The 5 best ski resorts in Austria

Where better place to take a skiing holiday than Austria, with its traditional alpine villages, lively après-ski and a laid-back attitude? Everything costs that bit less in Austria, snow-making is first class and so are the lift systems. What’s more, flights from the UK aren’t an issue, with various airlines now offering direct flight to Salzburg and Innsbruck.

There are plenty of reasons to choose an Austrian resort for your next skiing holiday. We at CheckYeti have put together the 5 best ski resorts in Austria, to help you find the best destination:

Which is the best ski resort in Austria for intermediates?

Sunny mountain view of Kitzbühel ski slopes.
Kitzbühel offers exceptional pistes with great views ©kitzskiwerlberger

Kitzbühel is a pretty Tyrolean medieval town with pastel-coloured stone buildings & cobbled streets. The resort is surrounded by the Kitzbühel Alps and is known for its luxurious accommodation, fine restaurants and high-class shopping. Kitzbühel naturally attracts royalty and celebrities, and is considered to be one of the best ski resorts in Austria.

For skiers looking to quickly improve their technique, the ski schools in Kitzbühel offer a wide selection of private lesson options. One-to-one lessons ensure fast technical progress, as the instructor can focus on the specific needs of the individual skier.

With almost half of the slopes being classed red, Kitzbühel truly is one of Austria’s best ski resorts for intermediates. Advanced intermediate skiers may even want to test their nerves on the famous Hahnenkamm World-Cup piste.

Lech: the best ski resort in Austria for beginners

View of freshly-groomed beginner slopes in Lech.
The freshly-groomed slopes in Lech are a joy for every beginner

Sitting in a sunny position at the foot of the Kriegerhorn mountain, Lech is only an hour’s drive from Bregenz and 1,5hrs from Innsbruck. This traditional town with chalet-style architecture is undoubtedly exclusive, with high-end hotels, restaurants, bars and shopping. Needless to say, Lech has welcomed a long list of rich and famous guests.

With a total of 305km of pistes, everyone can enjoy excellent skiing in Lech. Additionally, 43% of the runs are blue, so Lech is ideal for first-time skiers.

Ski schools in Lech offer mainly private lessons, so learners can learn the first moves and progress to the blue slopes much more quickly. What’s more, the beginner areas have drag lifts and are conveniently situated by the village. This is ideal for ski novices, as they don’t have to carry their equipment far.

The blue slopes in Lech are wide, gentle and the slopes throughout the resort are perfectly groomed. With exceptional snow quality, superb surroundings and near-on perfect pistes, it’s clear to see why Lech is the best ski resort in Austria for beginners.

St. Anton: the best off-piste skiing in Austria

Three freestyle skiers on powder snow in St. Anton.
Freestylers enjoying the powder snow in St. Anton © Tourismusverband Tirol

Situated in the Arlberg region less than an hour’s drive from Innsbruck, St Anton has some of the best skiing in Austria. The resort is charming with an easy-going attitude and offers traditional but stylish accommodation and restaurants for all budgets.

St. Anton thanks its renowned status to three factors; a consistent snow record, a highly-efficient, modern lift network and a wide range of pistes. With 200km of deep snow terrain at hand, the ski schools in St. Anton additionally offer lessons for freeriders who want to make the most of the powder snow. Off-piste lessons, tours and guiding courses are also available, the lessons focusing on technical progress and safety on the slopes.

The quintessential mix of style, a laid-back ambience and exhilarating powder terrain puts St. Anton top of the list for the best off-piste skiing in Austria.

Mayrhofen: the best resort for advanced skiers

Snowy mountaintop view over the mountains by Mayrhofen.
An unforgettable view over the mountains by Mayrhofen

Mayrhofen is a traditional medieval town located in the Ziller valley in Tyrol, only an hour’s drive from Innsbruck. The resort nestles between two mountains, the Penken and the Ahorn. Despite its low altitude, the ski season in Mayrhofen is long and relatively snow-sure, due to the main skiing areas being up in the two mountains, at altitudes between 1,650m and 2,500m.

Skiers of all ages are well provided for by the ski schools in Mayrhofen. Advanced ski lessons are also available for kids and private lessons including video analysis ensure that technique flaws are quickly corrected. There are even ski racing lessons on offer, for true adrenaline fans.

Mayrhofen is home to Austria’s steepest and most demanding slope, the Harakiri. With the Penken mountain also offering a multitude of challenging runs, Mayrhofen is a hot  contender for the resort with the best advanced skiing in Austria.

Obergurgl: the best family skiing in Austria

View of a mountaintop restaurant and the perfectly-groomed pistes of Obergurgl.
The perfectly-groomed pistes of Obergurgl ©Alexander Lohmann/Ötztal Tourismus

Known as the Diamond of the Alps, the traditional village of Obergurgl is one of the highest and most snow-sure resorts in Austria. The season is long, extending from November to April. The resort’s laid-back attitude, Tyrolean charm and some serious style make Obergurgl ideal for families.

There are around 110km of pistes within the resort, the majority being for beginners or intermediates. Ski schools in Obergurgl are renowned for their excellent standards and offer an extensive range of lessons to fit different  expectations. There’s even the option to have the unforgettable experience of a 4hrs private family group lesson.

Everything within Obergurgl is pretty compact and most accommodation is ski in/ski out. The added conveniences of an extended season plus a transfer time of only 1hr from Innsbruck puts Obergurgl in pole position for the best family skiing in Austria.

 

I have always loved snow but winter in England was usually more grey than white. Now living in Austria, my kids have inherited my passion for skiing and we make most of every winter, getting out in the snow whenever we can!