Austria Ski Holidays
Austria is the country of birth of our famous founder, Miss Erna Low, and it was her passion for the Austrian mountains that drove her to found her own company which flourishes to this day. And you can imagine why – whilst she lived in England in the 1930’s teaching German to young English students, she dreamt of skiing in her home country and started taking friends with her – which she quickly grew into her own business.
Imagine beautiful picture perfect Alpine villages and you may well have an image of an Austrian ski resort in mind. Whilst the average resort altitude might be slightly lower than in neighbouring France, the snow conditions are generally excellent and their après-ski is legendary. But there are still beautiful majestic mountains with their highest mountain being 3,798 meters – and lower Austrian ski resorts have invested heavily in snowmaking.
Austria's famous après-ski
Austria’s famous “Gemütlichkeit” hospitality concept revolves around the idea of feeding guests well and entertaining them well during the day and the evening. For the young at heart, the après-ski party usually starts well before the lifts close and often involves dancing on tables whilst sampling some local beer or other speciality beverage.
Others are drawn to ski holidays in Austria because of its family orientation. Many learned to ski there and return as the accommodation is usually of a high standard. Many hotels have been run by the same family for decades and offer a genuinely warm welcome where returning guests are treated as old friends. When skiing in Austria you can rest assured that the hotels are beautiful welcoming hotels – the architecture is mostly traditional in all ski resorts. Many of the resorts are equally popular in the summer and are therefore thriving communities throughout the year.
Skiing in Austria
Excellent modern ski lifts allow access to vast ski areas – many of the ski areas are linked, allowing you to benefit from a huge amount of skiing. For example, if you decide to ski in St Anton, you will also benefit from skiing beautiful picturesque villages such as St Christoph, Lech, Zug, Zurs and Stuben – joined together, these villages make up over 300 kilometers of slopes. Or you could try skiing the massive SkiWelt which includes Söll, Scheffau, Ellmau, Westendorf, Brixen and Going – offering 284 kms of slopes and an endless choice of runs.
As well as beautiful mountain peaks, you can enjoy the clear blue lakes and pure air – Austria is well known for its spas and wellness culture – so you can enjoy skiing and spa-ing at the same time. Bad Kleinkircheim, the home of Franz Klammer, offers a perfect Austrian skiing and spa break with indoor and outdoor thermal pools to soothe away any aches and pains picked up on the slopes.