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50 Best Austrian Ski Resorts Near Innsbruck (Tyrol Region)

Now, since you are reading this, we’ll assume that your target is a skiing holiday, more specifically an Austrian ski holiday near Innsbruck International Airport – which is great. Skiing is one of those activities that should be on everyone’s bucket list.  The adrenaline rush it gives and the experience is to die for – but don’t take our word for it. Try it out for yourself and see how you like it.

But before you pick a ski destination, take a moment and think it through. You see, there are lots of ski resorts in Europe, 3,597 to be exact, with 439 of those being in Austria and they each vary in price and overall experience. 

However, to have your mind blown, we’ll recommend checking out ski resorts in Tyrol. Where is Tyrol you ask? Well, for starters, Tyrol is a state in Western Austria. It’s located in the Alps and its famous for its luxurious and breathtaking ski resorts, folk traditions and historic sites. But let’s focus on the ski resorts. 

If you want to have the best of anything, the surest way to get it is to go with the industry leader. And in the world of Ski resorts, Tyrol is that for you.

In this piece, we’ll review the best resorts in Tyrol and also throw a guide on how to choose the best. So stay with us and enjoy the read!

How We Determine the Best Ski Resorts

Now, of course, we cannot possibly list all ski resorts in Tyrol. But what we can do is zero in on some of the best ones we’ve come across. Although we use the term ‘best’ here, we’d like you to note that ‘best’ is relative. There isn’t a particularly ‘best’ resort in Tyrol. While there are some ski resorts that have a little more to offer than others, there are those that suit your needs better than others (but this does not make them inferior – just different and unique in their own right).

With that said, aside from the kilometers and the size of the slopes, we took the liberty of coming up with a rating system to help give you an idea of what to expect from each resort in Tyrol.  

Remember that every resort brings something unique to the table.

After some deliberation, we settled on the badges below:

Family Friendly

best ski resort for families

It goes without saying that this badge means that a resort has extra features that make it family friendly. Where family is involved, there are kids. As such, family-friendly resorts at the very least have slopes that are perfect for kids.

Free Riding

best ski resort for free ridingThis badge is given to resorts that have backcountry skiing. Either the off-piste terrain laden with thick snow is within the resort or close to its lifts.

 

Touring

best touring and skinning ski resorts in europeTo understand this badge you first have to understand what touring is. Touring is simply skiing in un-patrolled and unmarked areas. Normally, touring is done outside ski resorts and may last for several days. The resorts we give this badge either have touring facilities in the resort or close to it.

Park Riding

park riding awardWe give this badge to resorts that offer something extra – something special. It could be freestyle abilities or parks. However, a resort with a park only doesn’t qualify to have this badge. It also has to live up to a set standard.

Beginners

best beginner resorts for skiing in europeWe give this badge to resorts that have gentle and wide slopes – the kind that is easy for beginners. Ski resorts with features like ski schools, beginner areas or practice lifts also have this badge.

Partying

best apres ski resorts in europeGoing on holiday doesn’t mean that you cannot have an awesome night out partying. Actually, the opposite is true. Traveling to a different country for business or pleasure (in this case skiing) opens you up to a new nightlife experience. Some ski resorts come to life when the sun goes down. Those that have good party joints have this badge.

Off Ski Activity

off ski activitiesTruth be told, despite the fact that it’s a ski holiday, you’ll not be on the slopes the entire time. For the times that you are not sliding down the snowy mountain tops, you need exciting activities to keep you engaged. Some resorts in Tyrol offer only skiing services and other winter sports while others have invested in lots of non-ski activities, including malls, cinemas, and ice skating. The latter comes with this badge.

All-around

ALL ROUNDAn all-around resort means that it has a little bit of everything in terms of skiing. You can think of these resorts as ‘jacks of all trades’. They have versatile slopes with varying difficulty levels. And those that don’t have still have good enough slope variety.

Scenery

sceneryThere’s nothing as fulfilling as skiing down a slope with a breathtaking view. And unfortunately, such ski resorts are scarce. If you are into beautiful sceneries and views, look out for resorts with this badge.

Night Skiing

If you think skiing during the day is exciting, you should try sliding down the slopes that are lit with floodlights. The feeling is amazing. Night skiing also increases your options. You can sleep in, or get into other activities during the day and ski at night. Ski resorts with this badge have night skiing facilities, are a gem, and help you enjoy your ski holiday to the fullest by making use of every time on your terms.

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Everything You Need To Know About Your Tyrol Skiing Vacation

Now that you know how we’ll rank the ski resorts in Tyrol, its time to learn a little more about a Tyrol ski vacation, how to get there and what you should expect.

How to Get to Innsbruck in Tyrol

Innsbruck is the capital of Tyrol. As such, it’s well connected and easy to get to. The Innsbruck airport is about 5km from the city. Moreover, there is an intricate network of rail and road which provide easy access to the city and surrounding destinations – in our case the ski resorts. 

By Air

The nearest airports to Innsbruck include;

  • Innsbruck Kranebitten Airport- 5km away (15 minutes)
  • Bolzano airport –128 km away (1 hour 30 minutes)
  • Salzburg Airport – 178 km away (1 hour 50 minutes)
  • Munich Airport – 202 km away (2 hours)

Even though Innsbruck Kranebitten is the first choice for everyone, its capacity is limited. This means that you need to book your flight early to get a great price and the best flight time. For those who want to see a bit of the country, Munich Airport is a great choice. You’ll have 2 hours of travel to Innsbruck.

