About halfway between Innsbruck and Salzburg, nestled in the Kitzbühel Alps, lies the seemingly modest village of Jochberg, Austria.
Used as a center for copper mining and smelting as far back as 3,250 years ago, it now finds a greater lure in the ski slopes it hosts just west of the famous Pass Thurn, which slices through the region’s mountains. It’s easy to fall in love with this quiet picturesque municipality in the state of Tyrol merely for its natural splendor. But it’s more than just a winter destination, making the trek to this lonely hamlet more attractive for visitors every year.
Home to just over 1,500 residents, Jochberg is a place to go to truly get away from it all. And of course, it’s also a great place to enjoy snow sports. Cable cars in the town carry skiers up to the Hahnenkamm/Pengelstein ski area, with peaks reaching as high as 2,000 meters above sea level. When the snow melts, the area becomes a mecca for hikers. And abandoned copper mines can be toured, leading visitors deep into the ground as they travel into the past.