Top 30 Ski Resorts in Austria

Top 30 Ski Resorts in Austria


Alpbach

Alpbach Ski Resort

A favorite of British skiers, Alpbach is a small resort that doesn’t link to larger resorts giving it privacy and a quiet, relaxing atmosphere that many skiers prefer. With its two ski schools, varied runs, great snow conditions and good off piste skiing, there is something here for every level of skier. The Après ski is low key but relaxing for an evening of quiet fun.

Saalbach

Sallbach ski resort

Come ski the most sophisticated lift system in Austria! The skiing at Saalbach is perfect for the more adventurous intermediates who want to feel the powder beneath their skis, the wind in their face and the adrenaline rushing through their veins.

With 2000m peaks, 200km of pistes, 55 lifts with a new eight person gondola with heated seats, you can enjoy the ride up as well as the exciting run down!

St. Anton

St. Anton ski resortCome to St. Anton and ski like a god and party like a devil! Located in a narrow valley at the heart of the Arlberg ski area, St. Anton is considered one of Europe’s top ski resorts, offering more than 80 lifts, incredible snow conditions and outstanding skiable terrain for every skill level. St. Anton also has some of the most challenging and exciting backcountry skiing in Austria. Also offering one of the most luxurious resorts in the area, St. Anton offers luxury in a charming, cozy atmosphere with wood burning fireplaces, warm colors and friendly staff helping it feel like a cozy mountain lodge instead of a 5 star hotel. For the Après ski experience, come off the slopes and relax in a Finnish Sauna, take a dip in the pool, spend some time at the spa, visit one of the gourmet restaurants or boutique shops all available at St. Anton.

Solden

 

Come ski two Austrian Glaciers! With some of the best après ski in the world and a ski-in, ski-out resort, Solden offers one of the best ski holidays in the country. This snow sure glacier skiing, with a nearly 2km vertical, high snow quality and pristine powder, a modern lift system and skiing on everything from wide and gentle slopes to steeps and deeps, Solden has skiing for every level of skier and boarder. Solden also offers non-glacier skiing as well as glacier skiing which most glacier resorts don’t offer which ensures a wide variety of terrain. The après ski experience at Solden is fantastic, with very few resorts rivaling it anywhere. The ski area has an abundance of restaurants, bars, pubs, nightclubs, boutiques and après ski huts and ski bars, giving everyone something to do off the slopes.

Kitzbuhel

Kirzbuhel ski resort Austria

Come ski a winter sports paradise. Kitzbühel is world renowned for its snow guarantee and is, without doubt, one of the world’s most popular ski resorts and a favorite of Europeans. Skiers and boarders of all levels and abilities can choose from 170 km of slopes, 32 km of ski routes, one of the world’s most difficult downhill race tracks, the Streif, 54 gondolas and ski lifts, skiing at 2,000m above sea level and countless fresh powder skiing choices. Kitzbühel and winter sports seem to be synonymous and if you are looking for a ski resort with an amazing skiing history and challenging slopes, Kitzbühel is the place to go. Known for its legendary annual downhill race, the Hahnenkamm, the toughest of all downhill’s plunging at an angle of 85 degrees in places; Kitzbühel is THE place for the adventurous winter sports hound and non-skiers alike. Romantic ski huts, a lively unparalleled après ski experience, luxury hotels and boutiques round out Kitzbühel’s many offerings.

Ischgl

If you like a hot spot for an après ski experience, Ischgl is the resort for you! Definitely known as Austria’s second most important resort with its full-throttle nightlife and high quality intermediate pistes. The skiing is excellent and well suited for all skiing and boarding levels, and with one of the highest ski areas in Austria, 40 modern lifts, well groomed slopes and one of Austrias longest ski seasons, Ischgl is a fantastic ski destination. Besides its skiing, Ishgl is renowned for its lively nightlife and nonstop partying, and is a popular holiday destination throughout Europe.

Obergurgl

Obertauern ski resort

A great place for the kids to ski; Obergurgl! If you are looking for a resort with a short transfer and a low risk environment, then Obergurgl is the resort for you. This resort is perfect for families and beginners with its well run, low key atmosphere and lots of easy terrain. It also provides the more advanced skier with great off piste skiing and enough terrain to keep it challenging, but it definitely caters to the beginner and intermediate level skier. Just like its skiing, Obergurgl’s après ski experience is low key and relaxing with something for everyone.

Mayrhofen

A great place for snowboarding! Located in the Zillertal, Mayrhofen is a traditional Austrian ski village and become popular back in the seventies and it has never lost its allure for skiers from around the world. Besides being a great place to skier, Mayrhofen has become THE place to snowboard in that region of Austria. Boarders are drawn to Mayrhofen by Austria’s most highly rated terrain park, as well as wide-open slopes above the tree line that are heaven for powder hounds. Après ski at Mayrhofen rocks! With action at a variety of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, including the Ice Bar by the gondola station, Mayrhofen is the place to party after a long day on the slopes!

