Skiing Austria

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Ski and snowboard Austria for the perfect mountain villages like Saalbach.
Ski and snowboard Austria for the perfect mountain villages like Saalbach.
Ski resorts in Austria are known for their modern lift infrastructure.
Ski resorts in Austria are known for their modern lift infrastructure.
Ski and snowboard Austria for perfect piste all to yourself.
Ski and snowboard Austria for perfect piste all to yourself.
Ski Austria and visit fabulous alpine villages like Zurs.
Ski Austria and visit fabulous alpine villages like Zurs.
Ski Austria for perfect powder off the piste.
Ski Austria for perfect powder off the piste.
Ski and snowboard Austria for the vibrant resorts and world
Ski and snowboard Austria for the vibrant resorts and world's best apres.
Ski and snowboard Austria for serious steeps.
Ski and snowboard Austria for serious steeps.
Austrian ski resorts have fine dining at wonderful, traditional mountain huts
Austrian ski resorts have fine dining at wonderful, traditional mountain huts
Ski & snowboard Austria for the exceptional children
Ski & snowboard Austria for the exceptional children's facilities.
Enjoy Austrian mountain fare like this spinat knodel at Stubai Glacier.
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!
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).
Hang out at modern Austrian mountain restaurants (St Anton).
Ski & snowboard Austria
Ski & snowboard Austria's vast glacier terrain (Kaprun -Kitzsteinhorn).
Soak up warm Austrian hospitality (Fieberbrunn).
Soak up warm Austrian hospitality (Fieberbrunn).
Ski & snowboard Austrian family friendly resorts (Kaprun - Maiskogel).
Ski & snowboard Austrian family friendly resorts (Kaprun - Maiskogel).
Beautiful Austrian Alps panorama restaurant (Mayrhofen).
Beautiful Austrian Alps panorama restaurant (Mayrhofen).
Travel direct to Austria ski resorts via the excellent train system.
Travel direct to Austria ski resorts via the excellent train system.
Do Austrian apres ski in style (Hinterglemm).
Do Austrian apres ski in style (Hinterglemm).
Austria is a Powderhounds ski paradise when it pewks (Zell am See)!
Austria is a Powderhounds ski paradise when it pewks (Zell am See)!
Visit Austria for an unforgettable ski & snowboard holiday.
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 resorts are the place to party!

Top 10 Reasons to Ski Austria

  1. Most reliable snowfall regions in Europe.
  2. High number of small & large ski resorts with low crowds on powder days- particularly if the sun stays away.
  3. Longest ski season in the world across several glacier-based ski areas (Hintertux is open for skiing all year.
  4. Massive number and diversity of ski areas, many within a relatively short distance of each other.
  5. Affordable lift passes, often linked to (i.e. valid in) multiple ski areas.
  6. Incredible, modern lift systems that (increasingly) link smaller resorts together.
  7. World’s best après ski.
  8. Immense lift-accessed backcountry skiing & ski-touring options.
  9. All resorts easily accessible by public transport including by train direct from major airports.
  10. Authentic villages, mountain huts, agriculture (you can still smell cows in Kitzbuhel!), history & rural landscapes fully integrated into the entire skiing experience.

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 through the entire country are heavily glaciated, hence the world’s highest concentration 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 Moelltaler Gletscher north of Lienz gets up to 20m of annual snowfall.

Mid-winter temperatures in Austria can be some of western Europe’s coldest, hence the generally lower base 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 (a.k.a. Tirol), Salzburg (a.k.a. Salzburgerland), Styria, & Carinthia. Within those states it is often easiest to then think about valleys with amazing ski areas. Standout valleys include the Paznaun (Ischgl, Kappl, Galtuer & See), Otztal (Hochoetz, Soelden, Gurgl), & Zillertal (Hintertux, Mayrhofen, Hochzillertal, Zillertal Arena), to name but a few.

Vorarlberg Ski Resorts

Vorarlberg is the snowiest region of Europe and has the fabulous, deep-snow ski resorts of Damuels, Diedamskopf, Gargellen & Silvretta Montafon, plus the vast Ski Arlberg interlinked ski resorts (Warth-Schroecken, Lech-Zurs & the Tyrol’s St Anton) providing massive terrain variety across the region. A 'go to' region for Powderhounds.

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. For all-year round skiing and seriously fun powder, Hintertux Glacier ranks as the world's best. Any powder aficionado should head to the ski resorts of Kappl, Kühtai, Pitztal Glacier/Rifflsee & See. They are small(ish) but sssooooo good. Classics like St Anton, Ischgl & Kitzbuhel are for hardcore skiers and party animals (snowboarders!!). Whilst can be over-run with crowds, they all have quieter sectors that are wonderful on powder days. The Zillertal ski areas of Hochzillertal, Mayrhofen, Hintertux Glacier & Zillertal Arena have every terrain type imaginable, as have the 13 Innsbruck ski resorts. The Tyrol’s glacier ski resorts include the Oetztal's Soeldon, the brilliant Pitztal Glacier & the ever expanding Kaunertal Glacier. Massive, interlinked resorts that are relatively unknown outside Europe include SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental, Zillertal Arena plus the higher elevation, superb Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis. Another worthy resort is the snow-sure & recently re-named Gurgl, previously known as the divinely throat twisting Obergurgl Hochgurgl. The best ski terrain in one of the Powderhound's favourite ski resorts, Skicircus Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang-Fieberbrunn, is partly 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 Grossglockner Kals-Matrei ski resort.

