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Ski resorts in the Austrian Alps

March 07, 2013

Austria draws skiers from around the world to its outstanding slopes and scenery. Visit one of the resorts in the Alps and find out for yourself why Austria consistently produces some of the world's best alpine skiing sportsmen and women.

This country was designed for skiing, nestled in the Alps and with three quarters of the land being mountainous. Even the low lying lands of the Austrian foothills add an extra dimension of beautiful countryside to explore when you come off the slopes of the Austria ski resorts. The resorts available to you are predominantly in the western half of the country, mostly situated within the states of Tyrol and Salzburg. If you can tear yourself away from the skiing, there is plenty of stunning architecture to visit, as well as the Salzkammergut lake district. But of course it's the skiing that is luring you to Austria and the huge variety of resorts offer something for everybody.

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On the border with Switzerland there is the Montafon Valley, where the guaranteed snow makes for an ideal destination for early or late trips. With 109km of blue runs and 32km of black, including the Diablo, all ability levels will find something for them here. A little further south towards the Italian border lies the 235km of piste comprising the Nauders and Ischgl region. The combination of these two Austria ski resorts provides plenty of choice between the gentler learning slopes of Nauders and the more challenging Ischgl Samnaun.

For glacial skiing, move a little inland and visit the SSlden--tz, Ziller or Stubai Valleys around Innsbruck. If you want to upgrade your lift pass you can include 9 ski areas in your trip; just make sure you've left time to cover them all! Moving east from Innsbruck, there is a cluster of Austria ski resorts, including Wildschhnau, SkiWelt, Kitzbbhel, Zell am See and Saalbach Hinterglemm. This area has witnessed a lot of investment in recent years, creating outstanding connections between ski areas and enabling visitors to cover even more area on the new chairlifts that have replaced many of the older, drag lifts.

Heading south towards the border with Serbia, takes visitors through Matrei Kals, Grossglockner Heiligenblut, Bad Kleinkirchheim and Gerlitzen Villach. From here, you can experience a day trip to ski the World Cup Resort of Kranjska Gor. The Goldreid Gondola in the Matrei Kals area takes you up to views of 60 peaks over 3000km and opens out onto 110km of piste for all ability levels.

Back north towards Salzberg and you pass through Oberlungau, comprising three ski areas, with snow well into April. A new Gondala means you can be at the top of the slopes within ten minutes of embarking. Just outside Salzberg is Dachstein West, a UNESCO Heritage centre affording some of the most incredible views across the Alps.

So pack up your skis, dust off your boots and come and see why Austria is so special that skiers keep returning year after year.

Author Bio: Louise Gerrard is a writer for a selection of travel websites and blogs and has visited several Austria ski resorts. She sources most of the information from the official product and service providers for accuracy of content.

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