• Children's Ski Course Schladming

    Ski Resorts for Beginners and Returning Skiers

    Beginners are in excellent hands at Austria's ski schools, and resorts catering for newbies on the slopes. Returning winter sports fans will feel equally at home right away amidst stunning mountain panoramas and peeks. This is winter the Austrian way.

    Key Visual Schneeschuhwandern ( Skigebiet Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau)

    Away from Hustle and Bustle


    Quality Time the Austrian Way

    It's back, that very special uplifting feeling when gliding over the powdery snow on skis or a snowboard. If only the turns came about more perfectly, and the knees would stop shaking. Don't rush now!

    Beginners and those aiming to brush up their skiing skills after a longer break usually feel more comfortable in smaller, more manageable ski areas than in a massive ski carousel. There's no need to study the piste maps for hours, as you'll find plenty of blue runs where carving and mastering your first turns is easy. Add the panoramic views of a dreamy alpine winter landscape, and you'll really feel that Mountain High.

    To reward yourself, and to warm up body and soul after a couple of hours in the cold, stop at one the countless ski huts and indulge in culinary classics such as Käsespätzle (the Austrian answer to mac and cheese), bacon dumplings and/or a Kaiserschmarren (sliced pancakes).

    Beginner-friendly resorts allow families and winter sport fans of all skill levels to appreciate the beauty of nature together, to enjoy being active in the snow, and embrace the alpine lifestyle - quality time the Austrian way.

    FAQs for beginners and returning skiers

    Skiing in Austria

    Austria awaits with a variety of ski resorts that are perfect for ski newbies and those getting back on the pistes after a longer break. Here, beginners can learn the basics in a relaxed atmosphere and enjoy their first turns on the gently rolling slopes.

    •                         Skiing with the whole family in the Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau


      More than 80 ski resorts with over 3,000 kilometres of slopes tick all the boxes.
      Winter holidays in Tirol
    •                         Skiing Walmendingerhorn Kleinwalsertal


      (Re)discover the love for winter sports in the cradle of alpine skiing.
      Winter holidays in Vorarlberg
    •                         Skiing in the Wildkogel Arena


      The most modern cable cars and ski lifts: Everything is geared towards winter sports.
      Winter holidays in SalzburgerLand
    •                         Mountain panorama at skiregion Dachstein West, Salzkammergut, Oberösterreich

      Upper Austria

      Whether cautious beginners or newcomers to freeriding: All needs are met here.
      Winter holidays in Upper Austria
    •                         Felber Ski School in Brunnalm - Hohe Veitsch


      Take your first turns on perfectly groomed slopes and get going (again).
      Winter holidays in Styria
    •                         Skiing with the family on the Gerlitzen Alps


      Here, beginners and returning skiers will find exactly what they are looking for.
      Winter holidays in Carinthia
    •                         Puchberg

      Lower Austria

      20 ski resorts for beginners, advanced skiers and families to get into the groove.
      Winter holidays in Lower Austria

    Listen in: Austria - The Home of Family Skiing

    Six tips for beginners and returning skiers

    •                 Skiing with children in St. Johann in Tirol

      Keep going!

      If the movements don't turn out correctly right away, don't be disappointed. It might take some time to get a feel for the slopes.

    •                 COVID19 safety measures for ski rental in Austrian ski resorts

      Get your ski equipment checked

      After years of not being used, your skis might be slightly outdated. In most winter sports resorts the latest models can be rented.

    •                 Skiing with children in the Murau region

      Don't forget your ski helmet!

      The days of wearing a headband or hood on the slopes are over. A ski helmet is definitely advised - for minors up to 15 it is mandatory.

    •                 Alpine Lodge The Zillergrund fitness room

      Get fit before you hit the slopes

      Make sure to train your leg, abdominal and back muscles before heading on your skiing getaway - regular cardio training is also recommended.

    •                 On the slope

      Choose the right ski resort

      Choose a ski resort with mostly easy (= blue) to medium (= red) slopes.

    •                 Ski Lessons Schladming

      Book a ski course or a few lessons

      Experience first-hand how quickly Austria's certified ski instructors turn beginners into advanced skiers - or advanced ones into experts.

      Ski course - yes or no?

    Safety on and off the slopes

    •                         Skiing in Kühtai / Kühtai

      Follow the rules on the pistes

      Clear rules ensure safety for yourself as well as others skiers and snowboarders. They help avoid accidents, and everyone can enjoy a worry-free experience on the slopes.
      FIS slope rules
    •                         alpfox - Ski touring training with avalanche awareness

      Mindful behaviour off-piste

      When freeriding, it is essential to always pay attention to the terrain you are skiing on. It contributes to both your safety and the protection of your natural surroundings.
      Safety Tips

    Sustainable Winter Holidays

    Climate Protection

    Winter and skiing holidays in Austria's Alps are legendary. To keep it that way, a lot is changing right now to make them more sustainable: The ski region "Klimaberg" Katschberg amidst the "UNESCO Biosphere Park Salzburg Lungau & Carinthian Nockberge" has been awarded the Austrian Ecolabel and the German "Green Tourism Award". In Zell am See, cable cars run on 100 percent electricity from renewable sources, while snow-farming protects the glacier in the Kaprun resort: Snow for the next winter is stored and the ice surface of the glacial tongue is covered. The Schladming-Dachstein ski region relies on climate-friendly travel by train as well as ski buses and on-site e-fueling stations. In the Wilder Kaiser ski region, every guest arriving by train is rewarded with free transfer to accommodation, free public transport and a 10 percent discount on ski rentals (see all advantages at a glance). In the Silvretta Montafon, Golm and Brandnertal region, skiers can book a Green Ticket online. It includes a day ski pass, a ticket for arrival and departure by bus and train, a 10 percent discount on rental equipment, and one free ski waxing.

    Tips for sustainable winter holidays in Austria
    Skier in the Lech am Arlberg ski area / Lech am Arlberg

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