Austria’s old Tyrolean villages and market towns are the natural habitat of classic wooden chalet buildings. The concept of the catered chalet, however, is mainly found in the biggest resorts.
If we had it our way, there’d be catered chalets everywhere. You can’t beat huddling up to a fireside in the evenings when you’re exploring Europe’s greatest ski areas, and there’s no better remedy for Austria’s après than coffee and a prepared breakfast to wake up to.
No wonder the Austrian chalets on our books are so popular. These range from intimate, self-contained lodges to big modern builds (put together to look just like the old ones). Chalet hotels are another option, combining the chalet catering we all know and love, with the bonus of more rooms and facilities.
With some of the finest powder terrain and best après bars in the business, when you’re skiing in Austria it’s hard to beat having a luxury chalet as a base. They often come with spa facilities like hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms and the food on offer leans towards the fine-dining end of the spectrum. Resorts like Lech and St Anton know a thing or two about high end holidays, with Gault&Millau acclaimed restaurants to try out for lunches and on your host’s day off. For the ultimate arrival to your first class mountain pad, book a helicopter transfer or private driver.
Doorstep skiing isn’t as common in Austria as in France - a lot of the villages here were around years before the ski lifts turned up, so you usually have a short walk or bus ride to reach the piste. But that’s not to say you can’t find ski-in, ski-out Austrian properties with everyone’s favourite chalet catering. St Anton and St Christoph have a number of chalets within a snowball’s throw of the lifts and slopes in the Arlberg area, while the highest parish in Austria, Obergurgl, has chalets that glide right out onto snow sure terrain.
A handful of independent companies run their own chalets in Austria, whether a one-off property or a bundle of chalets across different resorts. You get the same services you’d find in package chalet holidays: breakfast, tea and dinner served for you each day apart from the host’s day off. On top of this there tends to be a bit more flexibility, letting you self-cater or stay for a short break if you like.
Generally, these companies don’t arrange any flights/rail travel, but some work with transfer providers who can collect you from the airport if need be. Being able to sort out the journey yourself can come with a lot of benefits – choose the flight times that suit you, add a stop off to extend your holiday or drive down in your own time.
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We think ski chalets in Austria are unbeatable for olde worlde charm at some of the best catered chalet prices in the Alps. Read our guide to ski resorts in Austria where you'll see smaller resorts with super cheap prices to go learn to ski or take your family… or visit one of the classics like St Anton or Mayrhofen where they'll show you some of the most famous après ski in the world. To see all Austrian skiing (i.e. not just catered chalets) browse our main Austria ski holidays page.