Innsbruck

One of Austria’s most well-known ski resorts, Innsbruck is more than just a ski vacation, Innsbruck is an enriching experience. Snow hounds looking for unbelievable skiing and more will find Innsbruck the absolute optimal choice. Innsbruck was the host to the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics and offers skiers and boarders access to over 500 km (310 miles) of trails in 25 nearby village resorts interconnected by a free ski bus. There are eight major ski areas that provide varied terrain for all levels of skiers, several snowboard parks with half-pipes and natural jumps a snowboard racecourse, cross-country skiing terrain and Alpine terrain for every level of skier. For activities off the slopes Innsbruck offers winter hiking, ice skating, horse drawn sleigh rides, and a lively après ski experience for all.

Lech

Lech ski resort Austria

Come ski a resort owned by an Olympic Gold Medalist! This exclusive mountain retreat is encircled by the Alps, and is known for its solitude and personalized service. Lech offers more than 160 miles of slopes in the area, 85 ski lifts and you can go skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing and cross country skiing. Lech offers a wide variety of terrain for every level of skier and boarder giving just the right amount of adventure to all. For the après ski experience, relax in the sauna or whirlpool, get a massage, dine on local gourmet cuisine or head to one of the many bars and pubs located in the village.

Zauchensee

Come ski part of the impressive Ski Amade ski region. Zauchensee is considered one of the highest ski holiday resorts in the area and has links toFlachauwinkl, Wagrain St Johann and Flachau. Zauchenseeis all about convenience for the skier and boarder, with boundless access to the slopes from the ski-in, ski-out Zauchenseeresort. Skiing at Zauchensee is superb and has something for every level of skier like, the ski safaris for the intermediates and the dedicated ski area for beginners. This resort is perfect for the family holiday vacation with its abundance of activities and convenient ski-in ski-out resort.

Gerlos

Come ski one of the best intermediate ski areas in Austria. Located high on an alpine pass that links Tirol and Salzburg in the Zillertal ski region, Gerlos is a relatively unknown resort that offers great height, impressive snow coverage, and a wide variety of terrain for absolutely superb skiing. There are few better intermediate ski areas in the Alps than Gerlos. However, not just for the intermediate; the family ski facilities include two beginners and kids ski areas and terrain for all levels of skier and boarder. The Gerlos après ski experience is some of the best in the region with an abundance of restaurants, resort bars and pubs, shops and mountain huts.

Stuben

 

Come ski huge powder in a Historic Village! Located in an area of Austria that gets more snow than anywhere, Stubenam Arlberg offers truly breathtaking levels of snow and the powder and off-piste skiing are rated as the best in Austria. With all of the amazing snow coverage Stuben really has incredible skiing. With access to either on or off piste skiing, Stuben offers an incredible variety of terrain for every level of skier and boarder. Stuben is amongst a very small and select amount of ski areas in the Alps that offer outstanding off piste terrain. This resort is absolutely perfect for the intermediate and advanced skier and snowboarder. It does have areas for the beginner and instructor to help get you up on the slopes. As well as some of the best skiing in the Alps, Stuben is charmingly authentic and historic with its small and quaint resort centre and the resort facilities tend to be located in the hotels but the excellence, atmosphere and allure of Stuben, is exceptional. Stuben après ski is very relaxed and low key with mainly fine dining and wine for an evening off the slopes.

Neustift

Neustift ski resort

Come enjoy the best Glacier Skiing in the Alps. Located near the Stubai Glacier, Neustift is a fantastic resort with extensive facilities and the choice of several local ski and snowboard areas as well as access to the best glacier skiing in the Alps. and proximity to Innsbruck, its ski areas and amenities. Right above Neustift is the Elfer ski area that is served by a modern gondola right out of the resort, whilst back toward Innsbruck is the Schlick 2000 ski area and heading south is the extensive and impressive Stubai Glacier ski area. Neustift is very much a ski village with all the ski resources it has in its locality. The ski holiday resort of Neustift is large, well equipped and all low rise. It has superb views of the local glaciers and is the main resort serving the Stubai Glacier. Neustift has a public leisure centre as well as numerous other resort facilities. Neustift family skiing takes place in either the resort centre or around the Gamsgarten lift station on the Stubai Glacier, rated as some of the best kids ski infrastructure around. Neustift has a decent mix après ski, starting at the base station at the Stubai Glacier and with numerous bars in Neustift or down the road in Innsbruck.

