Kitzbuehel Alps

Tirol Werbung / Michael Rathmayr

Austria's Top 10 Family Ski Areas

Skiing with the family has its very own challenges – but also brings a lot of joy. We’ve selected 10 Austrian ski areas that offer a wealth of options specifically designed for children and their parents.

Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis (Tirol)

Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis in Tirol might be one of the child-friendliest ski areas in the world. The resort has a host of family-friendly accommodation offering child care for the littlest ones, 125,000m2 (1,345,489 sq ft) of slopes reserved for children as well as an entire kids’ adventure land for playing in the snow. Ski courses for all ages (led by trained professionals, of course) are on offer here, and lunch is served in two dedicated children’s restaurants. Apart from the slopes, families have some great options for tobogganing and winter hiking, including with pushchairs. And for rainy days, Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis has created a website just for the kids, featuring information on the area as well as fun online games.

  • Child-friendly accommodation
  • Childrens' skiing areas
  • Ski schools
  • Child care & kindergarten

 

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Serfaus

Serfaus

Austrian National Tourist Office / Peter Podpera
Serfaus

Brandnertal (Vorarlberg)

For active family holidays, you’ll love the charm of Brandnertal’s small villages, its warm hosts and good restaurants, and wide variety of activities on and off the slopes. From skiing with the whole family to the thrill of a long fresh-air toboggan run, to exploring the silvery paradise on winter walks and snowshoe trails, there’s something for everyone. A weekly winter programme designed for children and a variety of themed trails – including an animal trail featuring goats and llamas – ensure that no one will get bored here.

 

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SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental (Tirol)

SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental is one of the largest and most modern ski resorts in the world, and its child-safe chairlifts, gentle and perfectly prepared slopes, and numerous blue runs make it well-suited for a family holiday. There are a whopping 22 ski schools for kids from 2 years to pick from; and off the piste, fun options like illuminated toboggan runs and a village consisting of 18 actual igloos abound.

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Children skiing at Wilder Kaiser

Children skiing at Wilder Kaiser

Felbert Reiter
Wilder Kaiser

Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn (SalzburgerLand & Tirol)

In the Skicircus, families are greeted with 270 kilometres (168 mi) of ski slopes – 140 km (87 mi) of which are blue pistes. Highly qualified ski instructors teach skiing, snowboarding, and freeriding techniques to pupils of all ages, whilst two dedicated toboggan runs (one of which requires toboggans with brakes!) provide off-piste fun.

  • Ski schools & ski kindergartens
  • Children’s ski areas
  • Toboggan runs
  • Snow tubing
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Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn

Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn

Tourismusverband Saalbach Hinterglemm

Bohemian Forest (Upper Austria)

If you’re looking for a quaint, off-the-beaten-track ski resort, give the Bohemian Forest in the north of Austria a try. Here, children aged 10 or younger pay only € 3 for their lift ticket, the area has two dedicated kids’ parks and boasts the world’s first comic book slalom course.

  • 2 kids’ parks
  • Ski school
  • Snow guarantee
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Snowshoe hiking in the Bohemian Forest

Snowshoe hiking in the Bohemian Forest

Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH / Andreas Röbl

Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau (Tirol)

The new children’s paradise JUPPI-DO offers a range of obstacles, jumping courses, and ski trails for the little ones to hone their skiing skills. Off the slopes, attractions like the “Lauser Sauser” Alpine coaster (you’ll ride in two-seater sleighs reaching speeds of up to 42 kmph / 26 mph), an igloo-building workshop, or the opportunity to ride shotgun on a piste basher will keep everyone entertained.

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Family skiing in Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau

Family skiing in Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau

Alpbachtal Tourismus
Alpachtal Wildschönau

Zell am See-Kaprun (SalzburgerLand)

The Schmittenhöhe mountain is a sure bet for family skiing. Here, mascot Schmidolin the Dragon will entertain children and teach them how to ski, while parents can enjoy one of the many pistes. Families can explore the local XXL Fun Slope and the snow park, or go glacier skiing on Kitzsteinhorn mountain. Children of all ages will also surely enjoy the world's longest toboggan run in the neighbouring Wildkogel Arena.

  • Children's programme for the youngest
  • Snow parks
  • Toboggan runs
  • Glacier skiing
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Snowshoeing in Zell am See

Snowshoeing in Zell am See

Zell am See-Kaprun Tourismus GmbH / Dietmar Sochor

Bad Kleinkirchheim (Carinthia)

This laid-back ski area in the south of Austria has numerous easy to moderate descents on offer, and newcomers can learn how to ski in one of four ski schools. Smaller children from three years of age attend the local “ski kindergarten”. Exciting off-piste attractions such as snow-shoe hiking, horse sleigh riding, or fun toboggan rides are available as well. And thanks to a special children's area, a family visit to the region’s famed Thermal Römerbad spa is a relaxing experience for the entire family.

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Ski area Bad Kleinkirchheim

Ski area Bad Kleinkirchheim

Kärnten Werbung / Gert Steinthaler

Ski Amadé (SalzburgerLand & Styria)

A network of 25 ski resorts, Ski Amadé in SalzburgerLand has something for everyone, including specialized family accommodation, holiday offers for families, and designated children’s ski areas. Off the piste, families can go tobogganing, ice skating, or even take a hot-air balloon ride.

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Family skiing in Ski Amadé ski area

Family skiing in Ski Amadé ski area

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Kitzbüheler Alpen (Tirol)

Practise lifts and magic carpets for infants in the valley and 400 km (250 mi) of blue pistes throughout the skiing area provide plenty of family skiing in the Kitzbüheler Alpen. Designated photo points provide you with keepsakes of your family holiday, and guided family hikes offer a break from the pistes.

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Kitzbuehel Alps

Kitzbuehel Alps

Tirol Werbung / Michael Rathmayr