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Skiing (downhill) - Austria - where to go

For an xmas present to my significant other I want to plan a Ski trip to Austria.
I'm starting my research now but could use some help -- from a person with first hand experience.

Why Austria -- It's tops on my bucket list
Why not Switzerland -- As a kid I alway's wanted to go to Austria for skiing (and I don't want to deny my childhood dreams)

When -- Xmas holiday
Number of day's -- Maybe 5
Number of people -- 2 (adults)

Do I want to stay at one place -- not sure if I should stay at one place or go to multiple

How will I get there -- depends on location, I'd prefer train but I own a car so am happy to drive

Do I own my own ski's?: NO - I'll need to rent them
Other activities: We love winter sports - snow shoeing, sledging, Cross country skiing, Snowmobiling, ice skating......

Any and all help is appreciated
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I like Ischgl.
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Re: Skiing (downhill) - Austria - where to go

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Re: Skiing (downhill) - Austria - where to go

Hi Jamboree


Here are a few notes for you on your trip planning. The big question is what is your and OH, level of ski-ing. There are a multitude of resorts in Austria, which cater to different levels. Some of the larger or multi center resorts can be quite intimidating for lower level ski-ers.


The more popular resorts are probably nearly booked out for xmas, so you might have to look for look for smaller less known resorts.


Which also answers your question, it is much better to stay in one place for your trip. No intermediate travel, having to return and rent ski gear, trying to find lift prices, tickets and find your way around the runs. Have a relaxing time and enjoy Christmas.


Keep in mind that the local Swiss Ski-Bourse will be coming up in November / December. These can be great opportunity to buy your own gear. Top range ski's, which are a couple of years old can be bought for 100 .. 150 instead of 900 ChF, which saves of having to queue in a rental shop. And its cheaper, as you can always sell them back in the following years, and swap, change the style ( colour ?? ) or upgrade.


Enjoy the snow.
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Hi Jamboree


Here are a few notes for you on your trip planning. The big question is what is your and OH, level of ski-ing. There are a multitude of resorts in Austria, which cater to different levels. Some of the larger or multi center resorts can be quite intimidating for lower level ski-ers.


The more popular resorts are probably nearly booked out for xmas, so you might have to look for look for smaller less known resorts.


Which also answers your question, it is much better to stay in one place for your trip. No intermediate travel, having to return and rent ski gear, trying to find lift prices, tickets and find your way around the runs. Have a relaxing time and enjoy Christmas.


Keep in mind that the local Swiss Ski-Bourse will be coming up in November / December. These can be great opportunity to buy your own gear. Top range ski's, which are a couple of years old can be bought for 100 .. 150 instead of 900 ChF, which saves of having to queue in a rental shop. And its cheaper, as you can always sell them back in the following years, and swap, change the style ( colour ?? ) or upgrade.


Enjoy the snow.
Few answers - and questions...
First - thank you for the response.
I'll do some research on: Swiss Ski-Bourse will be coming up in November / December --- do you have a direct link?

Experience as a skier -- Last time we both ski'd was many years ago - however, we were very good skiers (at that time). So to answer your question, I would rate my skiing level at intermediate (at the beginning of the vacation) to maybe / sort of / close to advanced by the end of the vacation.
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Re: Skiing (downhill) - Austria - where to go

Over Christmas (and most of the winter season) Austrian resorts will want you to stay Saturday to Saturday or they will charge you a fortune if they have any availability.

Personally I prefer St Anton. Train direct from Zurich HB and then a five minute walk into the town. Lots of slopes of all levels in the large ski area and great Apres. Conditions not guaranteed so early in the season though. It won’t be cheap for accommodation though.

Sölden has guaranteed skiing with the glacier, but is further away and requires a 45 minute drive from the train station.
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Re: Skiing (downhill) - Austria - where to go

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I'll do some research on: Swiss Ski-Bourse will be coming up in November / December --- do you have a direct link?
Just look up your local facebook buy&sell groups.
I got mine this month for 100CHF, in great state.
Within a couple of weeks the supply will definitely increase, I'm an early bird.
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Re: Skiing (downhill) - Austria - where to go

Kitzbühle
Sölden plus ober/hoch Gurgl
St Anton
Ischgl
Montaphon
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Re: Skiing (downhill) - Austria - where to go

It's very early in the season so choose somewhere with glaciar skiing in case the snow is late this year.
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Re: Skiing (downhill) - Austria - where to go

st.anton area is within 2 hours driving from Zurich. In the same ski area, Lech is more upmarket, and the slopes are easier. If you want a nice Austrian experience I would choose Lech.

I usually stay in St.Anton because it’s cheaper and do a day trip to Lech.

Serfaus and Montafon are also nice, a bit smaller then St Anton.
I haven’t skied much in the area after the Arlberg tunnel though.
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Re: Skiing (downhill) - Austria - where to go

hijacking part of the thread if its okay, what hotels are recommended for a february ski holiday week? I wanted to be about 3 max 3/12 hours from Zug by car, preferably a "kinderhotel" type of place, and that only charges an arm, not an arm and a leg? ideas? I've looked at some I know, but they are in the later category already... thanks in advance...
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Re: Skiing (downhill) - Austria - where to go

This might work for you https://www.skiwelt.at/en/skiwelt-wi...ki-resort.html

I stayed in Ellmau and really enjoyed the place. It's a reasonably sized village with good facilities and well connected by public transport. Even did a snow hike over to Kitzbühel and caught the bus back.
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Re: Skiing (downhill) - Austria - where to go

My personal tip for the top is Bad Hofgastein.

There are 3 or 4 main resorts in the Gastein ski area and the amazing Ski Amade region has over 700 kms of runs total.

I found it amongst the cheapest Austrian ski resorts, yet there is also a glacier, high peaks, and super fast lift system they upgraded 2 seasons ago.

If you have a car, even better as you can stay a little away from the resort if you want.

Its not really a young persons party town. But I want to ski, not party!

We like it so much we have been 8 times so far. And everytime we go somewhere else in Austria, we wonder why we paid so much more for not quite as good skiing.

Before discovering Bad Hof, we did the Ski Welt area and that's also good as recommended above. But I prefer Bad Hof.

Takes about 4 hours to drive from Zurich.

(Obviously, YMMV as your likes and dislikes might not match mine. But check it out!)

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Re: Skiing (downhill) - Austria - where to go

Soelden has good snow making facilities whereas St. Anton seems to have none. St.Anton is very English. It's like there's a direct train from London.
Plenty of good places in Austria but I'd be worried about snow at that time of year.
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