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SKI-BUZZ

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SKI WEEKENDS IN AUSTRIA

Fancy a taste of the Austrian mountains but don’t have a week to spare? Grab a short ski break to Austria and spend a few days schussing down the slopes and dancing on tables to Europop and oompah music.

How do short ski breaks work?

You can get away for three or four days’ skiing with Crystal, during the week or over the weekend – with flights from a choice of London airports straight to Innsbruck or Salzburg. We’ll meet you at the airport to help get you on your way, and your shuttle transfer will whisk you to your resort in around 90 minutes. You can add lift passes and equipment hire to your booking too, so everything’s ready for you when you arrive.

Söll ski resort in Austria
Söll

Best resorts for a weekend ski break

Take your pick from some of Austria’s best resorts – they’ve got big ski areas, world-famous runs and a range of half-board and B&B hotels close to the lifts.

Ischgl: A lively town with a traditional soul, Ischgl is known for superb intermediate and expert skiing across 238km of slopes, and some of the best snowboarding in the Alps. Its high-altitude slopes and good snow record make it perfect for early or late-season ski trips.

Kitzbühel: Glitzy Kitz is a sophisticated medieval resort with brightly coloured buildings and buzzing nightlife. The 230km of skiing is world-class too – from the excellent intermediate pistes to the Streif downhill that hosts the famous Hahnenkamm race each year.

Colourful buildings in Kitzbühel town, Austria
Kitzbühel

Mayrhofen: One of Europe’s most well-known and popular ski resorts, Mayrhofen is a bustling town in the middle of the Zillertal area – where the 500km of piste includes the steepest run in Austria, Harakiri.

Saalbach: A sunny all-rounder, Saalbach is a good pick for mixed-ability groups. The 270km of runs in the Skicircus range from easy to expert, and there’s some great off-piste among the trees. It’s got over 60 mountain huts too, so you can always find somewhere for a bite to eat or a drink.

Söll: Söll’s part of the 280km SkiWelt, Austria’s second largest linked ski area. And the local tree-lined runs are ideal for beginners and intermediates building their skills. The village itself is small and pretty, with great bars.

Skiing in Söll, Austria
Söll

St Anton: Renowned for having some of the best après in Austria, St Anton is a cosmopolitan resort with a traditional centre. Confident skiers will love exploring 305km of varied terrain across Austria’s biggest linked ski area, the Arlberg.

Zell am See: A picture-postcard town on the shores of a frozen lake, Zell am See has lots of things to do and see. The car-free centre is full of cosy cafés and shops, and there are 138km of beginner and intermediate slopes spread across the surrounding mountains.

Skiers in Galtur, Austria

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

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