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Austria - Winter's Ultimate Choice


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When the first snowflakes fall from the sky, covering the mountains with a blanket of white, the landscape becomes charmingly transformed. And, although mountains, snow, and fresh air are not unique to Austria, what makes Austria special is its atmosphere, hospitality and quality of its infrastructure.

Walk amidst unspoiled nature breathing crystal clear air, or ease into the warm water of a thermal spa to escape your cares. You can see an opera, dance your way through the night at a ball, or discover traditional handicrafts at a festive Christmas market. Sound good? Here are another five reasons why Austria is THE ultimate winter destination:

Ski amadé – Here’s where you’ll find the greatest choice for doorstep ski in Austria!
Ski amadé, boasting 5 top ski resorts, 270 modern lifts, and 860 snow sure pistes, is a skier’s dream destination. What’s more, all this is available on just one ski pass and only within one hour of Salzburg airport! Every element of your holiday blends together perfectly here: the fascinating mountain ranges, the natural charm of Austrian village life, unrivalled hospitality and delicious cuisine. Snow worries? Not here. An ideal local microclimate and artificial snow-making capabilities on 85% of all pistes make the white stuff a sure thing. Visit www.skiamade.co.uk for special weekend packages offering incredible value for money.

Zell am See – Here’s where you’ll find the best access to powder enjoyment in Austria!
Smooth blankets of pristine deep snow - the perfect prerequisite for freeriding in its most beautiful form. Thanks to 138 diversified kilometres of pistes, the only glacier in the province of Salzburg, and the panorama of the highest summits of Austria, guests can experience alpine adventures to the full here and leave their traces in the snow year-round. Even off the ski runs you can enjoy a feeling of freedom at up to 3,000 metres. Dashing down the freeriding routes of Kitzsteinhorn is a real thrill. The 'Freeride Info Base' at the Alpincenter gives freeriders an overview of the different routes while special workshops teach them the right technique and security measures. The ascent is no problem either: in Zell am See-Kaprun, 53 state-of-the-art lift and cable car facilities, among them the Schmittenhöhebahn, with its new gondolas designed by Porsche, guarantee an unforgettable experience! Check the powder at www.zellamsee-kaprun.com

Saalbach Hinterglemm – Here’s where to take the family to ski in Austria!
It’s called the ‘Skicircus’ and, accordingly, a clown welcomes you on its webpage. Saalbach Hinterglemm – Leogang is truly a paradise for families. Over 200 kilometres of well-prepared slopes and 55 lifts in Austria’s largest connected ski area. Loads of child-friendly attractions and excellent ski kindergartens and ski schools ensure that ski-rookies have mountains of fun while their parents are free to enjoy the sport and some quality time as a couple. The special Montelino Skipass offers free lift access for children born 2005 and thereafter. At Easter, the Skicirus offers a FREE skiing holiday for children up to 14 years including lift pass. Find out more about deals for the whole family at www.saalbach.com

Zillertal – Here’s where you’ll find a first-class ski experience in Austria!
Pistes of unique quality, the best ski huts in the Alps, some of them offering Gault Millau cuisine, first-class service at exceptional hotels - all set against the backdrop of 55 peaks over three thousand metres. Nothing stands in the way of full-on enjoyment on over 662 kilometres of slopes served by 171 lifts – and, snow is absolutely guaranteed! Naturally, the pleasures of the Zillertal do not restrict themselves to the ski slopes: spa hotels and over 130 huts guarantee impressive mountain panoramas whilst savoring regional specialties and tasty tidbits. Savor online on www.zillertal.at

Tirol – Here’s where you’ll find a whole world of pistes and where skiing was invented!
The region of Tirol is Austria's skiing Mecca. Whether a first-timer or a seasoned ski veteran, everyone will find a resort to suit them with more than 150 ski areas to choose from, including 5 glaciers, across a total of 3,500 kilometres of superbly groomed slopes. World-famous resorts such as St. Anton (where skiing was invented!) and Kitzbühel, need little introduction, whilst British favourites such as Mayrhofen and Obergurgl continue to appeal year after year. The resorts within the Ski Welt, Austria’s largest skiing area, including Söll, Ellmau and Westendorf are ideal for all abilities and for clocking up the miles. Families are attracted to child-friendly resorts such as Seefeld, Wildschoenau or Alpbach, whilst Tirol’s capital Innsbruck is perfect for city skiing, from the Olympic slopes of the Axamer Lizum to glacier skiing on the Stubai. Find your ideal slope at www.visittirol.co.uk

Win a fantastic ski break in the Austrian Alps! For more information www.austria.info/ski
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