Most resorts are small and very scenic, and quite low on the slopes, however this can cause problems with the surety of snow falls. There are some outstanding glacial areas though if it’s height you desire, notably Hintertux, Obergurgl, Obertauern and Ischgl.
If you are into swanky upmarket style ski resorts, Austria does provide only a few choices, Lech and Zurs would be your main destinations. Families and groups will favour the Niedierau, Westerndorf and Albach. However if you are chasing the crowds and party lifestyle it’s best to try out the bigger Austrian resorts of St Anton, Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Ischgl and Solden.
No matter which area you choose Austria has a good reputation for good comfortable accommodation. Hotels of three and four star rating are the most popular, but chalets and self catering apartments are many and varied as well.
The best value accommodation in Austria is the family run guest house, where you an assured of being really well looked after. A word of warning though Austria is not big on the credit cards, so check before you go and be prepared with wads of cash.
Another positive for Austria is the car friendly roads and entry to most resorts. So don’t be afraid to drive or hire a car, the main highways are good and well marked.
The largest ski area in Austria, that are covered by super passes, are Carinthisi, in the southernmost Province and borders Italy and Slovenia; Ski Aade is also one of the worlds biggest and covers 25 resorts, with 270 lifts and 860km of runs; Salzburger Sportwelt is a three valley linked system covering 200km of runs.
Austria and the people here will captivate the tourist skier with the warmth and friendly manner, the emphasis in Austria is more on what happens after the skis come off, so by mid afternoon the bars and restaurants start on some raucous drinking, partying and singing, so there is always lots of fun to be had in Austria.
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