Skiing in Austria

Expert advice on Austria ski holidays and Austrian ski resorts from Sno®.

Ski holidays in Austria

Fast catching up with France as the favourite place for Brits to ski, Austria is known for its family friendly nature, traditional alpine farm towns and insanely good après ski. From world renowned legends like St Anton, all the way to lesser known gems like Zell am See, you’ll find warm Austrian hospitality and bundles of character throughout.

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"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).

List of all Austrian ski resorts

Alpbach

Alpbach is said to be the most beautiful village in Austria and it’s not hard to see why: this picturesque, chocolat...more ‣

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Highlights Late season skiing in Austria Intermediate and advanced skiers Glacier skiing

Axamer Lizum

Ski in the tracks of some of the Olympic greats at this former Olympic ski resort, which ranks with the best in Austr...more ‣

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Highlights Late season skiing in Austria Intermediate and advanced skiers Glacier skiing

Bad Gastein

‘Austria’s best kept secret’, this beautiful spa town is attracting more and more skiers every year. Part of the G...more ‣

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Highlights Historic spa town Regular host of Snowboard World Cup Traditional Austrian après

Bad Hofgastein

One of Austria’s hidden gems, you may not have heard of this Austrian market town and ski resort – but it’s well w...more ‣

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Highlights World renowned Spa Town Host of Snowboarding World Cup Traditional Austrian charm

Ellmau

This scenic mountain resort is part of the Ski Welt, one of the largest ski areas in Austria. A traditional village w...more ‣

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Highlights Varied terrain Part of the Ski Welt Austria’s fastest funicular railway

Fieberbrunn

Fieberbrunn is tucked away in the Kitzbüheler Alps with brilliant slopes for beginners and intermediates and incredi...more ‣

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Highlights Fantastic friendly atmosphere. Picturesque skiing and village Freeride World Tour venue

Filzmoos

Located amidst the stunning surrounds of Ski Amadé - Austria’s biggest ski area – which includes the immense Dachs...more ‣

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Highlights In the heart of the huge Ski Amadé Amazing range of off-slope activities

Finkenberg

A stay in this small village in the heart of the Zillertal will leave you relaxed and invigorated in equal measure. S...more ‣

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Highlights Quiet, cosy village Huge linked ski area Year round glacier skiing

Fulpmes

A large village with good skiing close to the Stubai glacier and Neustift. Facilities include indoor pool and tennis...more ‣

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Galtur

A cosy town at the end of the Paznaun valley, with a load of great views, Galtur is a hidden gem. Intermediates will ...more ‣

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Highlights 6 section ski-area Fantastic scenery Quaint village

Gosau

With Lake Gosau on one side and the striking Dachstein on the other, this UNESCO protected village guarantees jaw dro...more ‣

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Highlights Well-linked ski area with glacier skiing nearby A snow hole so good snow cover Family friendly resort

Hinterglemm

This traditional alpine village is a part of Austria’s biggest linked and most popular ski circuit, boasting gorgeou...more ‣

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Highlights Large linked resort Modern ski lift system Austrian aprés experience

Hochgurgl

Austria’s highest and one of Europe’s most snow sure, this resort is a prime choice for a week of terrific snow. Ja...more ‣

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Highlights Austria’s highest resort Ski in / ski out Premium accommodation

Hopfgarten

This old Austrian market town, complete with cobbled streets and a huge Baroque church, lies at the foot of the strik...more ‣

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Highlights Traditional Tyrolean village charm Cheap way to ski SkiWelt One of the sunniest areas in the region

Igls

A former Olympic resort, Igls sits in the Innsbruck mountain range and is less than half an hour from the big city it...more ‣

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Highlights Near Innsbruck Opportunity to upgrade to a glacier ski pass Olympic bob sleigh and Olympic Run

Ischgl

Widely undiscovered but well worth a visit, with a slogan that challenges you to ‘Relax, If you can….’ Ischgl is s...more ‣

