You'll be spoilt for choice with the abundance of high-quality beautiful ski resorts in Austria. To help you choose the perfect one for you, we have compiled a list of the top 8 great places to ski.
In Ischgl, the new 6-CLD/B Gampenbahn lift is ready to transport 2,800 passengers per hour – and set a world record at the same time. With 924 m difference in altitude, the 6-CLD/B Gampenbahn lift covers the greatest elevation difference of any 6-seat chairlift in the world. In order to manage this, a haulage cable with a diameter of 58 mm and a weight of 65 tonnes is required.
And it’s not just a technological marvel: Ergonomically shaped extra-wide seats with integrated heating provide for a very comfortable lift experience, as well as an extremely safe one. If you’re hungry after a long day of skiing, the new self-service restaurant at the lower terminus will be waiting for you.
They’ve been busy at Hochkönig: Two brand-new cable cars are at your disposal this winter, the Sonnbergbahn and the Natrunbahn. Both are 10-person gondola lifts with a capacity of 2,000 people per hour, making the long-planned direct skiing access from the town centre of Maria Alm a reality. And Hochkönig is not done yet: In 2019, the 10-person gondola lift Gabühelbahn with an hourly capacity of 3,000 people will be finished.
Zillertal, Part I: The new 8-seater Königsleiten Gipfelbahn gondola lift replaces the 4-seater Königsleiten 2000 chair lift. Look forward to panoramic windows and heated seats.
Zillertal, Part II: The 10-person gondola lift Wimbachexpress replaces the closed Krössbichlbahn in the ski area Kaltenbach – Hochzillertal/Hochfügen. It has a capacity of 2,620 people per hour.
Zillertal, Part III: From 15 December, the new Möslbahn will connect the village of Mösl at Hochschwendberg with Action Mountain Penken, providing ski fans with even more comfort and a unique experience on the slopes. The 10-person mono-cable gondola lift of the newest D-Line generation has a capacity of 2,000 people per hour.
And while you’re there, have a go at the new Ski Movie Run: Your skiing performance will be filmed and timed, making you feel like one of the greats. You can later download your video here for free using your ski pass number.
In December, the 10 EUB Kohlmaisbahn in Saalbach – a state-of-the-art 10-person monocable gondola lift – will be finished and ready to carry more than 3,200 people per hour.
And the Asitzmuldenbahn 8-seater chair lift with heated seats and a capacity of over 3,500 guests per hour will be completed in November.
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 six end-to-end cable cars will be put in operation in December 2019, but visitors in the 2018/19 season can already benefit from two new facilities: the Kaprun Centre, a service hub featuring ticket and information offices, a ski depot with over 2,000 storage lockers, and a modern sports shop, and the new 10-seater MK Maiskogelbahn.
If you’re looking for non-stop fun on the slopes, the new Ötztal Super Skipass might be right for you: It combines 356 slope kilometres, 90 mountain lifts and six ski areas in a single ski pass, and is valid in the Ötztal ski areas of Sölden, Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Hochoetz-Kühtai, Niederthai, Gries and Vent. Passes are available for any duration between 3 and 14 days; cost for a 6-day pass for adults is around £235 – £260 (depending on time of the year).
In its second season, the Mur-Mürz Top Skipass adds two more ski areas for a total of eleven and now includes Turracher Höhe, Kreischberg, Grebenzen, Lachtal, Gaal, Obdach, Salzstiegl, Präbichl, Stuhleck, Brunnalm-Hohe Veitsch and Turnau-Schwabenbergarena. You’ll have access to 76 lifts and 226 kilometres of slopes. Cost of a 6-day adult pass is approx. £218.
No more queueing for your ski pass: Ski Amadé is the first region in Austria to offer mobile ticketing this season. Also available: a revamped version of the ski area’s mobile app, providing information on points of interest, lifts, huts, accommodation and area highlights as well as photo-realistic slope maps and smart routing.
From 19 February to 03 March 2019, Olympiaregion Seefeld will be hosting the Nordic World Ski Championships for the fourth time in its long history. Fancy being a part of the event? Tickets are now available for the two venues, Arena Seefeld and Innsbruck. You can also take a detailed look at the routes for the championship’s competitions or check out the schedule.
A variety of carriers offer convenient flight connections to Austria. Both British Airways and Easyjet have daily flights to destinations like Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Klagenfurt, with increased frequency to skiing areas in winter:
Not one, but two new low-cost airlines are offering connections between Austria and the UK this winter season. Ryan Air-owned Laudamotion has flights to Vienna (twice a day) and Innsbruck (once a week) from London Stansted (STN), while recently launched Level takes you from London Gatwick (LGW) to Vienna every day.
Fancy something a little different for your winter holidays? City or ski slope, here are three very different experiences in newly opened/reopened accommodations around Austria:
We’re pretty sure you’ve never stayed in a place quite like this: Painstakingly restored and equipped with modern comforts, this estate dating from the 16th century in Salzburg preserves its historic ambience in a most breath-taking manner.
Stunning views all around, cosiness and luxury within: The newly refurbished Mooshaus Hotel in Kühtai/Tirol is blending tradition and modern inspiration effortlessly. Since its reopening this year, it is home to the highest infinity pool of the Alps among a wealth of other spa facilities. Further additions include a new entrance hall and bar, 38 new state-of-the-art rooms, a ski depot, an expansive children’s area and a restaurant with a sun terrace. Mooshaus is the perfect ski-in ski-out base while also being close to the culture and culinary experiences of Innsbruck.
The Grätzlhotel concept combines all the benefits of Airbnb with the comforts of a hotel: You get to live in newly designed, stylish accommodations that give you a true feel of what it’s like to live in Vienna. The newly opened Street Suites in Neubau are located in one of the most popular, hip districts of the city, offering quick access to both tourist attractions and unique little bars and shops that are waiting to be discovered.
Wondering where to go skiing this winter? We have some ideas – and so do the locals. Find out where your journey will take you this winter!Austrian Winter Tales
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