Top 10 Austrian Ski Slopes
The range of slopes in the beautiful country of Austria is vast and you will find everything you want and more! Fantastic top of the range resorts atop snow covered mountains are just breath-taking. The stunning scenery seems to go on endlessly in this sparkling wintery world where you can enjoy skiing or snowboarding on masses of unspoiled snow. It can be a little overwhelming choosing a resort that will suit your particular needs so here are my top 10 best places to experience amazing Austrian skiing.
This fabulous ski resort has a global and friendly atmosphere within the little medieval town of Kitzbühel located in the Tirol that is jam packed with culture. You can stay in a range of excellent hotels and enjoy fine cuisine while also sampling the apres-ski in any one of the mountain huts dotted around well into the early hours. This particular resort is a beacon for professional skiers and people flock from all over the world particularly at the beginning of the year to watch them speed up to 140kmph on the slopes. You can brush up on your skiing skills by attending the famous Rote Teufel ski school. Ideally located, Kitzbühel is surrounded by charming villages so when you are not skiing you can immerse yourself in the warm traditions of the area.
- Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn
A combination of four ski villages, this massive skier’s paradise stretches from the province of SalzburgerLand to the Tirol. With an air of exclusivity and luxury you can experience a varied array of slopes to suit all skiing abilities. Every winter this resort becomes a hub of activity with huge events such as Rave on Snow which is an electronic musical festival, the Freeride World Tour and the Cross-Country Ski Marathon drawing global attention and is an attraction for all those who love the winter sports.
Pristine pistes from the easy green slopes for beginners and families to professional level courses, there is something for all. For those who want to go off piste and experience free riding, this resort has plenty of options. There is also a combination ski ticket called Alpin Card which combines amenities with Zell am See & Kitzsteinhorn glacier to extend the range even further.
For those who don’t want to just ski there are lots of possibilities for tobogganers and snowboarders. There are also over 70 lifts throughout the resort. After your exhilarating day head to one of the après ski chalets or perhaps to a snow bar! To get your foodie fix try any number of gourmet culinary options in the mountain restaurants.
Vorarlberg is a lovely Alpine province in the West of Austria, here there are smaller and homey ski resorts that are welcoming but not as overwhelming.
A family friendly option with easy maintained slopes and plenty of entertainment pursuits for all age ranges lies within Brandnertal.
Stay in the cute bed and breakfasts in the Montafon Valley which incorporates 11 villages surrounded by glittering mountain peaks. Gentle yet sporty with an array of activities in a quieter family setting.
The Damüls-Mellau resort links Damüls and Mellau from the north facing slopes to the south facing slopes offering much variety between the scenery. The super quick gondola connects both making it simple and effortless to combine.
Finally, Arlberg is a celebrity magnet, and it often plays host to Royalty! It is Austria’s largest ski resort and has a long history of winter sports. It is now the one of the five biggest ski resorts in the world!
- Zell am See
Situated in SalzburgerLand this resort is just one hour away from Salzburg in the delightful town of Zell am See that boasts spectacular views of glacial lakes and snow-capped mountains against ice blue skies. Slopes here start with the nursery slopes up to the professional level runs and if you want to learn new skills there are over 10 ski schools to choose from!
There are plenty of ski lifts, chair lifts and gondolas available to allow you to enjoy every moment of your skiing adventure. Snow canons are in place to make sure guests have a guaranteed snow-covered arena.
For those who want to spend sometimes away from the slopes there is the charming town of Zell am See that looks like it has been taken out of a fairy-tale storybook. Relax and unwind at the Tauern Spa near Kaprun or browse the luxurious boutiques that line the streets.
- Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau
An amalgamation of two resorts in the Tirol, Alpbach and Wildschönau this family friendly resort has 109km (68 miles) of perfect pistes in blue, red and black with plenty of ski lifts. This laid back and beautiful resort is just 45km (28 miles) from Innsbruck making it very easy to access and you can be on those slopes before you know it!
Both villages are adorable and scenic, you can meander around and take your time exploring the Farmers museums or hopping on the train to really get a feel for the picturesque Alpine terrain. Here you can even take a sleigh ride before sampling a local turnip-based schnapps!
- Kitzbüheler Alpen
A culturally rich resort based in the Tirol bursting with charm and friendly locals. A range of ski passes gives access to one of the world’s largest ski areas of over 2750km or 1708 miles. There is variety aplenty and is covered with more than 900 ski lifts as well as hundreds and hundreds of ski lodges making the Kitzbüheler Alps an expansive and exceptional place to ski. Passes come as season passes, 1–14-day ski pass or a 10-day flexible pass. Hitting the slopes is guaranteed as this region has plenty of snowfall but there is also the backup of snowmaking canons for extra peace of mind.
A beautiful mountainous area supplying ski slopes for all as well as tobogganing and snowboarding. Off slopes the Alps are bursting with romance and there are so many cute villages and historical museums that you will be able to lose yourself in the picturesque wintry setting.
Also, at home in the Tirol the large university town of Habsburg is an ideal location and has been attracting visitors from far and wide for many years. This ski resort has hosted the Winter Olympics three times and offers a fabulous vacation both on and off the slopes. There are 308km or 191 miles of snow pistes that again have the guarantee of having snow coverage. 111 lifts are also networked across the resort making it easily accessible.
Look out for the Ski plus city pass which is a great combination pass giving you access to an all-inclusive experience of all public transport including the ski bus as well as access to 3 swimming pool, 13 ski regions and 22 fabulous city tourist destinations.
For those looking to really pump up the adrenaline head to the Stubai Glacier which is 45 minutes out if Innsbruck and you can really test your nerve with the exhilarating skiing and snowboarding.
Innsbruck is so pretty and packed with things to do, often referred to as ‘The Capital of the Alps’ there are culinary delights to be sampled in the excellent dining venues, a host of boutique shops and of course there are the famous Christmas Markets to explore. This venue offers a perfect balance between exciting snow activities and a cultural treat.
- Tiroler Zugspitz Arena
This family friendly resort that is made up of seven ski resorts has 142km or 88 miles of guaranteed slopes with gentle runs for the beginner and intermediate up to the intensive courses for the more experienced.
Situated on one of the highest mountains in the Tirol the stunning surroundings are liberating. 56 ski lifts link the slopes and there are regular free buses getting you around that are included in your ski pass.
Ski lessons can start from age 2 here and under 6’s can ski for free everywhere. Most ski packages include excellent childcare options allowing you to hit the slopes knowing your child is having an equally wonderful time.
Off the slopes there is the option to explore any one of the gorgeous little villages that are dotted around or perhaps you would like to unwind in the hotel spa. Alternatively enjoy the nightlife on offer at the apres-ski!
Based in SalzburgerLand, this resort has over 100km of pistes in a ski season that runs from November to May. Due to its high altitude, it has the deepest snow depths and has the most snow sure set up in the entire country.
Hotels are located so that skiers can ski in and ski out straight onto the pistes! The kids will love the snow parks on offer and if you are looking for high quality then look no further than the Olympic Centre with a high-altitude instruction ground.
- Sölden / Ötztal
Hosts of the FIS Snowboard World Cup this resort has three peaks that are taller than 9843ft or 3000m! The glittering glacial panorama is the wonderful backdrop to almost 150km or 93 miles of pistes and is nicknamed the ‘Golden Gate to the Glacier’. The season opens in October and this famous destination has some fantastic entertainment and après ski events that the Tirol has to offer.