As Rum Doodle have their home base in Austria, what better company to provide you with information on the best places to visit.
Perfectly groomed slopes, snow-covered deep snow slopes and snow-sure skiing fun on the glaciers: everyone is guaranteed to get their money’s worth in the winter sports paradise of Austria! Whether on one or two boards, beginner or professional – pure winter fun is guaranteed on a skiing holiday. And not just on the slopes. Austria is an après-ski stronghold and can therefore boast the absolute party hotspots.
Where can you go on a skiing holiday in Austria?
The heart of Austria, Tyrol, lies between the Arlberg and the Kitzbühel Alps. The heart of the Alps beats in Tyrol – especially when it comes to skiing and snowboarding! All famous ski resorts such as Kitzbühel, Ischgl, Sölden or St. Anton are located here. Another great region for winter sports is the Salzburger Land, where you can find great snow conditions both in the pre- and post-season. This is due, among other things, to the up to 3,000 m high Kitzsteinhorn, which is located in the Zell am See / Kaprun holiday region. The Kitzsteinhorn has its own glacier, which means that snow is guaranteed.
Austria’s southernmost federal state, Carinthia, offers a fabulous variety of winter sports such as winter hiking, cross-country skiing and ice skating – and of course great skiing and snowboarding terrain! Spending winter in the beautiful nature of Carinthia has a very special charm. More than 200 lakes complete the breathtaking mountain panorama. If you want to soak up the sun during your skiing holiday, East Tyrol is the ideal holiday region for you. But that does not mean that there is less snow – skiing in the sun is the dream of every winter sports enthusiast, which can come true, especially in East Tyrol. There are of course a few other regions and federal states with great conditions for skiing holidays. The magical Montafon, for example, is also very popular, the legendary Lech or the magical Zürs in Voralberg. These not only offer a fantastic panorama of the mountain landscape and valleys, but also ensure high snow reliability due to their altitude.
Why ski holidays in Austria?
There is not only one good reason to book your skiing holiday in Austria – there are so many! Think of the good cuisine, the hospitality, incomparable ski regions, perfectly groomed slopes, a high level of guaranteed snow on the glaciers, numerous leisure activities and much more. You also have a huge selection of different accommodations – from cheap apartments to luxury hotels. Everyone will find the perfect skiing holiday in Austria.
What is special about skiing in Austria?
Anyone who has ever been on a skiing holiday in Austria will most likely keep the pictures in their head for a long time: rustic, traditional villages and the indescribably beautiful landscape, snow-capped mountains, deep snow, challenging freeriding terrain and huge ski areas. The largest ski areas extend over several mountain peaks. A large number of lifts connect the slopes and the glaciers also ensure a high level of snow reliability – even in summer! Skiing has a long tradition in Austria. Many famous World Cup races such as the infamous annual Hahnenkamm race in Kitzbühel have their origins in the Alpine nation. And who does not remember the Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck in 1964 and 1976?
How long is the ski season in Austria?
The season starts early and ends late on the glaciers! In Sölden, the season starts in October and continues into April. Not only that – the Hintertux Glacier is Austria’s year-round ski area and, together with other glaciers, offers winter fun all year round!
1. Ski Arlberg ski area Km of slopes: 305 km Max. Height: 2,811 m The Arlberg is considered the cradle of alpine winter sports in Austria and is one of the most popular ski areas in Austria. For several years now, it has offered the largest contiguous ski area in Austria with 305 kilometers of slopes. The Arlberg is known and popular above all because of its varied slopes, which range from blue to untracked and thus also offer real challenges for freeriders and deep snow skiers. Of course there are also fun parks. Anyone looking for a party is in the right place in St. Anton, because après-ski is part of skiing here like the snow itself and is duly celebrated after the descent. A total of four lifts (Flexenbahn, Trittkopfbahn I + II and Albonabahn II) connect the once separate ski areas of St. Anton / St. Christoph / Stuben and Lech–Zürs / Warth-Schröcken together.
Kitzbühel ski area Km of slopes: 230 km Max. Altitude: 2,000 m In the heart of the Kitzbuheler Alps lies the famous Kitzbuhel , popular celebrity ski resort and venue of the legendary Hahnenkamm race. On the Kitzbüheler Horn, Resterhöhe, Pengelstein and Hahnenkamm to the Ehrenbachhöhe and the Gaisberg, the well-groomed 230 kilometers of slopes extend, on the Hahnenkamm is the world-famous “Streif” descent. By the way: the connecting cable car in the valley, which runs from Kitzbühel to Westendorf, is appropriately called “Streifzug”. Access to the considerable Kitzbuhel Ski Area is in Jochberg, Aurach, Kitzbühel and Kirchberg.
Ski Circus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn ski area Km of slopes: 270 km Max. Altitude: 2,096 m The Ski Circus Saalbach, Hinterglemm and Leogang has now been connected to Fieberbrunn extending the area a few years . Thanks to the marriage of Glemmtal and Pillerseetal, the ski area grew to 270 km and thus became the largest ski area in the Salzburg region. Several attractive ski circuits run through the area, such as the 40 km long Ski Circus circuit, which leads past all important (viewing) stations. The entry points to the Ski Circus are in Saalbach and Hinterglemm, in Leogang and also in Fieberbrunn. Valley runs also lead back to all main locations.
SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental ski area Km of slopes: 284 km Max. Altitude: 1,829 m The Ski Welt Wilder Kaiser Brixental is the largest ski area in Tyrol and one of the largest connected ski areas in Austria with 284 kilometers of slopes. 90 lifts, several children’s areas for the youngsters, snow parks for freestylers, ski routes for deep snow fans and modern snowmaking are part of the popular ski area’s recipe for success. There are several access points along the two valleys, for example in Brixen im Thale and Westendorf. On the northern side of the mountain there are valley stations in Going, Ellmau, Scheffau, Söll and Itter. After skiing, some just want to go to bed, while others are still full of energy. For families, for example, there is one of the three night toboggan runs with lighting, while all party-goers will find all genres of music in one of the numerous huts.
Ziller Valley, the best one in Tyrol The Ziller valley represents a southern side valley of the Zillertal in the Austrian province of Tyrol and is connected to the Tuxer Alps by the Tuxer Joch. Well-known towns in the Ziller valley include Mayrhofen, Fügen, Zell am Ziller and Kaltenbach. The Ziller valley is an extremely popular region among tourists, with winter tourism being the clear focus of the tourism industry.
Looking for more?
Cras rutrum tellus et vulputate accumsan. Sed id ultricies mauris, nec semper nisl. Morbi quis purus cursus.