Austria’s top ski resorts for families (Part 5)

Mayrhofen

Both hound powder and snowboarders love Mayrhofen for its prominent terrain parks and its vast open snow fields on the higher slopes. A 24-seater gondola was added in 2016, and a 10-seat gondola with seat heating was added in 2018 to cut the waiting time. The six ski areas of Vans Penken Park have their own quad booster seats, as well as a park dedicated to children. Zillertaler Superskipass throughout the region covers 489 km of detours in the entire valley, served by 177 elevators. The Mayrhofen / Hippach facility immediately has 159 km running, almost 100 percent of which is covered with snow. Austria’s most prepared ski trail, Harakiri, has a slope of 78%.

For all snowboarders, it is almost impossible to avoid the live après-skiing scene. Even that affects the shock of the week-long Snowbombing event in April.

Söll

The second largest ski area in Austria and the large resort of dozens of SkiWelt village, Söll offers some of the best values ​​in the Austrian Alps. Although it offers skiing with 280 kilometers pistes served by 90 lifts, the Tyrolean charming village is filled with budget-friendly and dining hotels. The terrain is mainly directed to intermediate skiers, with fewer locations to challenge professionals. SkiWelt is linked to Kitzbühel via Westendorf and Kirchberg, adding 170 km and 54 lifts, although they require a separate lift. Although the area is much lower than many Alpine resorts, about 80% of the slopes are covered with snow.

Saalbach, larger of the two villages right at the foot of the slope, is a traditional mountain village of Austria that is enhanced with cafes, shops, upscale hotels and some skiing life. Hinterglemm is quieter, more budget friendly and better for families. Free ski bus connecting Saalbach-Hinterglemm and Leogang.