Ischgl is one of our favourite ski resorts. Located in the Austrian Tirol, Ischgl boasts a wonderful ski area with pistes for all abilities, a lively après-ski scene and a picturesque village. Everything you need is a short walk away, the centre is traffic-free, and the skiing is accessed by three gondolas all positioned at strategic points along the resort. This lift system is actually the best we’ve seen in Europe. Ischgl is a very lively resort after the skiing has finished; the après-ski here is world-class. In fact, we struggle to pick between Ischgl and St. Anton – which is high praise indeed!
We feature a small collection of catered ski chalets and chalet hotels here in Ischgl, all of which are a short walk from the village and pistes. Ischgl is a ski resort everyone should visit, even if it costs a little more than you might usually spend!
Lech is a picturesque ski resort located in the centre of the Arlberg ski area. An old farming village with a beautiful riverside location, the farm buildings have since been replaced by swanky upmarket hotels and eateries, making Lech a place in which to be seen.
The skiing is incredible, with a gentle and flattering ski area as well as some wonderful runs for experts. The Arlberg ski area actually covers Lech, St. Anton, Zurs, Stuben, St. Christoph and Sonnenkopf on one ski pass, although many of them are not linked by lift. The après-ski and nightlife in Lech is more subdued than neighbouring St. Anton, and is more hotel bar based.
We feature chalet hotels in the centre of the resort, and smaller chalets in ski-in ski-out locations. There are also a couple of chalets in a small village called Zug, a short bus ride from Lech.
Mayrhofen is a very lively and popular ski resort in the Austrian Tirol with great après-ski and nightlife. The resort is charming (with restrictions on buildings meaning it maintains a traditional feel), friendly and a great choice for skiers looking for a cheaper alternative to the French mega resorts. Energetic après-ski, a thirst for music and some fantastic restaurants make Mayrhofen a particularly great place for group ski holidays.
The ski area is superb, and more than large enough for a week’s holiday. There are 139 kilometres of runs for all abilities, with reliable snow and a long season. Mayrhofen is also home to the steepest slope in Austria, the Harakiri. Experts, rejoice!
We feature a small selection of catered ski chalets and chalet hotels in Mayrhofen which offer superb value for money.
Obergurgl is a high altitude ski resort in the Austrian Tirol – in fact, it’s one of the highest resorts in Austria. As such, it attracts skiers in their droves looking for a snow-sure alternative to the French mega resorts – but that’s not the only reason dedicated skiers keep coming back.
This quaint (despite being purpose-built) ski resort is incredibly popular thanks to its village ambiance and family-friendly atmosphere. In fact, Obergurgl has an almost cult-like status amongst families. It might not be as lively as some of its close neighbours but the quieter, more intimate nature is the main reason why people go back to Obergurgl year after year.
We feature a very sought-after catered chalet that’s perfect for one family, and a larger, very family-oriented chalet hotel.
A high altitude Austrian resort offering snow surety and high quality slope-side accommodation. The skiing is fantastic and geared more towards families and beginners to intermediates.
This resort is one of those “hidden gems” that hasn’t really appeared on the radar of many skiers. We hope it remains that way because that is part of the resorts’ charm. It’s hard to beat as an option for families because of the perfect skiing and quality hotels at decent prices.
Saalbach and Hinterglemm
Saalbach and Hinterglemm are two lively resorts at the heart of the Ski Circus, one of the largest ski areas in Austria. These energetic resorts tend to attract crowds looking as much for something to do after the skiing as they are for the skiing itself. Saalbach tends to be the livelier of the two, whilst Hinterglemm focuses more on the skiing and accommodation side of things. They are well linked, meaning guests staying in the quieter resort of Hinterglemm can easily get to the après-ski on offer in Saalbach.
The skiing is superb, especially for intermediates, but it is at a low altitude so the resort is an unreliable choice for early season or anything past mid-March. The lift system is amazing; very modern and reliable, so bottlenecks are not that common unless you are visiting in peak season.
We feature a (very rare!) ski-in/ski-out catered ski chalet in Saalbach.
Solden is one of the liveliest ski resorts in Europe, a place where the après-ski and nightlife is a lot of raucous fun. Located in the Austrian Tirol with just a short transfer time from Innsbruck, the resort is a sprawling affair, spread out in linear fashion along the main road. There is a good feeling of space…but Solden won’t win any beauty contests. The main reason we love it is because you still feel like a tourist here. Don’t assume English will be spoken in all the bars, so brush up on a spot of lingo before travelling!
The skiing is great for all abilities and it’s glacial, offering skiers and snowboarders a snow-sure, beginner-friendly ski area. The high-altitude skiing is mainly over 2000m, making Solden a great choice for an early or late season ski trip.
We have one chalet hotel here that is well located for ski access and offers excellent value for money.
St. Anton is perhaps Austria’s most famous ski resort, a pretty town in the Arlberg area famed for its Tirolean charm, reliable snow, and awesome après. It’s a lovely resort in a traditionally alpine environment, and is full to the brim with fantastic ski chalets, energetic nightlife to say the least, and superb skiing. St. Anton doesn’t disappoint, and thousands upon thousands of skiers and boarders flock here every year.
With a good snow record, 305 kilometres of marked ski runs, an extremely efficient lift system, slopes for all abilities, 200 kilometres of off-piste and snowboard parks, the biggest connected ski area in Austria really does have something for everyone.
We feature a wide range of ski chalets in St. Anton. Whether you want to have quick access to incredible skiing or to be close to the lively après-ski for which St. Anton is famed, there’s a chalet to suit you.