8 February 2019 from Danielle in 'Ski areas''

Once you’ve stayed in ski-in, ski-out accommodation, you’ll never go back. The luxury of waking up in the morning, stepping outside and having the ski area spread at before you without having to go any further than your front door... it’s pure bliss! Instead of running to catch the ski bus or lugging your gear across the entire village, all you have to do is strap on your skis and the ski day has begun! While ski-in, ski-out accommodation can be slightly more expensive, it’s worth it: no queues to start the ski day, no stress and ultimately you’ll get to spend longer on the slopes! Here are 10 ski resorts in Austria with slope-side accommodation, for the perfect ski holiday.

1. Obertauern

Obertauern's ski area is accessible via several lifts that take skiers and snowboarders directly to the pistes. The lifts are within easy walking distance of most of the accommodation in the village. If you’re hoping to get even closer, some of the hotels are located directly on the slopes. These hotels are only accessible via snowmobile!

Obertauern ski-in, ski-out accommodation

2. Kühtai

Kühtai is the highest ski resort village in Austria. Located at an altitude of 2020m, the village is practically within the ski area. Most hotels and businesses can be reached by foot or on skis, making Kühtai an idyllic Tyrolean ski-in, ski-out village with guaranteed snow right outside your front door.

Hotels at the foot of the pistes in Kühtai

3. Oberlech

Oberlech is a car-free ski resort. Nestled in the heart of Ski Arlberg, Austria’s largest ski area, Oberlech offers accommodation that is reachable on skis, on foot or via lift directly from the slopes. Leave the car in the car park where it belongs during your ski holiday in Lech!

Hotels next to the chairlift in Oberlech

4. Hochsölden

Located near the slopes of the Sölden ski area at 2090m above sea level, Hochsölden is a true snow sport enthusiast’s paradise. Limited après-ski and nightlife options mean that the focus is on skiing and snowboarding, and you’re virtually assured minimal queues in the morning to get to the slopes.

High-altitude hotels in Hochsölden

5. Turracherhöhe

Turracher Höhe is located right on the Turracher Lake at 1800m above sea level. The cluster of chalets and hotels allow for easy access to the ski slopes, while the lake offers attractive options in the form of cross-country skiing and ice skating when it freezes over in the winter.

Skiing back to the hotel at the end of the day

6. Zauchensee

Nestled in the mountains of the Salzburger Sportwelt, Zauchensee is located at a relatively low altitude of 1350m above sea level but enjoys a relatively snow-sure climate. The ski area boasts plenty of ski-in, ski-out accommodation for the 70km of pistes.

Gondola at Zauchensee

7. Axamer Lizum

One of the former host cities of the 1976 Winter Olympics, Axamer Lizum has a number of slope-side digs, any of which make the perfect base from which to explore the 40km of pistes and the Olympic routes. Just a short drive from Innsbruck, this one is easy to get to as well.

Ski village at Axamer Lizum

8. Obergurgl-Hochgurgl

Gurgl offers a wealth of ski-in, ski-out accommodation in the village of Hochgurgl, at 2150m above sea level. Guaranteed snow from autumn until late spring as well as a unique view of the surrounding mountains will make for an unforgettable winter holiday.

Ski-in, ski-out village of Hochgurgl

9. Königsleiten

The small but lively ski resort of Wald-Königsleiten on the edge of the Zillertal Arena is located at 1600m above sea level and gives direct access to more than 140km of pistes in the Zillertal Valley’s largest ski area. Enjoy the reliable snowfall and bustling après-ski vibe, set against a spectacular natural backdrop.

View of Königsleiten from the ski pistes

10. Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn

The Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn offers ski-in, ski-out accommodation from many of the villages, especially in Saalbach, which has a plethora of hotels located directly on the valley runs or just a short journey away from the slopes via ski bus.

Gondola at the Skicircus

Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!