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Austria gets the most snow in the Alps, has 2000m+ ski holiday resorts and the best après ski.

SKI HOLIDAYS IN AUSTRIA

With several hundred ski holiday resorts in Austria, the skiing covers every level and terrain available. In the south of the country glaciers form the border with Italy and offer snow sure and year round skiing. The Arlberg of Austria offers the best skiing in Austria with the ski holiday resorts of Lech am Arlberg, Zurs am Arlberg and the world famous St Anton am Arlberg located within one area. Kitzbuhel possesses a wonderful medieval town centre and the most feared FIS downhill in the world, the Hahnenkamm. Less well know but very much the next thing in Austrian ski holidays are the triple resorts of Serfaus, Fiss and Ladis, whilst Ischgl is pushing St Anton hard as the best ski area in Austria, falling short possibly on only the extreme skiing that St Anton is famous for.

EARLY SEASON SKIING IN AUSTRIA

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Glacier skiing operates year round in Austria but for times of extremely warm weather and scheduled lift maintenance. From early October conditions on the Austrian glaciers can range from skiable to superb. Austrian glaciers include the Hintertux Glacier, Kaunertal Glacier, Kitzsteinhorn Glacier, Molltaler Glacier, Otztal / Solden Glacier, Pitztal Glacier and the Stubai Glacier

EXTREME SKIING IN AUSTRIA

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St Anton am Arlberg is the king of Austrian extreme terrain. The steeps and chutes on offer from the Valluga are rated as some the best in Austria. Close to St Anton is the tiny holiday resort of Stuben am Arlberg that is rated as the best off-piste and backcountry ski area in Austria. If you require a city based steeps then Innsbruck Nordpark is hard to beat with precipitous steeps from the top ridge.

FAMILY SKI HOLIDAYS IN AUSTRIA

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Family ski holidays in Austria revolve around traditional village centres and an increasing provision of kids on slope activities. Leading the way is Serfaus with superb on-slope facilities. Seefeld offers great resort facilities, whilst Scheffau now offers ski-out access. Kuhtai offers easy skiing and ski-in, ski-out accommodation whilst Kitzbuhel is packed with off-slope facilities.

APRES SKI AUSTRIA

Austria is the undisputed king of après ski. Almost every ski holiday resort in Austria will offer some kind of post-ski excess and some like Solden do it on a huge scale. Ischgl, Mayrhofen, Soll , St Anton am Arlberg and Zell am See all offer superb après ski where you can dance till dawn in ski boots and ensure you do not add to the crowds awaiting the first gondolas. Austria has yet to refine its après ski music and remixes of David Hasselhoff and the A-Team theme are about as good as it often gets in this land of Mozart. All the same, Austrian après ski is a great leveller; dance as bad as you ski and there will be many admiring looks. Prices make French resorts look even more exploitative, with great value on offer in all but the most exclusive bars and clubs in Austria.

POWDER SKIING IN INNSBRUCK



A short video featuring some great powder skiing and snowboarding in Axamer Lizum, Innsbruck.

SKI HOLIDAYS RESORTS IN AUSTRIA