1. It's much more affordable than you think
A number of key elements determine the cost of a winter holiday:
Getting there, accommodation, meals, ski pass, local taxes and, for many skiers, equipment rental and ski instruction.
A trip to an Austrian ski resort could be between EUR 100 and 300 less than a trip to a ski resort in France, Switzerland or Italy.
2. Charming Resorts with cosy village life
Austrian mountain villages meet the highest standards of living. Most of the four- or five-star chalets, guest houses and hotels in Austria have their own indoor swimming pools, saunas or whirlpools. As is the Austrian way, service and gratuities are always included. You can ski right into the village, and the lifts are usually within easy walking distance to your hotel. Beautiful, picturesque accommodation, with fluffy duvets and cosy rooms await you. Along with a warming 'Glühwein' or 'Schnaps' of course!
3. Austrian ski schools highly acclaimed throughout the world
Besides Austria's ski resorts, its world famous ski-schools and talented instructors like the legendary Hannes Schneider stand out from the crowd. Ski lessons are widely available in English. Creating runs for every level of skier and making sure that visitors can navigate through the terrain they want to cover is a top priority in Austria. This means beginners and extreme skiers alike will find their place on the mountain, with a variety runs to help everyone reach the village below safely.
4. Powder snow conditions
The Austrian Alps are blessed with an enviably long season of the white stuff, well into spring. Packed powder prevails on the corduroy groomed runs, while knee-deep powder is waiting off-piste. The Austria Snow Report gives the latest snow conditions at the top ski resorts across Austria, seven days a week, from mid-December to late April.
5. Convenient and safe trail marking
Austrian ski resorts are typically nestled in valleys or on alpine plateaus. Wide open pistes carve their way through the surrounding mountain tops, feeding into the historic villages below. Pick up a ski map at the nearest lift station, marked with numbered runs, danger signs, rope barriers and more.
6. Plenty for non-skiers
For non-skiers, there's plenty to do and see in Austria. Sleigh rides, snowshoe or cross-country ski adventures through snowy alpine trails or ice skating are all available at most resorts. Visit the local sights, shop in uniquely Austrian boutiques, take excursions to some of the beautiful surrounding areas and meet the international crowds that love to gather in the outdoor cafes.
7. Temperature and Climate
Daytime temperatures in Austria average in the low to middle 20s (Fahrenheit) even in January and strong winds don’t last long. For detailed information check our online snow report.
8. Vertical Drop
What matters to a skier is vertical drop, the difference in altitude between the highest lift-served point and the base station which is usually the village in Austria. Large vertical drops mean long runs and uncrowded lifts. A few figures say it best:
Altitude of Resort: 575 m
Highest Lift-served Point: 2255 m - Vertical Drop: 1680 m
Altitude of Resort: 1304 m
Highest Lift-served Point: 2811 m - Vertical Drop: 1507 m
Altitude of Resort: 1,376 m
Highest Lift-served Point: 3,250 m - Vertical Drop: 1,874 m
Austria - the ultimate difference
Austrian ski resorts are built around villages which have existed since the Middle Ages, where the architecture and traditions of the region are an integral part of daily life of the community and its visitors. Welcoming friendly faces, tasty cuisine, a sense of history and tradition lie at every turn. When slipping into your skis in Austria, you step into another place, time and culture.
Visit the birthplace of modern day downhill skiing, where skiing was conceived and is rooted in the awe-inspiring alpine landscape and climate.