What's Skiing Like in Austria?
There is one word that sums up what is special about skiing in Austria and, most unfortunately, it is untranslatable. That word is "gemutlichkeit". It sums up the sense of fun, friendliness and frivolity you will encounter when holidaying here.
The Austrian Alps have a great sense of skiing tradition. It was in St. Anton, for example, that the world's first ski school was founded at the beginning of the last century and also in St. Anton that the first Arlberg Kandahar downhill races were held in the 1920s. Already then, a British skier called Arnold Lunn was helping to organise them, which just goes to show how far back the winter sports links between our countries go.
Together the warmth of the welcome, the quality of the skiing and the energy of the après ski make an irresistible combination.
Skiing in Austria
Whether you're looking to mix it up in Arlberg, Austria's largest skiing area, or prefer smaller, more intimate resorts such as hidden gem Maria Alm, you're bound to find something that suits in one of the country’s 426 ski areas. For the daring skiers amongst us, Austria is home to many exciting slopes, from the infamous Harakiri in Mayrhofen, Austria’s steepest slope, to the Streif in Kitzbühel, which hosts the annual Hahnenkamm World Cup ski race.
Après Ski in Austria
Austria has an unrivalled après-ski culture. The party kicks off early afternoon, with friendly crowds, questionable dancing and steins of fantastic local beer. The atmosphere is incredible, as crowds sing along to old-favourites and dance on the tables. If you prefer something more laid back, relax with a hot Glühwein around a crackling log fire, in a cosy rustic hut. Please note - due to Covid-19, après ski may be a little different this year. Call our experts for more information.