SKIING IN AUSTRIA: BEST RESORTS FOR SOLO SKIERS

Categories Austria, Our Top Tips

Itching to spend some solo time on the mountain, but not sure where to go? With tons of comfy 3 and 4-star hotels, and a reputation for hearty food and friendly people, Austria is our top pick for a solo ski holiday.

Choosing a place to stay is key – whether you want a lively resort with loads going on, or somewhere quieter where you can savour time to yourself. Supplement-free single rooms tend to book up quickly, so get looking early to find the best options.

When it comes to ski areas, the choice is all yours. Sign up for group tuition or a specialist clinic to explore the mountain with like-minded skiers. Or start your week with a private lesson to cover some terrain and get your bearings.

To help you narrow it down, here are our favourite Austrian resorts for solo skiers.

Mayrhofen

The Zillertal area has 515km of piste, so you can ski all week without running out of new slopes to try. There are red runs galore on the Penken peak, and you can tick Austria’s steepest black run off your bucket list by taking on the infamous Harakiri. The Hintertux Glacier promises good snow all winter, so go in early or late season to miss the peak crowds.

Mayrhofen is full of pretty, chalet-style buildings, and is known for its excellent après. Follow the crowds to the lively Pilzbar or try the laid-back White Lounge, and you’ll soon be swapping ski stories with some new piste pals.

Loads of hotels here have single rooms, but our top pick is the Sport & Spa Hotel Strass. It’s in an unbeatable location right next to the Penken gondola and you can make the most of your ‘me’ time in the three-storey spa.

Söll

Looking for somewhere a little more low-key? Charming Söll is a proper village with a pretty church, and you can enjoy some peace and quiet with a winter walk along the endless marked trails.

The resort’s small size doesn’t translate to the slopes – it’s part of the SkiWelt, with 280km of piste to play on. Most runs are tree-lined so visibility isn’t an issue, even on snowy and flat-light days. And almost half of them are blue or red, making this a popular pick for intermediate skiers.

Stay at the Hotel Postwirt in the heart of the village, and treat yourself to afternoon dips in the outdoor pool, live music in the bar and a weekly sparkling wine breakfast.

St Anton

Savvy lift-linking has made the Arlberg the biggest ski area in Austria, and its 305km are heaven for more confident skiers. Test your skills in the Galzig and Gampen areas, then pair up with a local guide to take on the legendary descents from the Valluga peak.

The traditional yet cosmopolitan town of St Anton is always buzzing – if you love a party, bars like Mooserwirt and Krazy Kangaruh are a must. Or escape the bustle and spend some time at the Arlberg-Well spa, which has pools, saunas and a tempting massage menu – go on, you’ve earned it.

As for where to stay, Chalet Regina has that home-from-home feeling. Sitting in the quieter Nasserein area, it sleeps 36 people so you can spend as much (or as little) time with your fellow guests as you like. It even has a sauna and whirlpool so you can end the day in comfort, and your Crystal chalet hosts will take care of all the cooking.

Niederau

If you’re fairly new to skiing then you’ll love Niederau. Sign up for ski school to get expert instruction – and ski with a group. Most of the Ski Juwel’s 109km of piste are marked green and blue, which is perfect for practising your technique.

Back in the village, things are pretty peaceful. There are a few bars, like the slopeside Schnappshütte, where you can stop for a post-ski drink. If you fancy a break from the slopes, take a tour around town in a horse-drawn sleigh, or strap on some snowshoes and head out for a guided walk.

It’s up to you whether you want to socialise or enjoy your solitude at the Harmony Hotel Sonnschein. Chat with fellow snow-lovers in the bar, curl up with a book in the library or soak sore muscles in the indoor pools. And the hotel’s just a few minutes’ walk from the ski school meeting point too.

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Writer for Crystal Ski Holidays.

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