Austria is a unique mix of traditional resorts, varied slopes and lively après ski. Mountain access is usually via central hubs with modern, fast lifts getting you efficiently around. Piste grooming is generally good although some runs are left to nature as the locals prefer it this way.

Innsbruck

Resort size: 266km (Blue 32%, Red 49%, Black 19%)
Lifts: 83; Vertical: 860m-3,210m; Transfer from Innsbruck 15m
Olympia SkiWorld Piste Map: https://www.innsbruck.info/en/skimap

Innsbruck is a city surrounded by nine resorts so you will have to travel daily but transport is efficient and they are all on the same Olympia area lift pass. There is a big variety of areas including the Stubai glacier and ideally suits intermediates who want to try something different each day.

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Our favourite deal in Innsbruck

4 Star Hilton Innsbruck
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Guide Price from £410pp with Breakfast
Nearest Lift: Ski bus stops at hotel

Schladming

Resort size: 197km (Blue 38%, Red 56%, Black 6%)
Lifts: 45; Vertical: 745m-2,015m; Transfer from Salzburg 1h10
Ski Amadé Panorama Piste Map: http://affiliate.skiamade.com/

Schladming is a town rather than a traditional Austrian village. The resort area covers four separate mountains with mostly intermediate and cruising runs including lower level trees for a bit of variety. It is also part of the large Ski Amadé region although not fully lift linked.

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Our favourite deal in Schladming

4 Star Hotel Neue Post
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Nearest Lift: Schladminger Planaibahn 1