The fantastic thing about the Austrian Alps as a skiing destination, is that it has such a diverse range of resorts and pistes to choose from. This means that if you are trying to emulate Franz Klammer or happen to be a slightly nervous beginner, or maybe you just want to cruise past some stunning scenery at your own pace, you are bound to find a spot that ticks the right box.
In addition to some great venues and some awesome après-ski as well, you can soon begin to understand why Austria is enjoying a much-deserved resurgence in recent years, especially when you start to compare prices with other European destinations.
The Austrian Tourist board is keen to entice skiers of all abilities back to the slopes and they recently ran a unique competition in London where you could win a taxi ride to the Wilder Kaiser Brixental region, which is the largest interconnected ski area in the country. Check out the Austrian Quiz Taxi, but if you have missed out that one, here are some of the venues you should consider four next ski holiday.
If you are a beginner or still a bit nervous and don’t like crowded pistes, then Westendorf would be a great venue to choose.
This charming resort has a nursery slope with a very forgiving chairlift and is handily placed in the centre of the village, meaning you are never likely to be too far away from getting started. There is a gondola ride you can take as well, which carries you to the top of a lovely wide blue run, which is not often crowded either.
Westendorf is a quiet resort but there are some lively après ski bars that you can seek out if you want to and while you are staying at the resort, you definitely feel like part of everyday Austrian life.
One of the challenges facing families that like to go skiing, is that if they have a posse that is mixture of younger and older children, it can sometimes be difficult to find somewhere that suits all ages.
Filzmoos answers that problem with some excellent nursery slops for the younger ones and a well-regarded snowboard school for the older ones, together with some family-friendly après-ski bars that will keep everybody happy.
If you are an experienced skier and are looking for a bit more a challenge when you hit the slopes, head for Galtur.
Perched high in the Silvretta Mountains, Galtur and neighbouring Ischgl offer excellent snow prospects and some of the most challenging and daring runs to be found in Austria, in which to put your skiing skills to the test.
A popular run is Alp Trida, which is a memorable valley route that rewards you with an arrival in the duty-free enclave of Sauman in Switzerland as your reward for navigating the course successfully.
Challenging black runs are part of the Galtur experience, and will give you plenty to talk about in one of the cosy Alpine bars you can find there.
These are just a few of the many ski destinations in Austria, where there is definitely something for everyone.
Katie Hilton is a travel consultant and ski enthusiast. She enjoys sharing her intimate knowledge with the Austrian slope to other ski fans. Her articles usually appear on travel blogs and websites.