Skiing in Austria is amazing. Austria was the birthplace of ski school, host of
the first modern chairlifts – home of Doppelmayr, and much of the best skiing in
the Alps – with the most highly concentrated ski resorts - over 400 in a country
about the size of Maine. The Austrian Alps are like New England skiing with the
Rocky Mountains on top, reaching elevations up to 3,000-meters, 10,000’.
Austria has the most spectacular scenery of snowcapped peaks, genuine mountain
chalets serving hearty local cuisine –
Weiner Schnitzel and Goulash soup, the best après ski anywhere and historic
ski villages with top ski hotels. But it’s the magnificent Alpine skiing
that makes the best Austrian ski trip, vast slopes of well groomed skiing (which
Austrians refer to as prepared pistes), big mountain
high elevation, above tree line bowls, chutes and wide open off-piste terrain.
What’s most impressive about Austria is that they spare no expense in the
design, location and engineering of their ski lifts and routes. No peak is
un-skiable and no lift is too steep or expensive to reach the best ski terrain.
Beautiful glass lined gondolas and cable cars are more the standard than the
exception, often with Wi-Fi. Bubbles cover most quads, six and eight passenger
chairs with cushy leather heated seats, truly the lap of luxury for skiers and
snowboarders between ski runs. Austrian ticketing systems are electronic RD
cards in your pocket also good on the efficient bus systems if you ski off-piste
and find yourself in a nearby town. Many ski villages offer regional passes,
like the Ziller super ski pass, Olympic Ski World pass, and Tyrol pass good at all the surrounding ski areas.
The Ziller Valley alone includes skiing at
and Ziller Arena.
Skiing in Austria is part history, as you ski up to a charming hut on the slopes
serving homemade schnitzel for lunch on a sun terrace, and part modern
skiing with the best lifts and terrain in the world. Austrians love winter,
skiing, ski racing, and their après ski - which is a big part of the ski
tradition with music, beer, Schnapps, and dancing in your ski boots. Austria’s
best ski resorts include Kitzbuhel,
Hintertux and Stubaier Glacier.
We have visited the Tyrol of Austria, the
Arlberg of St Anton, and the Otztal valley. See our ski and lodging
reviews and photos of the best ski resorts in Austria: