Skiing is a pastime enjoyed by millions in all different forms. The general concept is to attach long runners or skis to boots or shoes on the feet and uses them to travel on top of snow. Skiing is a past time as well as a competitive sport, it is also used as a form of fitness and has been used in the military. Many types of competitive skiing events are recognized by the International Olympic Committee, and the International Ski Federation. Skiing can be dated back to be before 5000 B.C where drawings depict a skier with one pole, located in Rødøy in the Nordland region of Norway. The word “ski” itself is one of a handful of words Norway has exported to the international community. It comes from the Old Norse word “skíð” which means split piece of wood or firewood.
Austria is known for its Beautiful Scenery, Wonderful Villages, Tasty Austrian Food and Skiing. There are many Ski areas throughout Austria that are worth visiting and spending some time to explore. From the large cities of Innsbruck to the small villages of Alpbach, Austria has a Ski Area for all people and of all Skiing Levels. Below is a number of Ski Resorts in Austria that we would recommend visiting. If you are lucky enough to visit any of the Austrian Ski Resorts below, please let us know your experiences and send us your pictures to share with others.
Alpbach is a village in Western Austria in the state of Tyrol. Alpbach is a well known ski resort and its quiet pistes are well groomed and provide beginner to intermediate runs with lots of off pistes as well as unpatrolled route 5 which is popular with the more advanced skiers. Alpbach is also more popular with skiers than snowboarders due to the lack of extreme off piste…
Ellmau is a municipality in the district of Kufstein in the Austrian region of Sölllandl. It can be found 12 km southeast of Kufstein as well as 9 km west of Sankt Johann in Tirol. It is located at an elevation of 820 m above sea level. The village is a very popular vacation resort both in winter and summer. In winter a variety of winter sports are possible on the local pistes….
Filzmoos is a town within the district of St. Johann im Pongau in the state of Salzburg,Austria. Its main income comes through tourism: skiing in winter and hiking in summer. The town is approximately 1 km above sea level. Filzmoos sits below the Gosaukamm mountain range and the mountain nearest to it is called the Bischofsmütze (Bishop’s Mitre), so named due to the shape of its peak…..
Galtür is a village and ski resort in the upper Paznaun valley in Tyrol (Austria). Located in the Central Eastern Alps 35 km southwest of Landeck near the border of Vorarlberg andSwitzerland. There are 40 km (25 mi) of perfectly preparedpistes and a varied selection of slopes to explore. Galtür is a family-friendly ski area. Most ski slopes range from easy to medium difficulty…..
Hintertux (1,500 m AA) lies furthest up the valley at the foot of the Hintertux Glacier (one of the most popular summer skiing regions in Austria), and is surrounded by mountains and glaciers. It consists of hotels, guest houses and scattered farmhouses. In Hintertux are the highest thermal baths in Europe, with their various mineral springs.
Innsbruck is the capital city of the federal state of Tyrol (Tirol) in western Austria. It is an internationally renowned winter sports centre, and hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics as well as the 1984 and 1988 Winter Paralympics. Innsbruck hosted the first Winter Youth Olympics in 2012
Ischgl (1377m) is a small village in the Paznaun Valley in Tyrol Austria. Its ski resort Silvretta Arena Ischgl-Samnaun is connected with the ski resort of Samnaun across the border in Switzerland. Together this ski area belongs to the largest skiing resorts in the Alps…
Kitzbühel is one of Austria’s best-known resorts, situated between the mountains Hahnenkamm (5616 ft, 1712 m) and Kitzbühler Horn (6548 ft, 1996 m). The Hahnenkamm is home of the annual World Cup ski races including the circuit’s most important event, the downhill race on the famous Streif slope
Lech am Arlberg (1,444m) is a mountain village (population: 1635, 30 June 2010) and an exclusive ski resort in the Bludenz district of Vorarlberg, in western Austria, on the banks of the river Lech. In terms of both geography and history, Lech belongs to the Tannberg district. In tourist terms, however, it is part of the Arlberg region. Lech is administered together with the neighbouring villages of Zürs, Zug, Oberlech and Stubenbach
Mayrhofen is a town in the Zillertal (Ziller river valley) of Tyrol, Austria. It is located approximately an hour from the Tyrolean capital city of Innsbruck. The town offers a variety of summer and winter sports including skiing, hiking, mountain biking and paragliding. Mayrhofen is situated near the Hintertux glacier, which, at 3250m above sea level, is above the snowline. Skiing is available all year round here
Obergurgl is a village in the Ötztal Alps in the Austrian state of Tyrol.Obergurgl forms part of the ski resort area of Gurgl/Hochgurgl and lies at the southern end of theÖtztal Gurglertal valley, the longest side valley off the Inntal valley. It is a popular hiking area during the summer, with hanging valleys to the east that lead over into the Italian province of South Tyrol
Saalbach-Hinterglemm is a municipality in the district of Zell am See (Pinzgau region), in the Austrian state of Salzburg. It is well known for its skiing and other winter sports. A three piste network consisting of Saalbach, Hinterglemm and Leogang is located in the municipality. From the 22nd of January to February 1991 the Alpine Ski World Championships took place in Saalbach Hinterglemm
Sölden is a municipality in the Ötztal valley of Tyrol, Austria. Sölden is also a popular ski resort and regularly hosts the first World Cup races of the season; a giant slalom for both men and women is usually scheduled for late October on the Rettenbach glacier. The Ötztal Glacier Road, is the second highest paved road in Europe. It is the access road from Sölden to the Rettenbach glacier and Tiefenbachferner glaciers in the Ötztal Alps
Söll is one of the principal ski-holiday villages of the region Ski Welt Wilder Kaiser. It is located beneath the conical Hohe Salve peak, the highest point in the ski area. The Hohe Salve also offers black and red classified ski runs as well as ski routes from the top lift station. The Hohe Salve has a church located on its peak as well as a mountain restaurant that features a revolving terrace, offering a panoramic view of the region
Sankt Anton am Arlberg, commonly referred to as St. Anton, is a village and ski resort in Tyrol, western Austria. Skiing has a long history in St. Anton: ski instructors from the area emigrated to America in the 1930s, helping to popularise the sport. St. Anton was the host of the Alpine World Ski Championships in 2001
Westendorf is a municipality in the Kitzbühel district and is located 13.70 km west ofKitzbühel as well as 12 km southeast of Wörgl in the Brixental valley. The community is a popular ski resort as well as a popular location for Summer tourism especially for excursions and walking-tours
Après-ski comes from the French for “After Skiing” but is now used universally and refers to the socializing that is popular after a days skiing ends. When the sun goes down is when the ski resorts come alive and enjoying a steaming mug of hot Chocolate laced with rum or a glass of hot Gluhwein whilst watching the sunset over the snow covered mountain peaks is a memory which will last a life-time.
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