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Where to Ski in Austria in December

If you can't wait for the New Year to hit the slopes, there are various Austrian resorts that guarantee snow in December and earlier. Forget monitoring those snow reports, just choose your destination, pack the thermals and off you go!

Kaunertal Glacier

  • Skifahren - Skigebiet Kaunertaler Gletscher, Tirol © Kaunertaler Gletscherbahn / Daniel Zangerl Skifahren - Skigebiet Kaunertaler Gletscher, Tirol © Kaunertaler Gletscherbahn / Daniel Zangerl

The Kaunertal Glacier is Tirol's youngest glacier. There is plenty of room on the 38km of wide open slopes, with hardly any lift queues. Snow is guaranteed from October until June thanks to the high location and you will find plenty of variety here. From the legendary opening party to the family-friendly ski area in Fendels, there is something to suit all ages.

www.kaunertaler-gletscher.at

Pitztal Glacier

  • Pitztaler Gletscher – View from Wildspitze © TVB Pitztal / Daniel Zangerl Pitztaler Gletscher – View from Wildspitze © TVB Pitztal / Daniel Zangerl

Feel on top of the world on the Pitztal Glacier, Tirol's highest glacier. With guaranteed snow from September to May there is nothing stopping you from tackling all 41km of groomed runs. Round off your day by taking the Wildspitzbahn cable car to 3.440m where you can kick back on the panorama terrace of Austria's highest café.

www.pitztaler-gletscher.at

Glacier skiing Sölden

  • Explore Solden Austria © Bergbahnen Sölden / Markus Bstieler Explore Solden Austria © Bergbahnen Sölden / Markus Bstieler

The Hintertux Glacier is Austria’s only year-round ski resort, offering winter sports enthusiasts perfectly groomed, snow-sure runs 365 days of the year, great food and stunning nature at altitudes of up to 3.250m.

www.hintertuxergletscher.at

Kitzsteinhorn

  • Freeriding on the Kitzsteinhorn © Gletscherbahnen Kaprun AG Freeriding on the Kitzsteinhorn © Gletscherbahnen Kaprun AG

Wide glacial slopes with natural snow, varied routes for freeriders, three snow parks and Austria’s largest super-pipe for freestylers - the Kitzsteinhorn offers an unequalled range of winter sports opportunities. Plus, there’s unforgettable experiences at Gipfelwelt 3000, highly enjoyable moments at the stylish ICE CAMP presented by Audi, and lots of varied events. From early autumn to late spring, Austria’s first glacier resort offers wintery freedom at 3.000m.

www.kitzsteinhorn.at

Dachstein Glacier

  • Lyžovačka na Dachsteinu © Hans-Peter Steiner Lyžovačka na Dachsteinu © Hans-Peter Steiner

The Dachstein is the ideal playground for skiers, snowboarders, cross-country skiers and sun worshippers throughout the year. While you have to wait for snow in the valley, there are already perfect snow conditions on the glacier. All lifts are in operation until the summer months, providing an opportunity to "break yourself in" for the winter.

www.derdachstein.at

Ischgl

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

One of the biggest interconnected ski areas in Tirol. From skiing in the Silvretta-Arena to concerts with global stars, shopping and top culinary performances, the famed Ischgl exhilarates with its exuberant holiday style. The season starts early here and there were already 26 lifts in operation on 2nd December 2014.

www.ischgl.com

Obergurgl-Hochgurgl

  • Top Mountain Crosspoint Obergurgl-Hochgurgl © Ötztal Tourismus / Alexander Lohmann Top Mountain Crosspoint Obergurgl-Hochgurgl © Ötztal Tourismus / Alexander Lohmann

A snow guarantee from November until May, a dream-like mountain panorama and first-class hotels make Tirol's Obergurgl-Hochgurgl a top choice. 14 out of 21 lifts were in operation on 2nd December 2014.

www.obergurgl.com

Kühtai

  • Kühtai ski area, famous venue for Channel 4s 'The Jump' © TVB Innsbruck / Rekord Kühtai ski area, famous venue for Channel 4s 'The Jump' © TVB Innsbruck / Rekord

At 2.020m above sea level, Kühtai is Austria's highest village. The season is exceptionally long here.

www.kuehtai.info

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