"Top Ten Best" Austrian resort lists
If you’ve decided what you want from your dream Austrian resort but don’t know which destinations tick the right boxes, have a look at our top ten lists. From the best destinations to families to the towns with the wildest après ski, you’ll find our favourite resorts in each category right below.
Most popular ski resorts in Austria
St Anton is undoubtedly the capital of Austria’s ski resorts, enormously popular with powder hounds, experts and anyone looking for amazing après – if anyone knows how to party it’s the Austrians (Mooserwirt and Crazy Kangaroo are absolute legends in the après world). Next in the après ski league table and growing considerably in popularity is Ischgl – a resort where you can ski hard and party even harder. Host of Snowbombing festival and home to the unforgettable Igloo Bar, Mayrhofen is another top town that brings hordes of party-lovers throughout the season.
Those who prefer a more refined time on the snow love Lech, which is arguably the prettiest village in Europe and absolutely oozes high-end alpine charm. Another romantic and hugely famous town is Kitzbühel – its colourful medieval buildings, their setting within the striking Kitzbühel Alps and the presence of the world famous "Hahnenkamm" piste make it a destination that visitors return to year after year.
The Austrians welcome families with open arms and the excellent tuition, wide, gentle slopes and laid back atmosphere make this a great nation to bring the little ’uns. Commonly appearing on the league tables for best family resort are Ellmau, Niederau, Alpbach and Obergurgl.
Snow sure resorts are always winners in the popularity contest with high altitudes, nearby glaciers and amazing historic snowfall promising excellent conditions throughout the season. If you’ve come for the powder, favourite resorts include Lech, Sölden, St Anton, Obergurgl, Ischgl and Kaprun.
Those looking to clock up the miles in a huge ski area tend to flock to the resorts in SkiWelt – the biggest connected ski area in the country (where you’ll find Söll, Ellmau, Westendorf, Kirchberg and Hopfgarten amongst others) and the 340km Arlberg area – the “cradle of alpine skiing” (which is home to Lech, Zurs and St Anton).