To avoid lots of stopovers and flight changes, here’s a list of airlines that fly directly to Innsbruck:

Direct from the U.K

  • British Airways
  • EasyJet
  • TUI

Other locations

  • Lufthansa 
  • Austrian Airlines
  • KLM

By Land

If you don’t have to cross a water body, you can access Innsbruck by land. Here is how;

By Bus

The FlixBus Company has numerous comfortable long-distance buses traveling to Innsbruck from different locations in Europe. The buses operate during the day and follow specified routes. FlixBus is perfect for traveling from Munich Airport into Innsbruck. Additionally, you can use it to explore Italy and South Tyrol.

By Train

Arriving into Innsbruck by train is comfortable, relaxing and safe. The intricate rail connection and the attractive rates make train travel ideal for those looking to take in the beauty of the country on their way to Innsbruck. Numerous capitals in Europe are connected to Innsbruck via train.

How to Get Around Once There

You can choose to use public transportation or hire a car/motorcycle. Innsbruck public transportation includes trams and buses. The buses will get you around pretty fast and cheaply. Trams, on the other hand, are designed for tourists. Their lines run past major city attractions. 

The bus system in the city has about 20 buses which serve all areas in Innsbruck and its environs. The bus system is catered to by InnBus, and the information about the routes is available on their official website. You’ll pay a standard fare when traveling within the city limits, which doesn’t exceed €2. This zone is referred to as the ‘Kernzone’. 

There’s also the option of getting 24 hour passes. You can get the passes and tickets from local vending machines located at tobacco stores, government offices, convenient stores, newspaper kiosks, tourist offices, transfer terminals, and stations.

You can also get single trip tickets directly from the tram or bus.

If you have a car or motorcycle, getting around is easier and convenient. However, you should note that most locations in Central Innsbruck sports have restricted parking. These parking spaces are highlighted by a blue line, and you can only park for a maximum of one and a half hours. At times, the parking time can be extended to 3 hours. If you opt for parking garages, you’ll need about €2.50 an hour or €17 per day.

Where to Stay

Innsbruck is full of accommodation options. You can choose to stay in a holiday apartment or a hotel with a bed and breakfast. There are also options to camp or stay at the ski resort. Your choice will be determined by your budget, the location of the hotel and the amenities offered.

Some of the hotels include Altstadthotel Weisses Kreuz, and Hotel Ibis Innsbruck.

Here’s a list based on accommodation cost

Budget Hotels

  • Hostel Marmota 
  • Hotel Alpinpark
  • Alphotel Innsbruck
  • Hotel Maximilian
  • Hotel Appartement Nahe Olympiaworld

Mid-Range hotels

  • Hotel Sailer
  • Hotel Bierwirt

VIP Treatment

  • The Penz
  • Hotel Grauer Bar
  • Adlers Hotel Innsbruck
  • Grand Hotel Europa

Best Ski Passes

To get value for your money, you should get a multi-resort ski pass ticket. These tickets will save you some big bucks and offer options for fantastic resorts and slopes. You’ll also have the convenience of using up your days consecutively.

1.    Snow Card

This ski pass is for a die-hard skier – one who wants to slide down the Tyrol mountain tops. It grants you access to 90 mountain lift companies, including 5 glacier ski resorts. This card will give you the best riding, skiing, and value for your money on the slopes. You will have more than 3,000 km of runs and trails, 1,100 ski lifts, great snow conditions, and beautiful alpine scenery.

The pass is €797 for adults and €637 for teens, €399 for kids and €637 for disabled persons. It’s free for kids less than 5 years.

The pass is valid until the 15th of May 2019

2.    White 5 

You can ski on all 5 Tyrol glaciers with this card. The glaciers include Pitztal glacier, Stubai Glacier, Hintertux Glacier, Kaunertal Glacier, and Solden-Otzal Glacier. The Hintertux Glacier hosts the only summer skiing experience.

It costs €410 and offers 10 days of skiing. You can also ride at any of the ski resorts. The pass is valid until 15th of May 2019

3.    Silvretta Ski Pass

This ski pass will have you combine the adrenaline-filled action the Paznaun Valley ski resorts can offer. It grants you access to 350 km long trails, 73 gondolas and ski lifts of see, kappl, Galtur, and Ischgl-Samnaun ski resorts. It also offers you free rides on the valley ski buses and on the public buses that service the region between Wirl and Landeck.

The pass is available for 2 – 14 days. For a 2-day adult ski pass, you pay €108.50 and €62 for kids. This pass is valid until 1st May 2019.

4.    Ski 6

With this, you’ll be able to explore 6 of the most popular ski resorts at a discount. The pass covers Venet, Nauders-Bergkastel, Fendels, Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis and Kaunertal Glacier. It offers 350 km of trail and is served with more than 70 ski lifts.

The passes are available from between 4 and 14 day passes. 4-day adult ski passes are worth €189 and children ski passes €112 during the offseason. When it’s peak season, the prices change to €208.50 and €122 for kids.

The pass is valid until 23rd of April 2019.

