Snowboarding in Zell am See-Kaprun © Zell am See-Kaprun Tourismus / Crystal Ski


When the first snowflakes fall from the sky, covering the mountains with a blanket of white, the Austrian landscape becomes charmingly transformed.

Although mountains, snow and fresh air are not unique to Austria, Austria scores particularly highly on its atmosphere, hospitality and the quality of its infrastructure. Some of its resorts may be at lower altitudes than elsewhere in Europe but they ooze charm and personality. Snowmaking means snow cover can generally be relied on throughout the season while, in recent years, Austrian cable car companies have invested a great deal in infrastructure resulting in some of the most efficient lift systems in Europe. On top of this, Austria is also more affordable than you may think, with prices for eating and drinking consistently below many of its Alpine rivals.

The Austrian Alps also attract their fair share of summer visitors looking to hike, cycle or simply drink in the fabulous mountain views. With the majority of its resorts nestled in valleys, getting around by road is relatively easy, although winter tyres are compulsory from November to mid-April. Alternatively transfers are available from the country's airports at Innsbruck, Salzburg, Graz, Vienna, Linz and Klagenfurt while a number of good value train tickets and passes make rail travel a good alternative for some resorts. Check out our maps to see how to get to your resort.

Resort Altitude Range Vertical Drop Lifts Kms of Downhill Piste Cross Country Glacier
Annaberg-Lungottz 780-1620m 840m 23 70km 10km No
Bad Gastein/Bad Hofgastein 840-2300m 1460m 40 215km 90km No
Bad Kleinkircheimn 1100-2055m 955m 26 103km 50km No
Ellmau 620-1955m 1335m 90 280km 196km No
Heiligenblut 1300-2900m 1600m 12 55km 12km No
Hintertux 1500-3250m 1750m 21 60km 18km Yes
Hopfgarten 620-1890m 1270m 90 280km 170km No
Ischgl 1380-2870m 1490m 45 238km 100km No
Kaltenbach 600-2200m 1600m 35 150km 40km No
Kitzbuhel 800-2000m 1200m 50 170km 46km No
Lech 1450-2450m 1000m 47 180km 20km No
Matrei 980-2620m 1640m 15 110km 5km No
Mayrhofen 630-2500m 1870m 55 140km 20km Yes
Nassfeld 610-2000m 1390m 30 110km 300km No
Obergurgl 1800-3080m 1280m 24 110km 12km No
Obertauern 1630-2315m 685m 26 100km 26km No
Saalbach-Hinterglemm 840-2095m 1255m 70 270km 12km No
St Anton am Arlberg 1300-2811m 1511m 38 122km 40km No
Schladming 745-1900m 1155m 25 115km 250km No
Solden 1350-3250m 1900m 33 144km 15km Yes
Soll 620-1955m 1335m 90 280km 196km No
Stubai 1750-3210m 1460m 22 62km 2km Yes
Tropolach 610-2000m 1390m 30 110km 300km No
Westendorf 620-1890m 1270m 91 279km 170km No
Zell am See Kaprun 760-1970m 1210m 26 77km 50km Yes
Zell am Ziller 1370-2500m 1130m 51 143km 39km No

Austria Alps Gallery

Left to right: St Anton am Arlberg ©TVB St. Anton am Arlberg / Josef Mallaun; Snow-covered landscape around Lake Zell ©Zell am See-Kaprun Tourismus / Faistauer Photography; Night falls on Zell am See ©Zell am See-Kaprun Tourismus / Faistauer Photography; Snow shoe hike beneath Kitzsteinhorn ©Zell am See-Kaprun Tourismus / Faistauer Photography

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