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    View of the Alps in Sonntag-Stein, Klostertal/Vorarlberg

    Brandnertal Tourismus / Alex Kaiser

    Top 10 Small Ski Areas in Austria

    Tranquility, friendly hospitality, and fantastic prices: Explore a number of hidden gems far away from the large ski resorts.

     

    If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds on your skiing holiday, you’ll be in for a treat with a wealth of small, intimate, and laid-back ski resorts located in Austria’s most beautiful scenery. Browse this list of insider tips to find your own hidden treasure this winter.

    Tirol

    St. Johann in Tirol

    • 43 km (27 mi) of pistes
    • 17 lifts

    St. Johann in Tirol’s ski area can be found between the Kitzbüheler Horn and SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental ski areas. It benefits from extremely favourable weather conditions and a wealth of snowfall in the winter. Reach the Kitzbüheler Horn ski area in just a few minutes from the town centre by taking Harschbibl cable car, and take advantage of the Kitzbüheler Alps’ diverse offerings, including extensive and family-friendly pistes. A short car ride to Skiwelt Wilder Kaiser and the Kitzbühel ski area will grant you access to over 400 km (250 mi) of slopes. Immerse yourself in Tirolean culture at the local museum, stop into the baroque churches or treat yourself to some rest and relaxation at the St. Johann spa world.

    Virgental in East Tirol

    • 37 km (23 mi) of pistes
    • 16 lifts

    The Kals-Matrei ski area in Virgental is the largest in East Tirol, and together with Prägraten am Großvenediger and Virgen forms the Virgental ski area. With over 60 3,000-metre (9,843 ft) peaks overseeing the resort, it lies in the most beautiful landscape of the Hohe Tauern National Park and in the vicinity of Austria's highest mountain, the Grossglockner. A free ski bus whisks you from resort to resort, you can hone your moves at a number of ski schools and choose from a wealth of off-the-slope activities, from snowshoe walking to tobogganing and cross-country skiing. A fantastic après-ski scene awaits, as do delicious regional delicacies in rustic mountain huts and first-class restaurants.

    Deep-snow skiing in St. Johann in Tirol

    Deep-snow skiing in St. Johann in Tirol

    Kitzbüheler Alpen - St. Johann in Tirol

    Vorarlberg

    Montafon

    • 297 km (185 mi) of pistes
    • 79 lifts

    Fantastic mountains, spectacular panoramic views, unique cliff faces, heady descents, five separate ski areas, and first-class hospitality await in the Montafon ski area in Vorarlberg. Silvretta Montafon’s top snow parks and the huge network of hiking paths on the sunny Bartholomäberg belong to the area’s many highlights. 60 modern lifts and cable cars and 297 km (185 mi) of perfectly prepared slopes leave nothing to be desired, and the area is also perfect for ski tours and freeriding adventures. Families with children are wonderfully catered for in Schruns, Tschagguns, and Vandans, which grant direct access to the Golm ski area with its alpine coaster and top range of childcare facilities.

    Oberstdorf-Kleinwalsertal

    • 130 km (81 mi) of pistes
    • 11 lifts

    Come here for peace and quiet, a beautiful mountainous arena, a lively après-ski scene, and varied events. Fantastic skiing also awaits on easy runs with soft, wide slopes, and relatively flat stretches as well as steep slopes. Choose from a number of diverse ski areas, from Kleinwalsertal with its dreamy views of the Alpine arena, to the well-populated slopes of the Fellhorn/Kanzelwand area, the sunny slopes on the Ifen, the intermediate slopes in the Walmendingerhorn ski area and the family-friendly slopes of the Heuberg-Arena and Söllereck. Wherever you go in this diverse ski paradise, you’ll find fantastic infrastructure with modern lifts and ski buses and perfect cross-country skiing areas.

