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New in Austria This Winter

Austria's modern and sophisticated ski infrastructure receives significant investment each year, continuously upgrading the variety and choice offered to its winter guests. From higher, faster and bigger top-of-the-notch ski lifts to new hotels and flights, here are some 2019/20 winter season highlights.

For Your Convenience: New Infrastructure & Lifts

Two New Lifts in Ischgl (Tirol)

In Ischgl, the new Velilleck F1 six-seater hooded chairlift will whisk skiers to the slopes at 6 metres per second, making it the fastest lift in the area. It leads up to Pardatschgrat ridge, 1,353 m further than its predecessor.

And the Visnitz N2, an eight-seater chairlift in Samnaun, provides even more convenience and comfort to skiers.

  • Gondola in the sunrise © SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental / Hannes Rieser Gondola in the sunrise © SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental / Hannes Rieser

Two New Lifts in SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental (Tirol)

SkiWelt in Tirol introduces two new lifts:

  • Fleidingsbahn lift:Fleidingbahn lift: a comfortable, heated-seat eight-person chairlift with a capacity of 2,730 people per hour.
  • Zinsbergbahn lift: a combined cabin and chairlift with an upwards extension of 400m to the Filzbodenbahn station.

10-Seater Gondola in Ötztal (Tirol)

Ötztal hotel village introduces a state-of-the-art 10-seat gondola. Leading up to an altitude of 2,291 m in Hochsölden, it takes passengers from the valley station to the Giggijoch in under six minutes.

Two New Lifts in the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena (Tirol)

The Tiroler Zugspitz Arena introduces two new lifts:

  • Obere Karbahn lift: a 10-seater gondola lift featuring a middle station and a mountain restaurant.
  • Thanellerbahn lift: a child-friendly six-seater chairlift.

10-Seater Gondola in Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn (SalzburgerLand)

The Skicircus introduces the state-of-the-art 12er KOGEL 10-seater gondola lift.

  • Project K-onnection Zell am See-Kaprun Timeline 2018/19 © Kitzsteinhorn Project K-onnection Zell am See-Kaprun Timeline 2018/19 © Kitzsteinhorn

More Skiing than Ever in Zell am See – Kaprun

Open from 30 November, the 3K Kaprun-Kitzsteinhorn-K-onnection is a large-scale project to connect the Maiskogel and Kitzsteinhorn mountains and thus provide direct access to the Kitzsteinhorn from Kaprun town centre, creating a huge compelling ski destination. The ultra-modern, ski-in ski-out tri-cable gondola is the longest continuous gondola axis and rises to the greatest elevation in the Eastern Alps.

For even more convenience, the zellamseeXpress offers a new connection from Viehhofen to the Schmitten in Zell am See.

New Ski Passes & Tickets

  • Ski plus City pass © Innsbruck Tourismus Ski plus City pass © Innsbruck Tourismus
  • skiing in Sölden © Ötztal Tourismus / Rudi  Wyhlidal skiing in Sölden © Ötztal Tourismus / Rudi Wyhlidal

Combine Skiing and City Sights in Innsbruck (Tirol)

Innsbruck’s new, comprehensive SKI plus CITY Pass gives visitors access to more than 308 km of pistes, 111 lifts and 13 ski areas. Off the slopes, it includes three swimming pools as well as 22 cultural and sightseeing options, from the brilliant Swarovski Crystal Worlds to an alpine zoo (marmots!) and the oldest museum in the world.

Superskipass in Ötztal (Tirol)

Ötztal’s new Superskipass provides access to 356 km of slopes, 90 lifts, and six ski areas: Sölden, Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Hochoetz-Kühtai, Niederthai, Gries, and Vent.

Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn & Zell am See – Kaprun (SalzburgerLand)

The newly launched Ski ALPIN CARD is a combination ticket to three premium ski regions: Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn, Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See, and the Kitzsteinhorn glacier ski resort in Kaprun. You’ll get 408 km of slopes, 121 cable cars and lifts, and 99 huts and mountain restaurants, all in one ski pass.

 

New Flight Options from the UK to Austria

  • Vienna airport © Flughafen Wien Vienna airport © Flughafen Wien

During winter, many airlines such as BA and EasyJet increase their flight frequency to Austria’s ski resorts. Jet2, for instance, will launch weekly Saturday service from Birmingham to Innsbruck (December 21 until April 11) as well as a Saturday service to Salzburg, with an extra service during the February school holidays.

Find all winter flight connections to Austria here.

Miscellaneous

  • Kristallhütte Zillertal © Österreich Werbung / Wolfgang Zajc Kristallhütte Zillertal © Österreich Werbung / Wolfgang Zajc
  • A hearty meal in St. Johann in Salzburg © Mirja Geh Photography A hearty meal in St. Johann in Salzburg © Mirja Geh Photography
  • A Hearty Meal at Kristallhütte Hut in Zillertal Valley © Kristallhütte A Hearty Meal at Kristallhütte Hut in Zillertal Valley © Kristallhütte
  • Après Ski in Zillertal © Zillertal Tourismus GmbH / Thomas Straub Après Ski in Zillertal © Zillertal Tourismus GmbH / Thomas Straub
  • Child playing in the snow © Österreich Werbung / Albin Niederstrasser Child playing in the snow © Österreich Werbung / Albin Niederstrasser
  • Skiing fun with children © Alpbachtal Seenland Tourismus / Thomas Koy Skiing fun with children © Alpbachtal Seenland Tourismus / Thomas Koy
  • children skiing ski region Christlum Achenkirch © Achensee Tourismus children skiing ski region Christlum Achenkirch © Achensee Tourismus

Zillertal

From beechwood barbecues and sophisticated cocktails to panorama bars and a vegetarian restaurant with its own permaculture garden, Zillertal welcomes eight new restaurants and mountain huts this year.

Obertauern

Visit the children’s ski area Bobby’s Monster Park with its 200-metre magic carpet and plenty of other ways to keep kids entertained.

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