Skiing and Lakes in Austria


There are more than 800 winter sports centers in Austria. All of them are equipped with snow cannons, so skiing is guaranteed in any weather. Resting at local resorts is very comfortable – the tracks equipped with the latest technology and first-class hotels are known throughout the world. The ski season lasts from mid-December to the end of March.

On the territory of Austria in the eastern part of the state of Salzburg and in the western part of Styria extends the largest ski region in Europe – Ski Amade. The region unites 28 ski resorts, including Flachau, Bad Gastein and Schladming. 356 of the most diverse ski slopes are laid here, with a total length of 860 km, 270 lifts operate.

In addition, on the territory of the state of Salzburg there are the European ski region, which unites the small towns of Zell am See and Kaprun (in total there are 130 km of ski and 250 km of flat slopes and 60 ski lifts), and the Saalbach-Hinterglemm region , where 200 km of ski slopes are laid. trails of various difficulty levels, which are serviced by 55 lifts.

According to TOP-MEDICAL-SCHOOLS, the land of Tyrol, located in the heart of the Alps, also has a lot of ski areas, which are considered among the best in the country. Innsbruck is one of the most famous ski resorts in Austria and has hosted the Winter Olympics twice. The Innsbruck ski region includes 9 ski areas. There are about 120 km of ski slopes at altitudes from 900 to 3200 m, more than 100 km of flat slopes, a snowboard park and 52 ski lifts. The Seefeld ski resort is located 20 km northwest of Innsbruck., which is considered the “Mecca” for cross-country skiing in Europe. 266 km of flat tracks are laid here, which were created specifically for the Winter Olympics held in Innsbruck in 1964 and 1967.

In the southwestern part of Tyrol, in the picturesque Otztal valley, there is one of the highest mountain resorts in Austria – Sölden (maximum heights reach 3300 m). 9 km south of Sölden is the Obergurgl-Hochgurgl ski area. The slopes of this area are not included in the Sölden ski pass, but the resorts are connected by a ski bus. The tracks here are mostly of medium difficulty and are intended for trained tourists. To the west on the border with Switzerland in the Paznaun valley is ski area Silvretta Arena, which includes two resort towns: the Austrian Ischgl and the Swiss Samnaun. This place is called only “alpine Ibiza”, because skiers come here who want to relax 24 hours a day, not only during the day, but also at night.

Skiing in Tyrol can also be practiced in the Arlberg Valley, which is located on the border with the state of Vorarlberg. In the Arlberg, the ski resort Lech is located on the Vorarlberg side, and San Anton is located on the Tyrol side. Also popular is the Tyrolean valley Zillertallocated 60 km southeast of Innsbruck. The center of the valley is the resort of Zell am Ziller , around which 10 ski areas are concentrated. In total, more than 450 km of trails of various difficulty levels have been laid in the valley, 150 lifts are operating. In the very east of Tyrol is the ancient city of Kitzbühel , which has recently become better known as the center of one of Europe’s largest ski areas. Skiing began here back in the 30s of the 20th century, and now, almost 100 years later, Kitzbühel boasts some of the best slopes in Europe and ultra-modern lifts. Every year, Kitzbühel hosts the Alpine Skiing World Cup, here on Mount Hahnenkamm is the world-famous downhill track – Streif, and on Mount Kitzbüheler Horn – the vast snowboard park “Garden of Eden”.

There are many ski resorts in the land of Carinthia. In the northern part of the land on the southern slopes of Austria ‘s highest ridge – the Hohe Tauern – there are 2 ski resorts: Flattach and Heiligenblut. They differ from other ski resorts in Austria with fewer tourists and steeper slopes. Heiligenblut is located at the foot of Austria ‘s highest mountain, the Grossglockner, and Flattach is famous for its proximity to the Mölltaler-Gletscher glacier, which allows skiing here all year round. The ski resort of Bad Kleinkirchheim is also popular in the northern part of Carinthia., which has established itself as an excellent balneological resort. In the southern part of Carinthia on the border with Italy near the town of Hermagor-Pressegger See is the sunniest ski resort in Austria – Nassfeld-Hermagor.

In summer, ski resorts are reoriented to organizing various types of recreation in the mountains and in nature – walking, hiking, climbing, rock climbing and paragliding. Golf courses, tennis courts and sports grounds open.


There are many picturesque lakes in Austria. Especially popular are the lakes of Carinthia (the southernmost and warmest), the Neusiedlersee lake in Burgenland, the mountain lakes of the Salzkammergut.

The lakes of Carinthia are to the west Klagenfurt: Wörthersee, Ossiachsee, Faakersee and Millstettersee. The water in them in the summer warms up to +25 degrees. People come here with children to swim and sunbathe on grassy lawns, as well as go fishing.

The Salzkammergut lake district extends into the lands of Styria, Upper Austria and Salzburg. Here, among the mountains, there are about 80 lakes, the largest of which are Wolfgangsee, Mondsee, Fuschlsee, Traunsee, Grundlsee, Ausssee, Attersee, Irrsee, Kamersee and Hallstattersee. All lakes with mountains surrounding them form a picturesque alpine landscape. This is a great place for a beach holiday and for water sports: water skiing, windsurfing, boating and fishing.

Lake Neusiedl is located 15 km east of Eisenstadt in Burgenland. This is the largest lake in the country, its area is 315 square meters. km. The water in the lake is salty, and its surface is covered with reed thickets, among which about 300 species of birds live. The lake with reed beds, swamps and surrounding meadows is protected by the Neusiedlersee-Seewinkel National Park. Beaches are equipped along the shores of the lake, the beaches of the eastern shore are especially good. In the summer, steady northwest winds blow here, which make it possible to practice windsurfing. Fishing is allowed on the lake, for which a license is required.

Lakes in Austria