During the winter months, the world class skiing on offer pulls in the crowds to Austria. The Arlberg ski area (one of the largest linked areas in the world) is characterised by high sunny bowls and varied terrain. Home to the popular resorts of St.Anton, Lech, Zurs, Stuben and St.Christoph the slopes offer diverse runs for beginners and the more advanced. There are 200km of off-piste to enjoy on a luxury ski holiday here as well as deep snow ski runs and racing circuits.
Lech and Zurs nearby offer their own traditional charm; with good links to St.Anton they offer a family friendly atmosphere alongside an array of upmarket luxury ski chalets and hotels.
The ski area around Kitzbuhel is world-renowned and is home to the famous Hahnenkamm race. With 170km of pistes, there are plenty of options for all levels of skiers.
Best Places to Eat and Drink in Austria
The Austrians take their food and drink very seriously. Often traditional in style Austrian cuisine lends itself to hearty meals to warm you up after a day on the slopes, such as the local dish of Goulash. Offering great value, the service and hospitality in Austria is some of the best in the Alps. Stay in one of Firefly Collection’s luxury ski chalets with private chef and be greeted with delicious gourmet meals each evening, making the most of seasonal ingredients.
Renowned for their cakes and pastries, a luxury ski holiday in Austria would not be complete a slice of warm apple strudel or their famous Sacher Torte, both of which can be found in most cafes and restaurants. There are plenty of mountainside restaurants to stop for lunch, particularly in Kitzbuhel; the Panorama Alm offers plenty of alpine charm, an outdoor terrace and robust meat dishes.
Perhaps Austria’s most famous ski resort, St.Anton is as well known for its lively après as it is for it’s skiing. Party until the early hours in bars such as ‘The Mooserwirt’, or for a quieter night head to a cosy bar in St.Christoph.
The Top Ski Resorts in Austria
Austria boasts some fantastic ski resorts – some you will undoubtedly have heard of and some you may not know.
The ski resort of Lech in particular boasts one of the highest average snowfalls per year, giving great ski conditions during the season.
Oberlech, as the name suggests, is just up the mountainside above the resort of Lech, and is a ‘ski-through’ village. The road is partly hidden within the mountain itself, so skiers have the priority here. Skiers can ski right through this little village, stopping for lunch at one of the renowned gourmet restaurants for lunch.
The extensive ski area of Lech also links with the superb ski area around St Anton too, so skiers will have endless opportunities to ski different parts of the ski area during their luxury ski holiday in Austria.
St Anton is famous not only for its extensive ski area but also for its lively apres ski scene. There are some brilliant après-ski bars up on the piste which can get pretty noisy, as well as plenty of other bars and restaurants to suit all groups.
The quaint, pedestrianised central street provides a great focus for the pretty resort.
The smaller resort of St Christoph is well located in the Arlbeg ski area so gives good access to both the Lech and the St Anton sectors.
More well known is the Austrian ski resort of Kitzbuhel. One of the prettiest resorts in the Alps, Kitzbuhel has a picture-perfect medieval village centre, complete with ornately painted houses, horse-drawn carriages and cobbled streets. You’ll find plenty of upscale boutiques and eateries to keep you occupied during a luxury ski holiday in Kitzbuhel.