Skiing and snowboarding holidays in Austria are about so much more than simply going downhill. It is Austria that completes the all-round winter holiday experience with traditional alpine villages, lively après-ski and a great choice of ski and snowboard resorts catering for all levels from beginner to expert. Add to this short airport transfers, a friendly welcome, superb value and that unique Austrian ‘Gemütlichkeit’ and it is easy to see why Austria is so popular.
We offer a wide choice of Austrian ski resorts and below you’ll find a snapshot and taster of each. Click on the image or link to explore the resorts in more detail.
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Small yet perfectly formed, Fieberbrunn boasts the best snow record in the Kitzbüheler Alps and was catapulted into the spotlight in 2015 when it connected with the Ski Circus Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang to create Austria’s then largest lift-linked ski area boasting 270 kilometres of piste. Fieberbrunn is our second home, our most popular resort and is ideal for short ski breaks, ski weekends and families. There is great skiing locally for all levels including some fantastic freeride terrain (Fieberbrunn is a popular stop for the Pros on the Freeride World Tour) and the extensive piste network now on offer will satiate even the hungriest mileage-monster. Enjoy it now before the secret gets out!
Best for Beginners IntermediateOff-pisteFamilies Groups Après-ski Short transferSki weekends Large ski area (270 km)
Located between the north face of the Kitzbüheler Horn and the mighty Wilder Kaiser mountains, St Johann in Tirol has a good après-ski scene and is a great choice for beginners, intermediates and mixed ability groups. St Johann enjoys a great location for not only exploring the local Schneewinkel area (St Johann, Steinplatte / Waidring) but also resorts further afield: Kitzbühel, Söll and Ellmau are all within 15 minutes and are covered on the larger Kitzbuheler Alpen All-Star pass. With a short airport transfer time, St Johann is an excellent choice for a short ski break or weekend.
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Kitzbühel is a unique, atmospheric town steeped in skiing history and host to the annual, world-famous Hahnenkamm World Cup downhill race. Colourful medieval buildings, archways and cobbled streets full of character and stylish shops make up the pedestrianised resort centre which has an international and vibrant feel and a lively après-ski scene. 170 kilometres of piste are on offer in the Kitzbuhel area with challenging skiing and snowboarding for all levels. There is also a connection from the Kitzbuhel ski area to the Ski Welt which offers a further 250 kilometres of piste.
Best for Intermediate Advanced Off-piste Après-ski Nightlife Premium Spa Hotels Short Transfer Ski weekendsLarge ski area (215 km)
Kirchberg is Kitzbühel’s sister resort located just 6 kilometres from Kitzbuhel and offers access to the same ski area as Kitzbuhel (170 km piste), excellent après-ski and all-round better value than Kitzbuhel. There is an excellent choice of quality hotels and there are three modern lifts from Kirchberg which access the Kitzbuhel ski area plus a connection from Kirchberg into the Ski Welt area via Westendorf.
Best for Intermediate Advanced Off-piste Après-skiNightlife Short transfer Ski weekendsLarge ski area (215 km)
Saalbach and the neighbouring resort village of Hinterglemm lie at the centre of the vast ‘Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang-Fieberbrunn Ski Circus’ offering fantastic skiing and snowboarding on over 270 kilometres of lift-linked, well-groomed piste. Après-ski at the bottom of the slopes in Saalbach is very lively and there are some excellent mountain huts and restaurants across the ski area. The resort centre is compact and traffic free and the majority of its hotels are located here within easy walking distance of the lifts, bars, restaurants, cafés and shops. Hinterglemm is a few kilometres up the valley from Saalbach and offers an equally good selection of quality hotels, bars and restaurants.
Best for Beginners Intermediate Advanced Families Groups Après-ski Nightlife Premium Spa Hotels Party resort Large ski area (270 km)
Sölden is one of Austria’s larger resorts popular for many years with European skiers and snowboarders and only recently gaining popularity with British holidaymakers. With the après ski as big as the skiing, Sölden also offers snow-sure slopes, glacier skiing and high altitude skiing over 3,000 metres. There are over 150 kilometres of piste in Sölden and more in the Oetz valley: The ski area is ideal for strong intermediates and the resort vies with St Anton and Ischgl for the ‘Party hotspot of the Alps’ title. If the après-ski and nightlife and are as big an ingredient in your holiday mix as the skiing, then Sölden should most definitely be on your tick-list.
Best for Intermediate Advanced Off-piste Groups Après-ski Nightlife Snow-sure Glacier resort Premium Spa Hotels Party resort Large ski area (150 km)
The Stubai Valley lies high above Innsbruck and offers four ski areas of which the Stubai Glacier is the main attraction. Stubai is Austria's largest glacier ski area offering over 100 kilometres of snow-sure slopes which open from October to June and are best suited to beginners and intermediates with some terrain for experts. Hotels and accommodation are spread throughout the valley with most guests opting to stay in the main resort village of Neustift. The transfer time from Innsbruck Airport is just 45 minutes so, if a short transfer time and guaranteed snow are high on your agenda, look no further!
Best for Beginners Intermediate Families Groups Snow-sure Glacier resort Short transfer Great value Ski weekends
The recent lift connection from Lech to Warth-Schrocken extended the Ski Arlberg region to a whopping 350+ kilometres of piste with St Anton the best known of the resorts in this area. Winter 2016/17 sees the new Flexenbahn Lift linking Stuben and Zurs to create 305 km of lift-linked piste and endless freeride terrain. Add to this some of the most pulsating après-ski in Europe, a great snow record and a traditional Austrian village with a huge choice of bars and restaurants and it is easy to see why many rate St Anton as one of the world's premier resorts. Holiday packages are at a premium and the resort is best suited to advanced riders and night owls. Please note that availability for ski weekends and short stays in St Anton is very limited.
Best for Intermediate Advanced Off-piste Groups Après-ski Nightlife Snow-sure Premium Spa Hotels Party resort Large ski area (350 km)
The neighbouring resorts of Zell am See and Kaprun offer a large combined ski area with a great variety of slopes ranging from steep, forested descents above the glistening expanse of lake Zell to the high-altitude slopes of the Kitzsteinhorn above Kaprun. Zell am See’s charming, traffic-free centre boasts a selection of cafés, shops, bars and restaurants and offers lively nightlife. Less than 10 kilometres from Zell’s lakeside setting, Kaprun is closer to the snow-sure slopes of the Kitzsteinhorn and also has a good selection of off-mountain attractions.
For a superb, all-round winter holiday destination with great scenery, varied skiing, good après-ski and snow-sure slopes, Zell am See-Kaprun is a great choice.
Best for IntermediateBeginnersAprès-SkiFamilies Snow-sureSki weekendsSpa HotelsShort transferGreat value
The Austrian ski resorts and featured here are not exhaustive of what we can offer.
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