This is my favourite country in the world to ski in, and in my opinion, nothing quite beats Austria when it comes to having a skiing holiday. If you have never been, then I can thoroughly and highly recommend a trip to this most wonderful country.
Many class Austria as the world famous home of skiing, When you consider the fresh alpine slopes, combined with picture-postcard scenery, and a culture that dates back for years, it is hard to argue that this is a great choice if you want to hit the slopes.
Austria is home to a wide variety of ski resorts. These resorts can cater for all skill levels and pretty much for all traveller tastes. From the ridiculous indulgent and expensive tastes right down to the bargain basement Austria has it all. Even with the cheapest of options the quality is assured. With a bit of research and bargain hunting you can find some really great deals.
Austrian Christmas Markets
When I first went to Austria it was to visit the Christmas markets in the capital city of Vienna. There are plenty of those and they are simply an amazing thing to see. If you want to see Kris Kringel in all her glory, then this is the place to be. However if you get that far you would be crazy not to ski the Alps.
For any skier this is the ultimate goal and to see the Alps for the first time is a pretty amazing sight. The Alps do border several European countries, and is a must visit place for any serious ski enthusiast.
When going on holiday is is always worthwhile to put in the research work before you leave. If you start early and allow yourself some planning time, you will generally be able to find some top quality accommodation at low prices. Whether you are booking within a ski resort, or nearby, you should always check the internet to find last minute deals which might help you save money.
Understanding Star Ratings in Austria
One thing worth bearing in mind is that the star rating given to accommodation does not indicate quality. You might be better off in a one star than a three star for example, given that the star only represents the level of facilities.
Lower star ratings are usually cheaper, so you can benefit from quality, reduced price accommodation if you know where to look.
On top of that, a quick search on Google can offer a variety of low cost airlines which run ‘no frills’, no ticket services. In my personal experience, I have found these airlines to be as good as their more expensive competitors, and just as efficient and comfortable.
One word of caution about any airline: make sure they are equipped to handle skiing equipment. Some companies will charge a surplus for your skis, so it is important to ask before you book as to arrangements for bulky or large and fragile goods. Always check this out as the pricing of excessive or over sized baggage can get pretty expensive.
We would also highly recommend getting travel insurance for both your equipment and yourself. Skiing is considered a high risk sporting activity and just make sure you are covered. You can find good deals if you shop around. It is worth a few pounds to get that piece of mind, and actual backup in case things go wrong.
Solden In Austria
Solden is a very well known and liked skiing facility. The views alone are spectacular and the rocky mountains are home to tourists from around the world that visit each week. The slopes are not only challenging, but also custom-built in the case of certain slaloms.
Solden is also a great place to learn skiing with expert teaching facilities. It is a great place for new skiers to learn, and for more experienced skiers to improve.
The resort is located about 50 miles out with Innsbruck and about 20 miles west of Otztal. This area is dedicated to Skiing, with hotels and guest houses aplenty all geared at attracting a loyal customer-base from the slopes.
This is something that has worked, and with 6,500 snowboarders also choosing to hit the Solden slopes each week Austria’s skiing capital is showing no signs of regression.
Solden also accommodates, quite a number of clubs near by, where young people on vacation can chill at night, after a day on the slopes. The fun and entertainment does not stop at clubs, or 5 star hotels for that matter,
It is also home to Solden Firework Display, which provides two hours of fireworks every second evening. The look of the fireworks, as the light flashes off the snow is simply amazing and this is one of many reasons why Solden is famed for character and personality, over and above its Austrian counterparts.
Skiing at night, dangerous as that may seem, includes basic slaloms that are allowed and that the night is primarily aimed at snowboarder.
Austria’s Solden slope has hosted many events to a global and European audience and will continue to do so.
Solden is probably the best location in Europe and throughout the world for skiing activities on a recreational and competitive level. With deep snow, and a firm texture I would recommend Solden to absolutely anyone.
St Anton in Austria
St Anton in Austria is a world renowned skiing facility. It is around 100 miles from Solden, with Innsbruck close by
The terrain is varied, and offers excellent opportunities for new skiers, experienced skiers and snowboarding lovers. -As you would imagine there is a ski lift, so no problem getting up and down the 30 000 feet slope.
Great views are guaranteed over the snowy hills and farmland, and it is no wonder the area is a thriving hub for tourists, from around the world.
With over 8 runs and rising, St Anton has something for everyone Many so called adrenaline junkies in the snowboarding field rate this as being one of the best facilities in the world.
Hotels around the area are very good and English speaking is common. The luxury 5 star hotels are especially amazing if you can afford them of course.
Entertainment for the non-skier includes clubs, pubs and shops. There is nightly entertainment in most hotels.
The best time to visit is around August, however that’s in the peak of the skiing season, making it impossible to get moving around the slopes. In order to benefit from the best conditions, whilst the slopes are quieter I would say November is the best time. You are also more likely to get discounts from your travel agent at this time.