Austria- the city of contrasts- where the cities and castles are steeped in imperial history and the pastoral meadows and hills are alive with the sound of music. Experience the effervescent culture, dance to the rhythm of the Viennese waltz, stroll by unhurried villages where Beethoven and Mozart composed their masterpieces. Or come roaring down some of the greatest ski slopes in the European Alps. An Austrian holiday is a picturesque medley of blissful moments.
The Austrian Alps maybe smaller than its French counterparts, but these natural skyscrapers lure skiers with its versatile terrain and easy accessibility. Ski in the midst of rugged splendor, savor the famed Austrian hospitality-Gemütlichkeit (loosely translated to cozy, warm and familiar), revel in the exuberant après ski, and you’ll discover why a million people flock to Austria for a ski holiday, every year.
Apart from freeriding, cross country skiing, and snowboarding, Austrian ski resorts also present unique winter attractions like snow volley-ball, glacier skiing, and the pulse pounding Hahnenkamm ski race.
Austria is the best family friendly ski destination in the world. The country has pioneered the Kinder hotel association which provides all-inclusive and affordable family holidays. Independent hotels are judged for their child-friendliness and facilities, before they are made members of the group. The kinder group features children’s facilities like exceptional ski schools, theatre workshops, discos, indoor play areas, and golf courses exclusively for kids.
Austrian ski resorts boast of state of the art facilities, but are built amidst rural villages. The resorts have incorporated the traditional architecture and décor, to harmonize with the pastoral scenery. The Austrian ski slopes takes you to a ski holiday back in simpler times!
Here are a few of Austria’s best ski resorts:
Kitzbühel: Once a charming mining town, today Kitzbühel is a trendsetting ski resort which hosts the Hahnenkamm ski race. The snowcapped peaks of Kitzbühel cover 170 kilometers of groomed and prepared pistes, 32 kilometers of ski routes and a snow park for snowboarders and freestylers.
Mayrhofen: Nestled in the shadow of the Zillertal Glacial range, Mayrhofen affords some of the country’s finest skiing with 134 kilometers of pistes , and the hottest après ski of the Tyrolean Alps. The natural marvels of Mayrhofen, Silver mines and ice caves, make it a wondrous family holiday spot for children to explore.
Skiwelt: This is Austria`s largest interconnected ski domain, comprising of 279 km of ski runs, 91 cable cars and nine inter-looped ski villages. Skiwelt’s snowscapes are spread out in diverse forms, creating an ideal ski area for all skiers. The other winter sports at skiwelt include night skiing, paragliding, sledding , and tobogganing. The Alpeniglu mountain Festival that takes place in Feb/March is Austria’s biggest party up in the slopes. The rocking nightlife, the Iceland exhibition and the mountainous firework display are major highlights of the festival.
Skiwelt offers a lot of special deals like the crazy wednesday deal when adults pay children’s rates, and 25% discount on “Super Ski Week” packages containing accommodation, lift passes, ski hire and ski schools.
From upscale hotels to minimalistic lodges, Accommodation in Austria gives a good value for money. Traditional chalets set in medieval decor are popular tourist choices. For the best online deals in chalets, lift passes, ski schools, and all inclusive deals, click on the links below…
- Currency: Euro
- Major Airports: Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck
- Language: German
- Peak season: late December to early March.
- Visa: Not required for EU, USA, Israel, Canada and Australian citizens.
- Extensive bus and rail networks crisscross the country.
- Medical care is covered for EU citizens. Medical insurance is advised for non EU citizens.
- Bring medications in clearly labelled containers.