Why Austria should be your first choice for a Solo ski holiday.
Wondering which ski area is best suited for your next Solo ski holiday? With more than 1700 ski resorts in Europe, it’s hard to know how to cut things down. For us, Austria has always been the first choice for our ski tours. It has excellent ski resorts with modern ski lifts, excellent hotels and some of the best après-Ski in the world. Find out what Austria is famous for and why it is simply the best choice for a solo ski holiday, especially if you are a Solo skier in your forties, fifties or sixties.
1. The best Ski resorts in the World
With more than 7,000 kilometers of slopes served by no less than 2,500 ski lifts, Austria offers a multitude of possibilities for skiers of all levels. The slopes are maintained at an excellent level throughout the ski season, and a modern lift system with state-of-the-art cable cars and heated chairlifts is natural in almost every Austrian ski area. You can choose between popular ski resorts such as Mayrhofen and Kitzbühel or choose a quieter base for your ski trip – you have a choice. The most famous ski areas in Austria are in the counties of Tyrol, Salzburg, Vorarlberg and Styria. Many ski resorts such as Kitzbühel, St.Anton, Zürs, Ischgl, Mayrhofen and Schladming are world famous and have been repeatedly selected among the top 10 ski resorts In Europe.
2. Value for Money
Austria offers the best value for money compared to other European ski countries. Lift pass, Drinks, Food, hotels and Cottages – everything is lowest in Austria than in France, Italy and Switzerland. Lunch in a hut in the mountains enjoy a delicious chop, sausages, while in Switzerland and France you can only have a plate of Chips for this price. The same applies to accommodation and ski schools. 4 and 5 star hotels are the standard accommodation in most ski areas and offer excellent value for money on half board or full board, while Austrian ski schools have a reputation for being the best in the world, but are significantly lowest than their counterparts in other European ski destinations. So if you are a beginner, is there a better reason to start skiing in your fifties and sixties ?
3. Traditional Alps, with direct access to the ski slopes
Austrian ski resorts still have a village feel, because they have grown organically for many years. Most ski resorts are real working villages with village squares, churches, shops, schools, Restaurants and Bars. They offer the ideal setting for a ski outing with direct access to the ski lifts and slopes: many hotels are Ski in/Ski out Hotels or within walking distance of the ski lifts. And if you live just outside the village, you can be sure that a regular ski bus will take you to the ski lifts right outside your hotel.
4. The best Lifinfrastruktur in Europe
Austria is a Ski nation and extremely proud of its heritage. Tourism plays an important role in the country’s economy and winter tourism accounts for 50% of Austria’s annual income from tourism. As a result, millions are invested every year in the extension of already established ski areas. The slopes are perfectly prepared in any season, the older lifts are replaced by the most modern cable cars and chairlifts and snow cannons are used everywhere to ensure that the slopes are always in perfect condition. Nowhere else in Europe can you find more modern and comfortable cable cars and chairlifts than in Austria.
5. The best Après-Ski in the World
Austria’s après-Ski culture is unique in the world. From nights in the villages to small meetings in the mountain huts, the party always goes on off the slopes. With great feel, catchy melodies, dancing on the tables and mandatory hunting tea and alcohol, this is an experience not to be missed during the ski holidays. There are many famous après-ski bars in Austria. The largest and perhaps most famous is the Schladming area, where concerts are held regularly, while some ski resorts like Ischgl and Mayrhofen are more famous for their après-ski bars than their outstanding ski resorts.
6. Excellent Austrian hospitality
The German word “comfort” means much more than hospitality and is difficult to explain. Austrians love comfort or coziness and will do everything to make their guests feel welcome and at home. In almost all hotels there are open fireplaces, and mountain huts invite you to relax and feel good after a day on the slopes with a Cup of mulled wine or hot chocolate. As most Austrian hotels are medium-sized and family-run, you will always feel in a community rather than like a tourist stuck in a large impersonal resort.