Best Time to Go

The skiing season begins in December and ends in Late March. 

•    High season

The high season is between 25th of December to 2nd January. However, February is usually quite busy as well courtesy of university and school vacations.

•    Low Season

The low season is usually the beginning of December and late March. This is the time when it’s usually less crowded.

Entertainment

Tyrol has a great nightlife. Instead of getting cooped up in your hotel room, you can go out and have a good time with friends or make new ones. Tyrol has lots of pubs and bars. You could try out the apres ski bars, which are quite popular during the winter.

If you are not a party animal, you could go see a movie in the cinema or go to the theatre and enjoy some dance performances

Food

It is said that the way to a man’s heart is through their stomach. Well, the same is true for women as well. And the good thing is that Tyrol is not only rich in ski resorts, but it also has some of the greatest foods that you can try out when you are not on the slopes. 

The must-try foods include;

Tiroler Speckknodel – this is a staple food in Tyrol. It is basically bread dumplings, boiled and rounded with bacon. It is enjoyed with sauerkraut alongside a salad or broth

Tiroler Grostl – this tastes as good as it looks. It is a potato, onion and bacon fry up, and is served with a fried egg. Tiroler Grostl makes for a great mountain lunch

Kaspressknodel – this has been a favorite Tyrol food for ages. They are simply flatbreads studded with mountain cheese. They are cooked until they turn golden brown, and served with green salad

Kasspatzln – this is a variation of soft egg noodle mixed with some grated cheese. It is oven baked and adorned with some onions.

Kiachl – Kiachl is a traditional dough pastry that is fried in hot lard. You can have it with cranberry, jam or sauerkraut. 

Drinks

To wash down those foods, you can try the following drinks: 

Gin and Tonic – this is a custom-made drink that is commonly served at the Kater Noster. It contains pepper, tonic, pink grapefruit, lemongrass and Star of Bombay Gin.

Vanilla Cinnamon Iced Coffee – this drink has a perfect amount of sweetness. It’s perfect for when you are chilling outdoors

Herbal Highball – this is a dry gin with lemongrass, Schweppes Ginger Ale, ginger, and lavender vinegar

Fenitmas – this is a curiosity coke

Eizbach Crystal Coke – this is a transparent coke from Munich, Germany

Events & Festivals

Aside from skiing, you can also attend some fun festivals and events, including;

Snow Festival

The Snow Festival happens every year in February. The locals gather at the Market Square and participate in different sports. The Square is divided into Safety, Science, and Try Outs.

Air and Style Snowboard Contest

This event is organized every year in February. It is held in Seefeld and Innsbruck. It’s an open-air concert for both snowboarding and skateboarding.

Fasnacht

The Fasnacht is held after four years. It’s a traditional Tyrol event which is used to show the common struggle between evil and good. The locals wear masks and dance together as they parade the streets in costumes

Osterfestival Tyrol

This is held every year between mid-March and early April. The festival has lots of choirs and concerts in different venues, including churches in Innsbruck. 

Hahnenkamm Races

This is an Alpine World Cup that happens every January in Kitzbuhel- a town located 30 minutes from Innsbruck. The ski race is quite technical and demanding. In fact, most people vouch for its difficulty. It’s a fun event to watch.

Top 50 Ski Resorts in Tyrol

Now that you have the basics covered, let’s move on to the individual resorts. We shall do a quick review of what each has to offer.

1. Hintertux Glacier ski resort

hinterlux

The Hintertux Glacier is an all-year-round ski resort (there are only two 365 day ski resorts in the world). This alone makes it a highly sought after ski resort. It is located at the bottom of the Zillertal Valley and close to the Olperer Mountain that stands 3,476m tall. It offers skiers powder skiing during winter and has great conditions even during spring. If you want to escape the heat ‘scorching’ the valley, a cruise to the cool mountains will do you some good.

And if you are a powder hound, you’ll fall in love with the freeriding in Better Park. The ski routes measure 57 km and the piste area is 233 ha.

The resort also features kids’ land and a ski school to get beginners started. You can use the White 5, Super Skipass Zillertal and Snowcard Tirol passes.

2. Kaunertal Glacier ski resort

Kaunertal

Although the resort may be on the beaten track, it is worth making the journey to the Kaunertal Valley, which is in itself an adventure and an awesome experience. It’s true that the resort is not the easiest to get to but of all the hotels in Tyrol, it’s one of the most snowsure resorts. 

You’ll enjoy perfect conditions on the black, blue and red pistes at 3,108 above sea level from September to June.

Despite its popularity, the resort has pretty short (if any) lift queues. Beginners enjoy the easy slopes marked blue while expert and advanced skiers take on FIS race piste. One of the best highlights of the resort is the black run which extends to 2.2 km. The run leads to Ochasenalm via a floodlit tunnel.

3.    Pitztal Glacier & Rifflsee ski resort

Pitztal

This resort has got experts and beginners covered on the slopes. The resort is the highest in the region being located 3,440m above-sea-level. With such altitude, you don’t have to wonder why expert skiers are always sure of excellent snow conditions from September through to May.

At the peak, the view is breathtaking. The pistes are mainly red but there are some that are black and blue. The glacier features a halfpipe and a fun park. If you are a confident free rider, you can give the long descent from the Taschachferner glacier a shot. Or you could try the 1,500 m freeride run from Mittagskogel Mountain to the Valley.

