Ski Holidays TO Austria

Austria is the key Alpine ski nation

Alpbach
Alpbach
Arlberg
Arlberg
Axamer BIG
Axamer Lizum
Bad Kleinkirchheim BIG
Bad Kleinkirchheim
Ellmau BIG
Ellmau
Filzmoos BIG
Filzmoos
Galtur
Galtür
Going BIG
Going, Austria
Gotzens BIG
Gotzens
Hochgurgl BIG
Hochgurgl
Ischgl BIG
Ischgl
Kaprun BIG
Kaprun
Kirchberg BIG
Kirchberg
Kitzbuhel BIG
Kitzbuhel
Kuhtai BIG
Kuhtai
Lech BIG
Lech
Lizum BIG
Lizum
Mayrhofen BIG
Mayrhofen
Niederau BIG
Niederau
Oberau BIG
Oberau
Obergurgl BIG
Obergurgl
Obertauern BIG
Obertauern
Saalbach BIG
Saalbach-Hinterglemm
Seefeld BIG
Seefeld
Ski Juwel BIG
Ski Juwel
Ski Welt BIG
Ski Welt
Soll BIG
Soll
St Anton BIG
St Anton
St Christoph BIG
Ski Christoph
Westendorf BIG
Westendorf
Zell Am See BIG
Zell am See
Zurs BIG
Zurs

of

Austria is the key Alpine ski nation, with many hidden treasures waiting to be explored. The Arlberg ski region, including St. Anton, St. ChristophLech and Zürs is the jewel in its crown and not only the birthplace of modern Alpine skiing, but also a most popular playground for Europe's Royal families. Kitzbühel and Kirchberg located in the Tirol are justifiably world famous for the annual Hahnenkamm ski race, cosmopolitan atmosphere and a distinctive medieval town flair in addition to the 170km of linked skiing on its doorstep. Two annual Alpine celebrations worth mentioning live in Mayrhofen, the first is the renowned Altitude comedy Festival, which sees ‘the big guns of comedy’ provide a week of unforgettable laughs, and the second is Snowbombing! which mixes fresh current talent with crucial pioneers of the music scene. On the subject of music vibrating off of the snowy slopes of the Austrian Alps, we cannot forget Ischgl and Galtür, with 238 kilometres of pistes and stylish hotels; it’s one of the most popular winter hot spots in the world and attracts international superstars to its open air concerts.

The key to ski holidays in Austria is the country’s celebrated ‘Gemütlichkeit’ culture, which attempts to make guests feel welcome, entertained and well fed, both on the slopes and after the lifts have closed.

Skiing in Austria has always attracted British skiers and snowboarders, and many of them learned to ski in resorts such as Alpbach, Niederau, Söll, Mayrhofen, Obergurgl and Filzmoos. Family skiing in Austria is a major attraction, and in many cases parents have returned later with their own children, confident that the experience they had when they were learning is as rewarding as ever.

The Austrian concept of Gemütlichkeit is a vital part of Austria’s success story: you’ll find the typical Austrian welcome both on the slopes with genuinely friendly instructors and the traditionally friendly (and lively) après-ski in almost every Austrian bar when the lifts have closed. Or even before they have - the partying starts early, and it’s a familiar sight at many of the resort’s mountain huts to see skiers dancing while still in their ski boots.  Later on the nightlife continues to be energetic, with live bands and traditional Austrian folk music and dancing, including schuhplattler (in which male dancers rhythmically strike their thighs, knees and soles (platteln), clap their hands and stamp their feet.

Snow in Austria

On the slopes, Austrian resorts enjoy a good snow record even though their ski areas are not, in general, quite as high as those of Austria’s big rival, France. Even Kitzbühel, which is lower than many Austrian resorts – regularly “punches above its weight”. But there is plenty of genuinely high skiing: the highest ski resorts in Austria such as Kühtai, Obergurgl, Obertauern, Galtür and Kaprun are as snowsure as you’ll find anywhere. Skiers who enjoy some culture and tradition thrown in with their skiing will appreciate the proximity of Axams and Götzens to the picturesque old Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck or the closeness of Kitzbühel’s slopes to the town’s medieval walled centre.

