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The 10 Largest Ski Areas in Austria

Big can be beautiful when it comes to skiing. If you're looking to go the distance on your ski break or simply prefer the benefits of staying at an extensive resort, we've compiled a list of the 10 largest contiguous ski areas in Austria to help you choose the best place for your winter sports holiday.
Enjoying the views from the top of the mountain © Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH / Christoph Schöch Enjoying the views from the top of the mountain © Lech Zürs Tourismus GmbH / Christoph Schöch

1. Ski Arlberg

  • 305 km of slopes
  • 1,300 m to 2,811 m altitude
  • Vorarlberg
Since last year Ski Arlberg has officially been the largest connected ski area in Austria and is home to no less than 305 km of slopes and 87 ski lifts.

All this has been made possible thanks to three brand new ski lifts, which have connected all of the ski areas of the Arlberg, so you can now ski from St. Anton am Arlberg via Stuben all the way to Lech am Arlberg and Warth-Schröcken.

Although this is one of the world's largest ski areas, you'll nevertheless find that all the villages have managed to preserve their authentic Austrian charm. In fact, Lech Zürs am Arlberg belongs to the selective group of twelve Alpine villages that have been voted 'Best of the Alps'.
SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental © SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental / Christian Kapfinger SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental © SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental / Christian Kapfinger

2. SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental

  • 284 km of slopes
  • 620 m to 1.957 m altitude
  • Tirol
The ski area SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental is the largest connected ski area in Tirol, offering up an impressive 284 km of slopes, 90 lifts and 77 cosy mountain huts. It encompasses the villages of Ellmau, Söll, Westendorf, Brixen im Thale, Going, Hopfgarten, Itter, Kleschau and Scheffau.

There are fantastic opportunities for day trips to different parts of this versatile ski area, and beginners and children are also very well catered for. Come here for the special ALPENIGLU® village, 4 fun parks, illuminated toboggan runs and the largest night skiing area in Austria. This area also boasts some of the most plentiful snowfall in Austria.
 
270 kilometres of pistes at Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn © Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn 270 kilometres of pistes at Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn © Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn

3. Skicircus Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang-Fieberbrunn

  • 270 km of slopes
  • 834 m to 2,096 m altitude
  • SalzburgerLand

Skicircus, in SalzburgerLand, is one of the most varied areas in Austria, and since last year has also accommodated the Fieberbrunn ski region. Come here for an impressive ski area with no less than 270 km of slopes (140 km blue, 112 km red and 18 km black), 70 lifts and more than 60 cozy ski huts.

You will be spoilt for choice amongst the vast terrain and excellently prepared wide pistes. Furthermore, Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn is simply ideal for families, with a range of top-quality ski schools. Away from the slopes, a host of winter adventures await amidst a breathtaking winter scene, from tobogganing to horse-drawn sleigh rides. Whatever your interest, you're bound to find the perfect thing here.

Firnabfahrten vom feinsten in Ischgl © Tourismusverband Paznaun-Ischgl / Ischgl Firnabfahrten vom feinsten in Ischgl © Tourismusverband Paznaun-Ischgl / Ischgl

4. Silvretta Arena Ischgl – Samnaun

  • 238 km of slopes
  • 1,377 m to 2,872 m altitude
  • 912 km from Utrecht

The challenging ski resort of Ischgl lies on the border with Switzerland, so don't forget to bring your passport so that you can also ski in the Swiss Samnaun during your holiday. In Ischgl, wonderful day trips as well as challenging ski routes and deep snow slopes await. 

What's more, Ischgl is an incredibly popular events scene, hosting popular winter occasions such as legendary pop concerts with the world's pop stars, an ice sculpture contest featuring international artists, the legendary Star Cup of Chefs or the Gastronomy Ski World Championship.



 
Met het hele gezin de piste op in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis © Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis / Daniel Zangerl Met het hele gezin de piste op in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis © Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis / Daniel Zangerl

5. Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis

  • 214 km of slopes
  • 1,200 m to 2,820 m altitude
  • Tirol

The Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis ski area lies surrounded by impressive the 3,000m-high peaks of the Samnaun Group and Ötztal Alps. This is a true paradise for skiers and snowboarders alike. Most of the slopes (58%) are red, 22% are blue and 13% are black, whilst the remaining 7% are ski routes.

If you're looking for fun and games in the winter season, you can race on the speed track, go freestyling in a snowpark or glide through a fun area. This is also a fantastic place to come with the kids, with plenty of ski lessons, special children's areas in the restaurants and all manner of fun activities laid on for the little ones.

