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Ski holidays in Austria

A welcoming atmosphere with perfect slopes

The ski lifts are ready, the tables are set and the fresh powder from the Himmelszelt covers the slopes – welcome to skiing in Austria.

Nowhere else in the world can you ski perfectly prepared slopes, find a traditional Alpen atmosphere and enjoy one-of-a-kind après-ski like you  can in Austria. The picturesque mountain villages have, without much effort or fuss, preserved their authenticity. Due to this, ski holidays in Austria have a particularly family-friendly nature alongside the après-ski meaning the irresistible charm of skiing in Austria will melt the hearts of any Ice King or Queen.

Skiing in Austria equals snow-sure glaciers

Austria occupies the largest share of the Alps and has more than 40 ski areas that reach over 2000m high meaning loads of snow-sure resorts. Skiing in Austria is also popular among enthusiasts because of the number of glacier ski locations.

The Stubai glacier in the Stubai Valley is popular among families with young children; beginners feel comfortable on the relatively flat glacier at the Kitzsteinhorn in the Zell am See Kaprun ski area; and more advanced, sports skiers often prefer Sölden.

The glaciers of the Tiefenbach Rettenbach are considered amongst the most exciting glaciers for skiers across the Alps, with the red Weltcupstrecke at Rettenbach being one of the more challenging glacier runs in the Austria alps.

If you are looking to go skiing in Austria during the summer months, the Hintertux Glacier in the Zillertal is Austria’s only all-year-round ski area, offering 365 days of snow-sure and perfectly prepared slopes at a dizzying height of 3250m. However, the highest glacier in Tyrol is located in the Pitztal where you can ski from September until May.

In the Tiroler Zugspitze Arena, the Tiroler Zugspitzebahn takes only 10 minutes to travel a difference in altitude of 1725m, to the highest peak in Germany – the Zugspitze (2962m).

If you are looking for an adrenaline rush, then the Ski Amadé ski area contains Die Treppe ins Nichts on the Dachsteingletscher – 14 narrow steps that lead to a glass balcony at terrifying heights. Who’s brave enough to take on this challenge?

Family ski holidays in Austria

Whoever takes the entire family to go on a skiing holiday in Austria will find, in every ski resort, family friendly slopes.

Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, one of the largest family ski resorts in Tirol, is a name that always crops up in the top 10 family ski resorts in the Alps. It is known for its focus on having a child friendly, welcoming atmosphere. This begins with the family-friendly accommodation and continues with the children’s play and fun areas – a total of 125,000square metres is reserved exclusively for children.

The downhill slopes in the Wilder Kaiser Brixental ski area is also highly appreciated by families with children when skiing in Austria. Very recently, the ski area received several awards for its service and family friendliness – not only for the skiing but for the good price-quality ratio and the many gentle slopes which are suitable for small children.

Après-ski in ski holidays in Austria

Enjoy a mulled wine in one of the traditional après-ski huts, dine at one of the gorgeous mountain restaurants or celebrate with beers at the bars and pubs until the early hours of the morning – the après-ski options are equally as varied as the ski slopes in Austria.

Mayrhofen is one of the most famous après-ski resorts in the Alps. When the skis and snowboards are unfastened, Mayrhofen turns into an après-ski heaven. The Brücknstadl, the Ice bar and the Yetibar, directly next to the Penkenbahn, are notoriously famous.

Ischgl shouldn't be forgotten, and not without reason, Ischgl is known as "the Ibiza of the Alps". The trendy bars including Kuhstall, Schatzi and Niki’Stadl are among the most well-known bars in the region. In Kitzbühel, popular clubs such as Take Five, Tenne and Python are the best places to party until the early hours of the morning.

Ski Circus Saalbach-Hinterglemm has a more quaint and merrier atmosphere regarding après-ski but they still really know how to party. The Goaßstall in Hinterglemm has won the title of Best Après-Ski bar more than a few times.

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