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Skiing in Austria: Immerse into the fresh snow!

Photo: Arlberg By: Sepp Mallaun - Vorarlberg Tourismus
Oct 15, 2020

Can't wait to get back on skis? Leaving your tracks in powder snow and feeling the icy wind on your face? No matter if you are a beginner or advanced skier or an adrenaline junkie – hardly any other country offers winter sports enthusiasts as many opportunities as Austria.

So, put on your shoes and snap onto your ski bindings. And set off on a new adventure. You will find the top recommendations for skiing in Austria on Skimondo.

Skimondo will show you the most beautiful ski resorts in Austria

Extensive ski areas in Tyrol, Vorarlberg and the Salzburger Land, three thousand-meter peaks in the Austrian and Ötztal Alps - everything that skiers are looking for can be found in Austria. Plus, perfectly groomed slopes, guaranteed snow and skiing in front of a fantastic mountain panorama. The constant modernization of the lifts guarantees incomparable comfort and by connecting individual ski areas in Austria there is always something new to explore.

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Arlberg: Skiing in powder snow Sepp Mallaun - Vorarlberg Tourismus

Large interconnected ski resorts or high glaciers: in Austria every skier gets his money's worth

You don't know exactly where to go skiing in Austria or the huge selection of ski areas is simply overwhelming for you? Do not worry! Here are our top recommendations for you:

The bigger the better…

Ski Arlberg

Skiing in a new dimension: Since the winter season 2016/2017, the ski area in Arlberg has been the largest interconnected ski resort in Austria and belongs to one of the five largest in the world. 88 state-of-the-art lifts take you to up the peak stations. The 303 spectacular downhill skiing kilometers lead you down in pleasurable turns. A special highlight of the Ski Arlberg ski area, however, are the 200 kilometers of powder snow off-piste runs: numerous freeriders from all over the world appreciate the fine powder snow that is guaranteed here in the winter months.

SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental

The SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental is one of the most modern and largest ski resorts worldwide. In addition to 284 kilometers of perfectly groomed slopes, 21 valley runs and a panoramic view of over 70 three-thousand-meter peaks, three fun parks and Austria's largest night skiing area await you. Would you like to start right now? No problem! Thanks to the good transport connections – especially the proximity to the airports in Munich, Salzburg and Innsbruck and the approx. 10 km near motorway exits – the Wilder Kaiser-Brixental ski area can be reached quickly and easily by car, bus or train.

21 valley runs and a panoramic view of over 70 three-thousand-meter peaks.

Skicircus Saalbach, Hinterglemm, Leogang

69 lifts bring skiers and snowboarders to one of the most varied ski areas in the Austrian Alps. Put on your skis and enjoy the freedom in the snow, while skiing in Austria. Over 270 pleasant kilometers of slopes in the Skicircus Saalbach-Leogang-Fieberbrunn are waiting for you to be explored. Off-piste fans and freestylers can also live out their passion on numerous attractions such as fun parks, snow trails, speed and race tracks. The Freeride World Tour stops every year in the "Home of Lässig" to quench the thirst for deep snow.

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Tyrol: Wide slopes ideal for families Kitzbüheler Alpen

… or rather high to the tops?

Pitztal Glacier

Already in fall you can hardly wait to get back on your skis and in spring you find it difficult to take them off again? Then the Pitztal Glacier (Pitztaler Gletscher) is the right place for you! Here you can expect over 21 kilometers of slopes at an altitude of around 3,440 meters. And the best thing about it? Thanks to the snow guarantee of the glacier, the fun on the slopes starts in September and only ends in May!

Ski resort Sölden

The hotspot in the Alps is not only one of the best-known ski areas in Austria, but also one of the best: the altitude ranging from 1,350 to 3,340 meters, two glaciers and the most modern lift infrastructure ensure top-class skiing fun! Three three-thousand-meter peaks in the ski area and 143 kilometers of fantastic slopes guarantee you the maximum variety and unforgettable skiing experiences in Austria.

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Skiing in the Kitzbüheler Horn Kitzbüheler Alpen

Hintertux Glacier

Skiing in summer in Europe? That is impossible! Wrong assumption – the Hintertux Glacier is Austria's only year-round ski resort and offers winter sports enthusiasts over 60 kilometers of slopes, legendary freeride slopes and freestyle opportunities for snowboarders. The finest powder snow in spring, sunny slopes in summer, snowy slopes already in autumn or additional ski runs in winter – skiing up to 3,250 meters becomes definitely a way of life for you.

The steepest slopes in Austria's mountains: our tips for adrenaline junkies

Black slopes just make you yawn? Then take the steepest and most exciting slopes in Austria:

Harakiri in Mayrhofen:

With a gradient of 78 percent, the Harakiri slope in the Mayrhofen ski resort is even steeper than a regular ski jump and one of the steepest groomed slopes in all of Austria. If you want to descend the 1,500-meter-long steep slope undamaged, you should already have a very good short swing technique and for sure look for the thrill.

„Manni Pranger“ in Bergeralm

The “Manni Pranger” slope in the Austrian ski area Bergeralm, named after the Tyrolean slalom world champion Manfred Pranger, is one of the steepest and most dangerous ski slopes in the world and is nothing for the faint-hearted.

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Perfect downhills in Vorarlberg Sepp Mallaun - Vorarlberg Tourismus

Black Scorpions in Silvretta Montafon

Slopes of up to 81 percent gradient await you in Vorarlberg: the Silvretta Montafon ski resort lists seven of its black slopes as "Black Scorpions": difficult, steep and yet breathtakingly beautiful! Is your pulse racing as fast as your skis?

Variety, thrilling slopes and winter fun: skiing in Austria will exceed your snow dreams!

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