Skiing in Austria
Austria is the UK’s second most popular European ski destination after France. The resorts are renowned for their rustic beauty and traditional charm, and there are slopes to suit all abilities, from absolute beginner to serious powder-junkie. Austria also claims to have the best après ski in Europe!
Famous for its annual Men’s World Cup Downhill Race, picturesque Kitzbuhel is the archetypal Austrian ski resort. The snow is superb, with slopes for young and old. The medieval town nearby is among the most beautiful in Austria, and despite its famous race course, the slopes here are family-friendly and accessible for all skiers.
Kitzbuhel is 9 hours from our Amsterdam port in IJmuiden, and 9 ½ hours from Dunkirk and Calais.
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St Anton is the number one ski resort in Austria. Renowned for its challenging runs and off-piste powder, it has some of the most reliable snow in the region. Be warned, St Anton is not for beginners, but if you’re a confident skier then you’re sure to have a great deal of fun on its steep slopes.
St Anton is 9 hours from IJmuiden, 9 ½ hours from Dunkirk, and just under 10 hours from Calais.
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A perfect foil to St Anton, Alpbach is the ideal destination for beginners. A small resort next to a town which regularly wins awards for being the prettiest village in Austria. This resort has a special relationship with British skiers and has taught thousands the basics over the years. British regimental skiers still train here to this day!
Alpbach is less than 10 hours’ drive away from Dunkirk, Calais and IJmuiden, and less than 10 ½ hours from Dieppe.
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Not as popular with British tourists as it should be, Ischgl has some of the best nightlife of any ski resort in Europe, as well as high-quality pistes for intermediate skiers. The opening and closing parties of each season are legendary and feature performances from world-famous music artists, making this resort brilliant for groups of friends looking for a good time.
Ischgl is less than 10 and a half hours’ drive from Dieppe, Dunkirk and Calais, and less than 10 hours from IJmuiden.
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