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Snowboarding in Austria

As with the Snowboarding in Switzerland section, the following reports are based on day trips. Obviously this list is currently extremely limited but it will hopefully expand as more resorts are explored!

Resort map

Here's a map of Austria showing (roughly) where the resorts are. Click on the numbers, or use the summary below.

Damüls Montafon Steinplatte Diedamskopf Lech St Anton Ischgl Sölden Mayrhofen Kitzbühel Kaprun Bad Gastein

Google Earth guide

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This small file (8kb), when opened in Google Earth, shows all these resorts in lovely 3d. So you can fly over the Alps and check out the resorts and where they are. You can even play a tour and fly from one resort to the next! Each resort has a pushpin with a little info bubble, and these contain links back to the resort guide here at Activity Workshop.

If you haven't got Google Earth installed, you can see the same resort links in Google Maps instead.

Resort Summary

The ratings take into account the quality and variety of the slopes, efficiency of the lifts, and the cost of a day trip. They don't take any account of hotel or restaurant quality, nightlife, village atmosphere etc, which will be additional factors when choosing a holiday destination.

The resort guides also include a "slope orientation diagram", showing which directions most of the runs face. North-facing slopes are likely to receive less sunshine (perhaps holding their snow longer during sunny spells), east- and southeast-facing slopes get morning sunshine, west- and southwest-facing slopes get theirs later in the day. All of this is approximate, but can be a useful indication.

 
1

Damüls / Mellau

A good area with modern lifts and wide pistes, but catastrophic traffic in Mellau.

680m to 2000m

very good

2

Montafon

A loose collection of four different resort areas, covering a huge area with modern facilities.

700m to 2420m

very good

3

Steinplatte / Reit im Winkl

A spread-out resort sprawling over the border into Germany.

1150m to 1870m

good

 

More info

For more information on these and more Austrian ski resorts, see worldsnowboardguide.com or j2ski.com.

For other nearby resorts you can see snowboarding in Germany or Italy.