Easy to reach from the UK, Austria’s Tirol region is home to dozens and dozens of authentic ski resorts and includes destinations that are part of some of Europe’s largest ski areas, as well as some of the most snow-sure ski resorts on the planet.
A Longer Snow-sure Season
Tirol is home to five glacier ski areas which are open from early autumn through to late spring. In fact, at the end of September this year there were just 10 ski areas open in the northern hemisphere and half of them were in Tirol! One Tirol area, Hintertux, is one of only two in the world open for skiing all year round. You can’t get a longer or more snow-sure season than that.
Several of the most famous ski resorts in the world are in Tirol, though you may not have known it. Along with the famous ski city of Innsbruck, and the cradle of alpine skiing, St Anton am Arlberg, you can opt for the world-famous Kitzbühel or the glacier resort of Sölden where the International SkI Federation (FIS) kicks off the annual World Cup tour for the best ski racers on the planet each October.
A Big Choice
Besides the famous resorts mentioned above, you’ll find ski village choices of all shapes and sizes to base yourself in during your stay in Tirol. Perhaps one of the utterly picturesque villages in Ski Juwel Alpbhachtal Wildschönau , or Europe’s highest traditional village, snow-sure Obergurgl. You could even stay in a famous party town like Ischgl or make it a ski-and-city break at Igls, perhaps?
Whichever resort type you choose, you’ll find they all share some core values – including the importance of traditional chalet-style buildings and there being no concrete rectangles to be seen. Authentic wood-lined bars and restaurants serving hearty local fare is the norm across the region, and almost all of Tirol’s villages are located in picturesque valley scenery with wooded hillsides and white mountain peaks.
Ski areas in Tirol are some of the quickest and easiest to reach from the UK, with many located less than an hour from Innsbruck Airport and almost all within a two-hour transfer window. Many resorts are actually less than an hour from Innsbruck, including most of the dozen or so ski villages included on the Innsbruck lift pass. Alternative airports including Munich and Salzburg provide fast access to North Tirol.