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Skiing in Austria

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.

"Top Ten Best" Austrian resort lists

List of all Austrian ski resorts

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 Picturesque 1930’s village Brilliant family resort Excellent for beginners

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 Easy access to other resorts Intermediate and advanced skiers Near Innsbruck

This gorgeous village has access to mile upon mile of the Gastein Valley’s powdery pistes and is linked by train to ...more ‣

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

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

The clue’s in the name: ‘Bad’ is used to describe spa towns in German and people have been coming here since 500BC...more ‣

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Highlights St Katherin and Römerbad baths 4 and 5* spa hotels Resort with history

This achingly traditional Austrian village looks out to rolling hills, thick forests and those gorgeously rugged Wild...more ‣

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

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

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

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

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

This traditional alpine village is a part of the biggest linked and most popular ski circuit in Austria, offering gor...more ‣

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Highlights Large linked resort Modern ski lift system Austrian aprés experience

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

This old Austrian market town lies at the foot of the striking Hohe Salve Mountain in the magnificent Kitzbühel Alps...more ‣

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

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

A place to ski high and party hard: As well as having some of the nation’s finest snow conditions, Ischgl’s neck an...more ‣

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Highlights Some of Austria highest slopes Awesome après Famously fast lifts

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

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

Base yourself in Kirchberg for a cheaper way to ski legendary Kitzbühel, which is on the other side of the mountain ...more ‣

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Highlights Lively après Ski Kitzbühel for less Linked ski area

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

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

“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

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

One of Austria's top ski resorts, Mayrhofen has a magnificent medley of varied terrain, Austrian charm and lively apr...more ‣

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

Neustift’s a friendly mountain resort that’s terrifically located for you to enjoy everything that’s great about t...more ‣

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Highlights Glacier skiing Charming Tyrolean architecture Close to Innsbruck

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

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 area

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 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

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

The hills are a hive of activity in Saalbach - the liveliest base in the glorious Glemmtal valley, it often plays hos...more ‣

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Highlights Huge linked resort Modern lift system Austrian après experience

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

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

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

The hub of the SkiWelt area, Söll’s a traditional and animated village at the foot of the Hohe Salve Mountain, look...more ‣

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

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

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 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

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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

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

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

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).

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