Austria’s Tyrolean alps provide the perfect location for any self catered ski holiday. They have everything – lots of snow, stunning views, glacier skiing, beginner friendly slopes, challenging slopes, rich culture, and fun apres-ski.
Most ski holidays to Tyrol will begin the same way, with stunning views as you land at Innsbruck airport situated between mountains. What happens next depends on your choice of ski resort – and the choice of resorts is large.
The largest skiing area in the Austrian Tyrol is Wilder Kaiser Brixental, which is also one of the largest ski resorts in the world. It contains several ski villages including Ellmau, Soll, Westendorf, Hopfgarten.
In 2009 and 2010 ‘SkiWelt’ as the area is known, won an award for best ski area in the world, a title it may maintain in 2011.
There are over 270km of pistes to enjoy, of which 75% has snow-making equipment should natural snow conditions be poor. There are many lifts bringing skiers to the slopes, and many mountain restaurants, so the slopes are well provided for.
You can also enjoy floodlit night skiing, with 12km of slopes open for you to ski in the hours of darkness.
SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental 2011/2012 ski season opens December 3rd 2011 and closes April 9th 2012.
Zillertal Arena is the ski area in the Zillertal Valley, and contains 166km of ski-able slopes split across 91 pistes. The Zillertal Arena is accessible from Zell, Gerlos, Ramsau and Hainzenberg, via 49 lifts.
The Zillertal Arena caters for all kinds of skiers, with 9 ski schools, lots of cross country skiing, 37 mountain huts and bars, a snow park, and 5 downhill racing slopes. There is also ice-skating and night time tobogganing.
The Zillertal Arena ski season runs from 3rd December 2011, with slopes opening around 8am most days, with some 7am opening times available later in the season.
Arlberg is a ski area in the Tyrol which comprises many well known towns, including St Anton, St Chistoph and Lech. Arlberg’s 260km of pistes which connect very well with the towns. The towns all have a very strong Alpine feel as the Arlberg area has a lot of skiing history.
The Arlberg railway rungs through the resort, which means you can reach towns such as St Anton by train from Innsbruck – a truly enjoyable way to arrive for your ski holiday.
The Arlberg ski area opens on 2nd December 2011 and closes on 22 April 2012.