7 best ski resorts in Austria

Top 10 ski resorts in Austria

Austria's top 10 ski resorts

Here you can roll until you completely lose energy, never repeating the same descent in one day, there are pistes of different levels of difficulty, and the “after-ski” parties – for all tastes and wallets. None of the resorts are similar to the other, each has its own characteristics, its own charm and charm. We present you the top ten greatest ski resorts in Austria for the 2013/2014 season.

10. Mayrhofen

The ski resort of Mayrhofen, so beloved and popular among Russian tourists, fully offers action & fun: the famous après-ski in Brück´n Stadl, where you can pour four pints in a record 11 seconds, and discos in Snowbombing. If you count only the ski area above Mayrhofen, the size and length of the slopes she takes the 10 th place in Austria. Meanwhile the altitude difference is the biggest in the top ten: the tracks are located between 620 m and 2,250 m above sea level. The length of groomed slopes is 133 kilometers – from the easiest blue ones to the legendary “anthracite black” Harakiri, the steepest slope in Austria, which has a slope up to 78%. Whoever has descended the Harakiri is glad to buy a T-shirt in a nearby store with the inscription “I survived Harakiri”.


– Length of slopes: 133 km;

– The price of a ski pass: €47 per day;

– The resort will appeal to après-ski fans, outdoor enthusiasts and extreme skiers.


– Austria’s steepest piste and a 10-kilometer descent into the valley;

– new high-speed chairlifts with wind shields and heated seats;

– VansPenkenPark in Mayrhofen;

– après-ski until 2 a.m.

Bare numbers:

– 1,880 meters of elevation change;

– Snowbombing Festival from April 7 to 12, 2014;

– Especially for those who get out on the mountain early in the morning: on certain days, the elevators start at 7 a.m.

How to get there:

By car: A12 autobahn, turn at the Zillertal sign, 30 km on the B169 to Mayrhofen.

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By train: any international train with a stop in Jenbach, where you change to the Zillertal train, which takes you to Mayrhofen for €7.

9. Zillertal Arena

139 kilometers of groomed pistes, eight ski schools, countless cafes and much more await ski and snowboard lovers in the Zillertal Arena. In the mountain restaurants serve food prepared exclusively from local products. In Zell am Ziller, freeskiers and snowboarders can enjoy the first-class Action-Park Kreuzwiese snow park, and in the evening you can go sledging on the 7-kilometer rodelbahn, which is lit up until 1 a.m.


– Length of slopes: 139 km;

– the price of a ski pass: €46.50 per day;

– the resort will appeal to beginners, snowboarders and cross-country skiers.


– Ski and snowboard schools for kids and adults, ski nursery;

– Action-Park for snowboarders;

– Traditional gastronomy in mountain huts and sledding until 1 a.m.

Bare numbers:

– Zillertal Arena ranks 4th in Austria for the number of elevators (1 pendulum, 10 gondolas, 22 chairlifts, 14 rope tow elevators, 2 training elevators and 3 transporter-type elevators. Most of the ropes in recent years has been reconstructed);

– The largest ski area in the Zillertal, ideal for families.

How to get there:

By car: Take the A12 motorway, turn at the sign for Zillertal, 20 km on the B169 to Zell am Ziller.

By train: Any international train with a stop in Jenbach, where you will change to the Zillertal train, which will take you to Zell am Ziller in 40 minutes. Then by free (if you have a ski pass) buses to the chosen place.

8. Alpbach-Wildschoenau

145 kilometers of wonderfully groomed slopes, 24 mountain cafés and restaurants and exciting valley parties: following the merger of the two neighbouring resorts of Alpbach and Wildschönau last year, the Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau is now one of Austria’s top ten ski resorts. 32 km of “blue”, 78 km of “red” and 18 km of “black” pistes run in all directions from the peaks Schatzberg (1,903 m) and Wiedersberghorn (2,128 m), and three snow parks offer ideal conditions for practicing tricks.

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– Length of slopes: 145 km;

– The price of a ski pass: €41 per day;

– The resort will appeal to families with children, beginners and already advanced lovers of skiing and snowboarding.


– Wide, spacious slopes ideal for honing your carving technique downhill;

– stable snow cover during the whole season;

– great opportunities for freeride-beginners – off-piste routes and slopes with natural hillocks;

– Race´n´Boarder Area – speed-measured trails.

Bare numbers:

– 7 gondola-type elevators, 8 chairlifts and 31 rope tow elevators, plus children’s elevators;

– 8 ski schools, including children’s ski schools, ski daycare and babysitting.

How to get there:

By car: turn to Kramsach from the A12 autobahn, after 8 km park at the bottom station of the Wiedersberg cable car (Alpbach). You can reach Wildschönau by turning off the A12 at the Wörgl-Ost sign and driving 9 km.

By train: You can get to Wilderschönau by international train with a stop at Wörgl station. From the station, local buses leave every half hour to Oberau for Wildscheonau. If you have a ski pass, the bus is free.

7. Sölden

The most important thing about Sölden is the guaranteed snow. Of all the ten largest ski regions in Austria, the ski area in Sölden is the highest – up to 3,330 m above sea level. However, going downhill won’t be too much of a problem either – snow cannons take care of that. Some trails end right at the après-ski bars – you can rest after skiing in Sölden until the morning.


– Length of slopes: 150 km;

– The cost of ski passes: €48 per day;

– The resort will appeal to fans of noisy après-ski.


