Best Ski Resorts in Austria

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Ski resorts in Austria offer some of Europe’s very best skiing, and better still, many of them make lists of the most affordable resorts in the Alpine region, which makes them an excellent lower budget option. You have the huge, big name resorts which of course come with queues to match, but there are also a wide range of lesser resorts which link into miles and miles of ski runs, meaning that it is relatively easy to escape the crowds and find yourself in your very own winter wonderland. Both types of ski resort have a lot to offer. Which resort will be best for you will depend on your requirements, desires and ability level. Here are five suggestions to get you started on planning your Austrian ski adventure:

St. Anton

One of Europe’s most iconic ski resorts, St. Anton is a ritzy resort with all the facilities and infrastructure you would expect from a world class resort. It is situated around 70 minutes from Innsbruck.


This resort is nearly 2000m above sea level, so the snow is fairly certain. This is a quintessential Tirolean resort, with a strong regional feel to the après ski eateries etc. and a cosy family friendly feel. Obergurgl retains a reliable blanket of snow right through until April. Planning or at least thinking about an Easter ski break with the family? This could be a good option, especially if you are looking to avoid the crowds.


Very modish with younger skiers, Ischgl is one of the most certain of all the Austrian resorts to retain its snow throughout the later season. It highlights its long season with free concerts to mark the end of the season in late April/ early May which have showcased some big names in the music industry. Elton, Rihanna, and Pink have all headlined in recent years.


This pleasant resort has a lot to recommend it. But perhaps its main selling point is that it is so much more affordable that other Alpine resorts – staggeringly less expensive than many French resorts. This is a particularly good resort for confident intermediate skiers, with plenty of proper challenges on the red runs.


This resort with an enormous ski area links in with neighbouring resorts of Leogang and Hinterglemm to provide one of the best ski traverses in the world, and miles and miles of on and off piste powder. Schuss down tree-lined runs with stunning views, and enjoy the long down without endlessly having to go back up on lifts or tows. Saalbach itself has a fairly wild though not unruly night life, which makes it a popular destination with youthful skiers and boarders. Families with children or more sedate skiers may prefer to base themselves in the quieter villages of Hinterglemm or Leogang.

Wherever you find yourself skiing, Austria is sure to delight with the long snow-season, cheerful and chocolate-boxy villages and beautiful scenery. So book your Austrian ski holiday today!

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