Skiing Austria

Ski and snowboard Austria for the perfect mountain villages like Saalbach.
Ski resorts in Austria are known for their modern lift infrastructure.
Ski and snowboard Austria for perfect piste all to yourself.
Ski Austria and visit fabulous alpine villages like Zurs.
Ski Austria for perfect powder off the piste.
Ski and snowboard Austria for the vibrant resorts and world's best apres.
Ski and snowboard Austria for serious steeps.
Austrian ski resorts have fine dining at wonderful, traditional mountain huts
Ski & snowboard Austria for the exceptional children's facilities.
Enjoy Austrian mountain fare like this spinat knodel at Stubai Glacier.
Austrian pow under a Zell am See gondola and no one to put more tracks in it!
Hang out at modern Austrian mountain restaurants (St Anton).
Ski & snowboard Austria's vast glacier terrain (Kaprun -Kitzsteinhorn).
Soak up warm Austrian hospitality (Fieberbrunn).
Ski & snowboard Austrian family friendly resorts (Kaprun - Maiskogel).
Beautiful Austrian Alps panorama restaurant (Mayrhofen).
Travel direct to Austria ski resorts via the excellent train system.
Do Austrian apres ski in style (Hinterglemm).
Austria is a Powderhounds ski paradise when it pewks (Zell am See)!
Visit Austria for an unforgettable ski & snowboard holiday.

Skiing Austria

Ski Austria

Austria is the world’s true home of skiing and has the most ski resorts of any country in Europe. The incredible ski lift infrastructure, diversity of terrain, snow quality and quantity, facilities and value for money make Austria a ski and snowboard destination that is hard to beat. The snowboarding and skiing in Austria is absolute world class.

An Austrian ski and snowboard holiday provides an opportunity to soak up some fabulous European mountain culture, plus enjoy Austrian cities, friendly villages and traditional resorts. Après might be a French word, but Austria easily has the best après ski in the world – the Austrian ski resorts are the place to party!

Austria Snow & Weather

Austria has some of the snowiest places in Europe. The far western state of Vorarlberg has ski resorts with 9 to 10m annual snowfalls in the villages (Damuels, Warth Schroecken) let alone the peaks. The higher peaks are heavily glaciated, hence the world’s highest number of ski resorts based around glaciers & one of the world’s only all year round ski resorts – Hintertux Glacier (the other is Zermatt in Switzerland). The high ridge near the Molltaler Gletscher north of Lienz gets around 20m of annual snowfall.

Mid winter temperatures in Austria can be some of western Europe’s coldest, hence the general lower altitude of many resorts when compared to France or Italy. However glorious sunny days abound and the Austrians have the ‘drink in hand, sun-soaking lounge chair in the snow, sunglasses off & closed eyes pointing to the sun’ pose down to a fine art.

Skiing & Snowboarding in Austria

The options for skiing and snowboarding in Austria are endless. The Austrian Alps run through the entire country and the resorts range from low elevation and cute village ski hills, high alpine glaciers and huge interlinked mega resorts. Austria has a ski resort to suit everyone and at every time of the year. From west to east, Austrian ski resorts are easiest divided into their relevant states – Vorarlberg, Tyrol, Salzburg, Styria, Carinthia.

Vorarlberg Ski Resorts

Vorarlberg is the snowiest area of Europe and has the deep snow ski resorts of Damuels, Diedamskopf & Warth-Schroecken, plus the massive Ski Arlberg interlinked ski resort (Lech - Zurs - Zug & the Tyrol’s St Anton et al.) providing a massive terrain variety across the region.

Tyrol Ski Resorts

The Tyrol (Tirol) is home to some of the largest & best known (most famous) ski resorts in the world, but also has some seriously good secret stashes that are away from the seething horde. Any powder aficionado should head to ski resorts of Kuhtai & Pitztal Glacier. They are small but ssooo good. Classics like St Anton, Ischgl & Kitzbuhel are for hard core skiers and party animals (snowboarders!!). The Zillertal resorts of Mayrhofen & Hintertux Glacier have every terrain type imaginable, as have the nine Innsbruck ski resorts. The Tyrol’s other glacier ski resorts include the Oetztal's huge Soeldon, Pitztal's smaller, but brilliant Pitztal Glacier & the Kaunertal Glacier. Massive interlinked resorts that are relatively unknown outside Europe include SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental, Zillertal Arena plus the higher elevation Serfaus-Fiss-Laudis. Another worthy resort is the snow sure Obergurgl-Hochgurgl. The best ski terrain in one of the Powderhound's favourite ski resorts, Skicircus Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang-Fieberbrunn, is in the Tyrol as well.

In the East Tyrol (separated by a piece of current day Italy!) the lovely little ski resorts of Sillian & around Lienz are south of the impressive & under-rated Grossglockner Kals-Matrei ski resort.

Salzburg Ski Resorts

The Salzburg (or Salzburgerland) ski resorts are best illustrated by the mega resorts of Skicircus Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang-Fieberbrunn & the well-known Zell am See & Kaprun (Kitzsteinhorn glacier) combination. The snowiest location in the state is Obertauern. Powderhounds favourites also include smaller resorts like Rauris & the excellent Weissee. Other large ski areas, all with typically Austrian uber modern lifts & vast terrain include the 4 resorts of the Gastein valley, Wildkogel (with world’s longest illuminated toboggan run - 14km) & Flachau.

