Best Ski Resorts Austria

The 7 Best Ski Resorts In Austria

As any skier worth their powder will tell you, it’s hard to beat the Austrian mountains for the quantity and quality of snow. Our top picks of the best ski resorts in Austria include resorts for both beginners and experts.

From luxury spa destinations to fresh alpine routes, these amazing ski destinations in Austria are a must-visit.

The Best Ski Resorts in Austria

1. St. Anton am Arlberg

St. Anton is easily one of the most famous ski resorts in Austria, with a legendary aprés ski scene.

There’s 305 kilometres of marked ski runs, superbly prepared slopes for all ability levels, and 200 km of off-piste and challenging steep slopes and deep-snow ski runs. The longest downhill piste in the Arlberg is in St. Anton, perfectly named “The White Thrill.”

2. Saalbach

This luxury resort offers easy access to Salzburgerland’s Ski Circus, with family-friendly activities as well as lively bars. With 70 cableways and lifts, more than 60 cosy ski huts, numerous snow parks, freeriding park, floodlight slopes and toboggan runs, Salzburg’s skiing region is one of the most diverse and best ski areas in the Alps.

Saalbach is the best option to experience this at its best.

3. Kitzbühel

This is a charming resort town in the  in the heart of the Kitzbühel Alps, with everything you could possibly want from a ski holiday. Think: amazing ski courses, mountain restaurants and family-friendly accommodation.

As well as the world-famous Streif downhill ski race course on the Hahnenkamm mountain, the area is also home to a total of 57 ski lifts for fun on the slopes for both beginners and more advanced skiers.

4. Schladming-Dachstein

This superb ski region is home to some of the most impressive ski mountains in Austria – such as the Schladming 4-Mountain Ski Area, Dachstein Glacier as well as family ski mountains. There’s 100 traditional ski huts and around 230 km of perfectly groomed pistes, which are some of the first in Austria to get proper snow.

There’s over 34 aprés ski parties, as well as a great choice of accommodation, from luxe lodges to family resorts.

Best Ski Resorts Austria

5. Stubai

This majestic ski resort goes all the way up to 3,210 metres above sea level, and is the largest glacier ski resort in Austria. Stubai is well known for its focus on family activities, with a special snow obstacle course and a snow carousel as well as a special Kids’ Line in the Stubai Zoo snowpark.

There’s also endless ski opportunities for intermediate and advanced skiers: with 35 easy to challenging slopes and is a freeride hotspot.

Best Ski Resorts Austria

6. Hinterstoder

Hinterstoder is an authentic and traditional ski resort set in the charming mountains of Pyhrn-Priel. It’s the only ski world cup venue in northern Austria, so expect champion-worthy slopes, with 40km of piste up to 2,000 metres. You can also enjoy cross-country skiing and lots of non-ski activities.

There’s all sorts of lodgings, some right at the ski trail, as well as vibrant bars and restaurants to enjoy.

Best Ski Resorts Austria
Image: Oberoesterreich Tourismus Gmbh _ Stefan Mayerhofer

7. Mayrhofen

Mayrhofen is famous for its insanely steep Harakiri piste, and its huge snowpark.  Explore over of 139km of ski slope trails, and don’t worry if it’s not actually snowing – all of the slopes are equipped with artificial snow-making machinery! Off slopes, there’s winter hiking, cross-country skiing, tobogganing and relaxing saunas to enjoy.

Advanced skiers will find endless trails here, but there are also some gentle runs for beginners and families.

Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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