Austria’s best ski resorts for seniors
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has ski resorts by the hundred in the forms of old market towns and quaint mountain
villages. Ski areas come in varying size, from a handful of runs to multi-resort
networks. Après ski is a cheery, ‘come one, come all’ affair, the food is delicious
and holidays dent your wallet less than a trip to France or Switzerland might.
you sieving through so many destinations, we’ve narrowed it down to five Silver
Traveller favourites, covering what we like about them as well as recommended
travel and accommodation.
historic mining town, Kitzbühel has been awarded Austria’s Best Ski Resort a
staggering seven times in the World Ski Awards.
have groomed pistes totalling 234km, served by an efficient lift system (we
particularly like the Brunn chairlift with its heated, slip proof seats). Over
60s qualify for a reduced ski pass on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which is well worth
cashing in on if you don’t plan to ski every day of your stay. The town has boutiques,
cafes, museums and acclaimed restaurants to explore, and non-skiing activities
range from winter walks to attending snow polo matches.
suggest either getting here by rail (the town has 3 stations) or flying into
Salzburg which is 75 minutes away by car. The 4-star Hotel Schweizerhof comes
highly recommended for its ski in/out location, right by the city centre.
Zell am See
by peaks, this elegant
lakeside town is a true feast for the eyes. Covered by a single ski pass, 408km
of pistes are shared between the local Schmittenhöhe area and several others including
the Kitzsteinhorn glacier.
For non-skiing fun, explore the town’s shops
and cafes (the markets at Christmastime are magical) and visit neighbour Kaprun
for attractions such as visit Vötter's Vehicle Museum.
The most convenient way to get here is flying
into Salzburg airport, which is 80km away. Stay at the 4-star Grand Hotel Zell
am See, which dates back over 100 years and takes prime position on the waterfront.
Saalbach is both picturesque and practical: an authentic
Salzburgerland village with an onion-domed church and abundant accommodation
within easy reach of the slopes.
Anyone not schussing the 270km ski area can
explore the surroundings by snowshoe or horse-drawn sleigh, visit museums
devoted to skiing and local history or book a curling session.
When it comes to getting here, Salzburg airport
is 90km away. The 4-star Saalbacher Hof hotel is hugely popular for its central
location, in-house library, winter garden café and art gallery.
St Anton am Arlberg
Renowned as ‘the cradle of Alpine skiing’, not
to mention one of the world’s greatest après ski resorts, this Tyrolean town is
chock-full of character.
The Arlberg region (which you can read about in
more depth here) boasts 305km of
pistes and 200km of powder terrain, with discounted ski passes for over 74s.
Non-skiers have plentiful ways to pass the time, including horse drawn sleigh
rides, curling, winter hiking and the Arlberg WellCom leisure centre. Don’t
miss the charming St Anton museum with its on-site restaurant.
To get here, fly into Innsbruck airport which
is 100km away. The Hotel Post is highly praised, a traditional 4-star property
in the heart of resort.
Lech Zürs am Arlberg
Lech Zürs belongs to the
same spectacular 305km Arlberg ski area as St Anton (mentioned above). In comparison, this is a classier, more compact resort with less intimidating terrain. It
gets some of the region’s best natural snowfall and is home the Weisse Ring ski
circuit which all serious senior skiers should have on their bucket list.
Fireside lounges, fine restaurants and spas in
high-end hotels fill any non-skiing hours, as well as horse drawn sleigh rides,
spas and winter hiking paths.
To reach the resort, it’s best to fly into
Innsbruck airport which is 120km away. If you can nab one, book a room in the 5-star
Hotel Arlberg. A luxurious local institution in the village centre with ski
in/out access, it’s known for being Princess Diana’s accommodation of choice
during her many visits to Lech.
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