The region of Tirol can be found in Western Austria and is fondly known as the Heart of the Alps. A snow worshipper’s mecca, Tirol provides a stunning alpine backdrop to some of the best skiing in the world. Featuring around 80 ski resorts all with a welcoming glow of Austrian hospitality, snow fans of all abilities are sure to find their perfect winter escape in Tirol.
The region boasts an impressive 3,000 km of skiable terrain with altitudes reaching 3,340m above sea level and is home to world famous resorts such as St Anton, Kitzbuhel, Mayrhofen and Alpbach. Navigation within the Tirol region is a breeze with advanced cable car and lift systems plus an array of charming ski in/ ski out accommodation to choose from. Beginners and improvers can pick up some hot new skills from expert tuition in one of over 300 ski schools, whilst adrenaline junkies can get their fix in Tirol’s many snow parks packed full of awesome obstacles.
Guided Off-piste ski touring is unlike anywhere else on earth and an ideal way to experience the incredible awe-inspiring backdrop of the Tirolean Glaciers and Alps mountain range. Night skiing is a popular past time of the locals and it’s easy to see why, skiing whilst the sun sets and through enchanted illuminated trails makes a unique and memorable experience.
SKI RESORTS IN TIROL
Around 80 ski resorts make up the region of Tirol, and with so much ground to cover; they each offer something new and exciting to snow fans. Scattered amidst the stunning scenery of the Alps Mountain Range, Tirolean ski resorts provide world class ski and snowboard facilities complimented by comfortable and cosy lodgings. Après ski can be as lively or as relaxed as you wish, from the famous party scene at Moosewirt in St Anton to the blissful luxury spas present in most resorts.
|SKI RESORT||KM OF PISTES||ALTITUDE|
|Alpbach||109 km||600-2100 m|
|Ellmau||284 km||620-1957 m|
|Fieberbrunn||270 km||834-2020 m|
|Hinterglemm||270 km||834-2020 m|
|Hopfgarten||284 km||620-1957 m|
|Ischgl||172 km||1377-2872 m|
|Kitzbuhel||215 km||800-2000 m|
|Mayrhofen||136 km||630-2500 m|
|Obergurgl||113 km||1793-3080 m|
|Solden||146 km||1350-3340 m|
|Soll||284 km||620-1957 m|
|Scheffau||284 km||620-1957 m|
|St Anton||305 km||1304-2811 m|
|St Christoph||305 km||1304-2811 m|
|Westendorf||284 km||620-1957 m|
|Saalbach||270 km||834-2020 m|
SKI AREAS IN TIROL
Many ski resorts in Tirol are linked to other resorts nearby making up large ski areas. This means skiers and snowboarders on holiday benefit from more slopes, added terrain to explore and new destinations to discover. Ski areas are linked in several ways, either linked via chairlifts and gondolas, or by public transport. Here are some of the largest ski areas in the Tirol region in Austria.
|SKI AREA||KM OF PISTES||RESORTS|
|Zillertal||515 km||Mayrhofen, Hintertux glacier, Finkenberg, Hippach, Zell am Ziller, Kaltenbach, Fugen.|
|Obergurgl-Hochgurgl||113 km||Obergurgl, Hochgurgl.|
|Ski Jewel||109 km||Wildschönau, Alpbach.|
|SkiWelt||284 km||Soll, Scheffau, Ellmau, Westendorf, Hopfgarten.|
|SkiCircus||270 km||Hinterglemm, Saalbach, Leogang, Fieberbrunn|
|Arlberg||305 km||St Anton, St Christoph, Stuben, Lech, Zurs|
APRES SKI IN TIROL
Après ski in Tirol is as varied and enticing as the region itself. Whether you are looking for a relaxing evening by the fireside after a busy day on the slopes or still have bags of energy and fuel for the dancefloor, you are certain to find what you need in any one of Tirol’s hotly tipped après ski destinations. With real zeal for life, the Austrians are usually the first ones to know where the party is and the last ones standing (or table dancing) at the end of the night. You can expect pumping music, flowing beer, high spirits and a plethora of quirky local traditions making a memorable night. World famous snow festival Snowbombing has been moving mountains in the Tirol for over a decade, rave reviews and consistently strong line-ups have shown that this region can party like no other. Iglu Ski favourites for an unforgettable Après include St. Anton, Ischgl and St Christoph to name a few.
If its ultimate relaxation you crave after action packed days on the slopes, Tirol has some of the best recovery means to heal aching muscles and soothe your snowed out soul. Tirol’s Hot Springs, Spa Retreats, Jacuzzi’s and sensational surrounds will have you back on your feet and recharged in no time.
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Great Party Places
“Fanghouse the funhouse! Directly by the Nassereinbahn in St Anton, a small bar with loads of character. Great place to start your day with a coffee or finish your ski day with après” – Nigel
“If you’re looking for picturesque après in Ischgl I can recommend the Schatzi Bar! Banging Austrian beats accompanied with tasty light refreshments” – Ned
"It's all about Mayrhofen. I love Bruck n Stadl for lively apres and late nights, plus there are plenty of other bars, pubs and clubs throughout the resort for more variety." - Krystelle
“Moosewirt in St Anton for crazy Austrian après. It’s rumoured to sell more beer per square metre than any other bar in Austria. Taps is a quieter alternative with a great sun terrace.” – Justin
“Hospitz Alm in St Christoph, there is a slide to the loos, live Tyrolean folk music on the balcony, a lovely sun terrace, great food and excellent wines.” – Linda
“Hohenhaus Tenne - The best Après Ski bar in the world.. At the bottom of the bubble in Hintertux near Mayrhofen” – Adrian
Places to Eat
“Gassers in Mayrhofen – The best hot meat sandwiches just across the road from the ice bar – Can be a life saver pre après party or a great start to the day if you missed breakfast!” – Nick
“Sonnenkopf in the Arlberg region - Bobo’s does amazing ribs, pomodoro’s do great pizza and burger stop do an average burger but after a few beers they become amazing” – Jake
“Ideally located half way down the world famous Streiff downhill course in Kitzbuhel is the Berggasthof Seidlam. Run by the Hechenberger family, this mountain restaurant serves up local hearty dishes such as gulasch and dumplings with equally hearty Austrian hospitality” – Thomas Moulton
“..take the free train to Zell am Ziller for a day and ski, it’s covered by the Mayrhofen lift pass” – Sam
“finish off the day with a spot of night sledging in Ischgl I can highly recommend it for a night to remember! “ – Ned