4.    Sölden ski resort

Solden

If you’ve watched ‘Sceptre’, the James Bond movie, you already know what this resort has to offer. Now all that’s left is to experience it for yourself. Solden has an impressive ski area. It is located in a somewhat traditional environment, but with innovative and efficient lift systems which give it a modern feel.

Solden Ski Resort has some of the highest Pistes in Tyrol. It does not disappoint when it comes to off and on pistes. The fact that it’s only 90 km from Innsbruck makes it easy to access. The resort has new lifts which reach skiing areas in Rattenbach and Tiefenbach. This addition makes it an all-season skiing destination. 

5.    Stubai Glacier ski resort

Stubai

Consider Stubai if you are after a resort with perfect freeride terrain, advanced challenges and excellent snow parks. Stubai is only an hour away from Innsbruck. It has over 50 km of well-maintained slopes with varied difficulty levels.

If you are an advanced rider, you’ll enjoy the 60% gradient on the Dunhill slope. You’ll also fall in love with the off-piste runs through the open terrain.

It’s worth noting that the resort features a luxurious snowpark with facilities for pros, beginners and entry-level skiers. In addition to this, Stubai features family facilities, including BIG Family Ski-Camp. In this area, there are lots of magic carpets for kids to learn how to ski. And in case they get tired, there’s a kid’s restaurant on the slopes.

6.    St. Anton am Arlberg ski resort

St. Anton

Hmm, where do we even start with this resort? It has almost everything a skier would want to make lasting memories in a ski vacation.

First, the resort has breathtaking views. Second, it’s perfect for serious skiers as it has some really challenging runs on the slopes. In total, the ski runs measure 305 km. Part of these runs are slopes that are perfect for intermediate and beginner skiers. In addition to this, St. Anton has off-piste measuring 200km. The off-piste has challenging slopes, superb snow parks, racing circuits, carving areas and many meeting places to ensure you have a lot of fun.

This review would be incomplete without a mention of the Apres-ski. They are quite impressive.

Previous tourists are fascinated by the innovation of the chairlifts and the gondolas which are designed with advanced technology. The tech used makes the journey to the slopes an experience on its own.

7. SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental ski resort

SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser

Despite its size, this resort has managed to retain its charm. Its variety is impressive and reels in all kinds of skiers. The resort has snowy slopes measuring 280 km. The slopes are interconnected with 90 lifts. This alone makes it one of the biggest resorts in Austria.

It goes without saying that you’ll have a blast skiing on this resort during the day. However, if you’ve got a lot of places to visit during the day, you can schedule a night shift ski session as well. With the flood-lit slopes, you can make better use of your time.

Also, the resort features several free to use practice areas for beginners and kids. As for the free and advanced riders, there are plenty of challenging slopes to take advantage of. Heck, there are even events and contests you can participate in throughout the skiing season!

The SkiWelt resort is made up of a total of 8 villages. These include Westendorf, Soll, Scheffau, Itter, Hopfgarten, Going, Ellmau, and Brixen.

8. Kitzbühel ski resort

Kitzbühel

This is a huge playground for free-riders and snowboarders. The resort has a backcountry terrain stretching over 200km of land. Moreover, it features ski routes with impressive snow powder opportunities. 

To ensure that you are safe, the resort features transceiver checkpoints at 9 stations on the mountains that update the resort on incoming avalanches. But aside from the vast backcountry terrain, the resort features slopes stretching for 170 km. These slopes vary and cater to beginners and advanced skiers, and are are connected by a total of 51 lifts.

Additionally, Kitzbuhel has numerous services which make it perfect for kids and families.

Note: The resort won the ‘Best Ski Resort in the World’ award 6 years ago. 

9. Ischgl ski resort

Ischgl

If you are on the hunt for a resort that has a little bit of everything, then Ischgl ski resort is perfect for you. The resort has everything from powder ski to a strong nightlife. Actually, those who have visited it before say that it’s a party hub with versatile skiing facilities.

The slopes measure 240 km in total. And here’s the best part, you can ski into the Samnaun village and Switzerland. 

If you want to go freeriding, Hollspitze, Greitspitz, Palinkopf, and Piz Val Gronda won’t disappoint. For intermediate challenges, the resort is full of easy and wide slopes. Last but not least, the resort has kid’s areas and has a host of facilities that make it family friendly.

10. Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis

Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis

This is an ideal ski vacation region that is perfect for families in winter and summer. The slopes are on the alpine plateau and above Tyrolean Inn Valley. The resort features pistes measuring 214 km in length, 68 cable cars, lift systems and cross-country trails measuring 30 km. Aside from skiing, Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis has a wealth of other winter sports you can participate in. Moreover, it features several freeride routes.

If you are looking to take part in non-skiing activities, you’ll love this resort. It has hiking trails, numerous biking trails, and a bike park. The resort also includes a summer fun park and a family coaster.

11.    Zillertal Arena ski resort

Zillertal

This resort has everything from long cruising slopes for expert skiers to beginner slopes. The resort lies in two provinces and four mountains. It is the biggest ski area in Zillertal Valley.

