Why not visit the bustling town of Kitzbuhel on your skiing holiday, in one of the most well known ski resorts in Austria. With a great choice of skiing and snowboarding locations which are ideal for all levels of ability from beginner classes to more advanced classes, perfect for family ski holidays. With a wide range of restaurants and après ski activities, this location caters for all.
Or head to the picturesque medieval lakeside town of Zell am See, perfect for après ski activities with a wide range of facilities and for skiers of all abilities with a variety of pistes to choose from. Other good ski resorts to try include; Soll, which is situated in the centre of the Ski Welt which offers great budget priced accommodation and over 250km of pistes or even head to Niederau in Wildschonau for the perfect location for beginner skiers.
Regardless of whether you visit the Austrian Alps in summer or winter there's always something to do. Thick white snow coats the mountains in winter ensuring perfect conditions for skiing and snowboarding. In spring and summer there are thousands of miles of walking trails to discover cutting through breath-taking mountain scenery.
Take a walking tour through the landscape of the Tirol region and discover the culinary delights of Austria, or enjoy hikes through alpine pastures and past mountain lakes and scenery. A wonderful way of seeing the snow covered mountains of the Austrian Alps is from a cable car ride such as the one in Kitzbuhel.
The snowy mountains of the Austrian Alps are the main attraction and offer a wealth of winter sports from skiing and snowboarding to ice-skating and tobogganing. There are attractive mountain villages to discover too such as medieval Zell am See and Kirchberg.
After spending the day whizzing down a mountainside, treat yourself to a much earned dinner in one of the ski resort restaurants. All of the Austrian Alps resorts have the choice of restaurants serving international cuisine as well as traditional dishes, so relax with a well-deserved local beer and slice of delicious Linzertorte.
Whether you prefer to stay in a peaceful and photogenic village such as the resort of Tirol or enjoy the glitz and glamour of Kitzbuhel, the one thing all the Austrian Alps resorts have in common is superb skiing and snowboarding for all levels of experience. After a thrilling day on the slopes relax with your loved one in one of the many resort and hotel spas where you can be pampered with a massage or enjoy a revitalising steam bath.
Take a day trip to the beautiful city of Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart, which lies just a few kilometres from the Alps. Make the most of your day in the city and spend the evening listening to beautiful music at Salzburg Opera House. Spend the day in Innsbruck, a picturesque city surrounded by mountains with plenty of museums and shops to explore as well as its cathedral and castle.
As well as countless ski resorts and miles upon miles of ski slopes and cross-country skiing opportunities, the Austrian Alps has beautiful national parks where, depending on the time of the year, you can go hiking and cycling through picturesque mountain terrain. Within a 90 minute drive of the heart of the Austrian Alps are the historic cities of Innsbruck and Salzburg.
The Activ Sunny Hotel Sonne is a stylish hotel close to Kirchberg in the stunning Kitzbuler Alps. The hotel has an indoor pool, a restaurant, bar and a wellness centre with a Finnish sauna, a solarium and a Eucalyptus steam bath. Just 10 minutes from Kitzbuhel is the Schloss Lebenberg, a luxurious hotel with a beautiful indoor pool, several restaurants, sauna and fitness room.
Both beginner and expert skiers will feel right at home in the Austrian Alps. Ski resorts like Kirchberg and Niederau have excellent facilities and ski schools for beginners to learn, while there are challenging red and black runs on Mount Schmittenhöhe in Zell am See. The Austrian Alps also have hundreds of walking trails through spectacular mountain scenery.
Discover the medieval town of Zell am See, which is located on the banks of Lake Zell and has fantastic skiing on Mount Schmittenhöhe and a snowboarding park, plus the nearby 12th century Kaprun Castle to visit. There are walking tours throughout the Austrian Alps, with the best being the hiking around the Zell am See-Kaprun area and over 15,000km of hiking trails within the Tirol region.
The picturesque resorts, particularly lakeside Zell am See, have a good choice of restaurants with lake views and delicious local and international cuisine. Enjoy the culinary delights of Austria and feast on traditional dishes including Schnitzel, sauerkraut and tafelspitz, a filling beef and root vegetable stew.
Holidays to the Austrian Alps aren't just about snow, ice and skiing. Experience the beauty of the Krimmler Waterfall, the highest waterfall in Austria and one of the highest in the world with three spectacular cascades. Located in the Hohe Tauern National Park the waterfall can be reached via a four kilometre long hiking trail.
The Austrian Alps are famous for perfect winter conditions with heavy snowfall and sunny days, ideal for a ski holiday in a family-friendly and popular resort like Kitzbuhel. Whether you've been skiing countless times before or want to teach the whole family how to ski, the Austrian Alps with its variety of slopes to suit all abilities is the perfect destination. Kitzbuhel has a fun park for snowboarders or let the kids have fun at one of the Alp's winter adventure parks.
It's not all about skiing in the Austrian Alps. Kick off the skis and spend a few hours in the resort centre hitting the shops and buying winter gear or local handicrafts to take home. Treat the family to a day trip to another ski resort to experience different pistes and aprés ski. Take an excursion from your ski resort to the historic and picturesque city of Salzburg and discover its architecture, restaurants and museums such as the Salzburg Open Air Museum.
After a long day on the slope, head to the resort centre for a hearty meal in one of the resort's restaurants. Tuck into typical Austrian food such Schnitzel and knödel that will fill you up after all that fresh mountain air. The resorts also have great mountainside cafés where the family can grab some lunch or a warming mug of hot chocolate in between skiing.
The Lifthotel in the Aschau valley has a ski lift just a short distance away that has access to the Kitzbuhel ski area. The hotel has a cosy pub with a real fire, a TV room, sauna and a children's playground. The Seehotel Freiberg is on Zell am See's lakeside and has comfortable accommodation and a complimentary shuttle service each morning to the ski lifts.