When choosing Austrian snow ski packages, make sure you pay close attention to what is included in the package. You can sometimes find great deals on lodging and lift tickets, but you'll still have to purchase airfare, food and other transportation separately. It is possible to find all-inclusive deals, but even then you'll want to make sure that "extras" like equipment rentals and maintenance are included in the total price.
Choosing Your Austrian Ski Vacation
Just like the United States has a number of different mountain ranges offering different levels of snow quality and a variety of ski resorts, Austria also has a wide variety of ski resorts to choose from. You'll want to do your research before choosing a particular Austrian snow ski package to make sure the resort you choose will offer the type of skiing you're looking forward to. In addition to researching each resort's individual website, look for independent resources, like Ski-Austria, that will provide unbiased information on the pros and cons of each vacation site.
Tyrol is a region of Austria with the type of mountain slope you picture when thinking of skiing in the Alps. Tyrol has a number of ski resorts to choose from including, but not limited to:
- St Anton
- Ischgl (including Samnaun)
- Sölden (including Hochsölden)
- Obergurgl (including Hochgurgl)
- Innsbruck (including Igls)
- Wildschönau (Niederau, Oberau and Auffach)
The Vorarlberg region is the mountain region closest to Switzerland: Some of the resorts in this region include:
You can also find ski resorts near the major city of Salzburg, offering city sites and ammenities in addition to great skiing. You can consider ski packages at the following locations:
Purchasing Austrian Snow Ski Packages
If you know the exact region and resort you want to vacation at, you might have the best luck shopping for Austrian snow ski packages directly on the resort's website. Unfortunately, not all of the Austrian ski sites offer an English translation, so if you're not fluent in the language, you may not be able to understand what your vacation package includes. For this reason, your best bet might be to shop for packages on American websites or websites from English-speaking countries that compile ski vacation package information. Vacation package sites include:
Travel Plans to Consider
Before you book your trip, write out a list of all the items you normally pack for a ski vacation and consider the weight of those items and the cost to travel with them. You may find that if you're on a budget it is less expensive to rent heavy snow gear and ski equipment rather than incurring the cost of traveling with your own equipment.
You also want to consider whether you want to ski at a resort that caters to international travelers or if you would prefer a resort with a local vibe. Resorts that are American-friendly will make it easy for you to exchange money and will most likely have English speaking staff on hand to help with translation. Remember, even though many Europeans speak English, it's a sign of respect to try and speak the native language while traveling.