 

Skiing in Kitzbühel © Michael Werlberger Skiing in Kitzbühel © Michael Werlberger

6. Kitzski Kitzbühel/Kirchberg ski area

  • 179 km of slopes
  • 800 m to 2,000 m altitude
  • Tirol

This ski area is situated between the Kitzbüheler Horn and the Hahnenkamm and Pengelstein and Resterhöhe, and encompasses the towns of Kitzbühel, Reith, Aurach, Jochberg, Pass Thurn-Mittersill, Hollersbach, Kirchberg and Aschau in Spertental.

Come here for snow-sure skiing (with almost 200 days of snow security), 179 km of pistes, 54 lifts, fantastic freeriding opportunities and the legendary Hahnenkamm "Streif" competition. It has recently, for the fifth time in a row, been chosen by Skiresort.de as the best ski resort in the world. What's more, because of the innovative "snow farming" technology, this ski area is the first non-glacier area to open its slopes in October. The area is suitable for beginners as well as advanced and offers many off-piste opportunities, meaning that this is a real paradise for freeriders.

Big 3 Skirallye Tiefenbach © Ötztal Tourismus / G. E. Big 3 Skirallye Tiefenbach © Ötztal Tourismus / G. E.

7. Sölden

  • 144 km of slopes
  • 1,350 m to 3,340 m altitude
  • Tirol

Sölden is a very particular winter sports venue, and home to the annual World Alpine Skiing championships. Snow security is the name of the game here, with no fewer than 2 glaciers, the Rettenbach and Tiefenbach glaciers, to conquer.

Come here to find the BIG3, three mountains over 3,000m high, which house special viewing platforms that you can visit during a ski safari. The longest piste runs from the Schwarze Schneide on the Rettenbach glacier in to the valley, meaning you can conquer an altitude difference of 1,900 m on your skis.

Winter Panorama Zillertal Arena © Zillertal Arena Winter Panorama Zillertal Arena © Zillertal Arena

8. Zillertal Arena

  • 143 km of slopes
  • 580m to 2,505m altitude
  • Tirol

The Zillertal Arena, part of the Zillertal, Gerlos, Königsleiten, Zell am Ziller, Wald im Pinzgau and Krimml. It's a modern and child-friendly ski area where everyone feels at home. There are 143 km of slopes here which cater to all abilities, from nice and wide to steep and challenging. Furthermore, there is much variety to be found in this ski area, such as fun parks, a race track, a video piste, and you can also be first on the slopes (from 6.55 am) with the Good Morning ski package and have the whole ski area to yourself.

The Zillertal Superskipass (available as a 2-day pass and upwards) gives you access to all of the ski areas in Zillertal, including the Hintertux Glacier. With a total of 508 km of slopes you're guaranteed never to have a dull moment.

Skigebiet Mayrhofen © Mayrhofen Bergbahnen Skigebiet Mayrhofen © Mayrhofen Bergbahnen

9. Mayrhofen

  • 136 km of slopes
  • 630m to 2,590m altitude
  • Tirol

Mayrhofen, located in Zillertal, is an incredibly popular winter sports destination. ​​Mayrhofen ski area consists of 2 areas, with a total of 136 km of slopes.

On one side of the village you'll find the pleasant Ahorn, and on the other side is the Penken, with Austria's steepest black slope, the Harakiri with a gradient of 78%, and also home to one of the best fun parks in the Alps: The Penken Park.

Schitterend uitzicht in Schladming-Dachstein © Schladming-Dachstein Tourismusmarketing GmbH Schitterend uitzicht in Schladming-Dachstein © Schladming-Dachstein Tourismusmarketing GmbH

10. Schladming

  • 123 km of slopes
  • 745 m to 2,996 m altitude
  • Styria

The continuous area of ​​Schladming has 123 km of slopes, spread over the 4 different mountains the Planai, Hauser Kaibling, Hochwurzen and Reiteralm. The whole ski area of Schladming-Dachstein has 230 km of slopes, perfect for a number of different day trips, serviced by a good network of lifts. Families are very well catered for here, with a number of different discounts for children, such as free skiing for kids.

Schladming-Dachstein is part of the larger Ski amadé area, 'Austria's largest ski paradise'. You can ski this entire area, with its 760 kilometers of pistes, split up into 5 ski areas, on one ski pass. Add to this the fact that there are a number of different snowparks and funslopes, and you're guaranteed a busy and action-packed holiday.

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