Thursday 29 October 2020
Austria's government and its tourism industry are working hard to ensure that 2020/21 winter holidays are both safe and enjoyable for visitors, with a myriad of guidelines and measures in place from the gondola to the ski lesson, to the alpine hut and spa. Alongside the introduction and observation of COVID-19 protective procedures, Austria continues to offer guests outstanding winter holidays. Across the provinces of SalzburgerLand and Tirol, new experiences and infrastructural updates abound for the 2020/21 winter season to ensure that holidays in Austria are as safe, worry-free and enjoyable as possible.
Winter holidays are sublime in SalzburgerLand. In total, this Austrian state is home to 1,140km of blue runs, 1,305km of red and 305km of black – all accessible with the Salzburger Super Ski Card. Off the slopes, cozy mountain huts, Christmas markets, horse-drawn sleigh rides, toboggan runs, snowshoe hikes and ice climbing await eager holidaymakers.
There are updates aplenty across the province this year, with a new “Panorama Link” ten-seater gondola connecting Flachau / Wagrain and Flachauwinkl / Kleinarl, creating one of the largest winter sports regions in Europe. St. Gilgen on Lake Wolfgang introduces the Zwölferhorn eight-seater gondola, adding a restaurant to the lift’s mountain station. For those eager to try out the latest accommodation: Hotel Blü is new in Bad Hofgastein, boasting a rooftop spa and yoga studio.
The Stadthotel Oberndorf expands with 20 new modern rooms in the former town hall, just 10 minutes from the famous Silent Night Chapel. The award winning Mesnerhaus restaurant adds guest rooms to its offering, while the five-star Hotel Moar Gut in the Grossarl Valley reopens after renovations in October.
408km of SalzburgerLand’s pistes are available via Zell am See-Kaprun with the Ski ALPIN CARD, which grants access to the Schmittenhöhe, the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier and Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn. In this beautiful region of lakes and mountains, guests can test the latest ski models and join special workshops during November’s ‘Snow-How-Days’.
Furthermore, from 11th – 13th and 18th – 20th December, holidaymakers can take part in the “Digital Winter Opening Schmittenhöhe”. SalzburgerLand is also home to the high altitude Obertauern, with its long November to May season and one of Europe’s steepest mogul slopes, the Gamsleiten II.
For guests looking for some guidance before heading out onto such challenging slopes, there’s a new ski instructor format for 2020/21. “Bobby” is the new private ski instructor for families, whose instruction becomes exclusively available to all members of a family unit for a full three days once booked. Located just under 90 minutes from Salzburg airport, the cozy, serene and scenic region of St. Johann in Salzburg is also ideal for trips with children.
The region’s infrastructure has been designed with happy memories of family holidays in mind, and kids big and small will love its 210km of slopes, ten winter hiking routes, snow park and toboggan run. From 28th March – 4th April 2021, the region will host its first ever winter “JoKiWo” children’s week, with an action-packed programme for younger visitors.
The western province of Tirol is one of Austria’s most famous and well-loved destinations for winter holidays from the UK, boasting 80 ski areas and more than 3,000km of skiable terrain. After hours of fun on slopes, sledges, ice-skates and snow-kites, visitors can be assured that hearty local dishes and warming drinks await in picture-perfect mountain huts and chic restaurants.
In Tirol, a “gemütlich” welcome is always guaranteed. The region’s superlative winter offering is further enhanced this year with additions to its lift infrastructure and range of slope-side activities. In the family-friendly Fiss, for example, a new eight-person chairlift with heated seats and a child security mechanism is introduced, while the Steinplatte/Waidring ski resort sees the Kappellenbahn transformed from a six-person chairlift to an eight-seater to reduce waiting times.
Winter walkers and cross-country skiers will be happy to hear about new routes in the Wipptal Valley, Kartitsch, Lienz and the Gschnitztal Valley, while a new toboggan run in Fiss is guaranteed to awaken childlike glee in visitors of all ages.
Furthermore, the 2020/21 season sees a variety of new well-appointed, comfortable and stylish accommodation options for winter holidays, including the secluded Feriensuite Seppel apartment in Schirm, the 21 ten-person wooden chalets in Steinach’s Chaletdorf Bergeralm (each with its own Finnish sauna and wood-burning heater), and the family-friendly holiday homes at the Farm Resort Geislerhof, each of which has three bedrooms and a private spa.