Flachau

Come ski Hermann Maier country! Located directly south of Salzburg and is part of a cluster of ski resorts called the SalzburgerSportwelt. Skiing at Flachau is on a grand scale and is primarily catered to intermediate skiers. The home resort of world renowned skier, Hermann Maier, the resort offers incredible tree lined piste skiing with a wide variety of terrain and excellent snow coverage and superb snow conditions. With access to the neighboring resorts like Wagrain and St. Johann, skiers and boarders have the opportunity to enjoy adventure on all levels. Even though this resort is mainly targeted to the intermediate skier, there are extensive resources for beginners both at the resort level and on the mountain. Flachau’s après ski experience is lively and full of fun with a variety of restaurants, bars, pubs and nightclubs.

Mutters

Come ski at a traditional, authentic farming village! Located near and linked to the Gotzens ski area and Innsbruck, Mutters is a charming ski resort with access to a wide variety of ski terrain and challenges. You can even take a Ski bus over to the Stubai Glacier for skiing over 3200m and some excellent snow adventures. Mutters is a traditional authentic farming village as well as a ski holiday resort and offer wonderful activities for the whole family. Mutters is ideal for family ski holidays with a long gentle slopes running back down to the Mutters base-station, and a children’s ski area at the top-station of the Mutters gondola, and while the skiing is primarily ideal for beginners and families, Innsbruck, Gotzens and AxamerLizum ski areas are just down the valley offering bigger challenges and even more fun and entertainment. So come enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of a small quaint village with access to big world skiing.

Krippenstein

Come ski one of the premier free ride and off piste ski areas in the Alps. This small but mighty resort may be limited in number of ski lifts and pistes but the off-piste terrain is hard to beat. With just 3 ski lifts and limited on piste skiing, the Krippenstein Free Ride Arena is perfect for the adventurous intermediate and advanced skier and offers incredible off piste skiing and boarding with serious amounts of snow with amazing pristine fresh powder. Local guides operate throughout the area with some serious off-piste routes on offer on the Variante Schonberg with routes that are a mixture of extreme steeps, cliffs, and tree skiing, all overlooking the nearby lake and often deep in powder.

Lanersbach/Eggalm

Perfect for beginners and intermediates, Lanersbach-Eggalm, is part of the Zillertal 3000 ski region and offers a superb range of skiing including some great off piste skiing and boarding. Lanersbach is also one of the last resorts before the Hintertux Glacier to offer year round skiing. Even though skiing at Lanersbach at the upper reaches of the Zillertal Valley is ideal, the skiing directly above Lanersbach at Eggalm ski area offers more intermediate skiing that takes place at a good height. The Lanersbach resort is located in the upper Zillertal Valley and is a traditional Austrian farming village offering quaint restaurants, charming shops and boutiques and a wide variety of bars and pubs for a wonderful après ski experience.

Konigsleiten

Come enjoy a rarity in Austria, Konigsleiten’s ski-in, ski-out chalets. Part of the Zillertal Arena ski region, one of the best intermediate ski areas in the Alps, Konigsleiten offers superb ski terrain, a great snow record with incredible snow coverage and pristine powder. What makes Konigsleiten so unique is the fact that it is low rise and made up of small, authentic chalets making getting to the slopes not only easy but very convenient. The skiing in Konigsleiten and the Zillertal Arena is marvelous for intermediate skiers and snowboarders with great distances available and good off piste skiing for the better skiers and snowboarders. Konigsleiten offers a few shops, restaurants and other facilities making the atmosphere both relaxed and peaceful.

Leogang

Come ski at a Circus! Located in the Ski Circus ski holiday ski region, one of the biggest and best areas in the entire region, Leogang Ski Resort offers skiing that is diverse, large with the possibility of skiing long distances out of Leogang and through the Ski Circus area. With access to all of the Ski Circus area, the skiing is incredible for intermediate to advanced skiers and boarders where you can find some genuinely steep skiing. The village is a good size and has a great mix of locals and tourists and offers a quieter more relaxed atmosphere and gives skiers access to endless huts offering late afternoon refreshment for those needing a little après ski.

Obertauern

For high altitude skiing, Obertauern is the highest and most snow sure of the any ski resort south of Salzburg. Offering some of the highest snow accumulation in the Alps, Obertauern offers a fair sized intermediate ski area, a wide variety of ski terrain for all levels that is assisted by an extraordinary ski lift system. Nearly all of the on piste skiing is suited to beginners or intermediates, but Obertauern does offer plenty of off piste skiing and fresh powder to tackle for quite an adventure. For better skiers and snowboarders there are ski routes and plenty of off-piste to tackle, especially since Obertauern gets so much snow. Quite a few of the hotels in Obertauern are ski in, ski out, slope side or close to a ski lift making getting to the slopes incredibly easy and convenient.

