Why Ski in Austria Next Winter?

We are asking some of the Alpine and Scandinavian countries to tell us, in their own words, what makes a ski holiday so special in their region. Next we hear from Austria.

Alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snow hiking and dining on regional delicacies can be found in many places around the world.

So, what makes a winter holiday in Austria unique?

We hear direct from the Austria National Tourist Office, ANTO:

The Tirol, Austria

The Tirol, Austria. Image © PlanetSKI

It is the Austrian way of life that sets us apart from other countries.

In Austria, enjoying things together is very important, people get involved in the here and now.

Such moments are precious and are gladly shared with the guests.

After all, their desire for real relationship experiences is at the top of the list in the post-Covid age.

Holidaymakers want to be mentally touched while travelling and feel connected with people and nature – authentically and openly.

Austria and its hosts can passionately fullfil the guests’ expectations of unforgettable experiences on a winter holiday and of being integrated into the culture.

This creates moments full of liveliness, with the family or with friends.

That is “Winter in Austria”.

Soelden, Austria. Image © PlanetSKI

Soelden, Austria. Image © PlanetSKI

Gentle winter magic and romantic ski resorts in Austria Winter in Austria means immersing yourself in the beauty of the landscapes, getting moving and feeling the alpine lifestyle together.

This connection and mindfulness with nature can be experienced particularly intensively in small-structured alpine villages.

The spark of enthusiasm soon ignites as soon as guests get involved in this way of life during their holiday.

Austria’s ski resorts and winter sports villages conjure up a winter atmosphere.

This is ensured by the mix of snow-covered mountain panorama and historic village centre in many ski resorts and regions.

Gurgl, Tirol. Image © PlanetSKI

Gurgl, Tirol. Image © PlanetSKI

Skiing for beginners and returning skiers

In Austria’s ski schools, beginners are in good hands:

The experienced ski instructors and the gentle ski areas make sure of that.

Returning skiers feel just as comfortable here as advanced winter sports fans – with a fantastic mountain panorama and the most beautiful peaks.

People in Austria have always known and loved the snow and their mountains.

Skiing therefore has a special tradition that winter guests love to immerse themselves in.

The exhilaration on the slopes on an ice-cold sunny day, the view of the panorama of snow-covered mountain peaks, the visit to the hut and the traditional Kaiserschmarrn – all this is part of one of the legendary ski days on a winter holiday in Austria.

Ski Welt, Tirol, Austria. Image © PlanetSKI

Ski Welt, Tirol, Austria. Image © PlanetSKI

Well-developed pistes and cable cars as well as a modern infrastructure round off the pleasure.

Warmth and hospitality are values that distinguish Austrian hosts and make a winter holiday in this country so special.

Austrian cosiness usually plays a role – almost a philosophy that brings people closer together.

It warms body and soul, literally at the ski hut with delicious classics like Kaiserschmarrn, Käsespätzle or Speckknödel.

St Johann, Tirol. Image © PlanetSKI

St Johann, Tirol. Image © PlanetSKI

The anticipation of the joint “Einkehrschwung” during an eventful day of skiing is great.

Unstrap your skis and snowboards, take a seat in the cosy parlour or on the sun terrace.

And for good measure: the view of the imposing mountains.

Skiing in Austria. Image © PlanetSKI

Skiing in Austria. Image © PlanetSKI

Sustainability in winter holidays Clear mountain air, impressive panoramas, winter sports with passion – winter and skiing holidays in Austria’s Alps are legendary.

To keep it that way, many things are currently changing for a sustainable winter holiday.

But how can we reconcile climate protection and a skiing holiday?

If you want to be close to nature, you can do a lot for it.

There are many criteria to pay attention to in order to contribute to sustainability and climate protection:

  • Choose sustainable ski resorts
  • Book environmentally certified hotels
  • Spend a winter holiday on an organic farm
  • Plan your journey by train
  • Use sustainable mobility in the ski resort
  • Hire ski equipment (with eco standards)
  • Stay on the piste
  • Enjoy regional, seasonal and organic
  • Try out Slow Winter activities

For more about skiing and snowboarding in Austria then see here.

Tirol, Austria

Tirol, Austria.
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Next in this series we will hear from Norway about what the Scandinavian country offers.

We’ve already heard from the Tirol on what makes its region so special.

Innsbruck. Image © PlanetSKI

Innsbruck. Image © PlanetSKI

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