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Best ski resorts in Austria for families

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Best ski resorts in Austria for families

For your perfect winter holiday in the Northern Hemisphere

When it comes to all things alpine, Austria offers a chocolate box of choices: from quiet moments soaking up the breathtaking scenery to thrilling runs and family-friendly villages with ski schools that are highly acclaimed throughout the world. The Arlberg and the Ötztal Valley are the country’s most spectacular alpine destinations.

Best ski resorts in Austria for familiesBest ski resorts in Austria for families

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Ötztal Valley

In the scenic Ötztal Valley, winter rules from October through May amid breathtaking Alpine landscapes. Due to its high-altitude location, snow is guaranteed throughout the season. Three ski mountains higher than 3000 metres make Sölden home to Austria’s biggest glacier skiing area and every year, the Rettenbach Glacier hosts the first great winter event of the new season: the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Opening. Last season Sölden and the neighbouring Obergurgl-Hochgurgl joined forces and they now offer Skipasses valid in both ski areas, boasting incredible 254 kilometres of combined slopes.

The wide and perfectly groomed slopes are ideal for all difficulty levels. Individual kids’ skiing lessons, a ski kindergarten and the snow park and fun slope guarantee fun for the whole family. To take a break, 33 quaint ski huts and mountain inns are spread all over the ski area, serving mouth-watering delights and typical Tirolean specialties.

After a long day on the slopes, the Aqua Dome in Längenfeld is the perfect place to unwind in thermal spas and saunas with separate water and spa areas for families.

Even James Bond could not resist coming to Sölden to chase villains across the snow and ice. 007 Elements, a James Bond cinematic installation due to open this winter, gives insight into the filming activities for the movie Spectre.

Where to stay? The Hotel and Spa AQUA DOME in Längenfeld, the heart of the Ötztal Valley, is the perfect starting point to explore the surrounding slopes and recharge after a skiing day. For those who want to be closer to the slopes, the family-friendly hotel DAS CENTRAL – ALPINE. LUXURY. LIFE in Sölden offers professional childcare, an indoor swimming pool and ski hire.

The Arlberg

The Arlberg region is the Cradle of Alpine Skiing and Austria’s largest interconnected ski resort with 305 kilometres of slopes and 88 state-of-the-art ski lifts. The five villages of St Anton, St Christoph, Lech, Zürs and Stuben are synonymous with top hotels, gourmet restaurants and a cosmopolitan flair, yet the villages still maintain the charm of their farming past. Each village has its own personality. Located on the west side of Arlberg is the tranquil yet extremely sporty village of Stuben, which appeals particularly to families.

The expansive terrain offers something for the whole family: prepared ski runs for every level of ability, untouched powder snow and highly varied backcountry terrain. Holidaymakers can ski here from morning until evening without ever touching the same ski run twice. Each village has its own ski school with ski lessons and deals to choose from for all ages and levels of ability. A must-do for every passionate skier is the White Ring, one of the most beautiful and impressive ski circuits in the Alps.

The Arlberg also offers various activities off the slopes: cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing on floodlit runs and horse-drawn sleigh rides through the snowy landscape. For those who want to stay out of the cold arl.rock Sport Park offers bowling, tennis, squash and indoor climbing. The invites you to relax and treat yourself with a massage after an intense skiing day.

Where to stay? The family-owned Hotel Gasthof Post offers a large kids’ program, the Hotel Albona Nova in Zürs gives you prime access to the slopes and the Kristiania in Lech combines traditional Alpine heritage with a touch of modern luxury.

This content was brought to you by Austria tourism. For more information on planning your family holiday visit the official Austria tourism website.

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