Austria is rapidly becoming a firm favourite on the European ski destinations list. With perfect powdery slopes, great après ski opportunities, and a fantastic mixture of resort types, it is easy to see why Austria is almost as popular as other top ski destinations, such as France and Switzerland. Some of the very best Austrian ski resorts offer exceptional value for money, with lower costs for things such as food and drink, accommodation, and lift passes. Standards of service are also often higher than in other European countries.
This fabulous country at the heart of Europe offers terrific opportunities for active leisure pursuits all throughout the year. In the summer, it is great for hiking, cycling, horse riding, climbing, water sports and more, and in the winter there are excellent opportunities for downhill skiing, cross country skiing, tobogganing, snowboarding, snow shoe hiking, and other fun and adventurous activities.
Here are some of the best Austrian ski resorts to think about for your next winter vacation:
The resort of Alpbach has tons of charm and atmosphere, and is a great choice for those trying out skiing for the first time. There are plenty of runs suitable for beginners, and two excellent and attentive ski schools. With the main ski area only five minutes’ away from the resort by bus, one can be on the slopes within a very short time. There are also more challenging skiing opportunities for those with more experience.
Solden is only an hour away from Innsbruck and has a vibrant and lively nightlife. There is reliable snow, meaning it is ideal for winter sports. Two glaciers are linked into the ski areas. There is a new gondola to transport visitors up to the Gaislachkogel, which at 3,050 metres high is a good place to ski.
Saalbach is a great choice for intermediate level skiers. It has the most sophisticated lift system in the whole country, shared with neighbouring Hinterglamm. Salzburg airport is only an hour and a half away by road. There are over 200 kilometres of pistes to be enjoyed. Apres ski is very lively!
Ischgl is one of the best Austrian ski resorts for partying and having fun. Apres ski ranks almost as highly as daytime activities in this lively resort. It is great for younger skiers and groups of friends. It is the second most popular resort in the whole of Austria. There are high quality slopes and a good lift system.
This is another top party spot, ideal for those who like their days and their nights to be equally as exciting and entertaining. It is also one of Europe’s top skiing destinations. There are plenty of challenging runs, as well as easier slopes within a close proximity.
This is a truly charming resort, set in an old mining town with a splendid and rugged mountain backdrop. There are some really challenging runs too, that are sure to make the most experiences skiers heart pound!
This is a great choice for families, as children will love the snow that often lines the ground in the village. Although the skiable area is small, there is very little traffic in the area, so it offers a safe environment for those with little ones. There is a quaint church in the village.
At the heart of the Tyrol, Innsbruck is a top spot for a weekend skiing break. There are several ski areas in the locale, along with the delights of the city on the doorstep.