Skiing in the Austrian Alps
As the summer time already ended in Europe, after the fall will quickly come winter time. Many Europeans love winter, especially when it’s full of snow as they can go out and do some winter sports. So maybe it is the best time right now to think about your winter holidays.
There are many things to do when the temperature goes down to 0 °C, but probably the most famous one is skiing. And where else should you go skiing in Europe if not to the most visited and the most beautiful mountains – the Alps?
The Alps, being the Europe’s major range of mountains, give you the opportunity to choose what is the best for you. You can decide to go to the Italian Alps, or visit France, Switzerland, Slovenia or Austria which are the countries where the Alps span. Among the most popular ski resorts are those from Austria. If you don’t want to go on your own, then you can book your lovely unforgettable ski holidays in Austria with a travel agency. They will arrange everything you could need for a romantic, delightful skiing in magnificent scenery and on very good slopes.
Why is Austria so popular for skiing? A considerable area of Austria is the part of the Alps where the visitor’s main purpose is skiing and more skiing. Skiing in Austria is a national sport, a must. Together with its concerned industries, skiing makes up to 4.5 percent of the GNP of Austria. This is more than enough to show us the importance of this winter sport in Austria. The Austrian children usually start skiing around the age of 4.
And why to choose Austrian Alps? It is not just the fresh air and amazing sights they offer to their skiers, but most of all a very friendly atmosphere, traditional villages, very high standard of the accommodation and some of the best slopes in Europe. You have the chance to choose from the most visited and picturesque ski resorts, such as Ellmau right in the heart of Tyrol, Obergurl, Mayrhofen, St. Christoph, Alpbach, Igls jus 5 km from the historic Innsbruck, Filzmoos, St. Anton or the exclusive Lech.
Skiing in the Austrian Alps is a perfect winter holiday for all kind of skiers. Even if you just want to try skiing for the first time, there are plenty of ski schools to learn. Places like Alpbach or Obergurgl are great for the beginners. Intermediate skiers can enjoy, for example, ski resorts Söll or Ischgl. Are you an advanced skier? Then you should go to the ‘birthplace of skiing’, the Arlberg region with both on and off-piste (e.g. St. Anton is hugely popular). If you one of those enjoying challenging slopes, visit Lech or St. Christoph.
Coming with family and little children? Not a problem. Some ski resorts are very family friendly. Among them is Ellmau with a lot of free things for children and non-ski activities, too). Ellmau is the place of the longest cable railway as well so take a bit dramatic ride if you like some adrenaline. Alpbach, Filzmoos and Igls are open to families, too.
Glacier skiing, high altitude skiing, short transfers, sensational skiing with 7 metres of snow, tree-lined pistes, cross-country skiing, simply anything that fits you the best can be found in the Alps in Austria.
In case you would like to attend one of the many Ski and Snowboard festivals lining up there now, check out the Ski Festival Survival Guide first ;)