Austria's variety of ski destinations is huge. Large or small, difficult or easy, famous or unknown—you can choose anything your heart desires. The skiing season begins in December and lasts until late March. The most crowded period is the holiday season, from December 25 until January 2. February is rather busy as well, because of school and university vacations. The best skiing conditions are usually in mid-January and the least crowded times are in the beginning of December and late March.
The higher the mountain and larger ski resort—the higher the price. Ski resorts in Carinthia and Styria are considered to offer better value than in Tyrol, Vorarlberg, and Salzburg. They are also less crowded. Nevertheless, you should choose a place for skiing according to your professional level. If you are a beginner, there is no need to go to Arlberg, as its ski trails can be difficult. If you plan to ski in late February or March, choose a spot in the higher elevations as warming temperatures can melt the snowmaking conditions less favourable elsewhere.
Ski areas, such as Ski Amade, Ski Welt, Ski Arlberg, and the Kitzbuehel Alps are made up of a series of small, lovely ski villages with a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere and affordable prices. Here you can find extreme snow parks and world-renowned ski schools. Most Austrian ski resorts accommodations such as eight-person cable cars heated chairlifts, and slopes in excellent condition. Some of the most popular Austrian ski resorts include St. Anton, Ischgl, Mayrhofen, Kitzbuehel, Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Solden, Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang, Lech Zuers, Obertauern, and Schladming.