Austria is a fantastic holiday destination for beginners and intermediates who like to ski and then enjoy one of the most raucous après-ski scenes in the world. With some great glaciers and up to date snow-making facilities, many resorts have snow from early in the season until late – some glacial resorts offer summer skiing as well.

The Austrian resorts are sympathetic to their surroundings so you won’t find the imposing apartment block feel of many French resorts here. The accommodation available in hotels, guest houses and catered chalets are all normally good value and of a dependable standard.

Après-ski starts early here and it isn’t unusual to see people settled into a bar by 3 or 4pm, particularly at those places that start to pump out loud music around then.

Resorts

Skier in Alpbach mountains, Austria

Alpbach

A charming medieval town with varied ski terrain, perennially popular with Brits

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Hintertux ski area

Hintertux

Excellent year-round, snowsure glacier skiing with lots more terrain nearby

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Ischl ski area

Ischgl

Party hard, ski hard in this lively, snow sure, high altitude resort

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Kitzbuhel Austria skiing

Kitzbuhel

A vibrant and picturesque medieval town with decent slopes for all

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skiers in Lech ski resort

Lech

A swish resort for the rich, with masses of snow and a great range of pistes

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Mayrhofen cable car, Austria

Mayrhofen

A wallet-friendly mountain town with soul, party spirit and great skiing

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Obergurgl mountain view ski

Obergurgl

High, snowsure, pretty and tranquil – no wonder Obergurgl books out

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Skiing in Saalbach

Saalbach

Big and effective, with pistes for all and Austrian charm too

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Schladming ski area

Schladming

A relaxed, easily accessible valley town with everything you need

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Skiing in St Anton, Austria

St Anton

Deep snow, expert skiing, and legendary nightlife. Don’t expect to come home rested!

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Ski jump

Zell am See-Kaprun

A pretty, lakeside, mountain town with sunny slopes for all and a glacier next door

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Mountain view, Zurs, Austria

Zurs

Snow, snow, snow, and rich people who are here to make the most of it

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