals daily
  • 7 nights accommodation

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$46 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

The MoaAlm Mountain Retreat has comfortable single, double, twin, or triple rooms. The rooms are stylishly decorated and spacious, with sizes that can go 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 of one double or two single beds. They also have triple rooms available. After an active day in the outdoors, you can enjoy the astonishing view from the sunny terrace or relax in the living room to 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 resort offers an in-house yoga studio, which has a panoramic mountain view and is the perfect place for an active start to the day. There, you will have the opportunity to practice energising yoga in the mornings or a relaxing session of restorative yoga in the afternoon. We also offer inversion classes each afternoon or can assist you in your self practice. In the morning the sunrise fills our yoga room with energy and the late afternoon turns the mountains pink.

Program

MoaAlm is situated at 1800m 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 an inversion class is offered and the yoga space is also opened for self-practice

Typical day

A typical week might look like this:

Day 1

Arrival to your mountain home from home, MoaAlm. Welcome drink and a chat over dinner about your weekly activity preferences.

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 organized snowshoe hike which heads up into the stunning Kalser Tal. We hike through fresh powder to a local mountain hut where we enjoy traditional Austrian hospitality and delicious warming food.

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

Depending on snow conditions, guided snow shoe hikes and cross-country skiing excursions are included in this retreat.

  • There is also a daily lift to the local ski resort for anyone who would like to spend the day on the piste.
  • We do not offer guided skiing.

Instructors

Craig Wear

Retreat location

This holiday will take place 1800 meters above sea level in Kals am Grossglockner, Austria; in the middle of Hohe Tauern National Park. MoaAlm Mountain Retreat is in a remote location with breathtaking views.

Distances

  • Huben in Osttirol - 20 minutes
  • Kals am Grossglockner, 3 kilometers
  • Lienz - 30 minutes

Unique features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Table tennis

General

  • Balcony
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant
  • River
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

Food

At MoaAlm Mountain Retreat we serve delicious plant based food with vegetarian options.

There is no better start to the day than a nutritious breakfast. MoaAlm serves fresh fruits, oats and cereals, bread, nut spreads, and much more. After an active day in the outdoors, you can warm up with a cup of tea and enjoy the freshly baked vegan cake.

At dinner, the chef always surprises with a delicious three-course plant-based meal made with lots of love and attention. MoaAlm believes that food tastes best when it grows close-by: the ingredients are local, fresh, and organic whenever possible.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
  • 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)

Skiing

Snowboarding

Ski lessons

Snowboarding lessons

What's included

  • 5 organised hike or snow shoe tours
  • 5 morning yoga sessions
  • 5 evening inversion sessions or assisted self practice
  • 6 afternoon teas with cake
  • 6 three-course vegetarian/plant based dinners with wine
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Tourist tax
  • Transfer from Lienz bus or train station
  • Introduction to cross country skiing

What's not included

  • Air fare
  • Insurance
  • Lunch
  • Ski passes and ski rental where applicable
  • Transfer to Lienz
  • Alcoholic drinks not served at the table

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Kals

  • Drive through the village past the church and the small supermarket.
  • At the first Y-fork, keep right, following the green signs for MoaAlm.
  • At the second fork, keep left at the beautiful wooden house with the blue and white balconies.
  • Stay all the way to the right at the third and final fork, driving past a small parking area and up the mountain to MoaAlm
  • From the final fork, it is a 10-minute drive to MoaAlm.
  • During the winter, you will leave your vehicle in the small parking area just past the final fork.
  • MoaAlm will drive you the last two miles up the local Rodel Bahn (sledging 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 in Osttirol. MoaAlm Mountain Retreat will pick you up in Lienz or Huben in Osttirol 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). In winter, the tourist office provides a shuttle service costing from 60 EUR per person one-way on Saturdays. You can contact MoaAlm Mountain Retreat to book this transfer.

Airport: Salzburg Airport Airport transfer available: Salzburg Airport (US$46 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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Availability

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

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