Winter Holidays the Austrian Way
Imagine standing on the summit early in the morning, watching the valley to your feet slowly coming back to life. Taking your first turns on the freshly-prepared slopes, the stunning mountain panoramas your constant companions – a glaring contrast to the high risers you are used to when sitting at your office desk. – Skyline the Austrian way!
Then there’s the pitstop for a late breakfast at a traditional mountain hut. And the Tyrolean Gröstl and Kaiserschmarren to be shared on a sun terrace with your family or mates later in the day. – Quality Time the Austrian way!
And let’s not forget the mulled wine, the crackling fireplaces when you are heading back to your temporary home away from home, after stretching your legs at the spa in style, a treat for both body and soul. The feeling of just enjoying the moment and living in the here and now instead of worrying about things that might never come. – Time Out the Austrian way!
This year, we invite you – and your audience – to experience a winter filled with happy moments around the clock, a memorable time you will still think about in many years. Winter Holidays the Austrian Way! © Oesterreich-Werbung_Christoph-Oberschneider
Tirol boasts over 80 ski areas and 3,000 km of skiable land, from expansive and famed resorts to local hidden treasures. 300 ski school programmes and hotels designed with children in mind make it an ideal destination for family holidays, while spotlessly maintained slopes, thrilling off-piste and terrain parks ensure winter sport fun for skiers of all abilities and preferences. Warm up in cosy hut with farm-to-fork Tiroler Gröstl and sweet Kiachl while planning tomorrow’s adventures with your friends and family. No matter how you spend your holidays here, you’re always guaranteed a warm Tirolean welcome.
© Innsbruck-Tourismus, Daniel-Zangerl
In Innsbruck, skiing meets sightseeing, and urban amenities are combined with the world-renowned winter sports facilities of the Olympia SkiWorld. Every day is a new adventure – holidaymakers in Tirol’s capital are truly spoilt with choice! The SKI plus CITY pass gives guests access to no less than 13 ski areas with a total of 308 km of pistes, 111 lifts and cable cars, many of them accessible right from the heart of the city. Away from the slopes, 22 sightseeing and cultural activities await, from the Bergisel ski jump to the Swarovski Crystal Worlds and the alpine zoo. Families with children will especially value the huge variety of winter adventures.
© Innsbruck-Tourismus, Klaus-Polzer
The Arlberg region ranges from Tirol to Vorarlberg and is home to five legendary holiday spots: Sporty St. Anton, Lech, famous for its award-winning restaurants, popular ski hideaway Zürs, historic St. Christoph, and family-friendly Stuben all combine winter fun with Tyrolean charm. Often dubbed the „cradle of alpine skiing“, this is a place where everything is top-notch. Arlberg is one of the snowiest regions of the Alps, the largest connected ski area in Austria (more than 300 km of marked ski runs and 87 lifts) and one of the top 5 worldwide. Skiing has been part of the locals‘ everyday day life here for more than 100 years – holidaymakers can look forward to an authentic winter experience with a tad of luxury.
One of the largest linked, cross-border ski areas in the Alps, Ischgl and its neighbouring resorts Galtür, Kapp, and See give holidaymakers the full Alpine luxury experience. The resort features 364 km of snow-sure slopes (up until early May), 45 state-of-the-art gondolas and chairlifts, and thrilling off-piste freeriding. Winter sports enthusiasts can take their pick from countless four and five-star hotels, while foodies will enjoy dining at a different award-winning restaurant every night of their stay – Ischgl, home to more toque-awarded restaurants than any other destination in Austria, has been named the Tyrolean gourmet mecca by Gault-Millau restaurant guide “A la carte”. Need a break from the slopes? Try the luxury spa Silvretta Therme.
Ski-Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau
Four mountains, two valleys – one big winter adventure for the whole family! Ski-Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau, less than one hour away from Innsbruck and home to Austria’s “most beautiful village” Alpbach, ranks among the most child-friendly ski resorts in Tirol. Skiers and snowboarders can look forward to 113 km of slopes (with plenty of options for all skill levels, including complete beginners, and designated pistes just for children), 45 lifts, 10 ski schools, snow parks and picturesque untouched nature. Special adventures include early morning and night skiing, co-piloting sessions on piste bashers, tobogganing, and the Top of Alpbach, featuring an observation tower, a restaurant, and a platform with stunning panoramic views.
© Ski-Juwel-Alpbachtal-Wildschoenau, Shootandstyle-com
Gurgl in Tirol’s Ötztal valley sits amid snow-covered three-thousanders and scores with its snow-sure pistes, premium ski-in/ski out hotels, gourmet restaurants, and international flair – it has turned into an inside tip for holidaymakers cherishing the bright sides of life. Skiers can look forward to 112 km of pistes, 25 lifts and literally no waiting times to get whisked up the top of the mountains. And there’s more: The Ötztal Super Skipass includes 5 additional winter resorts (Sölden, Hochoetz-Kühtai, Niederthai, Gries and Vent). Can’t get enough of the fun in the snow? Try early morning skiing and floodlit night skiing and tobogganing. Last but not least, Gurgl is also a popular spa destination, meaning skiers can relax their muscles in style after a long day on the slopes.
© Oetztal-Tourism, Alexander-Lohmann
SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental
SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental, just one hour from Salzburg, Innsbruck, and Munich, unites nine mountain villages and is an award-winning XXL region: It’s one of the largest, most modern, and sustainable ski resorts in the world! Featuring 270 km of groomed slopes and 20 valley descents, it has been powered by 100% green electricity for more than 20 years and has had one of the first solar-powered lifts in Austria since 2008, making it both a fun and sustainable resort. SkiWelt is also home to Austria’s largest night resort (13 km!). New in 2023/24: The sign-posted SkiWelt Tour taking skiers and snowboarders around the whole region without having to take a single lift twice. It can be taken clockwise (69 km) or anti clockwise (84 km).
© SkiWelt-Wilder-Kaiser-Brixental, Tim Marcour
If you like superlatives, Zillertal is a go-to place in winter. The valley – consisting of the ski regions Fügen-Kaltenbach, Zell-Gerlos, Mayrhofen-Hippach and Tux-Finkenberg – boasts 544 km of slopes and the steepest run in Austria (max. gradient: 78%). 180 modern cable cars and lifts take guests up to 3,250 m above sea level in no time. And the best thing? The Zillertal Superskipass gives unlimited access to all of this, and includes ski buses and public transport on top. Plus, the snowy fun in Zillertal doesn’t end with the groomed pistes: The ski region is also a hotspot for freeriders! Add the cross country and winter hiking trails, the traditional huts, family-run hotels, and adventures like the Hintertux Nature Ice Palace and Zillertal makes holiday dreams come true.
© Zillertal-Tourismus-GmbH, Bernhard-Huber
Almost endless pistes, snow-covered slopes and a fascinating landscape. The Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn offers skiing fun at the highest level. With 270 kilometres of ski slopes, it is one of the largest ski areas in Austria. Beginners, families and experts can use 140 km blue, 112 km red and 18 km of black slopes. With 70 cableways and lifts, more than 60 cosy ski huts, numerous snow parks, a freeride park, floodlight slopes and toboggan runs, Salzburg’s skiing region is one of the most diverse and best ski areas in the Alps.
© Saalbach.com Christoph Johann