Skiing in Austria means quaint villages that double as fantastically family-friendly ski and snowboarding resorts complete with good English-speaking ski schools and short transport times of just an hour and half. As with ski holidays in France and Italy, it also means lots of wonderful food to give you plenty of energy for tackling those sparkling slopes!
A perennially popular choice for ski holidays in Austria, the Tirol is a classic Alpine landscape including the world-famous resort of St Anton. This is a region blessed with rich pastures and pure mountain streams, producing wonderful cheese, beef and trout that form the basis of local cuisine. Bacon dumplings and massive doughnuts filled with cream are just two of the local specialities worth looking out for.
East of the Tirol, the Salzburg region is another area globally renowned for being home to some of the best ski resorts in Austria, Zell am See among them. Again, this is place for good wholesome (if often highly calorific!) food, including mountain lamb, lake fish and to-die-for cakes and pastries.
Ski Resorts in Austria
Though known as one of the world’s most challenging areas, the Tirol’s St Anton isn’t reserved for experienced skiers and snowboarders, with nursery slopes, easy runs and lots of scope for intermediates too. Lech and Zürs are just a short bus-ride away for those who fancy a change of scene.
Similarly, though it has a reputation for its lively nightlife, St Anton also has plenty of gentler après-ski on offer for families, including ice-skating, tobogganing, sleigh-rides and swimming, and it’s worth noting that Mark Warner’s Chalet hotel Schweizerhof offers young families a peaceful location away from the main hub. Meanwhile, for teens St Anton is the perfect resort to be both well entertained and safe, on the slopes and off.
Over in the Salzburg, Zell am See is a scenic medieval town on the shores of a shimmering lake, traffic free and with easy access to both the Schittenhöhe ski area – perfect for beginners and families – and neighbouring Kaprun, where the Kitzsteinhorn glacier allows for challenging year-round skiing.
Zell itself is packed with things to do, from shopping in the weekly market, enjoying the après-ski in cosy mountain huts, ogling the views, watching the mountain cinema or trying out the vodka ice-bar in the igloo complex, tobogganing, lake ice-skating, riding the Alpine coaster and much more besides!
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