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Highlights Some of Austria highest slopes Awesome après Famously fast lifts

Kaprun

A rustic resort nestled at the bottom of Austria’s most established skiable glacier, Kaprun offers the traditional e...more ‣

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Highlights Austria’s oldest skiable glacier Austria’s biggest superpipe Early summer skiing

Katschberg

Little known, but well worth getting to know, Katschberg is a laid back, family-friendly resort with a ski area that ...more ‣

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Highlights Family-friendly Ski in / Ski out hotels Short airport transfer

Kirchberg

A holiday in Kirchberg offers a much cheaper way to ski Kitzbühel, which sits on the other side of the mountain and ...more ‣

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Highlights Lively après Ski Kitzbühel for less Linked ski area

Kirchdorf

Escape the hustle and bustle in beautiful Kirchdorf, a traditional Austrian chocolate box village with a beginner-fri...more ‣

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Highlights Village charm Connecting resorts Wellness facilities

Kitzbuhel

Surrounded by the beautiful Kitzbühel Alps, Kitzbuhel in the Tyrol is a romantic medieval town with heaps of Austria...more ‣

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Highlights World's most difficult run Romantic Austrian charm Foodie favourite

Kuhtai

“Forget stress and just enjoy!” is the motto here in Kühtai, and that’s exactly what this place is good for. Take...more ‣

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Highlights Doorstep skiing Night skiing Snow sure

Lech

One of the classics, Lech is somewhere you should definitely ski at least once – and we won’t be surprised if you w...more ‣

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Highlights Some of the best snow in Austria Traditional charm, modern conveniences

Mayrhofen

One of Austria's top ski resorts, Mayrhofen offers an incredible medley of varied terrain, Austrian charm and vibrant...more ‣

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Highlights Freestyling heaven Tyrolean charm Altitude & Snowbombing festivals 100% artificial snow coverage

Montafon

Highly praised for its improvements in recent years and widely regarded as a freeride haven, the Montafon area has so...more ‣

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Highlights Large ski area Traditional Austrian villages Friendly environment

Neustift

Neustift is friendly mountain resort that’s perfectly located for you to enjoy everything that’s great about the Au...more ‣

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Highlights Glacier skiing Charming Tyrolean architecture Close to Innsbruck

Niederau

Set within Austria’s stunning Wildschonau Valley, Niederau offers the perfect base for skiing the entire Ski Juwell ...more ‣

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Highlights Traditional Tyrolean village Easy links to Ski Juwell area

Oberau

Soak up some traditional Tyrolean charm at this quaint, alpine village in the heart of the beautiful Wildschonau vall...more ‣

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Highlights Traditional Tyrolean charm Easy links to ski Juwel ski

Obergurgl

With some of Austria’s most snow-sure conditions, an easy-going atmosphere and bundles of character, it’s no wonder...more ‣

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Highlights Long ski season Chic and cheerful Ski in / ski out

Obertauern

Obertauern stands apart from other Austrian resorts in more ways than one; it’s the nation’s only purpose-built res...more ‣

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Highlights Excellent lift system Clever natural ski circuit Attractive purpose built resort

Rauris

In ‘the golden valley of the Alps’, this picturesque village served as a gold-mining town right up until the last c...more ‣

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Highlights Traditional Austrian charm & hospitality Stunning Hohe Tauern National park

Saalbach

Saalbach village is a magical hidden treasure of the Glemmtal valleys, boasting an especially renowned upbeat après ...more ‣

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Highlights Huge linked resort Modern lift system Austrian après experience

Scheffau

The smallest resort of nine in the massive SkiWelt area, Scheffau provides a quaint base for a week of skiing the ric...more ‣

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Highlights Traditional Tyrolean village charm Great blue slopes

Schladming

Surrounded by beautiful mountains and lakes in the massive Ski Amadé area, this living and breathing alpine town has...more ‣

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Highlights Part of the extremely well-connected Ski Amadé Excellent après-ski including restaurants, bars and shops Close to the Dachstein glacier

