For many skiers it just has to be Austria – a fabulous day of skiing in one of the many great Austrian resorts, combined with typically jolly apres ski at the end of the day, is a must.
Resorts such as St Anton, Solden and Mayrhofen are absolute Mecca’s for those whom partying hard is just as important as the skiing itself. That’s not to say there is a lack of excellent skiing resorts in Austria. Resorts such as Saalbach, Ischgl and Lech along with those mentioned earlier are world class offering gentle cruises to the more steep and deep stuff. The only downside is that many Austrian resorts are low by alpine standards and therefore snow cannot always be guaranteed. What this does mean, however, is that Austrian skiing holidays are typically cheaper than those in France and Switzerland.
Ischgl is an Austrian resort that is not only high and snow sure but offers a large area of slopes to suit mainly intermediate skiers. There is also an exceptional terrain park for those who like a bit of freestyle. Beginners and experts are catered for, however there are limitations. The après ski is lively and may not be to everyone’s tastes, however as a resort Ischgl ranks right up there with the best Austria has to offer.
Mayrhofen is a popular favourite with the British mainly due to its reasonable accommodation prices and lively après ski scene. Slopes rise to 2500m so snow is relatively sure, however what sets this ski resort apart from many other Austrian ones is its close proximity to Hintertux – which is arguably one of the world’s best glacier resorts.
Think of Kitzbuhel and the one thing that often comes to mind is the annual Hahnenkamm downhill race. Not everyone is an Olympic downhill skier so it’s fortunate that Kitzbuhel has other slopes to cater for all abilities. However Kitzbuhel’s low altitude means that snow, particularly on the lower slopes, is anything but guaranteed so keep your fingers crossed if you’ve booked early.
Set over 4 mountains, Schladming is one of Austria’s most well known resorts which has attracted skiers of all abilities for many years. Despite unremarkable heights the majority of Schladming’s slopes face north and keep their snow well ensuring conditions throughout the season remain good.
Saalbach-Hinterglemm is a ski area in a valley that is comprised of 2 villages (Saalbach and Hinterglemm) set 4kms apart. The skiing is great for mixed abilities with ample skiing for all, and those looking for fun and jolly après – ski will not be disappointed especially in Saalbach. The only downside is that the runs are not high and snow is not always in plentiful supply.
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