The Best Ski Regions in Austria
Snow-covered pine forests, perfectly groomed slopes, cosy huts and fresh mountain air - a day of skiing in Austria is simple and pure fun. We have compiled a list of the 10 best skiing areas in Austria for a perfect winter holiday for you and your family.
The Nassfeld ski region in Carinthia offers a variety of surprises for young and old alike. You can access 110 km of perfectly groomed ski slopes with 30 modern lifts and enjoy magical views of this gorgeous snow-covered landscape. Bask in the rays of sunshine on the terraces of 25 cosy huts and let the friendly innkeepers spoil you with hearty culinary delights. If you want to feel like a ski pro for a day, then the Ski Movie track is for you! You can prove your skills either in giant slalom or with friends in parallel slalom on two closed slopes. For those who just can't get enough of skiing fun, night skiing is also available with bright floodlights illuminating several runs. Snowboarders and freestylers can show off their tricks, jumps and somersaults in the well-developed snow park with different levels of difficulty. From small jumps to challenging wall rides to tricky rails - here you will find everything for an adrenaline rush.
And that's not all Nassfeld has to offer:
"The Snake" - piste, fun park and cross in one - attracts many visitors every year who want to test their skills and enjoy new challenges.
And at the end of the ski day?
You can spend the evening by relaxing in the numerous après-ski locations, bars and huts nearby.
Here's a tip if you'd like to spend a fantastic day skiing with the whole family - the Kreischberg ski region in Styria. The award-winning "Family Ski Area of the Year" offers its visitors 60 kilometres of slopes and 14 lifts. The new 10-seater gondola lift, which went into operation for the first time in 2021, is an investment that has paid handsome dividends. Long queues are no longer a feature here because the transport capacity has been doubled from almost 2,000 people/hour to 4,000 people/hour. The Kreischberg ski area is particularly suitable for children and beginners. You might meet elephants and lions on the new “KreiSchi Safari” adventure tour. If you've had enough of skiing, you can even go "tubing" down the slope in a tire - a fun alternative for people of all ages. There is even a speed track if you'd like to go for timed races with friends. The Kreischberg ski area is one of the best-known freestyle hotspots for snowboarders and freeskiers. The Snow park is the “playground” for freestyles offering around 45 different features. For those looking for an adrenaline rush, there is a Freestyle Training Center down in the valley which is equipped with an airbag. After a fun day of skiing, you can relax in one of the warm restaurants serving delicious and hearty fare.
Our tip: The new EAGLE Panorama Restaurant with a fantastic view of the entire ski area.
The winter paradise of Obertauern is located in the middle of the Salzburg region. With around 100 kilometres of pistes, 26 modern lifts and a fun park, there's something for every ski enthusiast. It is very popular among families with children and beginners because of its many blue slopes. But the more challenging descents and freestyle ski slopes in powder snow also attract many off-piste skiers and professionals. The large selection of après ski bars is also perfect for a fun holiday or parties with friends.
Ischgl - also known as the Ibiza of Austria - is the most internationally renowned ski resort in Austria frequented by celebrities and boasts a wide range of events and many party venues. With 202 kilometres of pistes, it is one of the largest ski areas in Austria. 45 modern lifts take you to pistes of various levels as well as to numerous snow and fun parks. The "Smuggler's Tour" is a popular tour with three levels of difficulty - bronze for beginners, silver and gold for the more experienced. The tour which takes you around the ski area takes about four hours. Ischgl is also famous for the annual "Top of the Mountains" event featuring international stars including Robbie Williams, Jason Derulo and Helene Fischer. A real party hotspot with many après-ski options as well!
Our tip: The "Kuhstall-Hütte" is one of the area's most famous après-ski locales. You might even bump into the odd famous athlete or celebrity here!
