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Bigger is better: Top 3 largest ski areas in Austria

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Austria is a land of mountains and what a better way to spend winters in the mountains than to put the skies on and enjoy the scenery. When it comes to skiing, bigger is definitively better. The option to be able to ski all week not repeating the same slopes all over again is a dream of every skier. There is more than one ski resort in Austria, where you can manage to do this. In this article, I will present the top 3 largest contiguous ski areas in Austria

Ski Arlberg 305 km

Located in the federal state Vorarlberg, Ski Arlberg carries the title of the ski resort with the most kilometres of slopes in Austria. It is also one of the five largest skiing areas worldwide.  In Arlberg, skiers can explore 305 kilometres of downhill skiing, 200 kilometres of deep snow, off-piste skiing runs. In order to do that, there are 88 ski lifts taking the skiers up the mountain.  Although being such a huge ski area, the visitors can still enjoy the atmosphere of mountain villages, that despite tourism have managed to preserve their authentic Austrian charm. The area is also known as one of the most snow reliable regions in the Alps, with an average of 9 meters of snowfall each winter and about 70 percent of slopes covered by a system of artificial snow production.

Ski Arlberg
Ski Arlberg
Arlberg, 6655, Autriche

SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental 284 km

The ski area SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental is located in the Austrian federal state of Tyrol, not far away from the German border. The area has over 284 km of ski runs, and 90 modern cable cars and lifts help skiers climb the mountain. 229 km of slopes can be artificially snowed, so the snow is almost guaranteed. It is also Austria’s largest night skiing area with 10 kilometres of illuminated slopes, and it even has illuminated toboggan runs. Brixental Ski Resort is known for numerous, exactly 81, rustic Alpine huts and après ski bars, that will make your stay in the area even more pleasant. The slopes are all easily accessible from 9 different villages. This area has been awarded several times in succession as the best ski area in the world.

SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental
SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental
SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser - Brixental, Dorf 84, 6306 Söll, Аустрија

Skicircus Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang-Fieberbrunn 270 km

This impressive ski area is located on the border between Salzburg and Tyrol, and it is one of the most varied regions of Austria. It is composed of four different ski areas, all connected to one huge ski area. Skicircus has 270 kilometres of groomed slopes and lots of off-piste challenges. It is very convenient for the families because 140 kilometres of runs are easy blue runs. The four resort villages of Saalbach, Hinterglemm, Leogang and Fieberbrunn are linked via lifts, and the skis are the best mode of transport between them. However, if you want to use your car or public transportation, it is not so convenient because the villages are located on different sides of the mountain.

Skicircus Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang-Fieberbrunn
Skicircus Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang-Fieberbrunn
5753 Салбах-Хинтерглем, Аустрија

So, if you're looking to go the distance on your skis, you should visit one of these top 3 largest ski areas in Austria, because bigger is better.  


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Ogi Savic

Ogi Savic

I am Ogi. A journalist and economist, I live in Vienna and I am passionate about skiing, traveling, good food and drinks. I write about all these aspects (and more) of beautiful Austria.

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