Here’s why we say it’s perfect for families – it has a cable car that runs from Hainzerberg to Gerlosstein and a family-friendly ski resort. This resort has around 200m of free snow tubing run. The highest point in the resort sits 2,500m high, and it cascades 10km into the valley in a single piste.

Moreover, the resort features several fun parks for freestyle skiers and snowboarders. Some of these snowparks are perfect for children and beginners.

12. Mayrhofen ski resort

Mayrhofen

With large open fields, impressive terrain parks, and deep snow, Mayrhofen is one of the largest playgrounds for advanced skiers. The resort has 6 snow parks, and each of them has a chairlift. As such, you will spend more time on the slopes than on the lifts.

With the size of parks it has, Mayrhofen attracts many freestylers. And with so many freestylers and snowboarders frequenting this resort, after ski parties are a norm. On the flip side, advanced skiers who don’t want to go crazy on the off-piste can take on the Harakiri, the steepest slope in the resort with a whopping 78% gradient.

However, this is not a resort for advanced skiers only. Mayrhofen also includes slopes totaling 159 km. Part of this length are slopes for intermediate and beginner skiers as well. And if that is not enough, you can get a Zillertaler Superskipass which has a slope of 530 km.

13. Nauders ski resort

Nauders

This resort is found in the Tirolean Alps and rides the Austria-Italian border. Its Pistes rise up to 2,800 m above sea level. Since it’s close to the Reschenpass Mountain pass, the resort receives lots of snow during the winter season. Its Vast Pistes network has something for everyone; experts, intermediate, and beginner skiers. They are also perfect for families.

Beginners will find the slopes close to the foot of the cable cars are easy to slide down. Slopes at the Nauderix Kinderland are perfect for the youngsters and toddlers learning to ski. Some of the highlights of the resort include a kid’s restaurant, snow tunnel bumps runs, adventure forest, and a small snowpark.

If you are after a powder field, you should choose one of the 5 off-piste routes.

14. Obergurgl-Hochgurgl ski resort

Obergurgl-Hochgurgl ski resort​

The story of how the Obergurgl village became famous is quite funny. In 1931, a Swiss pilot flew a hot air balloon to a record-breaking 16,000m. However, the pilot later crashed on Gurgler-Ferner. A villager came to his rescue and Obergurgl has been on the map ever since.

But today, the village is known for its skiing facilities and the short waiting times. The lifts are found right at the door of the hotel, and most of the slopes are perfect for intermediate skiers. But even then, beginners can ski comfortably.

Unfortunately, an advanced skier may feel restricted and limited. There are only 20km of the difficult slope. However, what the resort lacks in challenging slopes is more than it makes up for with the freeriding terrain. Also, there is an annual freeride event (Open Faces) which brings together skiers from all around the world.

15. Axamer Lizum Ski Resort

Axamer

This resort is also known as the ‘White Roof.’ The name is in reference to the renowned Golden roof at the center of town. The Axamer resort is found 19 km from Innsbruck and is on Stubai Alps edge. It has a beautiful Alpine setting and its terrain offers a mix of intermediate, beginner and advanced slopes.

Given that the slopes are located between 1,600m and 2,300m, and that they face north, the resort receives a lot of snowfall all year long. Most of the trails have a red rating. However, there are some that rated blue. Only one is rated black (for experts).

The freeriding terrain cascades down to the mountain’s base. 

You can access the resort through a shuttle bus from Innsbruck.

16. Ehrwalder Almbahn ski resort

Ehrwalder

This resort boasts of gentle and wide slopes – the kinds that are perfect for beginners and families. However, it still has a lot of slopes for advanced and intermediate skiers.

The Ehrwalder Alm is a small resort found between the Wetterstein and Mieming mountains. Most of its slopes are blue but there are several black and red pistes. Moreover, almost all its runs sport snowmaking facilities.

Aside from the blue rated slopes, there is a practice area for the beginners. This area has ski carousels for kids and there are experts willing and ready to take great care of them. As a parent, you’ll have more than enough time to cruise down the slopes without worrying about your child’s safety.

17. Großglockner ski resort

Großglockner

One word describes the views skiers enjoy from this resort’s slopes – breathtaking. From the slopes of the mountain (The highest mountain in Austria), you’ll see in excess of 60 summits. Though it lies on the highest mountain in the land, Großglockner has a small piste network. But on the bright side, this network is diverse and accessible from Kals and Matrei.

The resort is especially popular with children and families. Its facilities include a ski practice area and a number of blue rated pistes. Additionally, the resort has a ski school offering kids lessons and courses in skiing.

18. Hochkössen ski resort

Hochkössen

Fabulous views and great pistes await you in this resort. Although it’s a rather small resort, it has a lot to offer. This includes a slalom run.

The breathtaking views stretch from the mountain peaks to the lake at the foot of the mountain – Lake Chiemsee. The pistes network is diverse and has something for everyone- beginners and experts alike. However, it’s the families who seem to be most drawn to this resort, mainly because it has a team of qualified ski trainers who are willing and happy to ‘babysit’ and help the kids take their first slide down the slopes.

19. Hochoetz ski resort

Hochoetz

This is yet another resort that is perfect for children and families. But unlike other resorts, Hochoetz goes the extra mile of hiring a local mascot called ‘Widi’. The mascot introduces children to skiing in the practice zones. For older kids, there’s a larger park where they can practice.

