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Top Winter Facts

From Apres-Ski to ski rental and free shuttle buses - with this essential ski facts you are well prepared for your Austrian winter holiday.

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Après-Ski
Austria is the birthplace of Après-ski, and what better way to accomplish the last run than with a cool beer or a Glühwein in one of the famous Après-ski bars. If you prefer it a bit quieter, relax in front of a cosy open fire place with a good glass of wine or a hot tea.

Free Shuttle Buses
Most ski resorts offer free shuttle buses within the resorts for holders of valid ski passes. Check local timetables for pick-up and drop-off times.

Ski Schools
Experienced skiers will love the variety the 500 ski schools offer. Improve your skiing skills with a technique or telemark course, fun carving or racing training.

Ski Guides
For a day off piste in powder or to check out new terrain, we highly recommend getting an experienced ski guide, which can be booked at most Austrian ski schools.

Ski Rental
Skis, poles, boots, snowboards, snow shoes or toboggans! Whatever it is you need, it is readily available for hire in all winter resorts in Austria with a wide range of products and styles to choose from. Note that while some resorts have ski clothes for hire, this is not yet standard.

Ski pistes
Pistes for beginners are marked in blue.
Pistes for intermediates are marked in red.
Pistes for advanced skiers are marked in black.

Weather and Snow forecasts
Almost every ski resort offers its local “Panorama TV Channel” with the most up-todate information on snow conditions, weather and panoramic views of the ski resort!

Season Periods
The ski season in some Austrian ski resorts starts in late November and finishes in April. Check with your ski resort for more detailed information. Christmas time is the peak season, but from January 6 until end of January is off-peak season!

Flight information
Traveling to Austria couldn’t be easier. Daily flights are available with Emirates to Vienna via Dubai and on Austrian Airlines/Thai Airways via Bangkok. Many other international carriers also fly you to Austria from Australia through their European hubs. For example, you could fly into Frankfurt and connect through to Salzburg or Innsbruck. The western part of Austria and the ski resorts in Tirol, Salzburg and Vorarlberg region are best reached via Zurich or Munich. Some airlines offer free luggage allowance up to 30 kilograms in economy class or carry ski equipment for free.

Mandatory Winter Equipment
In winter conditions, the use of four winter tyres or snow chains on at least two tyres is mandatory in Austria between 1 November and 15 April. Make sure you check with your car rental company regarding additional winter equipment.

iSki Austria for your iPhone
The free-of-charge iPhone application iSki Austria does not only provide the latest information on weather and snow conditions in Austria - it also shows the closest skiing areas and allows to get in contact with other users of the application via chat. The application can be obtained on iTunes Store: iSki Austria for iPhone.