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Austrian Ski Holidays

Austrian Ski HolidaysSkiing, Ski Resorts, Ski Chalets & Apartments to Rent

Skiing in Austria - with pretty alpine villages, great value accommodation including gorgeous ski chalets, fantastic skiing and a good snow record, Austria is a favourite destination for many mountain enthusiasts.

Austrian ski resorts combine the thrills of a days skiing with great food, fun and offer a wide range of other activities if you don't fancy hitting the slopes.

The mountainous regions including Tirol, Salzburg and Styria have some of the most beautiful authentic alpine village in Europe but also home to several world class international ski resorts such as Kitzbuhel and St Anton.

With the ski resorts catering for everyone no mattter what age, if you are on a family ski holiday, what better way to relax than renting a ski chalet or apartment - great fun, flexible and value for money.


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Austria Ski Holiday Accommodation

The Austrian ski resorts are known for their picture perfect cosy chalets especially in the smaller resorts that are off the radar to many skiers. These relatively unheard of villages typically share the same mountains and pistes as the heavy hitting resorts yet offer substantial savings on accommodation costs. Good examples are esorts such as Fugen in the Ziller Valley provides access to the Mayrhofen ski area and Galtur in the Paznaun valley lets you ski in Ischgl.

Traditionally, the self catering accommodation in the ski resorts has largely been private holiday rentals such as ski chalets and apartments and this is still the case today. This is what gives the villages their authentic look and feel and you will be hard pushed to find any architecturally compromising, large scale developments you often find in some purpose built resorts.


Region Km of piste Popular ski resorts
Sportwelt Amade 860 Schladming-Dachstein
Ziller valley 487 Mayrhofen
Silvretta Ski Arena 340 Ischgl
Arlberg 280 St Anton
Kitzbüheler Alpen 1067 Saalbach - Hinterglemm
Kitzbüheler Alpen 1067 Zell am See - Kaprun
Ziller valley 487 Fugen


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Austrian ski holidays also offer plenty of variety when it comes to choosing where to ski. You have the more upmarket resorts such as Lech, glacial resorts and quaint traditional villages such as Gerlos and Fugen.

The resorts vary enormously from the quieter, charming and traditional to the more upbeat resorts such as Ischgl, Mayrhofen and St Anton where the apres-ski is legendary and kicks-off early afternoon on the slopes and finishes in the early hours of the morning!

Many of the ski resorts tend to be nestled close to each other in the numerous valleys around Salzburg and Tyrol creating some of the largest ski areas in the world although not all of the resorts are connected by lift. So, if you enjoy ski touring and exploring other ski resorts, you may be interested in visiting the Ziller Valley - home to many ski resorts including Mayrhofen, and the Arlberg region with the ever popular resort of St Anton.

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Summer holidays in the mountain resorts

Many ski resorts are busier during the summer than in the ski season and the holiday homes for rent typically get booked up months in advance. The long sunny days can get surprisingly hot with temperatures often north of 30 degrees which means you have that Mediterranean climate at altitude giving the best of both worlds.

The mountains provide that perfect mix of being able to chill out by the pools or beaches on the shores of the many lakes and mix it up with some gentle hikes or adrenaline pumping mountain biking or summer skiing. Some of the most popular outdoor activities are:

  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Sailing
  • Kayaking
  • White water rafting

Summer skiing on the glaciers

Austria is also home to some of the finest summer skiing in the Alps where you can combine skiing in the morning with water sports in the afternoon. The Hintertux glacier, at the end of the Ziller valley just past Mayrhofen offers skiing almost every day of the year as does the Kitzsteinhorn glacier at Zell am See - Kaprun.

The other summer skiing resorts can be found at the Stubai Glacier and the Dachstein Glacier.

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Our view on skiing in Austria

The Austrian Alps typically receive plenty of snow giving a long season despite their relative low levels when compared to the Swiss, Italian or French resort. Whether youre coming for some skiing, a summer holiday or any time of year for that matter, you won't be disappointed in the mountains with the vast amount of activities they have to offer on and off the slopes...