For a winter break that has it all, you can’t beat booking a ski holiday in Austria. From the epic range of runs and mostly snow-sure slopes to the family-friendly atmosphere and excellent après, it’s the ideal location for a group getaway.
Skiing in Austria has been big for decades and it’s really no surprise with its picture-perfect scenery and amazing infrastructure. In fact, the snow-capped Austrian Alps are currently the second most popular place for Brits to ski in Europe! Whether you want to admire traditional resorts filled with pretty wooden chalets or take advantage of incredible after-dark activities, you’ll find Austria has something for every kind of skier.
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If you’re about partying AND whizzing down world-class runs, you’ll definitely get the best of both worlds if you stay at one of the bigger resorts during your ski trip to Austria. St Anton’s après offering is the stuff of legend thanks to on-piste venues like the Mooserwitz and Krazy Kangeruh. Lively Mayrhofen additionally has an admirable selection of bars, including massive igloo bar The White Lounge and the authentically Austrian Bruck’n Stadl.
Whether you need childcare facilities or plenty of ski schools for older children to embark on their first snow sports adventure, you can’t go wrong with huge Mayrhofen. Obergurgl is also a great family-friendly resort if you’d rather have a more relaxed atmosphere and quieter slopes (of which around a third are easy blue runs).
The big resorts like Mayrhofen, St Anton and Ischgl all undoubtedly have plenty of accommodation options, extensive après and slopes to suit all abilities, and you should also consider Saalbach for your big group skiing holiday to Austria. A big ski area with a slick lift system, and a range of slopes for all abilities. Not to mention a wild après scene.
The perfect snow conditions and gentle nursery slopes at Lech in the Arlberg region make it a great pick for novice skiers. Saalbach & Hinterglemm – two twinned Austrian villages which form the popular Ski Circus area - are also ace for beginners thanks to over 100km of blue runs and a handful of ski schools. Plus, if you want a break from skiing, you’ll find an array of off-piste activities to indulge in, from ice skating to tobogganing.
Typically, altitude is less important in Austria than France. Even the lower resorts have relatively reliable snow cover. For the most snow-sure slopes, though, you’ll still want high altitude resorts like Obergurgl and Ischgl. The highest point of both is over 2500m, meaning you can expect piles of perfect powder each and every morning of your stay.
Thinking of booking a last-minute ski holiday to Austria? Luckily, you’ll find a few resorts that can be visited for just a few days at a time. Head to Innsbruck for the perfect balance of city break and ski weekend only a few miles from the nearest international airport.
St Anton and Saalbach also have accommodation that can be hired out for shorter stints, while Stuben is a good option if you’re hoping to nab a good deal on a cheap ski holiday in Austria.