    View of the Alps in Sonntag-Stein, Klostertal/Vorarlberg

    View of the Alps in Sonntag-Stein, Klostertal/Vorarlberg

    Brandnertal Tourismus / Alex Kaiser

    Styria

    Kreischberg

    • 42 km (26 mi) of pistes
    • 13 lifts

    The Murau-Kreschberg ski area (comprised of Kreischberg, Frauenalpe, and Grebenzen-St. Lambrecht) boasts Alpine-fresh air, 67 km (42 mi) of snow-sure pistes and is an absolute dream for families and snowboarders. Winter sports enthusiasts are in for a treat with comprehensive snowmaking machinery and the Kreischberg, Styria’s first ever 10-seater gondola, whilst 100% natural snow can be found on the Frauenalpe ski area, with an altitude of over 2,000 m (6,562 ft). Children and adults alike will be delighted by the tubing area, Kreischberg snow park, and Yabba Dabba Doo Land, and a vibrant après-ski scene awaits on the Alm and in Murau.

    Turracher Höhe

    • 42 km (26 mi) of pistes
    • 14 Lifts

    Take your pick from a handful of hotels in this area, renowned for its healthy climate and extraordinary unspoilt natural beauty around the idyllic Turracher lake. A few shops, the Tourist Information Office, cosy hotel bars and restaurants all warmly invite you to stop in. The surrounding Turracher Höhe ski area boasts easy to medium-difficulty runs, particularly suited to beginners. Fun and games galore can be found in the large snow park, fun slopes, and the Nocky Flitzer – an Alpine Coaster. And don’t miss the Slope Butler, on hand to provide free prosecco, fruit, biscuits, and other treats to skiers. Enjoy countless off-the-slope activities such as snowshoe hiking, a mountain hut safari, or night tobogganing.

    TMG Turracher Höhe / Sam Strauss

    Carinthia

    Heiligenblut

    • 55 km (34 mi) of pistes
    • 12 lifts

    A magical winter wonderland awaits in this village with its traditional houses and famous gothic church tower, all nestled beneath the splendid peak of Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner. Skiers of all abilities are in for a treat with a wide selection of trails and treeless land, whilst snowboarders and freeriders will find ideal terrain at 2,989 m (9,806 ft). Families can choose from a range of fantastic packages, and children ski for just €3 a day when accompanied by a parent. A local ski school, free ski bus, tobogganing, winter walking, ice climbing, snowshoe tours, horse-drawn carriage rides, and ice skating ensure that you’ll be left wanting for nothing on your winter break.

    Nassfeld

    • 110 km (68 mi) of pistes
    • 30 lifts

    An active and diverse winter holiday awaits in the most beautiful scenery on the Italian border. Come here for a stunning mountainous panorama, snow reliability, sunshine, and culinary delights in 25 rustic ski huts and restaurants. There’s something for everyone on a diverse range of slopes, freeride areas, and in the snowpark. Children have 3 fantastic practice areas on which to perfect their moves.

    Nassfeld skiing

    Nassfeld skiing

    Skigebiet Nassfeld Hermagor

    SalzburgerLand

    Hochkönig

    • 120 km (75 mi) of pistes
    • 34 lifts

    Ski like royalty in the majestic surroundings of Maria Alm, Mühlbach am Hochkönig, and Dienten am Hochkönig. Whilst on the Aberg-Langeck (1,900 m / 6,234 ft), you’ll have the magnificent view of Hochkönig mountain in constant sight. More than 120 km (75 mi) of pistes are draped in almost exclusively easy and intermediate slopes, making this area perfect for beginners and families, especially with its Schneewutzel kids club and Maria Alm Kindergarten. Snowboarders have 3 fantastic parks at their feet, cross-country skiers will have a blast in Maria Alm and Saalfelden, and freeriders have a top-notch information point at their disposal. A highlight from December to April is the Maria Alm Night Show.

    Katschberg (Carinthia and SalzburgerLand)

    • 70 km (43 mi) of pistes
    • 60 lifts

    A free ski bus whisks you from one area to another in this fun-filled family paradise which boasts a number of prestigious ski schools and an attractive range of fantastically priced packages. Weekly night skiing is a treat for night owls, and kids are in for an enthralling learn-to-ski experience at Katschi's Kids World. Tobogganing, horse and cart rides, torch-lit walks, cross-country skiing, ice skating, and curling are just a few of the things waiting to be enjoyed off the slopes, and hours of fun above the treeline can be found on the flying fox zip lines at Katschberg Adventure park.

    Katschberg skiing

    Katschberg skiing

    SalzburgerLand Tourism