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Skiing in Austria

Introduction

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.

Travel information relating to the Coronavirus 

This information has been carefully compiled by Sunweb based on information provided by local authorities. Since  measures mentioned are subject to constant change, no rights can be derived from this and Sunweb accepts no liability for any damage resulting from the use of this information.

Regulations per destination 

Distance in public areas (in metres)
Yes
1 metre
Mouth mask
Yes
Certified FFP2 masks are mandatory to wear in: banks, shops, public transport, taxis, chairlifts and in all medical facilities. Also everywhere where 2 metres in distance is not achievable. The above obligation does not apply to children under 6 years of age and persons with certain illnesses, such as asthma. For children between 6 and 14 years old, a "normal" mouth mask is sufficient. In shops a ‘normal’ mouth mask is also sufficient for adults.
Required documentation before arrival
Yes

Requires negative PCR test no older than 72 hours or an antigen test (no older than 48 hours). You can also travel if you have received your first vaccination 22 days ago or longer, you are fully vaccinated, or with an recovery clearance to prove you had Covid-19 in the last 6 months. The test can also be taken in Austria within 24 hours of arrival. Or proof of vaccination with the official document - available from July 1. Registration is mandatory before starting your trip to Austria ("Pre-Travel-Clearance"). Proof of registration must be available digitally or printed out during an inspection.

https://www.oesterreich.gv.at/themen/coronavirus_in_oesterreich/pre-travel-clearance.html

Covid test on destination at arrival
Depends
If you are unable to take a test before departure, you must do so within 24 hours upon arrival in Austria.
Required documentation on destination to return home (measure destination)
N/A
Required documentation on destination to return home (measure home country)
Yes
As a traveler (aged 13 or older), you must present a negative NAAT (PCR) test result of up to 24 hours old when boarding the plane. If you do not have this, you must be in possession of a negative NAAT (PCR) test that is maximum 72 hours old upon arrival in the UK, and you must be in possession of a negative rapid test of maximum 24 hours old when boarding.
Quarantaine after arrival on destination
No
Max persons together outdoors
Yes
Max. 16 persons
Allowed to share a room with someone outside your household?
Allowed
Curfew
No
Restaurants
Open
Entrance is only allowed with a negative COVID-19 test, certificate of vaccination or passed COVID-19 illness. In the restaurants: Indoor max. 8 persons and max 16 persons outside may share a table, with a minimum of 1 metres distance. Opening-hours: 05 am - midnight.
Bars / Apres-ski
Open
Registration is obligatory. Entrance is only allowed with a negative COVID-19 test, certificate of vaccination or passed COVID-19 illness. Opening-hours: 05 am - midnight.
Club/Nightlife
Open
Entry is only possible when you are vaccinated against Covid-19 or tested with a PCR Test.
Supermarkets and pharmacies
Open
Open until 19:00 pm, obligated to wear FFP2 mouth mask. In different stores like grocery or also public transportations, FFP2 mouth mask are obligatory.
Activities, attractions & sights
Open
Theater, cinema, spas, thermal baths and saunas are open again from 19 May with 2 metres distance. In addition, you must register and be able to show a negative test result, and be wearing FFP2 mouth mask.
Events open air or indoor
Allowed
Requirements for events and trade fairs. Entrance is only allowed with a negative COVID-19-test, certificate of vaccination or passed COVID-19 illness. • With assigned seats: indoor max. 1,500 people, outdoor max. 3,000. • Without assigned seats: indoor and outdoor max. 50 people. • Maximum utilization must not exceed 75%. • Leave a minimum distance of 1 mettre or a seat between them. • Registration is mandatory for stays longer than 15 minutes. • Compulsory entry tests. • Food is only served seated (therefore no weddings).
Transfer
Available
Public transport / taxi / skibus
Available
Obligated to wear a mouth mask.
Slopes
Closed
Skilifts
Open
Ski rental
Closed
Ski lessons
No
Wellness
Open
Additional measures per ski region
No
Good to know
Yes
Increased restrictions for international travel, due to identification of a new variant of the virus Covid-19. The rules differ between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Please visit GOV.UK for more information.

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