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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 2018/19 winter season highlights.

For Your Convenience: New Infrastructure & Lifts

  • The new Möslbahn © Mayrhofner Bergbahnen The new Möslbahn © Mayrhofner Bergbahnen

Ischgl: New 6-Seat Lift Gampen E4

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.

  • New Lift in Ischgl, Austria 2018/19 © Ischgl New Lift in Ischgl, Austria 2018/19 © Ischgl

Hochkönig: Two New Lifts

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: Lifts Galore

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.

Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn: Two New Lifts

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.

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

Kaprun: K-onnection Project on Track

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.

More Lift and Transport News

  • Serfaus is modernizing its “Dorfbahn” – a metro line with stops at all major points of interest.
  • Obergurgl-Hochgurgl launches the new Kirchenkarbahn Section II, a 10-person gondola lift.
  • Katschberg ski area features a variety of new facilities, including the new “Silverjet I” 8-seater gondola lift, self-service ticket machines, and heated ski depots.
  • Damüls Mellau ski area are debuting a state-of-the-art 6-seater chair lift featuring heated seats and easy conveyor access (german language site only).
  • Glungezerbahn in Tirol are replacing their 51-year-old chairlift with a modern 10-person gondola lift serving the route between the valley station in Tulfes to the Halsmarter middle station.

New Ski Passes & Tickets

  • Freeskiing selfie at Ski amadé © Ski amadé Freeskiing selfie at Ski amadé © Ski amadé

Ötztal Super Skipass

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).

Mur-Mürz Top Skipass

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.

Ski Amadé: App and Mobile Ticketing

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.

The World Championship is Coming

  • Cross-country skiing in Seefeld © Tirol Werbung / Josef Mallaun Cross-country skiing in Seefeld © Tirol Werbung / Josef Mallaun

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.

New Flight Options from the UK to Austria

  • Vienna airport © Vienna aiport Vienna airport © Vienna aiport

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:

  • Additional flights from London Gatwick to Klagenfurt: From December 2018 to April 2019, Easyjet will operate on their route London Gatwick - Klagenfurt twice a week (Wednesdays and Saturdays), making it easy to reach amazing locations like Bad Kleinkirchheim in Carinthia.
  • Manchester to Innsbruck with easyJet, from 10 December to 24 March 2019, 1 x week (every Sunday)
  • Daily flights (except Wednesdays) from London Heathrow (LHR) to Innsbruck with British Airways. Two flights a day on Saturdays and Sundays.

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.

3 New Winter Stays to Remember

  • Weisses Kreuz Townhouse Salzburg © Townhouse Weisses Kreuz Weisses Kreuz Townhouse Salzburg © Townhouse Weisses Kreuz
  • Weisses Kreuz Townhouse Salzburg © Townhouse Weisses Kreuz Weisses Kreuz Townhouse Salzburg © Townhouse Weisses Kreuz
  • Weisses Kreuz Townhouse Salzburg © Townhouse Weisses Kreuz Weisses Kreuz Townhouse Salzburg © Townhouse Weisses Kreuz
  • Weisses Kreuz Townhouse Salzburg © Townhouse Weisses Kreuz Weisses Kreuz Townhouse Salzburg © Townhouse Weisses Kreuz

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:

Salzburg: 16th Century Meets Luxury – Townhouse Weisses Kreuz

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.

Kühtai in Tirol: A Winter Resort at 2,020 m – Mooshaus Hotel

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.

Vienna: Living Like a Local – Grätzlhotel Neubau

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.

Austrian Winter Tales

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