Ladis

Come ski the very best of the Alps! Located in the impressive Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis ski region and the first of three ski resorts reached from the valley, Ladis Ski Resort situated near a castle nestled on a high point of the resort. With spectacular views of the castle, the local glaciers, and the beautiful hills and valleys of Ladis have earned the resort the reputation of being a romantic ski resort. The Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis ski region is rated as one of the very best in the Alps and Ladis has some of the best terrain for beginners and family skiers with its impressive children’s and beginners ski area and beginners ski tow. There is varied terrain for other skill levels, but Ladis is Family Ski Holiday at its best.

Damuls

Believed to be the snowiest occupied mountain resort in the world, the Bregenzerwald ski holiday resort of Damuls is located in the snowiest part of the Alps and is rated as some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the Bregenzerwald. As well as the snow accumulations Damuls offers on piste skiing and snowboarding that is a moderately gentle affair with mostly red and blue pistes. The skiing is nearly all above the tree line and stretches out in a large bowl. For higher skilled skiers and boarders it is the off-piste skiing that Damuls is known for as it gets massive amounts of snow and much of the off-piste skiing in Damuls is well accessed from the ski lifts. Damuls is a ski-in, ski-out accommodation and offers a low key, relaxed après ski experience.

AxamerLizum

An excellent choice for rugged terrain and great off piste skiing, AxamerLizum is the highest ski area around Innsbruck. The scenery in the AxamerLizum ski area is some of the very best in Austria with its sheer rock faces and the skiing and snowboarding is ideal for intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders. The piste map shows a compact ski area but in truth there is far more skiable terrain just off-piste, in between the runs and now with links into Mutters The piste skiing areas are smaller, but when you add the off piste skiing terrain, the resort offers a wide range of skiing and boarding, and when linked with other nearby resorts offers many long trails to take. On fresh powder days AxamerLizum is one of the very best; both sides of the ski area offer some incredible steep skiing and plenty of tree-skiing. The après ski scene is low key and laid back for a relaxing evening by the fire.

Ellmau

A good family holiday resort! Ellmau is part of the extensive Ski Welt ski region and is located at the eastern end. Ellmau is the perfect resort for the beginner and intermediate skier, with its children’s ski area, gentle to intermediate slopes and varied terrain. Advanced skiing is available at the other end of the Ski Welt, above the ski holiday resort of Soll. The Ski Welt is the largest lift linked ski area in Austria and from Ellmau it is possible to ski right over into Westendorf at the opposite end of the Ski Welt giving the skier or boarder a wide range of options on the slopes. Ellmau is a charming and pretty ski resort with the usual domed church on the valley floor, a circular road that loops around the Ski Welt, and a good range of shops and facilities.

Brixen

Brixen Ski Resort is located toward the centre of the Ski Welt, making it one of the best located ski resorts in that region. The Ski Welt is the biggest ski lift linked area in Austria with hundreds of km of intermediate skiing and by visiting Brixen visitors have the option to ski those km’s of incredible terrain. Brixen offers numerous ski and snowboard options, starting with a beginners and kids ski area as well as numerous ski lifts and ski pistes, mostly tree-lined and not too steep or challenging. For skiers and boarders wanting to get steep terrain they have the option to head over toward Soll and take the gondola to the top of the Hohe Salve, the highest point in the Ski Welt. There is a great ski experience for every level of skier and boarder at Brixen.

Rifflesee

Come ski the Pitztal Glacier at Rifflsee! Located in the Pitztal valley near Mandarfen resort, Rifflsee offers the highest lift accessed skiing in Austria. The Rifflsee ski area has a good top altitude of 2800m and offers great snow coverage, a wide range of terrain and incredible piste and off piste skiing and the chance to ride the highest ski lift in Austria. Rifflsee offers a ski area to match the glacier skiing at the Pitztal Glacier and offers a reasonable range of easy and steep skiing. For intermediates there is more widespread skiing available at the Pitztal Glacier but Rifflsee does offer some indisputable blacks along with some gentle blues. The après ski experience is lively and fun at Rifflesee with access to other villages in the region.

Scheffau

Come ski one of the prettiest ski resorts in the Ski Welt ski region. Part of the huge Ski Welt ski region that stretches from Ellmau all the way to Westendorf, Scheffau is located close to the centre of it. With incredible scenery, an immense variety of terrain with access to even more terrain in the Ski Welt, Scheffau has access to some of the best skiing and boarding in Austria. This ski in, ski out resort offers everything from beginners areas located in the resort to steeper terrain and vast off piste possibilities. The Scheffau and Ski Welt ski area is a dream for intermediate skiers and snowboarders especially in good weather and snow.

Date posted: 5th August, 2014

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