Austria Ski Resorts - holidays from £375pp

World Famous Après Ski

Modern Lift System

Warm Friendly Welcome

Huge Linked Ski Areas

Great Value Restaurants

Flight Time Approx 2 hrs

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Ski Holidays Austria

We've found the best skiing deals from the biggest operators for you, just to make life a little bit easier!

Mayrhofen

  MAYRHOFEN                       

Wonderful for Après Ski and families alike

Beginners

2,500m

Highest point

Intermediates

630m

Lowest point

Experts

Boarders

633m

57

Resort

Lifts

from £399pp

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Obergurgl

 OBERGURGL                         

Altitude delivers a great snow record. Family favourite

Beginners

Boarders

Experts

Intermediates

3,082m

Highest point

1,793m

1,930m

64

Lowest point

Resort

Lifts

from £499pp

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Solden

 SOLDEN                                

High altitude skiing. Good party town 

Beginners

Intermediates

Experts

Boarders

3,340m

Highest point

1,350m

1,377m

62

Lowest point

Resort

Lifts

from £799pp

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Soll

 SOLL                                      

Good all-rounder, a British favourite

Beginners

Boarders

Experts

Intermediates

1,870m

Highest point

602m

703m

12

Lifts 

Lowest point 

Resort 

from £599pp

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St Anton

 ST ANTON                            

Awesome skiing and lively nightlife

Beginners

Intermediates

Experts

Boarders

2,811m

Highest point 

1,270m

1,304m

88

Lowest point

Resort

Lifts

from £629pp

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kitzbuhel

 KITZBUHEL                            

Top drawer Austrian resort

Beginners

Boarders

Experts

Intermediates

Highest point

2,000m

800m

800m

Lowest point

Resort 

54

Lifts

from £555pp

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There are 3 large ski Areas in Austria: Arlberg (276km), SkiWelt (279km) and Zillertal Superski (625km). Many of the ski lift passes will work across multiple resorts and mountains. Arlberg links St Anton, St Christop, Lech and Zurs. SkiWelt links 9 Tyrolean villages including Ellmau, Soll and Westendorf. Whilst the massive Zillertal  Superski area reaches from the Hintertux Glacier all the way to the pistes at Hochfügen, a great place to stay to explore the area is Mayrhofen.

Austria is famous for a really warm welcome, picture postcard villages, Steins of lager and shots of schnapps. The altitude is generally lower than France, nor does Austria have the massive linked skiing areas of its European neighbour. But the friendly welcome and huge lift system investment means lots of happy skiing and fond memories.

Austrian cuisine is warming and hearty. On the slopes you will find a big German influence with dishes such as Wiener Schnitzel, Wurst and fries  and Noodle Soup. All warming and full of the much needed energy to fuel a big day on the slopes.

Après Ski is a major part of the skiing culture in Austria. Much like the Austrians themselves post skiing partying is very relaxed and informal, with the majority of partygoers in bars at the bottom of the slopes still wearing ski boots until the early hours. Schnapps is the local tipple of choice, a perfect accompaniment to a stein of larger, potentially washed down with a JägerBomb!

 

Austria has numerous ski resorts but some of the best are Mayrhofen, Obergurgl, Solden, Soll, St Anton and Kitzbuhel. There has been a lot of investment in the lift systems across the whole of the country meaning you can glide up the mountain quickly allowing for maximum piste enjoyment. Flights take about 2 hours from most UK airports which brief coach transfers once you land.

Best for beginners: Niederau

Wide Nursery slopes are the name of the game for Niederau. Situated in the Wildschonau valley, Niederau is a picturesque resort, showing off the typical Austrian Alpine architecture.​ Serviced by the Markbachjoch gondola the pistes are well bashed and forgiving for first timne skiers and boarders. And for those taking lessons the 1st Wildschonau Ski School offers first class tuition.

Best for Intermediates: Saalbach

​90 minutes away from Salzburg airport is Saalbach, one of two villages, the other being Hinterglemm boasting one of the most modern and rapid ski lift systems in Austria with 70 lifts and about 270 km of piste. The resort is 1,000 m and the slopes range from 830m to 2,095m. A six day lift pass is €255.

Best for Experts: St Anton

Skiers wanting more of a challenge should head to St Anton. The village is at an altitude of 1,305 m. the Valluga cable car whisks you up to the top of the mountain at 2,810 m. Then it's your choice of how to get down; mogul strewn blacks or quite demanding reds. The blues themselves are not forgiving runs. The altitude means snow cover is not normally a worry, whilst the 340 km of runs the lift pass entitles you to means lots of exploring can be done to find your favourite slope (or off piste). A six day lift pass is €275.

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Best for Families: Obergurgl

Skiing holidays for families need the right formula: short transfer, guaranteed snow, friendly village = Obergurgl. Only one hour from Innsbruck set at an altitude of 1,930 m and no through traffic. That's why families return year after year to this Austrian gem. Slopes up to 3,080 m, 24 lifts, 110 km piste. €285 for a lift pass.

Best for Snow Reliability: Solden

High altitude means good snow and Solden has both and is only one hour from Innsbruck, in the same valley as Obergurgl. Not the most attractive resort but it did star in the 2015 James Bond film Spectre. 32 lifts over 144 km of piste. €285 for a six day lift pass.

 

Snow conditions in Austria are generally good. Many of the resorts are at a lower altitude than neighbours in Switzerland or France, so you need to pay attention to the snow reports before you book, especially if you are going early or late in the season. The big advantage of the lower altitude is the chance to ski in a T-shirt in warm weather of nearly 20 degrees centigrade and then sit at an outside table on a mountain top bar enjoying a beer.

There are many deals to be had Skiing in Austria. Of course the best way to grab a cheap skiing holiday is to book at the very last minute. Just be aware that you have to be very open to any deal that is there; you probably won’t get to go to your first choice resort or hotel. You just have to choose from what is on offer.

 

Clearly it depends what you are looking for in a Skiing holiday, but you can't go far wrong with a trip to Austria. The friendly locals, warming schnapps, the perfect family holiday - whatever you are looking for Austria can provide