Seefeld

Perhaps the best cross-country ski destination in the world, this Nordic sporting village is famous for hosting vario...more ‣

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Highlights World-class cross-country Oodles to do

Solden

No resort with the tagline ‘Think Big, Think Solden’ is likely to be dull. With lively après-ski it’s an Austrian...more ‣

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Highlights Lively après ski Free Wifi in ski area 1 of Austria's biggest glacier areas

Soll

Its raucous reputation long left behind in exchange for a more family friendly appeal, the village of Söll sits at t...more ‣

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Highlights Super-efficient lift system Austria’s longest night time slope

St Anton

Austria's snowsport capital, St Anton in the extensive Arlberg circus of the Tyrolean Alps has every level of ability...more ‣

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Highlights Huge Arlberg area Awesome après ski Extensive powder terrain

St Christoph

This traditional and cosy village wouldn’t look out of place in a fairytale but offers much more. The fact that it’...more ‣

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Highlights Off-piste bowls and chutes galore Quaint Austrian Charm 250km ski area

St Johann

St Johann is a quintessential Austrian village, and visitors will be overjoyed by the combination of fantastic skiing...more ‣

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Highlights Huge linked ski area Great off slope activities Night skiing

St Wolfgang

Experience the Austrian Alps outside of a typical ski resort with a stay in St. Wolfgang - the thousand year old vill...more ‣

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Highlights2 ski resorts within a 90min drive Historic town Austrian charm

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Westendorf

This charming Alpine resort, voted most beautiful by the Entente Floral Association in 1998 is part of the SkiWelt, t...more ‣

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Highlights Part of the SkiWelt Varied terrain Efficient lift system

Zell am See

With a terrific blend of top class skiing, a lively après scene and a beautiful location, Zell am See offers a lot m...more ‣

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Highlights Unparalleled panoramic skiing Exceptional on piste dining Culture rich town centre

Zell am Ziller

Avoid huge lift lines and crowded restaurants this year with a trip to one of Austria’s most underrated resorts. Oft...more ‣

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Highlights Sunny south facing slopes High altitude skiing Traditional village

Zurs

Zurs is a dream location whether you’re looking to be seen with the stars, take to the skies heli-skiing, or just so...more ‣

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Highlights Great slope side après Large linked ski area Huge annual snowfall

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Chalet Baren
Chalet Baren
14 Dec 2014
St Anton £475
Chalet Rose
Chalet Rose
13 Dec 2014
St Anton £504
Chalet Midland
Chalet Midland
14 Dec 2014
St Anton £565
Austria ski chalets
Chalet Hotel Sonneck
Chalet Hotel Sonneck
07 Dec 2014
Lech £414
Chalet Hotel Elisabeth
Chalet Hotel Elisabeth
06 Dec 2014
Kuhtai £434
Chalet Hotel St. Christoph
Chalet Hotel St. Christoph
06 Dec 2014
St Christoph £450
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Chalet Hotel Sonneck
Chalet Hotel Sonneck
07 Dec 2014
Lech £414
Chalet Hotel St. Christoph
Chalet Hotel St. Christoph
06 Dec 2014
St Christoph £450
Hotel Alpenkrone
Hotel Alpenkrone
21 Mar 2015
Filzmoos £454
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Almdorf Cabins (Niederau)
Almdorf Cabins (Niederau)
03 Jan 2015
Niederau £391
Haus Edelweiss Apartments
Haus Edelweiss Apartments
03 Jan 2015
Alpbach £404
Haus Edelweiss
Haus Edelweiss
10 Jan 2015
Alpbach £404
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Chalet Hotel Sonneck
Chalet Hotel Sonneck
07 Dec 2014
Lech £414
Chalet Hotel Elisabeth
Chalet Hotel Elisabeth
06 Dec 2014
Kuhtai £434
Hotel Garni Sonnenhof
Hotel Garni Sonnenhof
13 Dec 2014
Soll £444
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