Experienced skiers can slide down the permanent race course to Ochsengarten. There are also several off-piste powder trails for the powder hounds.

And since skiing is serious business and can drain your energy levels, you can replenish them at one of the restaurants or huts.

20. Hochzeiger ski resort

hoch 2

Benni Raich trained here for most of his World Cup races. Imagine that! So this can only mean that the resort has quite a number of challenging runs. But aside from the difficult runs, the resort also features blue pistes for children and beginners.

The Hochzeiger is located at Pitztal Valley. It is family friendly and its slopes start from 1,450m to 2,450m. The high altitude means that expert skiers will have excellent snow throughout the skiing season.

Black run 3 is the most famous run in the resort since Benni Rach, a successful World Cup Skier practiced on it throughout his career.

21. Kappl ski resort

Kappl

The resort is located on the Paznauntal Valley. It is family-friendly and has a range of pistes that are perfect for intermediate, beginner and expert skiers. It also features a Children’s area and a fun park. Admittedly, the slope selection is this resort is limited in comparison to larger resorts. However, this does not rob it of its diversity.

In addition to the various pistes, the resort has 7 km of ski touring routes.

22.    Kühtai ski resort

Kühtai

We find this resort 2020m above sea level. It is the highest ski village in all of Austria. Although it might be smaller compared to other resorts in Austria, it has everything you need for a successful ski holiday with the entire family. 

Speaking of family, the resort has designated children parks for ski practice, cozy restaurants, and huts offering children’s meals.

If you want a challenging run, there is a lot of open terrains to take advantage of in the resort. The steepest slopes are under the Dreiseen lift.

With lots of beginner slopes, freeride terrain, superpipe, and airbag, any skier will be satisfied.

23.    Lermoos - Biberwier ski resort

It seems like this list is loaded with family-friendly resorts, right? Well, what can we do if this is their main selling point?
The Lermoos resort is family friendly. It has wide slopes to keep cruisers and beginners busy during the day. But on the flip side, Biberwier has a lot to offer at night to keep you entertained.
The view from Grubigstein Mountain is spectacular. Skiers often stop and take in the scenery.
The resort has limited pistes. However, they have blue, red and black pistes for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers. Despite its small size, the resort also has 3 km of touring routes.
When you are not skiing, you can go mountain hiking and biking. You could even swim in one of the lakes in Biberwier!

24.    Lienz ski resort

Lienz

This resort is blessed with sunshine throughout the skiing season. To escape the dark winter, you can try out Hochstein and Zettersfeld. Hochstein is perfect for advanced skiers as it has challenging pistes while Zettersfeld is great for families.

Zettersfeld also has a great view. It has restaurants and huts and lots of off-Piste touring routes. 

The Lienz ski resort has 22km of intermediate slope, 10km of beginner slope and 5km of advanced skier slopes.

25.    Nordkette ski resort

Freeride Skiing at Nordkette above Innsbruck

The resort is located in Innsbruck. It’s only 20 minutes from the city, meaning that it has a vibrant nightlife and lots of non-ski activities to take part in. 

Note: there are very few resorts in which you can get out of your office, get into a cable car and be on snowy slopes in just 20 minutes. The combination of both outdoor recreation and urban living makes this resort unique.

The resort is loved by advanced and expert skiers. Freeriders also frequent this resort courtesy of the 9.2 km of the red-rated slope, 0.5km of black slope and 4.7 km of touring routes.

Apart from the resort being appealing to experts and intermediate skiers, it also gets some families courtesy of the kids’ land.

26. Rangger Köpfl

Rangger

This resort is located 12km west of Innsbruck. It’s one of the resorts Tyrol skiers love to keep to themselves. It rises between 800m and 1,939m above sea level and has lots of wide and sunny runs which make for great riding and skiing.

You can access the resort via a shuttle bus from Innsbruck or by car. The resort slopes are perfect for skiers of all ages and skiing level. If you’d like to take part in non-ski activities, you can get involved in tobogganing.

The resort also has night skiing two days a week.

27. Schlick 2000 ski resort

This is the biggest and most compact resort in Stubai. It’s a favorite for most children, free-riders, and racers as they all find something intriguing and entertaining.

The resort is located only 10 minutes from Innsbruck. It lies 2,140m above sea level and has great snow coverage between November and April. It has 3 black runs pistes that cater to all skiing abilities.

If you are a powder junkie, you’ll fall in love with the resort’s freeride routes located just below the Kreuzjoch ridge.

28. Rosshütte ski resort

rosshutte

This is yet another small ski resort. But despite its size, it’s the largest in Seefeld. It features pistes that cater to all skiing abilities. Many of the pistes are suitable for beginners and families. Several of them are off-piste routes which lead to summits of surrounding mountains.

Kids and beginners will enjoy the gentle slopes. Freestylers will have a blast at the snowpark which is laden with lots of challenging obstacles to slide, jump and jib. Last but not least, the resort has many snack bars and restaurants on the mountain.

29. Sillian ski resort

Sillian

Sillian ski resort receives a lot of sunshine. It has slopes at high altitudes, a kids’ area and a fun park. Regardless of its small size, the resort offers almost everything large resorts do.

