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Picture crisp mountain air, snow-capped peaks dotted with authentic villages and mountain huts, state-of-the-art lifts and pristine ski slopes as far as the eye can see. Austria's Tyrol province is the birthplace of Alpine skiing, and today more than 80 ski resorts and five glacier ski areas welcome guests each season.
We invite you to discover the best of Tyrol at four top ski resorts. St. Anton am Arlberg, internationally renowned as the birthplace of skiing and loved by expert skiers for its vast and varied terrain. Kitzbühel, famous for the Hahnenkamm World Cup Downhill race, is a vibrant yet charming Alpine village, and the ski area surprisingly features plenty of terrain for beginners and intermediates. Innsbruck, the "Capital of the Alps," is surrounded by nine ski resorts, one of which is Nordkette, one of Tyrol's steepest ski mountains with spectacular views over the city and beyond. Sölden boasts reliable snowfall and a very long ski season with seven months of great skiing on two glaciers and one vast ski resort spanning three 10,000-foot peaks.
St. Anton's reputation as a premier vacation destination is known worldwide, and rightfully so. It has it all: incredible skiing, state-of-the-art lifts, a charming Austrian village and vibrant nightlife.
This resort's Tyrolean mountain village, along with neighboring villages of Pettneu, Flirsch and Strengen, is fashionable and modern while still retaining much of its traditional charm. Visitors treasure the Alpine coziness as much as the hospitality and international energy.
St. Anton's stats are staggering with 97 lifts, 211 miles of marked ski runs and 124 miles of off-piste possibilities. Cross-country skiers also have a huge selection of terrain thanks to a trail system that stretches 25 miles. A true winter wonderland, this destination invites visitors to try nearly every Alpine pastime, from ice-skating to tobogganing.
A destination of contrasts, Kitzbühel has many personalities, including a high-society playground, a ski-racing Mecca and a down-to-earth Tyrolean winter wonderland. It's these contrasts that make Kitzbühel one of the greatest ski resorts in the Alps.
Between the Kitzbühel Horn and the Hahnenkamm World Cup Downhill course, skiers and snowboarders have 105 miles of world famous ski runs to follow in the tracks of legends like Toni Sailer, Anderl Molterer, and Ernst and Hansi Hinterseer. The Hahnenkamm Races, with the famous Streif descent, are the social high-point on the international World Cup calendar. After dark, the 700-year-old "Old Town," with its traditional après-ski bars and pubs, becomes the party hub of the world.
Kitzbühel has the highest concentration of Gault Millau gourmet restaurants and the most luxurious hotels in Tyrol. With a range of international designer storefronts and local boutiques, shopping is a pastime in itself. Affectionately called the "town of the chamois,” Kitzbühel is easily accessible by road and by rail. It's only an hour-and-a-half drive from airports in Munich, Salzburg and Innsbruck.
Host to the Olympics three times, Innsbruck is one of the world's greatest ski cities. Skiers flock to nine ski areas and 186 miles of slopes—all connected via free shuttles—from December until mid-April. The Stubai Glacier is an idyllic playground for skiing and snow adventures and caters to all types of winter enthusiasts, from beginner to expert skiers and snowboarders, families and sun-worshipers.
The "Capital of the Alps" offers much more than downhill skiing: visitors enjoy cross-country skiing, ski touring, snow-shoeing, tobogganing, ice skating, horse-drawn sleigh rides, winter hiking and much more. Brave adventurers can even go down the Olympic bobsled course in Igls, reaching speeds of up to 75 miles per hour.
Off the slopes, Innsbruck's winter ambiance is magical. During the Christmas season, the city hosts six different Christmas markets where shoppers peruse handcrafted souvenirs amidst scents of hot wine and freshly made cookies and sounds of softly playing brass bands. Throughout the winter, Innsbruck's sightseeing and shopping in the historic city center sets this destination apart.
Nicknamed "the diamond of the Alps" and surrounded by more than 250 peaks reaching 9,800-plus feet, the Otztal Valley is a winter paradise. Its premier ski resort—Sölden—is a world-class destination for alpine and cross-country skiers.
Ski season starts in September with glacier skiing on two connected ski mountains, Rettenbach and Tiefenbach. In November, lifts start spinning at Sölden and Hochsolden, opening 90 miles of varied slopes. Next comes scenic Obergurgl-Hochgurgl's season, when skiers move off the glacier and onto 68 miles of immaculate ski slopes. Finally, the valley's lowest and third-largest ski area, Hochoetz, opens its winter season in December and brings the budget-conscious skiers to its slopes.