Winter Vacations in Austria – Magical Blend of Sports and Pure Indulgence

Your dream winter getaway is closer than you might think! Austria is a haven of reliable snowfall, breathtaking landscapes, warm hospitality, and top-notch facilities, from lively après-ski “watering holes” to major international sporting events. A winter holiday here means experiencing the magic of the Austrian Alps like never before.

At ALPS RESORTS, we’ve got everything you could ever want from a ski vacation. Picture this: staying in accommodations right next to the ski slopes and indulging yourself however the moods takes you with our exclusive private wellness amenities.

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Chalet 149 Westendorf by ALPS RESORTS
Chalet 149 Westendorf by ALPS RESORTS
Living area Penthouse Hahnenkamm   Dorfresort Kitzbühel
Kitchen and dining area Penthouse Wilder Kaiser   Dorfresort Kitzbühel

Skiing in Austria – A Time-Honored Tradition

With over 40% of its landmass above 1,000 meters in elevation, Austria's rich skiing heritage is likely a surprise to no one. In fact, you see and sense it practically everywhere you go. Cozy mountain huts serving up traditional fare keep you well-fed and happy. Winter traditions come to life and are celebrated all around you. And for decades, Austria has been a magnet for top athletes, hosting an array of international winter sports events.

Guaranteed Snow for Your Austrian Winter Vacation

Climate change has made snow an increasingly rare sight in many of the lower mountain ranges. But thanks to the higher elevations of the Austrian Alps, there’s no need to worry in that regard. Expect nothing less than pristine winter sports conditions during your ski holiday, with many pistes also serviced by snowmaking equipment. And on certain glacier ski trails, you can even ski in August – now that’s most definitely a dream come true.

Popular Ski Regions in Austria for Families, Beginners, and Pros

Whether you’re hitting the slopes with the kids or chasing new sporting achievements, Austria’s ski regions cater to it all. Take Ski Amadé, for instance, extending roughly 760 km across Styria and Salzburg, including the famous 4-Mountain Ski Area in Schladming. From practice hills to snow parks, fun slopes, and pistes rated “blue” to “black”, everyone quickly gets into their personal skiing groove here. And who knows, you might even cross paths with a world-famous ski star .

Convinced? In that case, book now and start packing! At ALPS RESORTS, we make it even easier with our practical ski holiday packing list.

More Winter Sports Activities on Your Austrian Holiday

Looking for a change of pace from those thrilling downhill runs? Austria’s off-piste winter activities are equally as diverse. Ever considered cross-country skiing, for example? The Austrian Alps are full of fantastic opportunities, including alpine cross-country ski trails that promise boundless variety.

Exhilarating Sledding Expeditions

Sledding is a delightful way to whoosh from the mountaintops down to the valley. This winter sport is particularly popular with younger vacationers. The Austrian Alps offer plenty of thrilling opportunities in this regard, not least because we are most definitely talking about mountainsides and not molehills!!

Popular Winter Sports from Ice Stock to Snowshoeing

Ice skating, ice stock, winter hiking – whichever you choose, the wintry Alpine world is very much your oyster. Snowshoeing, especially, is trending right now. It's your chance to explore nature off the beaten track for yourself. Here you can check out your equipment needs for snowshoeing.

Superlative Winter Holidays in Austria: Welcome to Kitzbühel!

If your motto is “go big or go home”, then Kitzbühel is your clear choice of destination. This swanky, internationally renowned winter resort captivates with its unique vibe.

Every year, around 100,000 guests flock to the legendary Hahnenkamm Race in Kitzbühel, including a cavalcade of famous celebrities. Watch in awe as top athletes tackle the Streif – one of the world’s most dangerous and steepest ski runs. Don’t miss out on other winter highlights either, like the Snow Polo World Cup and the horse races on snow, highlighted by five harness races and even one day of sleigh racing.

Exceptional Sporting Offers and Exclusive Accommodations in Kitzbühel

With 288 km and 233 km of pistes respectively, the Wilder Kaiser - Brixental and KitzSki ski areas promise virtually endless fun in the snow. Add to that 70 km of cross-country ski trails, unique features like an indoor curling hall, and a 20-meter-high ice climbing tower. Kitzbühel’s food and cultural scene is brimming with must-dos, so also plan in some time for extensive après-ski enjoyment.

The holiday homes and apartments at our Dorfresort Kitzbühel, featuring a luxurious-yet-traditional country style along with an extensive wellness area, ensure a high-end vacation experience that couldn’t possibly be any more beautiful. Other top addresses include our Kitzbühel Suites Oberndorf and the luxury holiday apartments of Chalet 149 Westerndorf.

Exclusive Holiday Homes and Apartments in Austria by ALPS RESORTS

At ALPS RESORTS, you’ll find perfect self-catering accommodations for your winter escape. Our holiday homes and apartments boast ideal ski-in/ski-out locations right by the slopes in Austria.

To help you unwind completely after a “hard” day on the slopes, we offer stunning  accommodations with pools (hot tubs, indoor and outdoor whirlpools, swim spas) as well as  accommodations with saunas (steam sauna, Finnish sauna, infrared cabin). Some of these are located inside our resort's common wellness areas, or you might even be able to enjoy private wellness amenities exclusively right there in your own accommodations.

Relaxation, Space, and Privacy – Your Vacation at ALPS RESORTS

Our spacious apartments and chalets give you the opportunity to spread out and spend your day however you please. Here with us, you will enjoy the privacy you need to feel almost like you do back home. Our fully equipped kitchens are perfect for cooking traditional dishes with local ingredients. Panoramic terraces invite you to enjoy breathtaking sunsets and those starry skies over the mountain peaks.

Our team is always available to assist you, from booking inquiries to any questions that crop up. Once you are here, we will give you valuable tips on the children’s ski schools we recommend, along with our secret suggestions for cultural and culinary hotspots in the area.

Can I bring my dog with me ?

We are more than happy to welcome your four-legged friend by prior arrangement. Learn more about ski holidays with a dog in our article on that very topic.  

What's the best time for a guaranteed snowy winter vacation in Austria?

Most ski areas offer reliable snow and skiing conditions from late November to early April, supplemented by manmade snowmaking coverage on many pistes, along with a number of glaciers that can be skied practically year-round.