How to live it up in the Austrian Alps winter?
“Happiness does come from living in the mountains – even if it is just for a week or two! And you will no doubt be spoilt for choice with the Austrian Alps cosy villages, boundless skiing pleasures and world class cuisine during the winter months,” Austria.
There is more to winter in the Austrian Alps than riding down the slopes! The Arlberg region and Sölden, both have a well-deserved international reputation, offering everything one can ask for on a winter holiday.
Sölden – unlimited glacier skiing
3 Mountains with an altitude above 3000 metres make Sölden in the Ötztal Valley Austria’s biggest glacier skiing area. 145 Kilometres of impeccably groomed slopes from October till May surrounded by stunning Alpine scenery guarantee an unforgettable winter break.
And after a long day on the slopes the Aqua Dome in Längenfeld is the perfect place to unwind. Due to Sölden’s exceptional attributes even James Bond could not resist chasing villains across the snow and ice. “007 Elements”, a James Bond cinematic installation due to open this winter, pays tribute to the world’s most famous spy.
the Arlberg – peak of mountain dining
If you want to tempt your tastebuds, the Arlberg region has all the ingredients for your perfect winter holiday. With the opening of a new cable car system last year, the Arlberg has become Austria’s largest ski resort (and the fifth largest in the world) with over 300 km of groomed runs.
But it is the combination of the family-run atmosphere and the highest density of gourmet restaurants per capita in Austria that makes the five charming villages between Tirol and Vorarlberg unique. This international winter sports destination offer its guests the highest standards of haute cuisine. And those who prefer simpler fare, will enjoy remaining true to the popular Tyrolean delicacies.
Winter in Austria is not just synonymous with skiing but also its distinctive Christmas traditions. Villages and cities decked out in traditional decorations, fir trees adorned with bees wax candles, freshly baked Christmas cookies and mulled wine, the rendition of carols in the parish church, and a stroll through the local Christmas market are all part of the festive season.
Austria boasts hundreds of Christmas markets throughout the country, from the skiing villages at the Arlberg and the Ötztal Valley all the way to the capital of Vienna in the east of the country.
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Therefore whether you want to coast down the piste leisurely or fly down the expert downhill run, in these resorts you will be spoilt for choice. For more info, activities, and accommodation options visit the following links The Arlberg region and Sölden
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If there is one thing that I have learnt, it is the more I see, the more there is to see! My name is Tracy Burrows and I am the managing editor of Out There Global, a community driven travel platform for both cost effective and luxury travel ideas around the world. From Jan 2014 - Dec 2016 I managed the LatestSightings.com blog (a United Nations World Summit Award Winner: Culture & Tourism 2016 & National Geographic partner). I was also consulting editor at MOZambique Magazine, and contributor at Sawubona. Prior to my career I obtained a tourism marketing degree, and graduated from a 2 year 'Hospitality Management in Development Program' in California. Following this I acquired a journalism diploma and since it's been all about travel and writing! And my nourishment from all those who have impacted me: family; friends; and strangers alike. Thank you for joining our journey!