Anyone who follows the blog, will know we are avid skiers. However, apart from our one diversion to Whistler, we have only ever skied in France. I am thinking that maybe this year, we should dip our toes into skiing in Austria, and I have been browsing at potential holidays on this site
First and foremost, most Austrian resorts started life as farming villages, so they are high on the picturesque stakes. Secondly, the slopes are some of the most snow-sure in Europe. With five glaciers in Austria, it is actually possible to ski 365 days of the year!
But where is best to ski in Austria with children?
Obergurgl sits above the tree line, and is one of the most snow-sure resorts. The 112 km of runs are in the most, wide runs with snow making facilities, so you know you will be able to ski.
Obergurl has lots of family-friendly features with a natural playground at 2670 metres and a skier/snowboard cross course and terrain park, which the risk taking skiing kids will love!
St Anton will always have a place in my heart as it is where my husband proposed to me! Although famed for its ski boot-stomping apres ski scene, there is much more to St Anton. For families, apres ski isn’t about the bars, but the tobogganing, ice skating and swimming.
Meanwhile, the slopes offer a variety of nursery slopes for the beginners, whereas the more experienced skier has plenty to explore with 305km of marked ski runs.
Zell Am See
One of the prettiest resorts in Austria, this lake-side town is very popular for people skiing in Austria with children. With lots of skiing and ski schools for children to fin their ski legs, there is also plenty of challenging skiing for the more experienced parent needing their snow fix.
One of the most family-friendly attractions here is the Snow Night, which was every Wednesday night. Snow night is an extravaganza of free style skiing and fireworks – a great night out for everyone!
Alpbach has the reputation of being the prettiest village in Austria. Planning restrictions mean that buildings can only be constructed in traditional Austrian style.
The resort actively attracts families by offering family ski passes, in years gone by, under 15s have skied for free!
The emphasis is on traditional, and many of the mountain restaurants offer an family meal of fondu, then you can return to the village by toboggan!
Over the 240km piste runs, 140km are blue runs, which is perfect for kids learning to perfect those turns. You’ll also be able to get about the mountains with ease, as Saalbach boasts many high speed gondolas and chairlifts.
However, the adventure doesn’t stop off the skis, Saalbach boasts a 3.5km floodlit toboggan run – perfect for any thrill seeking family. However, if that is a bit too high-adrenalin for you, you can take a horse-pulled sleigh around the town at a more sedate pace.
Have you skied in Austria? Where would you recommend?
This blog post is collaborative, but all words are my own and images have been sourced from Pexels and Pixabay.