Ski Weekends - Austria
Ski weekends in Austria are perfect for skiers interested in soaking up the atmosphere and 'good cheer' of a traditional alpine village rather than crunching through the piste miles of charmless, high altitude ski station. The snow cover in Austria may not offer a five month season as in France or Switzerland but if you book during the mid season months of January, February or March you can enjoy everything that a ski weekend in Austria offers.
Ski resorts in Austria are generally lower in altitude compared to those in France or Switzerland but being further east they benefit from a much colder, continental climate. Weather patterns originate from freezing Russia rather than the warm, wet Atlantic which serves up the weather for France and Switzerland. So do not let resort heights of 800m - 1,200m put you off. The lower lying Austrian resorts are perfectly snow sure in mid winter.
Apart from the highest resorts of the Arlberg region which offer open terrain above the treeline the generally lower altitude slopes of Austrian ski resorts are wooded from top to bottom. The protection offered by the trees means that Austrian resorts are very rarely closed down as a result of bad weather, unlike resorts in France or Switzerland. This is important for a ski weekend when you might only be in resort for a few days/nights. In fact a snowy weekend in January will provide fantastic skiing conditions in Austria compared to a windswept blizzard of misery in the treeless high altitude resorts such as Tignes or Val Thorens in France, or Verbier in Switzerland.
Why take a ski weekend in Austria?
- Friendly atmosphere both in the hotels and in the resorts in general
- Welcoming and traditional mountain restaurants and hotels
- Fantastic après ski scene and resort atmosphere
- Short resort transfers from Innsbruck or Salzburg airports
Our top 5 resorts for ski weekends in Austria
There are plenty of good reasons to choose Austria as a ski weekend destination - short transfers, traditional resorts, welcoming hotels and atmospheric mountain restaurants.