Winter sports in Austria: Popular destination for ski fans
Austria, as one of the winter hotspots in Europe, is and remains a popular destination for ski fans from all over the world. Thanks to spacious slopes, modern lifts and the best snow conditions, skiing fun is guaranteed for young and old. With the opening of Austria's first drag lift in 1936 in Zürs in Arlberg, the official kick-off for ski tourism began, attracting tourists to the Alpine country year after year. In Austria, a great variety of slopes awaits skiers. From small, rather family ski areas to the large ski associations, which connect numerous ski slopes over several hundred kilometres, every winter sports fans find their favourite slope in Austria. The most famous ski areas of the country are in Tyrol, Vorarlberg and the Salzburger Land. Here ski tourists will find famous ski resorts such as Ischgl, St. Anton and Kitzbühel. A total of ten glacier ski resorts offer tourists a long season from October to May. The Hintertux Glacier in the Zillertal guarantees fun on the slopes all year round.
Ski resorts for everyone: Whether family holiday or off-road fun
The choice is difficult: many ski tourists have been swearing by "their favourite slope" for years and remain loyal to their own holiday resort. Nevertheless, it is also worthwhile to visit some of the less well-known ski resorts. Away from Sölden and Kitzbühel, the whole of Austria is just as fascinating as the winter sports metropolises. The overview shows a small selection of ski resorts for the next exciting winter holiday in Austria.
Located at 1763 metres above sea level, the Turracher Höhe is one of the most snow-sure regions in the country and is considered a true winter paradise between Styria and Carinthia from November to May. Here skiers explore the 42 kilometres of pistes in the heart of the Nockberg mountains and experience a varied offer for the whole family. In addition to the classic skiing fun during the day, night skiing and night tobogganing are also offered. Many other winter sports attract alpine enthusiasts. Whether ice skating on Lake Turracher, winter hiking or cross-country skiing on the 15-kilometre-long cross-country trails, the Turracher Höhe offers the best conditions for every kind of winter pleasure.
The Romantik Seehotel Jägerwirt is situated on the sunny side of the idyllic Turracher lake. The hosts invite you to a varied stay in the middle of the skiing area. Thanks to the hotel's own "Kitzclub", which opens six days a week, the hotel is particularly family friendly. After an exciting day on the slopes, the SPA area of the Romantik Seehotel Jägerwirt provides a relaxing end to the day.
The Kühtai ski resort is one of the highest ski resorts in Austria. From the end of November to the middle of April, the cable cars and lifts run daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. up to the fantastic peaks. The Kühtai-Hochoetz ski region comprises two areas extending over 85 kilometres of pistes. Thanks to wide downhill runs and breath-taking deep-snow slopes, nothing stands in the way of a perfect day on the slopes. In addition to the unique ski touring area, the Kidspark and a toboggan run, snowshoe hikes and cross-country skiing are also offered.
In the Obertauern region, tourists enjoy between 1630 and 2313 metres altitude best slope conditions and have snow guarantee. On 100 kilometres of ski runs and 26 kilometres of cross-country ski runs, travellers immerse themselves in the winter wonderland. In addition to the great variety of winter sports, ski and toboggan fans in the Obertauern experience relaxation and cosiness on the one hand, but on the other hand also the so-called party mile, which heats up again after an exciting day of snow.
The ski area Katschberg Aineck welcomes guests in winter with ideal slopes, modern lifts and of course a lot of snow. The slopes are suitable for beginners, advanced and professional skiers due to their varying degrees of difficulty. On 70 kilometres of perfectly prepared slopes, tourists discover the region through the numerous winter activities.
In St. Michael im Lungau, not far from the ski resorts Katschberg and Obertauern, the Romantik Hotel Wastlwirt welcomes winter travellers. The traditional hotel offers cosy rooms and a spacious wellness area, which provides the necessary relaxation after an exhausting day in the snow. Guests can also immerse themselves in the culinary delights of the region: Delicacies from the “Schmankerlküche” are prepared at the evening cooking show.
Whether you are a beginner or a professional skier, there is something for everyone in Lech am Arlberg. Austria's largest connected ski area comprises a total of 305 kilometres of downhill runs. This makes it one of the five largest ski resorts in the world. Lech is particularly popular with families as a holiday destination. However, action fans will also find exactly what they are looking for here: In addition to prepared ski slopes for pleasure skiers and families, ski tour fans, powder snow skiers and free riders experience 200 kilometres of high alpine powder snow runs. For safety's sake, sports enthusiasts are equipped with special equipment such as a helmet, avalanche shovel and search equipment. Especially when accompanied by an experienced ski guide, this adventure becomes a very special experience.
The 5-star Romantik Hotel Die Krone von Lech welcomes travellers in the immediate vicinity of the ski slope. Within the historic walls of the hotel, demanding winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy a cosy time in a special and natural atmosphere. After an eventful day on the slopes, the wellness area invites you to spend some quiet hours. The Turkish steam bath as well as numerous relaxing treatments belong to the popular SPA offer of the hotel.