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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).
Austrian skiing is largely based in the Alps mountain range. Phenomenal ski areas are coupled with a lively, fun atmosphere and traditional villages, unlike the purpose-built resorts elsewhere in Europe. Check out famous resorts like St Anton, Lech, Ischgl, Solden, Obergurgl, Kitzbuhel, Zell Am See or Mayrhofen - you won’t be disappointed by the ski areas in Austria!
Austria has some outstanding beginner-friendly resorts. Our favourite ski resorts in Austria for families are:
Some ski resorts in Austria will open in November, but our earliest holiday departures will be early December. By the time Christmas and New year come round you can expect good snow conditions to be in place across most resorts.
There are over 400 individual ski resorts in Austria. Many resorts are grouped as larger ski areas like the famous Arlberg area, Ski Circus, Ski Juwel and Ski Welt. The links between some of these resorts may not be as seamless as in France, but they offer incredible and varied terrain.
Like most things, it depends on what is the best fit for you- call us, and we’ll talk you through it. Best-selling resorts in Austria are St Anton, Mayrhofen and Kitzbuhel. Here are some ideas for the best ski holiday in Austria:
Austrian resorts tend to be at lower altitudes, so resorts with high slopes or glaciers are recommended for skiing in December.
Obergurgl is a fantastic option, sitting at 2000m in height with top slopes over 3000m. Hintertux (Mayrhofen) and Solden both offer glacier skiing up past 3200m. By the end of December, most of the resorts should be experiencing great conditions.
January is great for fresh snow and quieter slopes - it’s definitely one of the best months to visit the mountains!
Kitzbuhel is fantastic in January. There is awesome terrain, picturesque setting and arguably the best time to visit as the slopes top out at 2000m. Pick the right week, and you might get to watch the Hahnenkamm race. Thanks to the Rettenbach & Tiefernbachfern Glaciers and the reliable snow record, Solden can be explored to its fullest throughout January.
Tied with January for the best conditions, February is a fantastic time to plan a trip to Austria. As the slopes get busier through mid-season, Austria's modern, high capacity lift systems come into their own.
St Anton is World famous for a reason, and a great place for powder hunting in the off-piste. Niederau has great ski schools specifically for beginners and a charming, relaxed feel which is a great option for families travelling in the school holidays. Lastly, you'll love Mayrhofen in February with it's wide slopes and terrain for all abilities. If you're visiting at half term, there are great features for the younger generation like the Funslope.
You’ll start to see the sun coming back and spring, making a burgeoning appearance in March. Temperatures get much more comfortable and the nights don’t close in quite so fast, all while keeping good snow conditions.
Longer nights are slightly warmer temperatures mean you can really take advantage of the legendary apres bars in St Anton, like Mooserwirt and Krazy Kangaruh. Obergurgl is a snow-sure option. The resort height helps to mitigate any early high temperatures. If you want to preserve the best conditions for as long as possible into March Solden, Stubai and Hintertux all offer solid glacier skiing.
Austrian resorts are typically found at lower heights than their French counterparts so choosing a ski resort with high skiing, glaciers and north-facing slopes are the best bet.
Thanks to the glacier in Kaprun you can get good snow conditions well into April. Obergurgl is 2000m in height at resort level helps mitigate the warming temperatures, and the resort has slopes up over 3000m. Check out the view from Top Mountain Star hut in Hochgurgl, at one of the ski area's highest points.
|Property||Resort||Price (per person)|
|Hotel Berghof||Lech||£ 1189|
|Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl||Obergurgl||£ 1049|
|Hotel Alpina Deluxe Resort||Obergurgl||£ 949|
|Hotel Alpine Palace||Hinterglemm||£ 1639|
|Salzburger Hof||Zell Am See||£ 1149|
|Hotel Bergwelt||Obergurgl||£ 1189|
|Elisabeth Hotel||Mayrhofen||£ 999|
|Hotel Arlberg||Lech||£ 2599|
|Hotel Schloss Lebenberg||Kitzbuhel||£ 989|
|Chalet Monte Vera||St Anton||£ 1150|