SKIING IN AUSTRIA
Skiing in Austria provides a wonderful backdrop of stunning mountains, pistes waiting to be explored, marvellous apres ski, picturesque villages and a homely welcome. Ski holidays in Austria provide something different from congested destinations like France and Switzerland. There are different attractions to cater for every taste such as resorts for beginners or intermediates, families, partying, families and snowboarders. The variety is appealing. The next few paragraphs will cover what Austria has to offer.
Value For Money:
Skiing in Austria provides better return for your money than the best Alps in Switzerland or France. The costs are lower for everything for ski holidays in Austria such as eating out, lift passes and partying. The quality of service is better. Low cost skiing is available in resorts such as Soll, Zell am See and St Johann-in-Tirol. For example, Soll offers a range of 250km of intermediate skiing with over 90 lifts.
It consists of over ten linked and picturesque villages. Soll lies within reach of Kitzbühel, Kirchberg and Westendorf adding another 168km of skiers’ paradise plus over 50 lifts to the equation. There are no shortages of hotels and caters for both families and younger skiers who enjoy parting and skiing in equal measure. There are chalets available to save further costs by cutting out non essentials.
Alpbach has won multiple awards for Tyrol’s prettiest village. It’s picture perfect as if it was lifted out of a romantic fairytale complete with rides on sleighs through the forest, romantic evenings in inns made of wood and strolls through the snowy countryside. There’s an abundance of accommodation such as luxurious hotels and chalets to pick from, augmented by bars and cafes constructed from timber. The village has a few slopes but there is more variety just a bus ride away at Inneralpbach. Alpbach is ideal for skiers who are more concerned with romance with skiing as an afterthought because the piste runs there are perfect for beginners.
Young Family Oriented Resorts:
Skiing in Austria offers great family resorts such as Neustift situated within the Stubai Valley and is surrounded by scenery of breathtaking mountain peaks. It’s an ideal place for skiing in the Alps. Its highest point lies at 3505m. Neustift is a village dedicated to skiing with a public leisure centre. It provides unsurpassed facilities and amenities for families which include indoor swimming pools, bowling alleys, open air baths, kindergartens for visiting children, hand-gliding and paragliding, sauna, skiing all year round and many others. The family skiing takes part around the Stubai Glacier by the Gamsgarten lift station with its 8 seat cable cars with T-bars and the resort centre. These facilities are complimented by various après ski where skiers can chill out after a long day exploring the Alps.
It may not look like it but skiing in Austria offers excellent partying opportunities for partygoers. Mayrhofen is a sprawling village which not only caters to skiers but also hosts the Snowbombing Festival which takes place in the skiing season. It’s a musical festival which has hosted acts such as De La Soul, Friendly Fires and Fatboy Slim. It’s one of Europe’s biggest music festivals.There is a variety of entertainment which include drama clubs, brass bands, saunas, massages and the likes.
Mayrhofen offers skiers over 130km of slopes to explore. The pistes are vast and vary from easy to difficult; the toughest is Harakiri with a gradient exceeding 70% which is one of Austria’s steepest groomed slopes. There are many guest houses and restaurants that offer great mouthwatering cuisines which emanate from ancient recipes. Mayrhofen features an eclectic mix of accommodation such as aparthotels, luxury hotels, bed and breakfast, chalets and huts. Ski holidays in Austria offer so much variety.
Skiing in Austria has a variety of resorts for experienced skiers. For example, Ischgl and Galtur are located in the mountainous regions of the Silvretta Mountains. They offer some of the most challenging snow pistes and runs in Austria. Galtur is an idyllic village compromised of a baroque church, Alpine restaurants and bars plus wooden chalets. This is an ideal location for experienced skiers looking to escape from the crowded France and Swiss Alps.
In contrast, Ichgl which is linked by the Paznaum Valley can be explored by a network of underground tunnels and escalators because it is compact. It features a conglomerate of bars, cafes, nightclubs and restaurants. It offers a variety of off and on piste routes linked to the duty-free enclave of Samnaun in Switzerland.
There are a variety of hotels, inns, chalets, private rooms, alpine huts, apres ski and bars. Ichgl tends to draw well known entertainers such as Bob Dylan, Bon Jovi, Diana Ross, Madonna and Tina Turner to name a few. Ski holidays in Austria throw up wonderful surprises that are not always obvious.
Skiing in Austria has so much to offer all types of skiers as illustrated above. It’s worth deviating from the over subscribed French and Swiss Alps to discover what ski holidays in Austria have to offer.