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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
2 metres
Mask
Yes
A mask in mandatory and must be worn in certain areas: In grocery stores, public transport and taxis, during indoor events (except while seated), in cable cars, coaches and excursion boats, in gas stations, bank and post offices, in pharmacies, nursing homes and hospitals as well as in places where health and nursing services are provided and other services, if the 1 metre distance cannot be maintained or no other protective measures.
Covid test before departure or wait in quarantaine
Depends
PCR test: You have to have a negative test. Otherwise you will have to quarantine. This is for every country that has more than 100 new infections per 100.000 people
Covid test on destination (random or everyone)
No
Health declaration
No
It is mandatory for all passengers to fill in a passenger location form 48 hours before arriving/returning to the UK. The form can be found here.
Quarantaine
Depends
PCR test: You have to have a negative test. Otherwise you will have to quarantine. This is for every country that has more than 100 new infections per 100.000 people
Max persons together outdoors
Yes
Max. 4 pers
Allowed to share a room with someone outside your household?
Yes
max 2 householders together
Curfew
Yes
From 17 November you are only allowed to leave the house for specific reasons, such as buying groceries (applies 24/7).
Slopes
Closed
Closed until Easter
Skilifts
Closed
Closed until Easter
Ski rental
Closed
Closed until Easter
Ski lessons
No
Closed until Easter
Public transport / taxi / skibus
Available
Restaurants
Closed
Outside only. Open again from 27th March
Bars / Apres-ski
Closed
Closed until Easter
Club/Nightlife
Closed
Closed until Easter
Events open air or indoor
Yes
No more than 6 people are allowed to gather in public areas. Events must have seat reservations and mask is mandatory (except while seated). Events indoors with a max. of 1.000 people and events outdoors with a max. of 1250 people. For Tirol there is a maximum of 250 people per event.
Shops
Closed
Shops will open 8/2/2021. Mask is required and there is a limit on the number of people per store.
Supermarkets and pharmacies
Open
Open until 19:00 pm.
Not allowed to sell alcohol in certain hours
No
Wellness
Open
Additional airline and bus rules
No
Transfer
Available
Petrolstation
Open
Other formalities needed to enter destination?
Yes
Travelers must register online with the Austrian government before traveling to Austria. Please always double check the GOV UK website before travelling.
Additional measures per ski region
No
Other excursions
Good to know
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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