5 ski resorts near Salzburg

We're taking a look at some of Austria's ski resorts with the shortest transfers from Salzburg airport. Ski resorts in this area of Austria are beautiful; from huge frozen lakes dominating the landscape to pastel coloured buildings lining the cobble town centre, glacial wonderlands and natural thermal waters. It's a spectacular area of the country to ski in and of course, being in Austria, the après ski is lively straight off the mountains - perfect for a piste side party before heading for an early night to get the most skiing possible.

Speaking of the most skiing possible. Short transfers from airport to ski resort are essential if you want to get the most out of your time in the mountians. Flying into Salzburg the runway is often flanked by snow throughout the winter season, you're so close to the mountains. But which ski resorts are closest to Salzburg airport and which will get you from plane to piste in the quickest time possible.

Skiing near Salzburg

Although Salzburg is Austria's second largest international airport it's still not a massive place and getting through customs is normally a breeze. That being said flight's do tend to be in the mornings so whilst this is great to ski on your arrival day it means if you want to ski on your departure day then you'd be better of taking the longer transfer to Munich for your return flight. Below we're looking at the ski resorts closest to Salzburg airport based around our most popular transfer days and time (Wednesday and Sunday mornings around 10am) - which resorts to head to if you want to be on the slopes by lunch time on your arrival day.

Our 5 closest ski resorts to Salzburg airport:


ski resorts near salzburg airport, St Johann, Austria

St Johann - Austria

Sandwiched between two impressive mountain peaks, St Johann is a buzzing year round town with medieval squares rammed with bars and restaurants at its centre. The snow is reliable with mostly North facing slopes and the proximity to Salzburg makes it a perfect weekend retreat.

Best for - beginners and intermediates looking for peak to town cruising
Stay at the 4* Kaiserfels to be right at the base of the slopes with a gondola next door

  • Transfer time - 1hr 5mins
  • Resort height - 670m
  • Highest point - 1,604m
  • Ski area - 43km
  • 3 day lift pass - £125
ski resorts near salzburg airport, Bad Hofgastein, Austria

Bad Hofgastein - Austria

There's a slower pace of ski holiday in Bad Hofgastein. Teeming with natural thermal waters it's all about the spas here and there's no shortage of them. The skiing is geared towards cruising the red runs all day with wide open slopes at the peak and tree lined runs around resort.

Best for - intermediates who like a little relaxation with their cruisy skiing
Stay at the 4* Hotel Das Alpenhaus with an extensive spa and central location

  • Transfer time - 1hr 10mins
  • Resort height - 860m
  • Highest point - 2,685m
  • Ski area - 200km
  • 3 day lift pass - £149
ski resorts near salzburg airport, Zell am See, Austria

Zell am See - Austria

The Instagram king of ski resorts with a frozen lake, horseshoe shaped mountain and cobbled medieval centre - it's a dramatic backdrop for a stunning ski area. The town is full of life with plenty going on, on and of the slopes and less than 90 minutes from Salzburg airport.

Best for - an all round ski holiday, great slopes, galcier up the road and a buzzing atmosphere in town.
Stay at the 4* Grand Hotel right on the lake for some pretty special winter views

  •  Transfer time - 1hr 20mins
  • Resort height - 755m
  • Highest point - 3,030m
  • Ski area - 138km
  • 3 day lift pass - £140
ski resorts near salzburg airport, Kitzbuhel, Austria

Kitzbuhel - Austria

Arguably the most beautiful ski town in Europe, Kitzbuhel is overspilling with charm. The cobbled streets are lined with pastel coloured buildings and there's some impressive mountain heritage here. It may demand a price tag not to be sniffed at but you certainly get your money's worth from the food, mountain restaurants and foot stomping bars to the quiet spas and castle like retreats.

Best for - having the picturesque ski town with great intermediate skiing to boot
Stay at the 4* Hotel Kitzhof for a stylish stay with fantastic views

  •  Transfer time - 1hr 25mins
  • Resort height - 760m
  • Highest point - 2,000m
  • Ski area - 179km
  • 3 day lift pass - £145
ski resorts near salzburg airport, Kaprun, Austria

Kaprun - Austria

90 minutes from Salzburg aiport you can be skiing on a glacier by lunch on your arrival day. Kaprun is  the closest ski resort to the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier with super snow sure, high altitude skiing and there's a smaller ski area in town. The town is small and based around te 13th century castle and spired church and i you're looking for more of a party atmosphere then the bus links to Zell am See are frequent and included on your lift pass.

Best for - high altitude, snow sure glacier skiing - most slopes are intermediate friendly
Stay at the 4* Tauern Spa for a whole world of relaxation to come back to eac day

  •  Transfer time - 1hr 30mins
  • Resort height - 785m
  • Highest point - 3,030m
  • Ski area - 138km
  • 3 day lift pass - £140

If you like the look of any of the above resorts near Salzburg airport then give our ski specialists a call on 0208 939 0862 and they can take a look at what's available and will suit you best for your ski break.


Skiing in any of these ski resorts will give you the shortest transfers possible and get you to the mountains in record time:

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