The high quality of the hotels and pensions in Austria is another strong selling point. More than any other Alpine country, ski accommodation in Austria and the communal living areas are almost always several cuts above average. So Austria really does tick all the relevant boxes: extensive skiing (many of the resorts, such as Saalbach and Hinterglemm, Lech and Zürs are linked to provide even bigger ski domains), good snow, pulsating nightlife and accommodation that’s usually not far from luxurious. And for those who really want challenging skiing, St Anton, Saalbach Hinterglemm, and Kitzbühel have slopes that most skiers and snowboarders will find more than steep enough.

Most if not all the instructors speak good English, and that applies to many villagers and townsfolk too. If there’s a slightly negative aspect to Austria perhaps it’s the relatively narrow choice of cuisine. Austrians do like their pork and veal, especially in the form of Wiener Schnitzel, one of the country’s most popular dishes. Fish dishes are available, of course but Austria’s culinary culture is definitely biased towards meat.

Read more on Austria in The Telegraphs review of the "Best Austrian ski resorts"

: The Facts

 

Currency: Euro
No. of Airports: 3
Fly from: London Gatwick, Luton, Southampton, Exeter, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Belfast International, Stansted, Leeds-Bradford.

Austria Regions & Resorts (33)

Famed in Austria as 'the birthplace of skiing', the magnificent Arlberg is one of those select few ski areas which fully justifies its 'world-class' reputation. Renowned for its challenging slopes, both on and off-piste, the area also includes many wonderful miles of picturesque intermediate skiing.

More information
  • Area: 340km
  • Altitude: up to 2811m
From
£ 383 Per person

Resorts in Arlberg Ski Area

Considered to be one of the best high-alpine ski resorts in the world, St. Anton is renowned for its challenging skiing, spectacular scenery and lively après-ski. The long, exhilarating descents from the Valluga, scenic valley runs and world class off-piste skiing attract keen skiers year after year. 

More information
  • Area: 340km
  • Altitude: up to 2811m
From
£ 499 Per person

Set in a spectacular open snow-bowl 500m above neighbouring St. Anton, and just a short ski-bus ride from Lech & Zürs, St. Christoph shares Austria’s No. 1 world-class ski area with these other famous-name resorts. 

 

More information
  • Area: 340km
  • Altitude: up to 2811m
From
£ 383 Per person

Enjoy one of Austria's most exclusive resorts, dominated by a lovely 14th century church and river, high up in the Arlberg valley next to the tiny hamlet of Zürs, surrounded by stunning peaks.

More information
  • Area: 340km
  • Altitude: up to 2811m
From
£ 814 Per person

Ski Zürs and join the famous ‘White ring’ ski circuit from Lech. Your Arlberg lift pass also covers the resorts of St. AntonSt. Christoph and Stüben.

More information
  • Area: 340km
  • Altitude: up to 2811m
From
£ 1004 Per person

Situated on a scenic plateau close to Innsbruck, Götzens and Axams are two picturesque villages with traditional Tyrolean charm in the Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck ski area. 

More information
  • Area: 295km
  • Altitude: up to 3150m
From
£ 594 Per person

Resorts in Axamer Lizum Ski Area

Situated on a scenic plateau close to Innsbruck, Götzens and Axams are two picturesque villages with traditional Tyrolean charm in the Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck ski area.

More information
  • Area: 56km
  • Altitude: up to 2340m
From
£ 594 Per person

Situated in the Austrian Alps close to the Italian and Slovenian border, lies the picturesque ski & spa resort Bad Kleinkirchheim, where 25 ski lifts, 23 ski huts, 103km of perfectly groomed pistes plus extensive snow-making facilities guarantee unlimited skiing pleasure.

More information
  • Area: 103km
  • Altitude: up to 2055m
From
£ 773 Per person

Nestling in between the Bischofsmütze and Dachstein mountains, Filzmoos is a pretty and quintessential Austrian village, where little has changed over the years. With its excellent snow record and magnificent scenery, it has much to offer both the skier and the non-skier.

 

More information
  • Area: 860km
  • Altitude: up to 2200m
From
£ 554 Per person

The sleepy little community of Galtür (1585m) -  dubbed an “Alpine idyll“ by the writer Ernest Hemingway in 1926 – is the highest ski village in the Austrian Silvretta region. It could hardly be more different from the party town of Ischgl six miles down the Paznaun Valley (reachable by a free bus link). 

More information
  • Area: 340km
  • Altitude: up to 2872m
From
£ 794 Per person