Austria ski holidays
Austria is the second most popular ski country for Britons, largely due to its excellent and varied resorts to suit all types of skiing abilities. Austria’s traditional and beautiful resorts are certainly a pulling factor for thousands of people. But the world-class quality of skiing coupled with a dynamic après-ski makes Austria a beloved place to ski and the reason why many Britons return year on year. Our ski deals to Austria include flights, transfers and accommodation including many catered chalets in Austria.
Best ski holidays in Austria
With vast ski areas, fantastic facilities, friendly locals, and delicious food and drinks, a ski holiday in Austria will be enjoyed by everyone in your ski group. There are resorts suited for all tastes and preferences so you won’t be disappointed! To help your decision making process here are some of our favourite resorts, alternatively call us on the phone number above and one of our ski experts will be happy to help you narrow down your choices to Austria.
Best for snow-sure slopes – For the best snow conditions on your ski holiday in Austria, you will want to choose a high ski area like Obergurgl, Mayrhofen (Hintertux), Ischgl, Lech, Sölden, or Kaprun.
Best for families – We have a fantastic selection of family-friendly chalet’s with in-house childcare in Obergurgl and St Anton.
Best for après – The après in St Anton is legendary. Head to the Mooserwirt and Krazy Kanguruh for the best après ever. Mayrhofen, Ischgl and Soll also have plenty of bars and clubs for a lively night out.
Best for groups – Groups will love the variety of slopes, amazing après, and great value accommodation in Mayrhofen, Saalbach, St Anton, and Zell am See.
Ski areas in Austria
Austrian ski resorts are generally not as high as French resorts, so if you are looking for an early or late-season holiday it would be best to check out the resort’s snow reports and history before booking. However, this is potentially the only low-point, as Austrian ski holidays never fail to impress. Whether it is because of the spectacular scenery and traditional Austrian charm or the energetic après-ski, there really is something for everyone.
The Arlberg Ski Circus is the most well-known and largest ski area in Austria. It links St. Anton, St. Christoph, Lech and Zurs, whilst providing excellent skiing and legendary après-ski. The Zell am See - Kaprun, incorporating Kaprun and Zell am See has excellent snow-sure skiing, especially runs on the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier and also boasts beautiful towns. These resorts are particularly good for families and beginners. Other areas include the Zillertal Arena, which combines Mayrhofen, Hintertux and Zell am Ziller, whilst the Ski Welt Area links Soll, Scheffau and Ellmau.
Snow conditions in Austria
During the main season, conditions are great for all types of skiers. High ski areas that get the best of the snow include Sölden, St Anton, Lech, Hintertux, Kaprun and Obergurgl. However lower ski resorts at the start and end of the season are at risk of a lack of snow. It is recommended to check weather forecasts if booking in these periods of the season.
Apres-ski in Austria
Without a doubt, Austria has the best après-ski in the world. Mooserwirt and Krazy Kanguruh in St Anton are notoriously known as the party central of the universe. If you’ve never experienced après in Austria, expect to see dancing on tables in your ski boots, shots served by the metre and beers sold in steins. Be prepared for a challenging ski back to your hotel or chalet afterwards!
Even in the small Austrian villages you will find good après-ski bars with a friendly, unique atmosphere. To discover the best après, visit St Anton, Ischgl and Mayrhofen.
Accommodation in Austria
We have a wide selection of different ski accommodation to suit all group sizes including friends, families and couples. If you prefer a more relaxed, informal atmosphere on your ski holiday, ski chalets are a very popular option. We have a wide range of ski chalets in Austria in all the major resorts. Hotels in Austria range from 5 star celebrity favourites; to small traditional Tyrolean styles to British run chalet hotels.
Transfer times to resorts in Austria
Transfer times to ski resorts in Austria are much more favourable than in France. The main airports for ski holidays in Austria are Innsbruck and Salzburg. Transfer times vary from 1hr15 to Ischgl, Mayrhofen, St Anton and Sölden to 1hr30 to Kitzbuhel, Lech, and Obergurgl. The transfer times are normally reliable so you often find yourself in resort by lunchtime to squeeze in a warm-up hour on the slopes before the first full day.
Lift passes for Austrian resorts
Lift passes in Austria are usually slightly cheaper than in France. You can pre-book your ski pass with your holiday booking, or you can get it on your ski rep on the transfer or when you arrive in your resort.