Austria has over 400 ski resorts, the highest concentration of ski resorts in the world – in a country about the size of Maine. Austria has the most modern lifts, juxtaposed with the most historic ski village – as the birthplace of alpine skiing. Our Austrian Ski Resort Reviews: Kitzbuhel , Ischgl, Arlberg – St Anton, Stuben and Lech Zurs, Serfaus Fiss Ladis and Solden
The Austrian Alps reach elevations up to 3,000-meters, 10,000’ with the most spectacular scenery of snowcapped peaks, even glaciers. As you ski along vast slopes of modernly groomed (prepared) snow, you find authentic mountain chalets serving hearty local cuisine – Weiner Schnitzel, Rosti and Goulash soup, and the best après ski in the centuries old ski villages, and luxury alpine lodging in top ski hotels.
What we love about skiing Austria is that they spare no expense in the design, location and engineering of their Doppelmayr ski lifts and routes. Beautiful glass lined gondolas and swift cable cars are mostly modern and posh, with Wi-Fi and leather heated seats. Ischgl and THe Arlberg have amazingly modern gondolas, cable cars and heated leather seat 6 and 8 passenger bubble-covered chairlifts.
We love Austrian ski passes, valid at many ski resorts, like the Snow Card for 90 ski areas, The Tyrol Pass, Ziller Super ski pass, Innsbruck’s Olympic SkiWorld pass, and the Arlberg pass good at St Anton, Stuben, St Christoph, Zurs and Lech and Warth. Austrian ski tickets are electronic RFID cards in your pocket – valid for big interconnected ski regions – and also valid for the efficient bus connecting you if you ski to a nearby town.
Austrians love winter, skiing, ski racing, and their après ski – which is a big part of the ski tradition with music, beer, Schnapps, and dancing in your ski boots at the best apres ski in The Alps.
You can’t mention famous ski racers without listing Austrians Franz Klammer, Hermann Maier, Toni Sailer, Benjamin Raich, Mario Matt, Renate Gotschl… and the Austrian speed demons continue to spawn from these world-revered ski slopes. Solden is where all the top international ski teams train on glaciers in early season October. Kitzbühel is home to the legendary Downhill – the Strief, Hahnenkamm, revered as the toughest men’s downhill race anywhere.
All these Austrian ski resorts offer luxury ski hotels just steps from the ski slopes, vast ski terrain, ski guides to help you explore safely, and that celebratory après ski at the end of your ski day.
“The days you don’t ski… they don’t come back” – Klaus Obermeyer, founder Obermeyer , Austrian