Austria’s top ski resorts for families (Part 3)


Innsbruck, a lovely old city on River Inn, has a cable car connection with world-class sleigh right from its center. Six different ski resorts surround Innsbruck, each of which can be reached by bus or short cable car. A unique OlympicWorld ski card allows you to reach over 300 km of ski tracks in nine areas, including 50 km of intensive skiing on Stubai Glacier for professionals.

The closest to the center of the city is Nordkette, by cable car, but with some of the steepest terrain of Tyrol, it is not for beginners. Hungerburg-Seegrube is also for professionals, leading to Hafelekar’s challenging terrain. The intermediate skater should go to Axamer-Lizum, 10 km from the town in Axams village or Muttereralm area. All levels of athletes will be happy in the village of Igls, where Innsbruck’s most famous ski area, Patscherkofel, is home to the 1964 Winter Olympics. It is a short tram ride from Innsbruck and is a good base for families with both skiing and snowboarding.

St. Anton am Arlberg

The most famous of the ski resorts in Austria’s Arlberg, St. Anton is one of Europe’s premier resorts for serious skiing, with some of the most challenging runs in the Alps. It holds an important position in skiing history as the location of the first ski club in the Alps, starting in 1901. This place has no place for beginners, although the strong people will find a lot of skiing in 280 km of terrain. Reached a height of 2,800 meters, St. Anton is known for its outstanding opportunities for its advanced skiers and mega-moguls.

The elevator leaves the village, a cluster of shops, cafes, inns and hotels without cars. The second place includes a number of high-end luxury apartments with medium prices, such as the beautiful Himmlhof or Tyrolean Hotel am traditional Dorfplatz, both within short walking distance from the cable cars. The village is a lively place, famous for its bustling scene. A ski bus can take less (and less daring) skiing to the nearby slopes of Lech and Zürs, both of which are included in the Arlberg area to pass, covering a total of 340 km ribs and pistes. Some other areas are also connected to St. Anton with new elevators connected to the ski tracks on the other side of Flexen Pass. St. Anton has another advantage: you can reach it by train.