Skiing Austria Just Got Easier

Low-cost airlines, package tourism and massive discounts make ski vacations more affordable; now they’re even more convenient. Austrian Airlines recently launched a Skibus service that connects skiers directly to Innsbruck. This service is designed to offer seamless service from the airport to St. Anton, Ischgl and Soelden.

The Skibus offers a timely alternative to other forms of public transportation. For example: passengers leaving London at 6 a.m. will arrive at the resort of their choice shortly after 1 p.m. and may be on the slopes withn the hour.

Skiing in Tyrol

Tyrol is located in western Austria. The state itself is easily identified by its two parts: North Tyrol and East Tyrol. Along the northern border is Bavaria, with Vorarlberg to the west and Italy and Switzerland to the south. Salzburg Austria is directly to the east. Carinthia also shares a border with East Tyrol.


Innsbruck is the capital of Tyrol and one of the most popular ski areas on Austria. The two primary sports in the area are skiing during the winter and hiking during the summer. Several ski resorts and glacial skiing make this one of the few areas in the world to offer year-round skiing. Innsbruck has hosted the Winter Olympic Games twice. The first was in 1964 and again in 1976. Only two other areas have had the privilege of hosting the Winter Olympic Games twice: St. Moritz, Switzerland and Lake Placid, New York.

Bidding has begun for the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics. Innsbruck recently became a finalist in the battle to host the first of many Winter Youth Olympic Games.

St. Anton

As one of the more populated areas in Tyrol, St. Anton has a busy nightlife and even busier ski slopes. The St. Anton area is well-known as a resort for ‘serious skiers.’ Although it has a reputation for being a hard core ski resort, families and beginners are coming to enjoy all there is to St. Anton. Ski instruction is available for beginners or those wishing to simply improve their abilities.


What was once a farming village is now one of the largest ski areas in Austria. Situated near Vorarlberg, the village of Ischgl has changed its entire image in the last two decades. Travel to the village can be strenuous, and those travelling by car should keep in mind that the village is surrounded by very high, snow-covered mountains. Appropriate snow equipment is necessary to ensure a safe journey. Ischgl has three large ski lifts, intermediate ski runs, great hotels and a busy nightlife.


Situated at the base of the Tiefenbach and Rettenbach glaciers, Soelden offers lots of off-slope ski action. Winter and summer skiing are available here due to the location of the glaciers and popularity of ‘ski-in, ski-out’ convenience. Year-round skiing is becoming very popular among ski lovers around the world. Soelden doesn’t have the nightlife some of the other Austrian ski resorts may have, but for skiers looking for great year-round glacial skiing, it’s perfect.

Skiing in the Alps

The Alps have a long-running and well deserved reputation for being some of the best ski territory in the world. Beginners and experienced skiers alike can find the ideal ski terrain to fit their ski style. Ski resorts in the Alps often get the opportunity to work with skiers year-round, so they understand what skiers want and how to deliver it in the most convenient way possible.

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