Austrian Ski Resorts
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.
Austrian ski resorts 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.
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Skiing in Austria
For the daring skiers amongst us, Austria has some great skiing and home to many exciting slopes. From the infamous Harakiri in Mayrhofen, Austria’s steepest ski slope, to the Streif in Kitzbühel, which hosts the annual Hahnenkamm World Cup ski race. Obergurgl, also known as the ‘Diamond of the Alps’, is famed for its reliably spectacular snow and range of intermediate ski runs (as well as plenty for beginners), including the tricky Hohe Mut.
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Ski Resorts in Austria
Beginners can find their feet in Austrian ski resorts such as Alpbach, a traditional little town with gentle nursery slopes and excellent ski schools. At the other end of the spectrum is St Anton, a haven for experienced skiers with a large selection of challenging runs and off-piste skiing. Family-friendly Westendorf has a great mix of slopes for all abilities, easily accessible from the village. Alternatively, try Zell Am See, a quintessentially Austrian village.
Après Ski in Austria
Austria ski resorts have 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.
Austrian ski resorts have plenty of activities for non-skiers or when you need a break from your skis. When you need to relax after a long day on the slopes, the luxury spas here are renowned for their revitalising massages and facials. If you still want to get outside, family sleigh rides through the snow are a fun choice for all ages. Many Austrian ski resorts, including Ellmau, Obergurgl and St Anton, have leisure facilities with ice rinks and swimming pools.