With more than 400 beautiful ski resorts, Austria is undoubtedly one of the top destinations for winter vacations. The country is home to many picturesque villages surrounded by stunning nature where you can stay and start your winter holiday. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly resort, best places for après-skiing or snowboarding Austria has it all.
Although prices for accommodation and ski tickets have risen the past couple of years, Austria is still famous among international skiers. Even with that visiting Austria will still cost you less than the French or Swiss Alps, and you will be pleased with their warm hospitality and high service standards. Most of the ski resorts are close and easily reachable from Innsbruck, Salzburg, or Munich international airports by train or taxi.
The Biggest of the Three Ski Resorts Saalbach-Hinterglemm
With 280 kilometres of ski slopes, Saalbach is one of the largest ski resorts in Austria. It is a winter haven for people of all ages and especially for families. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an expert, this stunning place has got you covered. Aside from skiing or snowboarding, you can also choose other activities like tobogganing, sleigh rides and snow tubing!
Even though it is more family-oriented, you can still enjoy it because there are many bars and clubs where you can party until the sun comes up. The resort is near Salzburg, and it’s only an hour and a half drive from Salzburg Airport. You can get there by airport shuttle and private airport transfer. Check the price for a private airport transfer from Salzburg Airport to Saalbach-Hinterglemm.
The Most Challenging St. Anton am Arlberg
If you are an experienced skier looking for the most challenging runs in the Alps, Austria’s Arlberg, St. Anton is the place to be. It is a place for experienced skiers, but there is also 290 kilometres of terrain for intermediate skiers. There are also many other winter activities available, like hiking and climbing. Although known as one of the best ski resorts in Austria, you will be surprised by the centre of the village which is just one main street that consists of old hotels and inns, sports and coffee shops.
The nearest airports to St. Anton am Arlberg are in Innsbruck (96km / 1 hour 15 minutes), Friedrichshafen (130km / 1 hour 30 minutes), Zurich (195km / 2 hours) and Munich (300km / 3 hours). Once you land, you can get to the resort by bus, train or to hire a private airport transfer. Check the price for a private airport transfer from Zurich to St. Anton, Innsbruck to St. Anton and Munich to St. Anton.
The Family-Friendly Kitzbühel
While St. Anton may be the top choice resort for expert skiers, Kitzbühel is the first option for everyone else. Kitzbühel is another family-friendly resort with more than 30 ski routes and hundreds of kilometres of cross-country trails. It is one of the most charming ski resorts and the ideal place for free-riders. The resort has 102 km of smooth, 62 km of medium and 18 km of challenging slopes, many luxury hotels but also more budget-friendly inns.
If you are visiting the resort in late January, you can witness the Hahnenkamm race, which is an annual World Cup Alpine Ski Race and is known as the world’s most dangerous downhill ski race. Kitzbühel is open from late October to 1st May. The nearest airports to Kitzbühel are in Salzburg (74km / 1 hour 10 minutes), Innsbruck (97km / 1 hour 15 minutes) and Munich (174km / 1 hour 50 minutes). Check the price for a private airport transfer from Salzburg Airport to Kitzbühel and Innsbruck to Kitzbühel.