It has a lot of red slopes for intermediate skiers and has 5.6 km and 1.1 km of blue and black rated slopes respectively. For the free-riders, there is a 22km off-piste route.

In addition to all the slopes, the resort includes huts and restaurants that serve sumptuous local foods. These are great places to take in the scenery and relax.

30.    Silvapark Galtür

galteur 2

This resort is surrounded by Silvretta Mountains. Most of the mountain peaks are 3,000 high. As such, it is assured of snow throughout winter. The resort has lots of freestylers and family facilities.

It is split into 5 sectors and 12 stations. The Abenteuerland and Zwergerlwelt sectors are perfect for kids’ while the Actionpark is ideal for teenagers practicing their skiing tricks. In the Nordic and High sectors, you’ll find lots of trails for advanced skiers. There are also touring routes in these sectors.

31. Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau ski resort

This resort is packed with facilities that make it a dream destination for families and kids. Speaking of which, many of the resort’s slopes are rated blue and red. However, there are quite a number of freeride routes and black slopes. Additionally, it has snowparks to keep snowboarders entertained.

To help cater to families and children, the resort has 5 ski schools, ski kindergartens and many lifts to ease congestion during peak season. 

And just in case the snow isn’t enough, the pistes have snowmaking facilities.

32. SkiStar St. Johann

SkiStar St. Johann

This resort is close to the famous Kitzbuhel resort. It is packed with a variety of slopes, cozy mountain lodges, Terrain Park and 3 lifts.

The resort is popular for the reliable snowfall it receives. It has blue, red, and black slopes measuring 16km, 23km, and 3km respectively, which ensure that everyone is catered to. Additionally, it has ski touring routes, measuring 1km.

In the event you get bored of skiing, you can always go hiking or mountain biking.

33.    Skizirkus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn ski resort

Saalbach

Saalbach ski resort is by far one of the largest and most diverse resorts in Austria. Why? Well, it extends over two regions. Its vast network of pistes stretches over a chain of mountains (and valleys) in the Alps. It is perfect for skiers looking for a variety of pistes. The resort also features a couple of snowparks and floodlit pistes and snow trails.

The slopes close to Fieberbunn are perfect for families. However, in the recent past, it’s become famous for freeriding. But even then, beginners will find lots of pistes in Skicircus. And actually, close to half of all the pistes are categorized as easy.

Last but not least, the resort has many mountain huts and restaurants that serve mouth-watering food.

34. St. Jakob ski resort

St. Jakob

If you want a peaceful and quiet holiday skiing, then St. Jakob resort is the place for you. This resort is located in the Defereggen Valley. It sits right on the edge of the Hohe Tauern National Park. 

Instead of Apres Ski music and long lift queues, this resort is famous for its beautiful natural landscape even during the high season.

The slopes are between 1400 m and 2525 m and are covered with thick snow from November to April. The gentle beginner and children slopes are available. There is also a snow park for freestylers. If you are a speed freak, you’ll fall in love with the race course.

35.    Steinplatte/Waidring ski resort

Steinplatte

This resort is famous for the reliable snowfall it receives and the great snow conditions that prevail throughout the season. The resort lies on the Tirolean Alps. 

It has 14 lifts, 9 of which are in Austria and 4 in Bavaria. The 14 lifts serve 45 km of the slope that rises to 1,860 m. 

Most slopes are easy, but there are a couple of black and red slopes for snowboarders and advanced skiers. There is also a large fun park featuring a couple of challenging lines.

Kids will have a blast at the Hausberg Arena and the Triassi-Kinderland.

36.    Wettersteinbahn ski resort

Wettersteinbahn

Wettersteinbahnen is located on Zugspitze Mountain. It is 1,520m above sea level. It features a wide selection of runs for all skiing abilities. It also has a couple of off-piste ski routes.

For beginners looking to find their skiing legs, the ski school in the resort will hold your hand through the learning process. Freeskiers and snowboarders can practice their insane tricks in the fun trail and the snowpark. If you are a speed freak, you can get your adrenaline rush on the black slopes.

Badges– Park Riding, Free Riding, Touring, Beginners, Scenery, Family Friendly

37.    Zugspitze ski resort

Zugspitze

What this lovely resort lacks in size more than makes up for in scenery and facilities. Though the ski slopes are found on German’s Mountainside, you can access the slopes from Ehrwald. A cable car runs this village to the slopes and only takes 10 minutes.

At 2,720 meters above sea level, the resort is quite snowsure. It has a limited selection of blue and red slopes, but doesn’t have black slopes for expert skiers. When on the slopes, you can take a moment and take in the view, including Munich especially when it’s clear.

38. Venet ski resort

Venet

Venet is found above Landeck, a local town, which is home to lots of cultural attractions and museums. The resort is popular for cruisers and families.  The resort is 2,212m above the sea level and can be accessed from Zams through a cable car. It has a small but diverse selection of slopes and features funparks that has lots of obstacles to jib, jump, and trick. It also has lots of off-piste slope for ski touring.

To sample some of the local cuisines, you can try the Panorama Restaurant.

39. See ski resort in the Paznauntal Valley

see

Needless to say, this resort is located in the Paznaun Valley. Here, cruisers and beginners feel at home. Though the resort has slopes ranging from easy to expert, it’s especially dedicated to children and families. The family-friendly approach is evident from the childcare facilities and numerous practice areas.

