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Monday, March 25, 2013
How to Have the Perfect Winter Holiday in Austria
Winter Holiday in Austria
Austrian Alps have for a long time presented some of the most luxurious
skiing and snowboarding opportunities in Europe. The country's mountain
resorts have catered to thousands upon thousands of satisfied
holidaymakers, without compromising their traditional beauty and charm.
But how do you make sure you get the best holiday for your group, and
all at a price that will be pleasantly surprising?
Steep thrills or beginner's paradise?
There's a wide variety of resorts to choose from in Austria, and you're
sure to find the ideal place for you; whether you're booking a holiday
for a family of beginners, a pack of daredevils or a group with a wide
range of abilities, Austria's resorts will be able to provide. For
beginner skiers and boarders, Obergurgl and Lech are a couple of the
finest resorts to go for at this level. Set in a small traditional
village, Obergurgl is the quieter of the two resorts, but it is almost
guaranteed to have good snow. You are unlikely to meet any big crowds or
queues in the resort, and with the easy level of the pistes it makes
for an excellent place to learn. Lech is a larger and busier resort, and
more suitable for groups of varying abilities as there is a lot of off
piste on offer and a snow park and half-pipe for boarders. While some of
the slopes back to the centre are a little steep for beginners, there
is nothing too challenging.
those who want something to get the adrenaline pumping, St Anton is a
great place to go. Situated in the western end of the Tirol region, the
resort offers a wide area of mountain to explore as the ski pass allows
you to venture into Lech and Zürs as well. Like Lech and Obergurgl, St
Anton experiences a lot of snowfall, so it's unlikely that you'll be
stuck scraping your skis across the rocks. While it can get a bit
crowded, cars are not permitted in the village centre so it still feels
like the picturesque Alpine town you want it to be. It's got good après
ski opportunities too, as does Saalbach. Saalbach is one of the four
resorts that make up the "Ski Circus" – a ski area of over 200km of
marked piste. Saalbach has something for everyone, with a selection of
easy slopes and ski schools for beginners, as well as a variety of
harder runs and some fantastic off piste for skiers and boarders alike.
There are a number of snow parks and half-pipes to enjoy too, giving
large groups a great range of mountain activities to keep them occupied.
In February, Saalbach hosted the legendary Ästhetiker Winter MÄSH,
an exciting three-day snowboarding festival that saw some of the
world's best snowboarders entertaining the eager crowds. MASH stands for
'Music, Art and Snowboard Happening', and perfectly sums up the type of
event that it is. There were team snowboarding contests galore, adding a
little something special to everyone's ski and boarding holidays.
Booking the holiday
to a resort can often be difficult and a complicated process to organize for yourself. Booking a package deal will eliminate any
problems, however, as the company will arrange everything for you to
ensure a hassle-free holiday. There are plenty of cheap ski holidays on
offer, whether you're booking for a large family group or with a small
group of friends. There will be an option of catered or self-catered
accommodation for you to choose from, so you can choose the one that
best suits you.
The catered chalets on offer provide food that is cooked
to a high standard, and saves you from having to find a supermarket in
the mountains or cooking at the end of a tiring day on the slopes.
Austria does, however, have an excellent range of mountain restaurants to
choose from, so whether you're dining out every night of just once
throughout your stay, you're sure to find something to suit you.
you're looking for a quick weekend getaway for two or an exciting
winter holiday with family or friends, Austria's resorts will be able to
cater to your needs. With an excellent snowfall record and plenty of
exciting mountain activities on offer, they certainly won't let you