Winter is coming. And that of course is great news for all the snow and mountain fun lovers. If you are planning a winter getaway in Austria in 2016/2017, here is some useful information on popular Austrian ski resorts. Austria offers huge ski areas, spectacular sceneries, great food and drinks, lovely villages. Ski season in Austria is closer than you think!
Ischgl – relax, if you can…
Ischgl is undoubtedly one of the world’s skiing and snowboarding meccas. It is higher than most Austrian ski resorts, therefore it is known for its superb snow quality. This huge skiing area with 480 km of pistes is one of the most popular holiday resorts in Austria. It has been a location for several world-class snowboarding championships. With reputation for huge events and very lively nightlife, Ischgl will suit for those who love socializing after day’s skiing or snowboarding.
- Snow-assured from end of November until the start of May;
- Huge fun parks;
- Open-air concerts.
Season dates: 24th November 2016 – 1st May 2017
St. Anton am Arlberg – perfect mountain holiday for advanced skiers
St. Anton am Arlberg is one of the top Austrian ski resorts. With 340km of pistes and over 55km² of challenging off-piste terrain, it is excellent for expert skiers, but also offers fun for all abilities. It not only holds reputation for world class skiing and lively nightlife, but also a status of key pioneering resort in Alpine skiing. You will also find wide range of shopping, dining and accommodation choices.
St. Anton am Arlberg offers other interesting activities besides of skiing and snowboarding such as:
- Horse sleigh riding;
- Snowshoe hiking;
- Paragliding and many other.
Season: 4th December 2016 – 24th April 2017
Flachau – pure winter pleasure
Flachau is known for its cosy and relaxed atmosphere and excellently groomed and spacious slopes. Also known as one of the hippest and popular holiday resorts in Austria. It is located right in the heart of Ski Amadé with 270 lifts and 760 km of pistes. It offers lots of fun for freestyle fans including one of the biggest and well-known snow parks in Europe. In 2014 it won the International Ski Area Test 2014. Definitely worth trying!
Some extras you will get:
- Therme Amadé;
- Cross-country ski runs;
- Quad driving.
Season dates: 26th November 2016 – 17th April 2017
Ellmau – a world class skiing resort for intermediate skiers
Ellmau is a part of SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixendal, Austria’s largest linked ski area with great certainty of snow. With its 280 km of pistes and 90 ski lifts, it is one of the top ski resorts during skiing season in Austria. With majority of blue and red pistes, it is a perfect destination for intermediate skiers and families.
- Plenty of refreshment stops to choose from;
- Full programme of après-ski events;
- Equi-distant from the airports of Innsbruck and Salzburg, good access to the motorway network.
Season: 8th December 2016 – 2nd April 2017
Saalbach Hinterglemm – excellent skiing and lively après-ski
Saalbach and neighboring Hinterglemm share one of the biggest lift systems in Austria. This is also one of the most varied ski resorts in Austria, with access to 200km of downhill skiing, 60 pistes. Since it is above 2000m, snow cover is reliable. Everyone from beginners to ski experts to snowpark fans will enjoy it here. Saalbach Hinterglemm also suits well for skiers who enjoy nightlife.
- Snowparks, snow tubing and many other activities;
- Traditional cafés, bars, designer clothing boutiques.
Season opening and closing dates: 2nd December 2016 – 17th April 2017
Filzmoos, Ski amadé – the perfect mountain holiday for families and beginners
The Ski amadé is one of the largest and popular Austrian ski resorts with its total of 760km of pistes and 270 modern lifts. Right at its heart lies Filzmoos, the family ski area. With plenty of space on slopes, it offers safe skiing for kids, first timers and those returning to skiing. The slopes are usually uncrowded. There are five Airports within two hour drive; Salzburg Airport is just one hour drive away.
- Public indoor swimming pool complex;
- Sleigh rides;
- Snowshoeing and many other activities.
Season opening and closing dates: 8th December 2016 – 17th April 2017
Austrian resorts offer great variety of snow adventures for different tastes and needs. Pick one out of the popular Austrian ski resorts and start arranging your ski holidays in Austria in 2016/2017 right away! Always take into account that skiing resort opening and closing dates can vary due to weather conditions, so check the latest information regularly. We wish you the best winter holiday!