In Sölden there is a suitable slope for skiers of every level. Whether you are a beginner, an advanced skier or a pro you will find your favourite descent among the 144 kilometres of pistes in Tyrol's Ötztal. 31 modern lifts will whisk you off to a variety of pistes. The Giggijoch is very popular with families and beginners because of the wide and easy pistes. The Rettenbachferner and the Gaislachkogel are a bit more demanding and the Hainbachjoch with its many black slopes pose a challenge even for professionals. Sölden and the Ötztal in Tyrol are known for their "BIG 3" - the three 3000m mountains - and the two glacier ski areas. The fantastic range of après-ski locales are also worth mentioning. From fancy luxury bars to traditional huts and simple party barns, there is a wide variety of options for partying in Sölden. The highlight of the year, however, is the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Opening, which takes place every autumn at Rettenbachferner.
Kitzbühel is known for the world-famous "Streif". It is the most demanding slope as the gradient is 85% in some places. But Kitzbühel also offers plenty of opportunities for beginners and fun-seeking skiers to let off steam on the 230 kilometres of pistes. Choose from 57 lifts to whisk you up you to the top of the mountains. The Kitzbüheler Horn with the KitzSki Family Park is particularly suitable for beginners and amateur skiers. The Funslope there offers many opportunities for fun to both children and adults alike. The "Brunn" is the perfect descent for advanced skiers who like to ski in deep snow. There are also two great snow parks in Kitzbühel where freestylers and snowboarders can display their tricks. A variety of après-ski locations round off the offer with more than 60 restaurants to explore and relax in with friends and family.
Ski Amadé includes 25 ski resorts in Salzburg and Styria and is the largest and most diverse ski area in Europe. Flachau is part of one of the ski areas of the Ski Amadé ski association. With 45 modern lifts you can get up the mountain in minutes and go skiing on 120 km of groomed slopes on varied routes and with different levels of difficulty. Flachau is also home to the women's Ski Alpine Worldcup. A women's World Cup race takes place here every year and you can challenge yourself on the "Hermann Maier World Cup course" at Grießenkareck. There are options for downhill racers where you can do timed descents just like the professionals. For more leisurely skiing, we recommend the panoramic route "Space-O-Rama". For beginners there is a separate practice slope in the valley and great family runs. The best-known après-ski bars are the Dampfkessel and Fliegenpilz, but there are many other party locales in Snow Space Salzburg.
The 4 mountains ski area including the mountains Hauser Kaibling, Planai, Hochwurzen and Reiteralm is the largest ski area in Styria with 123 kilometres of slopes and 47 lifts. Whether for families, young party goers, freestylers or professional skiers - there is a suitable slope for everyone. Around the Kaiblingalm there are many easy blue slopes that are perfect for families and beginners. Children and adults also enjoy the Funslopes. Hopsi the mascot also has his own slope where children can make their first turns. Superpark Planai offers the perfect opportunity for freestylers and snowboarders. The annual night slalom of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup also takes place in Planai where men compete for victory on the floodlit piste every winter.
Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn is one of the most diverse ski areas in Austria. 70 modern lifts, 270 km of slopes and 60 cosy ski huts offer the perfect conditions for a fantastic skiing holiday. The snow parks and freeride parks are perfect for snowboarders to practice their skills. You can even go skiing in the evenings thanks to the floodlit slopes that allow night skiing on several runs. There is also a toboggan run that gets you down to the valley comfortably and quickly.
TIP: The FIS Alpine Ski World Championships 2025 are scheduled to take place in Saalbach. Definitely worth a trip!
The Arlberg ski area is the oldest in Austria and is a paradise for winter sports. A gigantic ski area featuring 305 kilometres of pistes, 88 lifts and four snow parks awaits visitors. A winter dream that includes the three large ski regions of St. Anton, Lech and Warth-Schröcken. For a leisurely family trip, we recommend the Warth-Schröcken region. St. Anton is just the place for those who want action and relaxation rolled into one. Here you will find opportunities for professional winter sports and a variety of après-ski hotspots. Celebrities and members of European royalty spend their winter holidays in the Lech region and you might just end up sharing a lift with one of them. For a unique experience, you could also try heli-skiing in the Arlberg ski area. A helicopter takes you to the top of the mountain, where a unique descent awaits you. The “White Ring” route is well known and comprises a 22 km long ski circuit going through the towns of Lech, Zürs, Zug and Oberlech in the Alps.
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