When it comes to skiing, Austria can sometimes be overlooked in favour of Switzerland and France. However, if you are looking for picturesque villages, quieter runs and outstanding après ski, Austria is well worth a visit. Here we take a look at some of the finest Austrian ski resorts including the best for beginners, families and more advanced skiers.
Best For Beginners - Westendorf
If you are just starting out on the slopes or you have only had a few lessons, Westendorf is full of charm and offers a very gentle nursery slope that is just perfect for novice skiers. It also has a chairlift so you can spare yourself the humiliation of missing or falling off of the drag lift. This is a charming and quiet resort although the blue runs can get fairly busy during the peak season. When it comes to après ski Westendorf also has its fair share of bars and restaurants.
Best For Large Groups - St Anton
St Anton offers everything for larger parties including excellent skiing (naturally), great nightlife and lots of shops. If you are looking for the traditional Tyrolean atmosphere, the village centre offers it all including wooden chalets, plenty of bars and easy access to the many different pistes via ski lifts. If you are looking for the perfect place to ski and party hard, St Anton is a great choice.
Best For Advanced Skiers - Galtur
If you are looking for a ski run that truly challenges you, Galtur offers many black runs and longer touring routes for the avid and experienced skier. The village itself is beautiful and features at its centre a traditional baroque church and plenty of cosy bars to snuggle up in after a heavy day on the piste. For nightlife, why not take the bus into Ischgl? Here you’ll find plenty of clubs to while the early hours away in if you still have any energy left!
Best For Families With Young Children - Ellmau
Ellmau is one of the best resorts for young families and offers adults the chance to partake in some kid-free skiing while the little ones are in ski school learning the ropes, or should we say slopes? The best thing is that the village can be directly accessed from the piste. There is also a large number of restaurants and bars catering for families.
Best For Non-Skiers - Igls
So, what do you do if your partner skis, but you can’t stand the white stuff? Head to Igles! While your other half is on the slopes, you can take the short tram ride to Innsbruck to shop until you drop, explore the city or simply relax in one of the many wooden chalet coffee shops. If walking is your thing, there are lots of clear paths offering excellent scenery and plenty of photo opportunities for the avid photographer.
Whichever resort you choose this ski season, make sure you are covered with RAC Travel Insurance - and if you are planning on driving to any of the ski resorts, do remember to get European Breakdown Cover.