With guaranteed snow, cosy lodges and ski slopes for all levels – not to mention unrivalled après-ski – Austria has it all.
Offering long winter seasons where powdery, fluffy snow settles, state-of-the-art infrastructure and options for all levels, Austria offers unrivalled skiing experiences, attracting winter sport fanatics from all across the world.
Austria offers guaranteed snow: in Tyrol alone there are five glaciers, such as the Hintertux, which offers year-round skiing. Add to that world-class facilities, both on and off the slopes, family-run hotels and restaurants, gemütlichkeit (that is, the Austrian concept of cosiness, comfort and homeliness) and the country’s love of après-ski, and you have a recipe for an unbeatable winter holiday. Here we present to you four reasons why Austria has it all.
Short flights, great value
With an average direct flying time of under two hours from most major UK airports, Austria is an easy, affordable winter break. From Innsbruck, guests have access to the breathtaking Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau in Tyrol. The family-friendly resort, which offers an affordable ski pass, accommodation and excellent ski schools, is 45 minutes from Innsbruck via transfer and 90 minutes from Munich, across the border in Germany. There is also the availability of Austria’s rail network, with good-value SparSchiene tickets from the ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways).
From lift passes to ski schools and eating and drinking out, Austrian resorts offer greater value for money compared with other European resorts. There are deals to be had, too: The Alpbachtal Seenland Card (available free of charge at your accommodation) includes numerous all-inclusive services like free bus services, toboggan hire, guided snow shoe or torch light walks in winter.
Apres-ski and homely food
Austrian slopes offer unbeatable après-ski, from cosy round-the-fire gatherings to all-night parties. Whether your tipple of
choice is Jägertee (tea, wine, rum, brandy, orange juice, spices and lemons heated in a pot) or Jägerbombs, Austria’s mountain resorts offer activities for all. As you might expect, the food here is hearty, homely and warming. In the Austrian mountains, guests will find the likes of kaiserschmarrn (a shredded pancake) and delicious cheesy noodles – just the sort of sustenance needed before hitting the slopes.
amazing choice on the slopes…
Austria has a staggering 426 ski areas, so all levels of expertise are catered for – and all types of holiday. For example, there’s Skicircus, one of the largest ski areas in the world, and Arlberg, the country’s largest contiguous skiing area, as well as more intimate hidden gems such as Ski Juwel Alpachtal Wildschönau. In Zell am See-Kaprun you can ski the Kitzsteinhorn glacier in the morning and ice skate on the frozen Lake Zell in the afternoon.
… and off them
From winter walking to igloo-building, tobogganing to dog-sledding, there is plenty outside of skiing and snowboarding. The country also has a long tradition of health and wellbeing with many spas just moments from the slopes, such as Aqua Dome in Ötztal in Tirol. Relaxation and adventure all in one.