Ski resorts in Austria are famed all over the world, not only for the challenging and breathtaking slopes that it has to offer, but also because of the atmosphere. From medieval structures to rustic mountain huts and the chicest spots in the world, Austria has them all.
While Austria’s snowy slopes might not be on the same scale as the ones that are offered by France, they make up for it with some hefty investments that have been made to improve the skiing experience. This is one reason why their ski resorts always deliver the most satisfying skiing experience across the globe. Moreover, Austria is blessed with a multitude of resorts and if you are heading there, the following are the ones that are worth visiting.
Counted among the most famous ski resorts all over the world, St. Anton is considered to be the birth place of modern skiing in the Alpine. Not only is there good snowfall here, St. Anton also offers slopes that count among some of the most challenging ones in Alps. Despite its influx of tourists, the resort village doesn’t allow traffic and its streets are only for pedestrians. Hotels and boutiques line the streets in plentiful. The runs and slopes here are more challenging and not meant for the faint of heart. Luckily, the variety in slopes as well as the availability of guides and trainers makes it easier for beginners here. With an active night life, good food and affordable hotels, St. Anton is definitely worth a visit.
Another ski resort that is counted among Austria’s biggest party resorts, Saalbach offers slopes and pistes that are more forgiving than ones encountered at St. Anton. Visitors to Saalbach are always enchanted by the traditional, rural cafes that serve hearty fare, good accommodations in the form of four star hotels as well as designer boutiques available in plentiful. The skiing experience here is perfect for intermediate and beginner skiers and one can easily enjoy the natural circuit which is formed by a ring of peaks, coming up to 2,000m. During the winter season, Saalbach also links with Fieberbrunn, and Hinterglemm proving around 270 km of pristine slopes that are easily accessible with 70 lifts. This combination also makes it count among the biggest ski areas in Austria.
Beginners really love the Alpbach and for good reason. The ski resort holds a reputation for helping many British youths learn skiing on its slopes. The resort village is also picturesque, almost unchanged by the hands of time. In fact, Alpbach has often won prizes for being the prettiest village in all of Austria. Easily accessible, Alpbach has three different skiing schools, namely the Alpbach-Inner Alpbach which is the original skiing school and the Alpbach Aktiv and the Skischule Alpbachtal who also hold stellar reputations as ski schools. The best part is that Alpbach offers good value for money and a great skiing experience.
If you’re looking for a place that is snow sure each skiing season, head to Kühtai. It holds a reputation for not only being very exclusive, but is also one of the highest ski resorts in Austria. Moreover, for fans of cross country skiing, Kühtai has some of the best snowy forests to ski through. Reaching here can take almost an hour or more from the Innsbruck. The hotels are comfortable and cozy and the whole village here has a relaxed environment that makes skiing all the more fun. Even during high ski season, the slopes are free of noise and traffic which makes it worth a visit.
Counted among the world’s most stylish ski resorts, Kitzbuhel is one of the best places to visit, particularly if you want to enjoy the rustic charm of Austria, coupled with some of the best slopes in Austria. Kitzbuhel is also famed for the annual Hahnenkamm ski races that take place here, elevating the resort’s status to a historical level. Another favorable fact for Kitzbuhel is that it is a snow sure place which means that you can expect good snowfall and a long snow season here with ease.
If you always wondered what it would be like to see a postcard brought to life, Mayrhofen is the place to go. The scenic, picturesque resort also has some of the best slopes suited for beginners and intermediate level skiers. Its lively night life as well as rustic charm makes Mayrhofen a favorite among locals as well as the British who love everything about this little ski resort. The terrain park available here also ranks among Austria’s best ones, making this place a must visit. The Snowbombing music and skiing festival is also held here each year.
One of the chicest ski resorts in Austria, Lech was graced by Princess Diana, being her favorite spot to go skiing in. The little resort village has retained its aura and rustic charm despite the fact that it was even featured in the Bridget Jones movies and attracted a lot of media attention. With stunning views, as well as slopes that are perfect for beginners as well as intermediate and experts, Lech is definitely worth visiting. It is also at a ten minutes distance from Zurs, which also provides pristine slopes that are usually empty and perfect for skiing.