The "12 Peaks Trophy" promises fun on the slopes at 10,000 metres of altitude

12 peaks, 5 valleys, and an unforgettable ski adventure

The "12 Peaks Trophy" is considered the ultimate skiing experience in the heart of the Alps. This spectacular ski challenge runs over 46 kilometres of slopes (on an easy route), through five valleys and over twelve peaks across Salzburger Sportwelt, connecting the ski resorts of St. Johann, Wagrain-Kleinarl, Flachau, Flachauwinkl and Zauchensee. In addition to downhill runs on brilliantly groomed slopes, the highlights include enchanting summit experiences and gondola rides on state-of-the-art mountain lifts, such as the "Panorama Link", from which winter athletes can even see the Großglockner mountain. In addition to the "12 Peaks Trophy", Salzburger Sportwelt also offers a wide range of opportunities and pure downhill fun for the whole family.

12 peaks, 30 lifts, 46 km of slopes on 21 ski runs -
that's the 12 Peaks Trophy!
Can you manage them in one day?

The 12 Peaks Trophy is signposted in the ski area, so you can find your way around easily. To help you find the way, you can also use the Ski amadé Guide App, which always tells you exactly where you are in the ski area.

If you would rather get an idea in advance, then just take a look at our piste map.


What you always wanted to know about the "12 Peaks Trophy"

Although the "12 Peaks Trophy" is not a ski circuit in the conventional sense, it can be started from any location. If you travel from St. Johann to Zauchensee — from A (Alpendorf) to Z (Zauchensee) — you complete the route in the conventional way from west to east, and return from there. If you start in the middle of the route, for example in Wagrain-Kleinarl or in Flachau, you first go in one direction, then the other to the respective end points. To get back to the starting point, you also have to return along each route. This opens up new perspectives and new departures.

Certainly the time, because you shouldn't underestimate how long the route is. If we start in a group, we take the first gondola up the mountain at 8:30 and usually return to the starting point at 16:00 on the dot. I would allow just about an hour for lunch, no more, because, naturally, you will also want to take a short break for taking photos on each of the twelve peaks. There is no time to dawdle, because the clock is ticking.

No one has to be afraid of being left somewhere on the mountain and not being able to get back to the valley — the lift personnel will of course make sure of that. If time is truly running out, the Trophy run can be interrupted in any location and you can take a taxi or ski bus back to the starting point. In that case, you won't be receiving the black trophy, but you can still get the red trophy on the second day.

The "12 Peaks Trophy" is perfectly signposted, so it will be easy to find your way. However, there is also a "Ski amadé Guide App" that can be downloaded to your mobile phone free of charge. Guides can also be booked for all locations.

The first highlight of the day is certainly the experience of being more or less alone on the mountain in the early morning. When you are the first to ski these pristine slopes, it's an exhilarating feeling. Another highlight is riding on the "G-LINK" and "Panorama Link", which includes a view of the Glockner mountain when the weather is good. Each of the twelve peaks is also a highlight in its own right, the highest point being the Gamskogel at 2,188 metres above sea level, with a magnificent panoramic view. The most spectacular downhill runs include the Gamskogel run, but also the Kälberloch run, where the women's World Cup race regularly takes place.

Absolutely, because the majority of the slopes are easy, in other words., blue, and medium-difficulty, red slopes. The four black runs can be bypassed, and there are even alternatives to the red runs if, for example, your legs are getting tired in the afternoon. What's more, there is no time pressure: the blue Trophy is awarded to everyone who has been to the twelve peaks and the valley towns — no matter how long it takes them. However, those who want to complete the "12 Peaks Trophy" in one day should already be in good physical condition.

Most winter athletes really respect the challenge and usually go to bed early to be fit the next day. During the day, many are amazed by how far the route really is, but also by how fast you can go on skis and the distances you can cover. At the end of the day, they are mainly proud of the achievement and impressed with their own prowess.

To participate in the 12 Peaks Trophy, simply register on MYPEAKS and leave your ski pass number there. You can see which cable cars you still have to ski on the Skiline portals (f.e. Skiline terminal) to be able to pick up the coveted Trophy at the end of the day. This is in the form of a badge (contribution towards expenses 1.50 euros) or a sticker at the ski ticket office. The colour of the Trophy depends on how long you need for the complete ski round (black: on one day, red: during your ski trip).

The Trophy is an athletic challenge, but it also promises the pure fun of skiing. The huts where you will stop for breaks, such as the Burgstallhütte or the Lumberjack-Hütte, also promise pure enjoyment.

My favourites include the descents from the 2,188-metre-high Gamskogel in Zauchensee and here especially the east run with its varied slopes, but of course also the Kälberloch run, where the women's downhill race regularly takes place.


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