(Image-St Anton Tourist Office)
There are certain tell-tale signs that let you know when you are in an Austrian resort, namely lots of trees, beautiful architecture, welcoming locals willing to speak English, the best mountain food in Europe and the dancing on tables from 3pm onwards halfway up the mountain.
Austria has many low altitude resorts and as such, snow reliability is and will continue to be an issue. Recent seasons however have witnessed Austrian resorts having too much snow, but in the long term, investment in snow making is key. Investment is being made however and as such, many low resorts are proving viable even in poor snow seasons.
Like every rule, there are exceptions-resorts such as Ischgl and Obergurgl, which sit at high altitude, are served by some excellent glacier skiing.
In general Austrian resort infrastructure is pretty solid, with good, mostly modern lift systems, great mountain restaurants and a plethora of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Of course there are things that could be improved – piste signage and piste map accuracy for starters.
Whether you are looking for a wild week with lots of dancing on tables (St Anton), or, whether you are looking for sheer relaxation and, in our opinion, perfection (Lech and Zurs), or something in-between, we are sure an Austrian resort may well just tick all the boxes.
Our favourite resorts and properties can be found by clicking through below.