The snow-covered playground of Austria’s highest peaks, the Austrian Alps offer some of the best skiing holidays in the world. Whether you’re a ski virgin or black run professional, there’s a ski resort in the Austrian Alps for you. Master your skis on the beginner’s slopes or glide through the woods on a cross country route. Toboggan down the glistening blanket of perfect powder, snowshoe your way to a mountain spa or enjoy the view from a sleigh ride. With so many ways to enjoy these peaks, you may never want to leave.
With cultural highlights on offer at the foot of the mountains, you may find yourself drawn to Salzburg for a Sound of Music tour of the city. If snow covered mountains aren’t for you, the Austrian Alps transform during the summer into a lush green wilderness. Wildlife, plants and trees form the picturesque backdrop to an unforgettable summer holiday. There’s still plenty of adrenaline filled adventure on offer though. Cycling, climbing and hiking the challenging terrain is just the beginning.
If your holiday only truly begins once the sun sets, the Austrian Alps have a legendary nightlife scene to revel in. Festivals and a lively mix of bars and clubs keep the party atmosphere going whether it’s après-ski season or a balmy summer night.
If you’re looking for a sedate ski on the slopes rather than a high-speed whizz down a black run, head to Oberau. With just a handful of hotels and a few shops and bars, it offers a gentle, snowy escape. Spend your morning enjoying the village surroundings and sample the hot chocolate and Austrian pastries. Glide across the smooth snow on a cross country route in the afternoon for a slower paced ski life.Innsbruck
Twice a host to the winter Olympic games, Innsbruck is the winter sport capital of Europe. It effortlessly mingles top-notch skiing conditions with a bustling urban centre. Set at the foot of the Alps, Innsbruck’s Olympic grade slopes draw beginners and experienced skiers looking to hone their skills. Head to the nearby Stubai Glacier for the ultimate challenge. Ski, carve and board your way down some intense tracks. It doesn’t get more thrilling than this.St Anton
Britain’s royal family heads to Cloisters for a ski trip, but the rest of Europe’s regal families flock to St Anton and the Arlberg region. With over 100 years of skiing heritage behind it, it’s easy to see why these pistes attract the aristocracy. Culinary delights flood the menus, Austrian hospitality is dished out in every corner and there are some of the best snow conditions anywhere in the Alps. The place to ski and be seen, keep your snow goggles peeled for some celeb spotting on the slopes.
Exploring the Austrian AlpsAppreciate the après-ski
Depending on the resort you’re in, après-ski takes on many forms. No longer limited to hot chocolate and giant flagons of ale, Austria’s après-ski scene might surprise you. Some villages cater to the party crowd while family resorts lay on plenty of child-friendly entertainment and sleepy villages dole out the romance. Sleigh ride through the snow anyone?Grab a piste of the action
You can’t head to the Austrian Alps without joining in the snow-based fun. From the high-octane thrills of a black run to the more sedate snow-ploughs on the beginner slopes, there’s a piste for everyone. If you’re a reluctant skier - there’s always snowshoeing, tobogganing or igloo building to try. A winter hike is a great way to enjoy the slopes at a slower pace.Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow…
Horticulture fans flock to the alps when the thaw hits - and we recommend joining them. Unique flora and fauna is as much a part of the alpine culture as the snow scene. When the blanket of powder is long gone, another white carpet replaces it. The rare Edelweiss blooms on the slopes, delighting botanists and nature lovers.Ditch the slopes
When you’re done with skiing and fancy a change of scene, get off the slopes. We recommend a trip to Salzberg for some sea-level culture and cosmopolitan city life. Soak up the Sound of Music sights on a walking tour, hit the museums or explore the city’s fortress. Time your visit with a festival to see the streets really come to life. Beer lovers will love Rupertikirtag in September. It gives the Oktoberfest a run for its money.
Famed for their foodie events, the farm-to-fork meals in a Tirolean Inn are a must in the western Alps. Mouth-watering and hearty meals are served up using locally grown produce. Rustic and artisan - they are the taste of Austria. This tradition is taking on a new life with chefs in the region adding flair to the basic recipes and ingredients. Look out for Bewusst Tirol labels in restaurants. Making gourmet meals from the local produce adds a touch of elegance to the menu.Austrian restaurants
There are many wonderful restaurants in the alps. From small quirky taverns to world-class gourmet venues. A trip to these snowy slopes wouldn’t be complete without seeing -and dining in - ICE Q. This is a futuristic glass cube perched high in the peaks of Solden. Expect gourmet food and stunning views. Used as a filming location for a Bond movie, it makes this a must see for food and film fans.
Holidays in the Austrian Alps are ideal for snow-seeking holidaymakers. From snow loving skiers to après-ski fans. With trips to St Anton and Innsbruck as well as snow-capped peaks, festivals, beautiful mountain villages, quirky restaurants, and the dramatic Alpine peaks, this is an adventure playground to visit at any time of year.
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