There are good reasons why Austria is the first choice of many winter sports fans when it comes to holidays. Snow guarantee, skiing pleasure, deep powder and flawlessly prepared slopes – in the winter sports paradise Austria everyone gets their money worth, regardless if beginner or pro, on skis or sleigh. Since Austria is known to be an apres-ski stronghold you can expect great winter fun – not only on the slopes. Austria offers a lot of diversity, on- and off-piste.
In Austria you can hardly spend a more beautiful skiing holiday than in Salzburg’s countryside. Whether with Family or friends – a holiday in Salzburg’s world of sports, for example in the region Zell am See/Karprun, will raise your spirit despite of icy temperatures. Walks in dreamlike, snow covered landscapes, romantic rides on horse-drawn sleighs, ice-skating on divine lakes or tobogganing make the skiing holiday in Austria an unforgettable experience. With 23 skiing areas and 2000 km of perfectly groomed slopes the region provides ideal conditions for skiers.
Further the family friendly countryside of Salzburg offers skiing courses for beginners, returners and children. The well-known skiing area Amadè provides skiers with 5 top skiing regions. Children experience lots of fun on the slope with the animals of “Fagerwald” in Forstau-Fagerwald as well as in the child’s world in the “Almenwelt Lofer”. Winter sports can also be combined with wellness and exclusive SPA offers.
A very popular skiing holiday destination in Austria lies between Arlberg and the Kitzbühler Alps. There is a reason, why Tyrol is called “The Lord of the Alps”. Sölden, Ischgl, Kitzbühl and St. Anton are just a few of the world famous municipalities belonging to the area. The selection varies between small family skiing lifts, huge winter sports arenas and year-round glacial pistes. More than 80 skiing areas with 3400 km of slopes enthuse snowboarders and skiers. Modern mountain railways ensure safe transportation.
Freestylers can practice their acrobatic jumps in special snow parks while beginners benefit from 300 skiing schools. Spectacular events, hip bars and rustic huts prevent boredom and ensure a diverse apres-ski. In Obertilliach vistors can shoot on targets and in Seefeld they can use the professional cross-country skiing trail and search for animal tracks in the Nationalpark Hohe Tauern.
The most southern province of Austria is also worth to be considered for a skiing holiday austria. Thanks to its location, Carinthia has sun-drenched, perfectly prepared slopes. Besides of these it offers numerous possibilities to go on trips. After all, this region with its 200 lakes is the perfect starting point for ice skating, cross-country skiing tours and winter hikes.
The skiing areas Heiligenblut, the Möllatler Glacier and Bad Kleinkirchheim are especially well known. With them no whish remains unfulfilled. In Carinthia everything is oriented towards family which can be seen in the equipment that’s suitable for children, the free skiing courses and the practice areas for children. Further the family friendly winter sports region, Carinthia, offers wildlife observation, horse sleigh rides, igloo building projects and night time hikes with torches.
In the sunniest region of Austria, visitors can expect kilometre long cross-country skiing tracks, as well as numerous slopes between the peaks of the Lienzer Dolomites and the Nationalpark Hohe Tauern. In the hiking paradise, East Tyrol, 241 impressive 3000 metre peaks are awaiting visitors that appreciate a unique mountain backdrop far from hectic and mass tourism.
The best known East Tyrolian skiing area is the “Großglockner Resort Kals-Matrei” with its total of 150 km of slopes. A true insider tip for skiers is the Defereggental with its appealing landscape and the untouched high mountain valleys. The Villgratental has no slopes and is therefore a real ski mountaineering paradise. Families value Obertilliach with its “Golzentipp” – a fully snow-covered, small skiing hill with rustic, wooden huts.
Due to the wonderful landscape, the traditional villages and the ideal conditions for winter sports fans, Vorarlberg is a great choice for a skiing holiday in Austria. The legendary skiing resorts Zürs and Lech, as well as Montafons lie in snow-rich altitudes and offer the perfect view of an untouched world of mountains. Groomed slopes in all levels of difficulty offer some excitement to skiers. Real highlights are breath-taking ski runs and great deep-snow slopes.
The top-attraction is the Hochjoch-Totale – the longest ski run in Vorarlberg. The mountains around Gargellen, Gaschum, St. Gallenkirch and Schruns offer loads of action and adventure to skiers and snowboarders. Tobogganing on rapid and curvy tracks promises to be fun and action for young and old. Equally popular with children and families are ice stock sports and ice skating in the ski resort Brand. Here you can also try archery and go on horseback rides.
For a skiing holiday in Austria the skiing resorts Dachstein-Tauern and Schladming in Styria are perfectly suitable. The skiing regions offer great world cup runs, otherwise they stand for comfort and quietness. The region between Böhmerwald and the Salzkammergut in Upper Austria is known for its diverse leisure programme and offering multi-facetted sports activities as well as divine lakes.
Lower Austria competes with small and family-friendly skiing areas and is characterised by spectacular canyons, lakes, Alps, alluvial forests and moors. On the Annaberg you find FIS runs next to moderate slopes.