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Short ski breaks in Austria

Want to hit the slopes, but don’t have a week to spare? Bag a short ski break in Austria and spend your time cruising tree-lined runs and dancing on tables to oompah music.

How do short ski breaks work?

Get away for three or four days’ skiing with Crystal, during the week or over the weekend. We’ll meet you at Innsbruck airport to help get you on your way, then your shuttle bus or coach will whisk you straight to the mountains. And to make sure everything is ready when you arrive in resort, don’t forget to add lift passes and equipment hire when you make your booking.

Best resorts for a weekend ski break

Take your pick from some top ski resorts in Austria – they’re authentic mountain towns or villages with big ski areas, fast, modern lifts and a range of half-board hotels and guesthouses.


If you’re looking for a few days of easy-going cruising, Söll’s hard to beat. It’s in the 280km SkiWelt, an intermediate’s playground with lots of pretty, wooded pistes. Gentle reds and blues link different valleys dotted with traditional villages, so click in and start exploring.

When it comes to kicking back at the end of the day, Söll’s filled with friendly bars where you can stamp your feet to some live music. And the best bit? The drink prices are lower here compared to other resorts in Austria.

Apres bar in Soll

St Anton

Steep gullies, wide snowfields and long powder runs just metres from the lifts – St Anton’s spot-on for advanced skiers wanting a quick mountain fix. It’s also in the 305km Arlberg, Austria’s biggest linked area, so you’ll be able to really ski your heart out in just a few days. And with its world-famous après scene, get ready to pack in plenty of party time too. Start off dancing to cheesy europop in a mountain hut, then stay up ‘til the early hours hopping between the pubs and clubs that line the main street.

Skiers in St Anton

Zell am See

Varied terrain, scenic slopes and some excellent areas for beginners – Zell’s ideal for mixed-ability groups planning a short getaway. The local Schmittenhöhe mountain has lots of wide, easy runs with views of Lake Zell below. And for steeper terrain and some of the best snow conditions around, don’t miss visiting the Kitzsteinhorn glacier in nearby Kaprun, which is also included on your lift pass.

The town itself has a picture-postcard feel, with its lakeside setting and medieval buildings. When you’re done skiing for the day, grab a drink in one of the friendly bars. Or spend some time strolling around the cobbled centre and browsing in the boutiques for souvenirs.

Zell am See

Take a look at our short ski breaks and top up your slope time in Austria this winter.

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