Spring skiing in the Austrian Alps

With Christmas done and dusted you can start planning your spring vacation. February is upon us, and March isn’t far off. You don’t have much time left to get in a nice ski holiday before the 2013 winter ski season comes to a close. Austria is one of the great ski destinations in Europe. I’ve visited a few places, and even lived in Austria for a while. It’s a pretty spectacular place to go skiing, and you will get much better value for money in Austria over other popular ski destinations.

Austria has something for everyone

No matter what you’re looking for, Austria has a ski resort that fits your needs. If you’re a beginner, or a pro, if you want a family friendly place, or a party spot, you will find it here.

For beginners, you can set your eyes on a place like Alpbach or Gerlitzen. Alpbach is a chocolate box destination. It looks and feels like something you would see in an old painting. It is located south of Munich along the road to Innsbruck. Alpbach was voted Austria’s most beautiful village, and you will certainly see why when you arrive. The ski slopes are perfect for getting started – there’s even a beginner piste right in the village centre. Gerlitzen is another great place to practice your snowplough moves and is located just outside of Villach in the south of Austria. The slopes are not steep, and are easy to manage for even the most timid skier.

AlpbachIf beginner slopes are not what you want, and you need a little challenge, you can check out Saalbach or St Anton. Saalbach is very close to Salzburg and it provides you with a large variety of places to ski for people with intermediate skills. St Anton is definitely for the experts with steep runs and great snow conditions.

For a family oriented destination, Obergurgl is the place to go. It’s located in the eastern Alps not far from Innsbruck. Despite being at a very high altitude, it has some excellent children-friendly slopes, some right in the main village, so you won’t have to go far for your family to enjoy the fun.

Snowboarders tend to favour the Mayrhofen resorts, especially if there is a nice blanket of fresh powder on the slopes above the tree-line. And if you want to party it up while you’re snowboarding, then maybe Ishgl is the place for you. The slopes are ranked as intermediate and the night life simply never stops.

Austrian ski resorts have a lot to offer and are a refreshing alternative to the usual destinations further to the west. The standard of service is high, the welcome is warm and friendly, and the slopes are as good as or better than anywhere else.

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