Styria Ski Resorts

Styria who? An interesting area east of Salzburg state, ski resorts including the huge 4 Berge Schladming & lovely Turracherhohe epitomise the Styria region. Further north, little snow magnets like Loser & Tauplitz make a trip to the region worthwhile.

Upper Austria

In Upper Austria, near the picture perfect village of Hallstat, the Dachstein rises & the freeride paradise of Krippenstein (Obertraun) has runs 10km long. Enough said!

Carinthia Ski Resorts

Never heard of Carinthia state in Austria? Austria’s southern state has a range of great ski resorts including the high elevation  and very snowy Moelltal Glacier and the secret powder stash of Ankogel (otherwise known as Mallnitz), just to mention a few. Molltal Glacier is open 11 months of the year!

The Powderhounds will endeavour to review all of these ski resorts.
When to Ski or Snowboard in AustriaAustria is blessed with a geographic location & topography that lend it to all year round skiing. Whilst late July to early September can be lean, Austria is replete with massive glacier ski resorts with extremely long ski seasons. A visitt to Austria at any time of the year can include sliding on some quailty white stuff........ snow that is!

See the When to Ski in Austria page for more information.

Travelling to Austrian Ski Resorts

For international travellers, Austrian ski resorts are easy to access. Major gateway airports include Innsbruck, Salzburg, Munich & Zurich. Resort connections are easy via the superbly integrated European & Austrian train & bus system. There are few ski resorts (if any) that cannot be accessed by cheap public transport.

See the Travelling to Austrian Ski Resorts page.

Austria Ski & Snowboard Holiday Experience

Although Austria has a questionable gastronomic reputation and it is certainly not the place to visit if you’re trying to lose weight, the food is actually fabulous. Some may say that the food is stodgy, whilst others (like us) would describe it as fabulously scrumdiddlyumptious (there will be a spelling test later). Every type of gourmet sausage imaginable, luscious knodels (engorged dumplings), classic wiener schnitzel and fries, plus beautiful rösti with potato and cheese guaranteed to clog up your arteries. Don’t forget the deliciously sweet kaiserschmarrn (local pancakes and apple sauce). There are healthier options available too, but the traditional fare is way too nice to evade and perfect for fuel when skiing. 

In the après stakes, Austria is the centre of the world. Austrian wines are rightfully world famous and plentiful. Beer drinkers will need to get used to the idea that whilst one can get a beer anywhere, anytime, the styles are seriously limited comparative to North America (although a lot of UK beer is available). Fear not. Bouncing around to loud euro techno, disco and traditional tunes will make you forget your double IPA preferences quick smart. Avoid radlers - they are a pretend drink for pretenders!

If your ability to speak Austrian German isn’t great, don’t worry. Austrian ski resorts are well populated by British tourists, so some degree of English is spoken (usually perfectly), and most restaurants have English menus if you are desperate. You’ll recognise a lot of common foods, you’ll know how to order a bier or wein, and if you smile and say ‘danke’ for your meal the locals will be happy.

Cost of Skiing & Snowboarding in Austria

Austria is a relatively inexpensive country to go skiing or snowboarding when compared to some other parts the world such as the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Chile and several of the big ski resorts in France. When one considers the generally outstanding quality of lift infrastructure, piste preparation and size of Austrian ski resorts, lift ticket prices are incredibly competitive.

All Austrian ski resorts have accommodation options to suit different budgets. If it isn’t available in the ski resort, a nearby village, town or city will have a well-priced option available. For those trying to save a penny, Austria has lots of youth hostels, excellent pensions and guesthouses, plus reasonably priced hotels.

Food and drink in Austria ski resorts is cheap compared to Switzerland, comparable with France, but not as cheap as Italy. Ski and snowboard clothing and equipment can be expensive but that’s generally because only the top brands are being sold at ski resorts.

As with skiing anywhere in the world, if you have money and are keen to spend it, there is an expensive luxury (or budget) option for everything in Austria.

More Reasons to Ski Austria

There are hundreds of Austrian ski resorts to suit all needs. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, extreme rider, terrain park junkie, party nut, or need a family friendly ski holiday. Skiing in Austria offers great value for money, wonderful Austrian hospitality, fabulous traditional food and drink, the world famous Austrian ski instructors…………………. and did we mention the après!
Ski Tours in Austria

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Ski Safari Tyrol & Bavaria
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5 Skiing Days
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Explore 7 ski resorts in the Tyrol & Bavaria on this fully hosted & guided ski & snowboard safari based at Innsbruck. Discover awesome Austrian ski resorts like Kuhtai & the best of Bavaria at Garmisch & Zugspitze. Fully customise your own tour with dates & duration that suit you.
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USD 1,735
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Austria Tour Innsbruck Freeride City
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Snowboarding | 7 Ski Resorts
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Based in Innsbruck, this trip is for intermediate to advanced (or better) snowboarders taking in some of the best ski resorts in the Austrian Alps. Join the "fixed date" tour with your own group or come alone and meet new friends.
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St Anton Ski Safari
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing | 7 Resorts
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Get the most out of a ski trip to St Anton with a knowledgeable guide and visit nearby ski areas such as Zurs, Zug, Lech, Oberlech, Stuben, St Christof & Sonnenkopf. Custom tours only. Get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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