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Off the Beaten (Snow) Track

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.
Ski slopes in St. Johann in Tirol © St. Johann in Tirol Ski slopes in St. Johann in Tirol © St. Johann in Tirol

Tirol

St. Johann in Tirol

  • 43km 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 on the Harschbibl cablecar in comfort and style in a few minutes from the town centre, and take advantage of the Kitzbüheler Alps’ diverse offerings, including 40km extensive and family-friendly pistes. A short car ride to Skiwelt Wilder Kasier and the Kitzbühel ski area will grant you access to over 400km 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. Johanner spaworld.
 
Skiing at the Großglockner Kals-Matrei resort © Tirol Werbung Skiing at the Großglockner Kals-Matrei resort © Tirol Werbung

East Tirol

Virgental

  • 41.6km pistes
  • 14 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 3,000m 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 snow shoe 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.
View of the Nova Stuba in Montafon © Montafon Tourismus GmbH / Alexander Kaiser View of the Nova Stuba in Montafon © Montafon Tourismus GmbH / Alexander Kaiser

Vorarlberg

Montafon

  • 297km 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 of Vorarlberg. Silvretta Montafon’s top snowparks 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 234km perfectly prepared slopes leaves 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.
 
Mittelberg mountain in Kleinwalsertal © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen / Karl-Rudolph Huber Mittelberg mountain in Kleinwalsertal © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen / Karl-Rudolph Huber

Vorarlberg

Oberstdorf-Kleinwalsertal

  • 128km pistes
  • 11 lifts

Come here for peace and quiet, a beautiful mountainous arena and lively après-ski scene and events calendar. 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, 20km of sunny slopes on the Ifen, 11km of 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 a fantastic infrastructure with modern lifts and ski buses and perfect cross-country skiing areas.

Views at Hochkönig © Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH Views at Hochkönig © Hochkönig Tourismus GmbH

Salzburgerland

Hochkönig

  • 120km pistes
  • 33 lifts
Ski like royalty in the majestic surroundings of Maria Alm, Mühlbach am Hochkönig, Dienten am Hochkönig and Saalfeld. Whilst on the Aberg-Langeck (1,900m), you’ll have the magnificent view of the Hochkönig mountain in constant sight. More than 120km 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 at 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 skiing area © Katschbergbahnen GmbH Katschberg skiing area © Katschbergbahnen GmbH

Carinthia and Salzburgerland

Katschberg

  • 70km pistes and 60 lifts
  • 700 snow guns
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 real 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.
Enjoying the sun at Heiligenblut © Großglockner Bergbahnen / Franz Gerdl Enjoying the sun at Heiligenblut © Großglockner Bergbahnen / Franz Gerdl

Carinthia

Heiligenblut

  • 55km pistes
  • 11 lifts

A magical winter wonderland awaits in this village with its traditional houses and gothic famous 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 tree-free land, whilst snowboarders and freeriders will find ideal terrain at 2,989m. 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 ski area © Skigebiet Nassfeld Hermagor Nassfeld ski area © Skigebiet Nassfeld Hermagor

Carinthia

Nassfeld

  • 110km 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 and sunshine and culinary delights in 25 rustic ski huts and piste 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. For a unique experience, why not come here to try the newest winter sports of snowscooter, hammerhead, snowskate, snowfox or snowtubing? Just in 2016 a state-of-the-art 6-seater chairlift enhanced the already fantastic infrastructure, adding a whole new 20 hectares of pistes on to the resort.
Winter walking in Kreischberg © Tourismusverband Murau-Kreischberg / ikarus.cc Winter walking in Kreischberg © Tourismusverband Murau-Kreischberg / ikarus.cc

Styria

Kreischberg

  • 42km pistes
  • 14 lifts
The Murau-Kreschberg ski area (comprised of Kreischberg, Frauenalpe and Grebenzen-St. Lambrecht) boasts Alpine-fresh air, 75km 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 Kreischbeb, Styria’s first ever 10-seater gondola, whilst 100% natural snow can be found on the Frauenalpe ski area, with an altitude of over 2,000m. Children and adults alike will be delighted by the tubing area, snowpark Kreischberg, and Yabba Dabba Doo Land, and a vibrant après-ski scene awaits on the Alm and in Murau, simply perfect for rounding off the ski day in the most jubilant manner.
Aerial view of Turracher Höhe © Hochschober Aerial view of Turracher Höhe © Hochschober

Styria

Turracher Höhe

  • 42km pistes
  • 14 Lifts
Take your pick from a handful of hotels in this area, renowned for its health climate and extraordinary unspoilt natural beauty, situated around the idyllic Turracher Lake. A few shops, the Tourist Information Office, cosy hotel bars and restaurants all warmly invite you to stop in between your time on the slopes. 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 Alm butler, on hand to provide gratis prosecco, fruit, biscuits and other treats to skiers. Enjoy countless off-the-slope activities such as snowshoe walking, a mountain hut safari or night tobogganing.

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