In comparison to the Ischgl resort (its neighbor), this ski resort is quiet and far less hectic. 

During winter, every Tuesday has an entertaining event. The event starts with some night skiing followed by an Ice and Fire Show. There is also a magnificent firework display.

40. Pertisau ski resort

Pertisau

The resort is found close to Achensee Region. The resort not only offers skiing facilities but also a host of outdoor activities and spa treatments in the soothing Alpine environment.

The resort has some exciting and uncrowded terrain suitable for beginners and expert skiers alike. From the slopes, you’ll have a spectacular view of the lake below and the surrounding ranges.

As a beginner, you’ll benefit from ski courses available.

41. Obertilliach ski resort

Obertilliach

This resort is found in Lesachtal valley. It prides itself in having snow-sure slopes and spectacular views. Additionally, Obertilliach has a stadium – biathlon stadium. This stadium is the training location for many athletes competing in cross country skiing. The reason holiday seekers and professionals love to flock to this destination is that it has a reliable snowfall.

But besides this, we found this resort to be perfect for families as well. There is a ski school and a kid’s camp equipped with a tunnel, small jumps, and rollers.

The slopes are perfect for beginners and experts alike. 

There are also 3km of ski touring pistes.

42. Nesselwängle ski resort

Nesselwängle

This resort is in the Tannheimer Tal Valley, which has beautiful scenery to gaze upon. Even though the resort is quite small, it’s well designed and formed and has a great network of pistes which caters to all – beginners and experts. Boarders and skiers will have a great time on piste 3b and at the natural halfpipe. 

We also cannot forget to mention the resort has night skiing once a week.

43. Hochzillertal-Hochfügen ski resort

Hochzillertal-Hochfügen

This resort is easy to get to. But more to this, it’s family friendly and is glamorous. 

The resort is located in Zillertal Valley and is only a couple of minutes away from the Inn Valley. While families and beginners love this resort (many took their first snow turns here), free-riders and experts also feel at home on the red and black rated slopes.

And once you’ve used up all your energy on the slopes, you should walk into one of the restaurants and slope side huts for a snack or drink.  

Note: 86% of the slopes have snowmaking facilities

44. Hoch-Imst ski resort

Hoch-Imst

This is a tiny resort that targets families with kids, and that’s the reason why it has lots of family discounts running. But despite that, it also has a lot to offer freestylers, snowboarders and advanced skiers.

The resort includes a fun park loaded with 15 obstacles. It is perfect for intermediate and pro skiers. For kids, there are wide and gentle slopes close to the cable car. The resort also has ski lessons to help children take their first snow slides.

45. Hahnenkamm ski resort in Reutte

Hahnenkamm

This resort is on Hahnenkamm Mountain close to Reutte (a town in Austria). It has snowsure slopes that rise to 1900m above sea level. It features pistes for all skiing abilities and sports a beginner’s area complete with a lift for the kids. Teenagers can practice their tricks in the fun park.

And finally, you’ll love the restaurant on the mountain which serves Austrian delicacies with a great view of the valley below.

46. Glungezer ski resort

Glungezer

This is a perfect resort for just about anyone. It has a little bit of everything to cater for the beginners, intermediate and expert skiers as well as families. Its main highlight is the 15km descent into the valley.

The resort has a park (Glungezer Park) that is divided into separate areas for freeskiers and snowboarders. 

The season here ends on the 7th of April.

47. Christlum ski resort in Achenkirch

Christlum

This resort is located on the north side of Lake Achensee. It’s also on the Karwendel Mountain. It is popular with families, but its terrain also accommodates snowboarders and skiers. The resort has everything large ski resorts has but in a more compact and relaxed setting. 

It is just 45 minutes from Innsbruck and about 60 minutes away from Munich. The resort has a practice area for children and a ski resort at the top. The slopes range from blue, red and black. Expert skiers can, however, get their hearts thumping by exploring the turning and twisting Nordabfahrt descent which gives quite a kick.

48. Bergeralm ski resort

Bergeralm

This is yet another resort offering the best of both worlds– family friendly and expert skiing facilities. The resort is proof that good things come in tiny packages. It’s also worth pointing out that the resort has a fantastic view of the valley.

The slopes are split into three- blue, red and black, and measure 6km, 16km, and 7km respectively.

49. Berwang ski resort

Berwang

This resort is located between Lechtal Valley and Zugspitze Mountain. You can access the resort from either side. Many of its pistes are beginner level, which makes it perfect for families and beginners.

Moreover, the resort has a ski school equipped with a learning area. There is a longer beginner slope than there are intermediate and expert level slopes.

50. Fügen ski resort

Fügen

You can get out of this resort and go straight to the slopes. The slopes here are charming and perfect for families and cruisers. There are also programs for kids and multiple lifts. 

If you are a pro on the slopes, you could ski down the longest descent on the resort. The descent is laden with lots of snowmaking facilities to ensure a thick and soft snow layer.

Wrapping Up!

There you go. We hope this list has proven to be of great help and you are now more confident and sure of the type of resort you want and need.

But remember, though the list makes it easier to get a resort, the resort you choose ultimately boils down to your preferences and circumstances.

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