– Snow guarantee from October to May;

– après-ski parties in the bar Fire and Ice until 3 am;

– Ski World Cup circuit on the Rettenbach Glacier, speed-measured trails with automatic video recording;

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– Hannibal Show performance at Rettenbach Glacier in April.

Bare numbers:

– One 3S-lift (with three carrying cables), 7 gondolas, 16 chairlifts and 9 rope tows;

– 80% of easy and medium difficulty trails;

– 28 km of “black” trails and a 2 km ski-route.

How to get there:

By car: turn from the A12 autobahn at the sign for Öztal, 35 km on the B186 to Sölden.

By train: You have to make a number of transfers to the station Ötztal. There is a shuttle bus leaving from the station every hour, the trip to Sölden will take 90 minutes.

6. Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel is one of the legendary and famous ski resorts in the Alps. This year it celebrates the 120th anniversary of the first ski descent from the summit of Kitzbüheler Horn. Equally legendary are the Hanenkamm races – World Cup skiing competitions on the Straif downhill course, one of the most difficult and dangerous. Kitzbühel is just 125 km from the international airport in Munich and 80 km – from the airport in Salzburg. The network of pistes and elevators on the surrounding slopes starts at about 2,000 meters above sea level.


– Length of slopes: 170 km;

– The price of a ski pass: €47 per day;

– The resort is best suited to well-skiing skiers, lovers of good food.


– In January, during the World Cup (January 21 to 26, 2014), not only the elite of skiing, but also the cream of society, and not only Austrian, meet here;

– The Straif downhill course with a maximum gradient of 85%;

– many après-ski points, as well as gourmet restaurants;

– for ski touring and off-piste skiing lovers – 230 km² of Kitzbühel’s mountain space.

Bare numbers:

– 32 km of marked but unprepared slopes (ski-route).

How to get there:

By car: A8 motorway in the direction of Salzburg, turn towards Kufstein, exit the motorway at the sign Kufstein Süd, the B178 in the direction of St. Johann in Tirol, the B161 in the direction of Kitzbühel. From Munich in 2 hours, from Salzburg in 1 hour 40 minutes.

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By train: a couple of changes from Munich, the lower station of the cable car to Hahnenkamm is three minutes from the station.

5. Lech/Zurs and Warth/Schröcken

The Vorarlberg Lech is probably no less famous than the Tyrolean Kitzbühel, especially since both are on the list of the best alpine resorts according to Best of the Alps. But in the 2013/2014 season Lech and its neighbor Zürs have become even better for skiing. The fact is that now, thanks to the construction of the new Auenfeldjet elevator, there is a link with another ski area – Wart/Schröcken. The surrounding slopes Wart / Schröcken are the most snowy in Austria: here for the year falls up to 15 meters of snow. Thus, a total of 47 elevators and 190 km of prepared slopes in the combined region Lech / Zürs-Wart / Schröcken. And taking into account the Tyrolean St. Anton and St. Christoph, the ski area around the Arlberg Pass increased to 340 km, equipped with 34 elevators.


– Length of slopes: 190 km;

– Ski pass price: €48 per day for the Ski Arlberg card – enables skiing not only in the Lech/Zürz-Wart/ Schröcken region, but also on the Tyrolean side of the Arlberg – St. Anton, St. Christoph, Stuben and Sonnenkopf. Wart/Schröcken has its own regional ski pass;

– the combined resort is best suited to well-skied skiers, families with children and freeriders.


– The new Auenfeldjet elevator, which connects the two resorts, carries passengers in both directions;

– The guests of the Wart/ Schröcken can now access the 22 km “Der Weisse Ring”, which connects most of the slopes in Lech;

– numerous off-piste descents are much appreciated by advanced skiers.

Bare numbers:

– 84% of the region’s slopes are easy to moderately difficult;

– 30 km of slopes are “black”; there are also 10 km of marked but not groomed trails.

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How to get there:

By car: Take the motorway from Innsbruck, follow the Arlbergstraße, turn at the sign Langen am Arlberg. The Wart/Schröcken can be reached via Reutte and then through Lechtal, the Rhine Autobahn to the Dornbirn-Nord/Bregenzerwald turn-off, then through Bregenzerwald. In all cases it is advisable to have wheel chains in the luggage compartment, as this region is often very snowy. The road between Lech and Wart is closed in winter, so you can’t get to Wart by going through the Arlbergstrasse.

By train: The main thing is to go to Langen am Arlberg station, from where there is a bus to Lech (it takes 20 minutes). To Wart/Schröcken you can take the Austrian OEBB trains with a stop in Dornbirn, where you have to change to bus number 40.

4. Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis

The three tourist centers, linked by cable cars and ski trails, form a single region of Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, which is located on a plateau at an altitude of 1,200-1,400 m above sea level. The area for skiing or snowboarding reaches an altitude of 2,820 m and ensures the availability of snow throughout the winter season. However, not only the advantageous geographical location pleases the guests of all three villages, but also the exceptional opportunities for comprehensive outdoor activities. It even has its own subway – unique in the whole of Tyrol. Moreover, the resort offers a huge area of children’s ski schools, kindergartens and nurseries. Surrounded by the mountains of the Ötztal Alps and Zamnaun, Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis not only has 196 km of groomed slopes, but also an arsenal of attractions such as snow biking, ski-fox, scooter and snaker, as well as many spectacular festivals and shows under the common name of Wintertainment.

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