Austria is synonymous with idyllic scenery, warm hospitality, and of course skiing ! The home of countless ski resorts, Austria offers a wealth of choice when it comes to winter sports and activities.
The wide range of ski resorts might, at first, seem daunting but with perfect conditions throughout the season at practically every resort, it’s actually quite difficult to make a bad choice. Having said this, it always helps to get some recommendations to avoid leaving too much to chance.
Here’s our pick of three of the best Ski resorts near Salzburg:
As part of the Dachstein-Tauern ski area with access to over 41 pistes, Schladming has a lot to offer those of us looking for a ski resort close to Salzburg. The resort is about an hour drive from the airport and well known as a short trip destination. The skiing is mostly suited to intermediate skiers and snowboarders but there are a few runs to suit beginners and numerous opportunities for the advanced skier. The accommodation in Schladming is varying in both budget and luxury, top hotels, ski chalets, and bed & breakfasts are all available in or close to the village itself and with 35+ mountain huts/restaurants you’re sure to find something to suit your palate.
Some activities/amenities around Schladming include
- Swimming pool
- Floodlight night skiing/boarding
- Bowling alleys
- Ice Skating & curling
- Sleigh rides
Where is Schladming resort
For more info on see www.schladming.at.
With a season that runs from the end of November right through to the beginning of May, Obertauern at just an hour drive from Salzburg, is a ski resort that provides great skiing for the average skier and numerous off-piste opportunities for the more adventurous. The chance of being on the slope directly from your bed is one not to be missed and with the majority of accommodation in Obertauern promising just that, it’s easy to see why this ski resort’s hotels, ski chalets, and catered apartments are often fully booked. The ski lifts of Oberatuern are ingeniously arranged so that you can ski every slope clockwise and return to your starting point. Over 63 pistes give you a total length of 95km of runs and with most suited to intermediate skiers and boarders, it’s a pretty easy ride.
Some of activities in Obertauern include
- Fantastic off piste close to the slopes
- Treasure Hunts for kids
- Freeriding and freestyle lessons
- Ice climbing
Where is Obertauern resort
For more info on see www.obertauern.com.
Zell am See
This historic town of Zell am See dates back to the 13th century and has a decidedly traditional feel that the pedestrianized streets add to. The town has many attractions in both the Winter and Summer seasons so the tourist infrastructure is excellent and well established as are the lodgings available.
As with most Austrian ski resorts with luxury ski hotels, self catered and catered apartments, along with ski chalets for couples and groups are all available in the town or close by. The skiing is primarily in the Schmittenhöhe ski area above the town which has 77km of slopes but Zell am See is partnered with Kaprun under the Kitzsteinhorn mountain which means you get almost double the ski area for your lift pass including access to a glacier where you can ski 10 months of the year.
With so many pistes available there is something to suit skiers and snowboarders of any level and some free-riding and off piste for the experts. This ski resort is often considered a perfect location for families but it’s lively bars and restaurants ensure that groups of singles will also enjoy the resort.
Some of the town’s attractions and activities include
- Great cross country skiing trails
- Indoor pool and sauna
- Vogt Tower, said to be over 1,000 years old.
- Historical town walks
Where is Zell am See resort
For more info on see www.zellamsee-kaprun.com.
Ski near Salzburg airport
With so many resorts to choose from in the vicinity of Salzburg airport, you are certainly spoiled for choice, but rather than taking a slight gamble on your choice of ski resort, choose one of the above resorts and you’re almost guaranteed a skiing holiday to remember. These resorts are on the bigger side, have more runs and are at higher elevations.
|Contributed by Ciarán mcEneany – a travel writer for the Austrian ski holiday guide. Ciarán loves to ski and snowboard when the lifts are open – his favourite resort is Whistler resort in BC, Canada.|