Skiing in Austria

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Austria is absolutely a skiing paradise. Thousands of kilometers of perfectly prepared ski routes offer superb skiing conditions for every skier – no matter whether you look for an easy slope, allowing long and wide curves or a really difficult route that will let you rush down the hill leaving mists of fresh dust behind you.Those, who prefer free-ride in deep snow or skiing on wild slopes with a local skiing guide will definitely not be disappointed. However, should your skills be insufficient on any stage of your skiing adventure, extremely well trained skiing instructors and mountain guides are there to help you. A perfect service – Austrian skiing schools and Austrian skiing instructors are well known for their great quality all around the world.

Even if the winter does not bring enough snow, the most modern and environment friendly snowing systems are able to prepare the routes and guarantee skiing in perfect conditions. However, every pleasure needs some innovation. Whoever gets bored with fun-carving or free-ride, they can easily try other recently trendy activities. Austrian ski resorts are extremely well equipped for this. Various vehicles, like snow scooters, snow bikes or so-called snow-fox are easily accessible in most of the resorts. Snowboards, similar to skateboards are also very popular in recent years. Those, who prefer extreme sensations can try a ride down the slope in pontoon or rolling downhill in a big sphere. On the other hand, the old saying of skiers and extreme sports lovers is still up to date: “Whoever climbs up on the top of the mountain will finally get back to the valley.” True, but in Austria – with pleasure!

Ski Facts

Austria is the birthplace of the ‘Après-ski’, and after an exhilarating days skiing what better way to relax than with a warming glass of Gluhwein  in front of a roaring log fire. There are many ski resorts around Austria and as the mountain areas are already so inhabited with picturesque villages,the resorts are authentic Austrian villages with all the amenities needed to make your winter break perfect. Most of the ski resorts offer free shuttle buses around the resort for ski-pass holders. You can improve your skills with experienced instructors, there is tuition available for all levels from beginners to experienced skiers just needing a little help with technique. For a days skiing off piste in the powdery soft snow, book an experienced ski guide available from most Austrian ski schools.

All the Austrian ski resorts have everything you need to enjoy your holiday in the snow, from skis, boots, poles, toboggans and snowboards for hire. While some resorts offer ski clothing for hire, this is not widespread and it is therefore better to have the appropriate clothing with you when you arrive.In some Austrian provinces (Salzburg State, Upper and Lower Austria, Styria and Carinthia) young skiers till the age of 15 must wear a ski helmet while riding the slopes. In the Tyrol and Vorarlberg this is only a recommendation, although more and more people are now using helmets. Since most accidents result in serious head injuries it makes sense to protect your loved ones. Helmets can be hired from most ski resorts around Austria.

Markings for Ski Pistes:-
Pistes for beginners are marked in blue.
Pistes for intermediates are marked in red.
Pistes for advanced skiers are marked in black.

In most of the resorts you will find a local T.V. channel with up-to date information on the weather and skiing conditions.In Austria the ski season starts late November and lasts until April, but of course this does depend on the weather. If you plan to drive to Austria, please note that four winter tyres or snow chains is mandatory from 1st November to 15th April.

Tyrol – Innsbruck

Innsbruck names itself as the Capital of the Alps, and it is the perfect venue for those wishing to combine a city holiday with beautiful, scenic mountain skiing. With only one ski pass you can ski in 9 different resorts with pistes to suit all levels of ability. Transport to and from the pistes is simple with a free ski bus service to all stops, and with almost 300 kilometers of pistes available, there is surely enough to keep even the most enthusiastic skier busy. Take a ride on the Nordkette funicular and in 20 minutes you will leave the city behind and be able to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views across this wonderful Alpine region. Arlberg – The Ski Club Arlberg is recognised as one of the oldest and most influential ski clubs in the world. Its members have collected 54 Olympic and world championship medals since the club was founded.It is also a sensational ski resort comprising five charming and uniquely different alpine villages with 84 cable cars and chairlifts providing access to 280 kilometers of marked ski slopes and 180 kilometers of deep-snow runs. The villages in this region all offer first class skiing with wonderful apres-ski and gourmet cuisine. Each is unique and has its own charm. St.Anton. Lech. Zurs. St.Christoph.Stuben. Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis – With over 2000 hours of sunshine per year, this is the Tyrol’s sunniest ski resort.The resort is renowned as the best family ski resort in Austria, with many chill only zones and children’s activities, even those who are not ready for the slopes will find plenty to keep them occupied. Attractions include The Magic Carpet, the Dino Forest and the Fairy Tale Village. Children from 3 months will be lovingly cared for while parents can enjoy a break and a few hours skiing. The resort offers 190 kilometers of slopes and there is also the opportunity to do a little bit of night-time skiing under the stars.

Vienna

Hohe Wand-WieseVienna is the only Capital city in the world to hold a FIS World Cup Race (International Ski Federation), within its city borders. The piste is 400m long and has a slope incline of 25%, it is served by a t-bar lift. With snow cannons and floodlights, there is plenty of opportunity to do some night skiing. The season starts the day before Christmas (23rd Dec) and last until March, depending on weather conditions.

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