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Skiing in Austria

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I'm lucky enough to live between an hour and two hours from many Austrian resorts. At the moment with the great conditions I go skiing once a week and would appeciate some ideas from either local folk or those that know the area and can advise on places to go. I've been to a fair few to date (Ischgl, Söll, Hintertux, Kaprun, Hochfügen, Kuhtai)and would like some recommendations on where next to try. I was thinking of St Anton this weekend. I'm an intermediate (at the lower levels of intermediacy) and get most of my kicks from skiing fast through the trees! Any ideas anyone? I'm not interested in apres ski by the way.
post #2 of 11
My only ski experience in Austria has been in the Kitzbuhel area of the Tirol. While Kitzbuhel has plenty to offer, you would also enjoy the smaller areas nearby: St. Johann and Steinplatte. Both Kitzbuhel and St. Johann lie at lower elevations than most of the other Austrian resorts which means that many of their runs are in the trees.
post #3 of 11
Contact DangerousBrian.
He's based in Vienna, but might be able to give you some recommendations.


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post #4 of 11
EnglishDan,

Flachau and Obertauern are good for intermediates at the moment. Look at the first link for resort profiles (there's also a snow and weather report for each resort) and the second link for trail maps. You should be able to find a few with trees.
http://www.born2ski.co.uk/guidecount...ia&CountryID=4
http://www.skimaps.com/resortlocator...ountry=Austria

DB

PS St Anton is excellent (and expensive) but better suited to advanced & expert skiers

Do you ski Zell am Zee while you were at Kaprun?

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 08, 2002 01:54 PM: Message edited 1 time, by DangerousBrian ]</font>
post #5 of 11
Dan
St Anton. I personally love the place. If you go there, have a look at the Rendl area which has lovely mellow sunny skiing and a pleasant restaurant at the top of the gondola. Also ski over to Stuben, which preserves the powder well on its north-facing slopes.
You get best value in St Anton by staying in a B+B in one of the satellite districts on the efficient ski bus routes.
Lech is ideal for intermediates. Picturesque pistes in the trees.
Solden would be worth looking at. It has a big long run from the top of the gondola. I believe that Obergurgl has a lot of charm.
post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
Cheers all. Food for thought, thanks.

I'd read about St Anton being a better resort for the "better" skier albeit having runs to cater for all. I was somewhat put off by Lech on account of it's reputation as one of the most expensive resorts in Austria and the beautiful people syndrome that it apparently suffers from.

DB - I didn't do Zell am See as it was about June when I went. Needed some skiing during those unwelcome summer months
post #7 of 11
I'm off to Austria in 3 days. Do you have any info about the resort of Soll? [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
Söll is a great resort - part of Austria's largest connected ski area known as Skiwelt. Read more here http://www.ski-europe.com/resorts/soll.html

I was there last weekend and had a really good day - surprisingly quiet, great weather and excellent snow. It's got the perfect runs for beginners and intermediates so you'll be sorted for a good ski Richie. Dunno quite how good you are but if you're a beginner don't bother with the run to the valley ("talabfahrt") which is a trip on several north facing ice sheets to be missed (I had a laugh mind) and one that is attempted by, at a guess, 90% of all the holidaymakers in Söll between 345 and 430pm!

Enjoy Söll mate!
post #9 of 11
Thanks Dan. Yes I am pretty much a beginner as I last skied about 5 years ago which is a long time, as I never had the money to go until now. I think I'll get some lessons so I can get out the "rusty" stage!
And the Valley you were talking about is in my not-to-do list for this year!
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Richie:
Thanks Dan. Yes I am pretty much a beginner as I last skied about 5 years ago which is a long time, as I never had the money to go until now. I think I'll get some lessons so I can get out the "rusty" stage!
And the Valley you were talking about is in my not-to-do list for this year!
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

You're making me feel bad now, or even a touch gaper-ish. Before last November I hadn't skied for 15 years and haven't had a lesson so far. Perhaps that's why I ruptured my thumb ligaments on that first trip after a spectacular 15m fall/launch on the Hintertux on that first time back! On the other hand perhaps it taught me the valuable lesson of respecting the mountain and also helped me lose the "I can do it, no problem" attitude....Whichever it is, I'm thinking I don't want to be a gaper so perhaps a lesson or six is the order of the day!
post #11 of 11
[quote]Originally posted by EnglishDan:
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Before last November I hadn't skied for 15 years and haven't had a lesson so far. Perhaps that's why I ruptured my thumb ligaments on that first trip after a spectacular 15m fall/launch on the Hintertux on that first time back!

Ouch! I hope I don't end up in a mess like that!

On the other hand perhaps it taught me the valuable lesson of respecting the mountain and also helped me lose the "I can do it, no problem" attitude....Whichever it is, I'm thinking I don't want to be a gaper so perhaps a lesson or six is the order of the day!

Thanks for your help Dan, I'll need it!
(Remembers his first ever skiing trip, with school.) (shudders)
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