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The picturesque villages of Austria offer wide, quiet slopes, fantastic après ski and all with a contagiously friendly atmosphere. Austria's alpine villages were around long before the first ski lifts cropped up, which is why even the largest of 'villages' such as St Anton still have traditional centres. Austrian's are justifiably proud of their skiing heritage; St Anton not only held the first downhill races but also formed the first ski school in the early 1900's!

Continuous investment over the last few decades has ensured this wonderful sense of history is now delivered via an incredibly modern infrastructure and hi-tech snowmaking systems. And with wellness practically a national pastime expect plenty of saunas, steam rooms and spas, a welcome indulgence after a day on the slopes - in the more traditional hotels they may expect you to shed your clothes, don't say we didn't warn you.

The quality of the ski areas, a diverse range of accommodation options and a friendly welcome, deliver a fantastic experience together with the Austrian's inimitable sense of fun and frivolity. And with the short transfer times from Innsbruck and Salzburg airports, short ski breaks to Austria are some of the most popular amongst flexiski customers.

Why we love ski holidays to Austria

- Traditional centres in every resort, they were villages well before the ski lifts arrived.
- The wellness culture means you'll most likely find a steam room or sauna lurking around the place.
- The locals; far friendlier than France and they love a good time.
- Great value for eating and drinking in resort.
- Short transfer times for all resorts, perfect for short ski breaks & holidays.

Worth knowing

- The saunas and steam rooms are often nude, you can still take a towel.
- The lower slopes can be susceptible to thawing during the very early and late season.
- Some of the liveliest après is straight off the slopes.

Our favourite Austrian resorts

Best for lively après ski - St Anton is the perennial après hot spot, with bars such at the Mooserwirt it really isn't surprising. However, Mayrhofen, Saalbach and Kitzbuhel aren't short of dancing either.
Best for short transfers - If you fly to the right airport, every resort in Austria can be reached in under 1 hour 30 minutes. We'd go for Schladming and Kaprun.
Best for beginners - Both Kaprun and Zell am See offer a wonderful array of easy slopes and more still to progress onto. St Johann is a good bet too.
Best for intermediates - Obergurgl's high altitude slopes offer the perfect conditions for ambling around but Kitzbuhel's are almost exclusively for the intermediate skier. Schladming and Saalbach are also perfect playgrounds for intermediates.
Best for the adventurous - St Anton's back-to-resort runs can be challenging but Mayrhofen has the Harikiri run which will really test your nerve.

Resorts in Austria
Bad Gastein
Bad Gastein

An Austrian gem. With a large ski area, a charming medieval town, thermal spas and a couple of lively bars, Bad Gastein is a must visit.

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Kaprun
Kaprun

Kaprun is a laid back skiing town offering snow sure, high altitude glacial slopes through to the middle of July.

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Mayrhofen
Mayrhofen

Mayrhofen is a cult favourite among regular skiers, with countless runs and amazing apres to keep you entertained after the slopes close down.

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Saalbach
Saalbach

Saalbach offers 270km of piste, good accommodation choices, a typically Austrian feel, short transfer time & good apres - well worth a look!

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Schladming
Schladming

Situated close to Salzburg, Schladming sits at the foot of a 4-Mountain ski area, offering plenty of options for beginners, intermediates & families

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St Anton
St Anton

St Anton ski weekends provide arguably the best apres ski in the world. This lively resort in the Arlberg ski region has a huge ski area.

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Zell am See
Zell am See

Zell am See is a beautiful resort where the mountains meet the lake, with a lively town and including access to the snow-sure Kaprun glacier.

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