Zell am See, Austria

Sitting on the frosty shores of Lake Zell in Austria, this high-altitude ski area has an excellent snow record and sensational views. And there’s plenty to do and see off the slopes too – narrow cobbled streets lined with 19th-century buildings lead to bustling squares filled with shops and cafés. MOUNTAIN STATS Easy pistes: 60km Intermediate pistes: 55km Difficult pistes: 29km Snow range: 762-3,029m Resort height: 762m Ski areas: Zell am See – Kaprun 138km Pronunciation: Zell – am – zay Transfer time: 2 hours from…Continue Reading “THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO ZELL AM SEE”

Nassfeld skiing

Nassfeld is known for its mix of excellent ski schools, good intermediate runs and family activities. It also gets over 100 days on sunshine in winter, so count yourself in for bluebird days. The town sits in the Carinthia region of southern Austria, just over the border from Italy – so the restaurants here serve up favourites from both countries, like local cheeses, fresh pizza and sweet kaiserschmarrn. All of the hotels are really close to the slopes too, so you can be on the…Continue Reading “A QUICK GUIDE TO NASSFELD”

At a lofty 1,927m, Obergurgl’s one of the highest ski villages in Europe – so good snow all season is pretty much a given. It’s full of top-quality hotels that are known for their hospitality, and traditional restaurants that dish up mountain favourites like schnitzel and fondue. Families love the town’s small size and quiet slopes. And the 110km ski area, shared with Hochgurgl, has a good spread of blue and red runs. Mountain stats Ski area: Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, 110km Resort height: 1,927m Snow range: 1,800-3,082m…Continue Reading “A QUICK GUIDE TO OBERGURGL”

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…Continue Reading “SKIING IN AUSTRIA: BEST RESORTS FOR SOLO SKIERS”

Austrian ski areas

Austria’s mountains are home to large linked ski areas that can certainly stand their ground against their big French and Italian rivals. Wide, gentle beginner runs and quality ski schools are top of the list in some resorts, while you can ski some of the world’s most challenging blacks in others. Expect good snow conditions with pretty tree-lined runs in most ski areas, or head to the heights of Austria’s glaciers for snowsure conditions, ideal for early and late-season skiing. So where do you start…Continue Reading “BEST SKI AREAS IN AUSTRIA”