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Austrian Ski Holiday Guide

For years, Austria has been one of Europe’s most popular skiing destinations, with thousands of visitors making the trip to enjoy the eastern Alps every year. Austrian ski holidays have become particularly popular during recent years with several reasons for this.

Whether you want a quaint village or buzzing après-ski nightlife, you’ll find it here.


If you’re new to skiing, gentler slopes and well-maintained terrain will be more suitable for you. Kitzbuhel is a large, well-established resort in northwest Austria, which is perfect for beginners and families. Of the 50 routes available, 21 are beginner runs, and a further 25 are classified as intermediate, giving you lots of space to progress throughout the week.

Beginners will also appreciate that Kitzbuhel has mainly chair lifts and gondolas, which are easier to use that drag lifts. However, if this doesn’t sort like the resort for you, other good options for beginners include Alpback and Kitchdorf.


If you’ve got a season under your belt, and this year you’re ready to test your confidence on more challenging slopes then you’ll want to look for a resort that is considered good for ‘intermediate’ level. Mayrhofen is certainly one of these – with its 75 beginner runs, more than half of its total ski area, you can continuously try new slopes without having to venture into the really difficult terrain.


If you’re an advanced skier or snowboarder, St. Anton is the obvious choice. Every winter, thrill-seekers come to challenge the steep terrain and explore the forested off-piste slopes found here.

As one of the biggest and most famous destinations in Austria, St. Anton has a large town with a buzzing nightlife. A close second is the Lech ski area, with challenging runs and a great après ski vibe, although on a smaller scale.

Apres Ski Night life

If you still have life in your legs when you get off the slopes, the aforementioned Kitzbuhel and St.Anton are where you want to be. With plenty of bars, restaurants and even nightclubs to choose from, you’ll be able to spend long evenings enjoying yourself.

Quiet & Quaint

On the other hand, if you prefer to escape the après ski crowds, Austria offers a choice of quieter ski villages. Zurs is as quaint as they come, and this picturesque village attracts the elite and famous every year. For quiet yet more affordable options you should check out Seefeld and Zell Am See in the Tyrol region near Salzburg. Both are popular with families, offering great dining and entertainment options in town, without the young party crowds.

These are just a few highlights from the dozens of ski destinations within the Austrian borders. There is enough variety here for you to come back every winter and experience something new.

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