Austria’s a winter wonderland of medieval market towns and mystical mountain villages, surrounded by the most sensational peaks. And this alpine nation's an old hand at luxury skiing.
Schuss gorgeous groomers and other-worldly off piste, guzzle Glühwein then hole up in high-end hotels and top-notch chalets where spa facilities pamper you piste-ready for the next day.
This charming, choc-box town sees silly amounts of snow most seasons. Limits on lift pass sales keep the area deliciously free from crowding, while the resort's status as a World Gourmet Village gives you an inkling of just how awesome the food is here.
Probably the prettiest resort in all Austria, with its colourful medieval town houses, church steeple and surrounding peaks. And quite likely the poshest, from the designer shops to the gourmet restaurants and snow polo tournaments… A darn sight good for skiing, too, from the famously speedy Streif run to the charmingly cruisey blues.
A high-altitude, international ski area's your playground in Ischgl, and wowza what a place to ski: off piste, steeps and links to Swiss Samnaun for a fondue or two. Which you'll need to fuel up for the evening ahead – whether you're swinging steins in a mountain bar or partying in Pascha.
Zell's Schmitten ski area's so swish it has Porche cable cars, and the lakeside town doesn’t let the side down with its imperial spa hotels and Gault&Millau praised restaurants.
High in the hills above Lech, Zurs is the place to ski all day, then hole up in your luxury hotel later on. Doorstep skiing’s a dream from here – schussing straight out onto snow sure slopes, and back at the end of the day to gourmet restaurants and state of the art spas.
St Anton has otherworldly off-piste and some of the most brilliantly bonkers après ski you'll ever experience... And for afters, the Arlberg-Well centre (or your hotel's spa facilities) will restore aching limbs and sore heads so you can do it all over again.
The latest of the James Bond ski resorts, Solden's statistics set it apart from ski resorts worldwide: three peaks above 3000m and two glaciers make one hell of a ski area. And when you've skied your socks off, you can retire to the Futuristic Aqua Dome Spa Centre to soak up those views.
As serious about spas as it is about skiing, BKK perfects the combination of exhilarating pistes - over a hundred kilometers of them - and rejuvenating wellness facilities. Schuss in the tracks of Olympian Franz Klammer, then tend to those limbs with thermal baths, saunas, ice pools, you name it.
Austria's four and five-star hotels take centre stage when it comes to luxury skiing – grand Tyrolean buildings housing all you could dream of to make a week in the mountains incredible.
Find swimming pools on rooftops, in spa centres or extending into the great outdoors, plus saunas, hammams, grottos and massage therapists to see you pampered top to toe.
On-site casinos, cigar lounges and night clubs can be found in some of the poshest properties, while restaurants have Gault&Millau and Michelin praise for their gastronomic greatness.
See what else our high-end Austrian hotels have to offer here.
Hotels may well hog the limelight in Austria's luxury ski scene, but that's not to say there aren't some corkers when it comes to chalets. Within classic choc box walls, find private swimming pools and spa facilities to fill your time with off the slopes – some throw in home cinemas and games rooms too. Take a look at our luxury Austrian ski chalets here.
Sometimes the greatest luxury of all is the flexibility to let your stay pan out as you please. Whether you plan to gobble up Gröstl in your PJs at home or out in a local restaurant, our Austrian apartments make you the master of your mealtimes.
Austria's more luxurious lodgings have well kitted out kitchens where you can conjure up culinary delights, as well as central locations for access to local restaurants. Have a gander here.
|Property||Resort||Luxury features||£ Price from (pp)|
|Hotel Schloss Lebenberg||Kitzbühel||Luxurious Alpine castle, cocktail/piano bar, antique-furnished rooms||£949|
|Chalet 1597||Lech||Historic mountain hut, gorgeous master suite, spa area, cinema room||£3072|
|Salzburger Hof||Zell am See||Excellent spa hotel, foodie ski hotel||£1379|
|Chalet Maria Schnee||St Anton||Spa facilities, cinema room, south facing balcony, gourmet chalet catering||£2474|
|Das Central||Solden||Excellent food & wine, incredible Venetian-style spa||£1510|
|Balegia Penthouse||Lech||Luxury chalet catering, sauna, south facing balcony||£2589|
|Hotel Madlein||Ischgl||Excellent spa, PACHA nightclub, central location||£1329|
|Hotel Arlberg||Lech||Traditional Austrian luxury, foodie hotel, spa||£2049|
|Skyfall Penthouse||St Christoph||Cinema room, wellness facilities, shared swimming pool||£4267|
|Hotel Schwarzer Adler||Kitzbühel||Famous rooftop pool, fabulous spa, Michelin-starred dining||£1019|
We update this list often but facilities can change, so if any specific feature is essential to your trip, make sure you ask us to confirm the details before you book your holiday.
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