Salzburg Ski Resorts

The Salzburg (or Salzburgerland) ski resorts are best illustrated by the mega lift-pass linked combinations of Skicircus Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang-Fieberbrunn, Zell am See & Kaprun-Kitzsteinhorn Glacier plus the expansive Snow Space Salzburg. The snowiest location in the state is Obertauern - a Powderhounds favourite. Another large number of ski areas of particular note for powder hounds, all with typically Austrian uber-modern lifts & vast terrain include the 4 resorts of the Gastein valley (a fantastic ski area). Smaller resorts, like Zauchensee, abound and provide powder hounds with a great off-piste freeride experience, but are increasingly being interlinked into largely areas.

Styria Ski Resorts

Styria who? An interesting region east of Salzburg state, ski resorts including the huge, piste perfect Schladming 4 Berge, and further north, smaller snow magnets like Loser & Tauplitz make a trip to the region worthwhile.

Upper Austria

In Upper Austria, near the picture-perfect village of Hallstatt, the Dachstein rises & the freeride paradise of Krippenstein (Obertraun) has runs 11km 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 (near the Mallnitz), just to mention a few. Mölltal Glacier is open 11 months of the year!

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 Travel to Austrian Ski Resorts page.

When to Ski or Snowboard in Austria

Austria 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 visit to Austria at any time of the year can include sliding on some quality white stuff........ snow that is!

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

Austrian 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 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 knödels (engorged dumplings), combination fry-ups in pfandls, classic wiener schnitzel and fries, plus beautiful rösti with potato & cheese guaranteed to clog up your arteries. Don’t forget the deliciously sweet kaiserschmarrn (local pancakes and apple sauce) and the intriguing plum jam filled yeast dumplings called germknödel. 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 ski 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 (or the designated driver)!

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, plus if you smile and say ‘danke schoen’ for your meal, the locals will smile too.

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. At some places they are positively cheap!

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.

Travel in Austria is also amongst the cheapest in Europe. Fuel costs tend to be lower, train & bus options are everywhere (plus fares are often free if you have a local guest card of ski lift ticket) & road tolls are few & far between.

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 terrific value for money, wonderful Austrian hospitality, fabulous traditional food & drink, the world-famous Austrian ski instructors …………………. and did we mention the après!

Resort Comparisons & Reviews

See how ski resorts in Austria compare to the rest of the European ski areas on the Europe ski resort ratings page. Alternatively see comparisons to the rest of the world on our Best Ski Resorts page.

The Powderhounds Europe team are constantly reviewing new Austrian & European ski resorts or having a second or third look at old ones. See our reviews via the links on each ski resort overview page.

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Ski Tours in Austria

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Magic Dolomites & Austrian Alps Ski Safari
ALL INCLUSIVE DELUXE PRIVATE SKI SAFARI
10 Days | 9 Nights | 8 Ski Days
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Fully hosted & guided deluxe private ski safari taking in the best Dolomites & Austrian ski resorts over 10 days. Stay in 4 & 5-star hotels, enjoy the all inclusive meals & be transported by luxury van to each new destination. Private groups only for up to 10 people - apply for your best dates.
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USD 8,164
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Premier Austrian Ski Resorts Tour
ALL INCLUSIVE DELUXE PRIVATE SKI TOUR
9 Days | 8 Nights | 7 Ski Days
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Fully hosted & guided deluxe private ski tour taking in six premier Austrian & German ski resorts over 9 days. Stay in 4 & 5-star hotels, enjoy the all inclusive meals & be transported by luxury van to each new destination. Private groups only for up to 10 people - apply for your best dates.
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USD 7,484
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Austria Innsbruck Freeride Tour
HOSTED & GUIDED MULITI-RESORT TOUR
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5 Days Snowboarding | 7 Ski Resorts
Ability: 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, come alone & meet new friends or fully customise a private tour.
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USD 2,090
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Creme de la Creme Innsbruck Ski Tour
GUIDED SKI TOUR PACKAGE
7 Days | 6 nights | 5 Ski Days
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Explore the best ski resorts & freeride powder zones around Innsbruck in the Austrian Tirol with a professional guide on this fully customised private tour. Follow the powder, ride on or off-piste, ski-tour & backcountry - your tour, your choice! Get a group together and book in for your best dates & duration....
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USD 1,847
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Guide & Ride Private Off Piste Freeride Powder Tour
PRIVATE GUIDED POWDER SKI TOUR
1 Full Day Skiing near Innsbruck
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Enjoy the best snow & terrain in the ski resorts near Innsbruck in the Austrian Tirol with a professional guide on this fully customised private off-piste freeride ski tour. Go solo or get a group together & book in for your best dates & duration....
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Single-Base, Single-Ski-Area Tours

Ride & Learn in the Alps
GUIDED OFF-PISTE SKIING & LEARNING
4 Days | 4 Nights | 4 Days Skiing
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
The Ride & Learn tour is an 'active learning' powder-chaser trip where the location in the Alps is dictated by the best powder conditions at the time. Options include Livigno, Santa Caterina Italy, Graubuenden Switzerland or Montafon Austria. Ride amazing off-piste snow & do it safely over a long weekend ...
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