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01 January 0001

 Skiing in Austria

What do we love about skiing in Austria?

Austria is where the skiing we enjoy today all began in the early years of the last century, with the first people to try the ‘modern’ style of downhill skiing doing so in the Arlberg region, home to world famous St Anton. This resort is home to some of the planet’s most exciting skiing and boarding, and like world famous resorts such as Chamonix and Zermatt, one of those you must ski during your skiing life – for most of us returning many times. 

On the slopes Austrian ski areas have been busily inter-connecting over the decades so now they can offer some of the biggest ski regions in the Alps and with the world’s leading lift company Doppelmayr based here it’s no surprise that they also have some of the comfiest and fastest lifts to whisk you back up the slopes after every run – expect heated leather seats and weather protection as the norm, Austrians don’t like to do things by halves.

Fortunately the same goes for those cosy mountain restaurants for which the country is famous. Locally run and serving up copious quantities of traditional cuisine, prepared and cooked on site using locally sourced ingredients, you’ll not only be fully fuelled up for the day, you’ll need to keep skiing or boarding to the last lift of the day to work it off before sitting down for dinner.

Ski Weekends resorts in Austria

An evening in Galtur, Austria 

Austrians famously do après-ski better than any other nation too. A collection of lively bars will be found at the base of the slopes in every resort and here you can expect high spirits and free flowing beer and wine from midafternoon onwards, indeed some places you need to get in early in order to ensure your place.  

Austria is home to more ski areas of all shapes and sizes than any other country including some of the biggest and best in the world. St Anton, already mentioned, is of course one of the best known and particularly recommended for advanced skiers and boarders who enjoy the off piste terrain which many argue is the best in the world, as well as those who like to party all night after a hard day on the slopes – again many rate St Anton as having the best bars on the planet too.

There is also the unusual option of a city break by staying in Innsbruck, where you have the choice of eight ski areas surrounding the city to visit each day, each just minutes away and included in the lift pass. There’s also the stunning lake-side town of Zell am See, which has its own excellent ski area but also shares a pass with neighbouring Kaprun, which boasts one of the world’s great glacier ski areas. Or for somewhere more intimate, the village of Fugen has both an excellent mid-sized ski area for beginners and intermediates but also has a great snow record and some spectacular freeriding terrain that guides can take you to. Overall the choice in Austria is wider than anywhere else and it’s all yours!

To find out more about skiing in Austria, feel free to call one of our ski experts on 02380 206 971 or email [email protected]


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