The Austrian ski resorts Mayrhofen and Solden are European leaders in hosting Russian tourists. Also popular are Ischgl, Kitzbühel, Obergurgl, St. Anton and a dozen other places for a wonderful winter and ski holidays. Whichever resort of Tyrol you choose, there will be excellent infrastructure, various hotels, apartments, cafes, taverns and restaurants with delicious food and, of course, a wide variety of ski slopes.
Tyrol was recognized by Travel.ru visitors as the best place for a winter holiday in the framework of the non-commercial consumer award “Travel.ru Star” in 2011 and 2012. Sölden received the “Star” in 2014 as the best place for a ski vacation abroad.
Last but not least, Tyrolean resorts are loved for being very easy to get to. Innsbruck Airport accepts flights from most European airlines several times a day. Thus, in the period from December to March, regular regular flights Moscow-Innsbruck-Moscow are open on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays; flights are operated by Austrian Airlines, S7 Airlines and Niki. In addition, you can quickly get to Tyrol from the airports of Munich, Memmingen, Zurich or Salzburg.
Winter holidays in the Ötztal valley
The Ötztal valley is famous for its grandiose scenery with more than 250 three-thousandth, on the slopes of which are located ski resorts of international level and with guaranteed snow. During the long season from September to May, vacationers will find literally everything here!
The first address for skiers, snowboarders and party-goers is undoubtedly Sölden, a hot spot in the Alps. Since September, this place in Ötztal invites to make the first turns in the ski areas of Rettenbach and Tiefenbachferner glaciers. In November, all 33 ski lifts in Solden and Hochsölden come into operation, opening up to 145 km of ski slopes. The new season 2014/15 – “Adrenaline Cup” – invites you to face off in ten exciting disciplines with the ability to win great prizes. The legendary atmosphere of Sölden’s parties will be set by the Opening of the Glacier (October 10-12) and the start of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup (October 24-26), followed by the Electric Mountain Festival, the Hannibal glacial performance and numerous night parties.
The silent snow-covered slopes around the cozy mountain village of Vent (Vent) are considered a paradise for ski tourism. Here, at the end of the valley, begins the circular route Venter Runde – a real classic and one of the most popular in the Eastern Alps “Haute Routes”. The ski track extends over 185 km with all levels of difficulty for lovers of classics and skaters.
The center of the Nordic recreational movement is the village of Längenfeld with its spacious, flat, panoramic paths.
Nearby, in the villages of Gries, Umhausen and Niederthai, snow lovers will find an unsuccessful winter program with family lifts, ski trails, toboggan runs and walking paths.
Ötztal has 185 km of winter walking routes, 40 kilometers of winter running tracks, 15 partially illuminated toboggan runs, 10 skating rinks and many frozen waterfalls for ice climbing, inviting for active outdoor recreation. Organized snow shoe walks are almost universally offered.
Winter holiday in Kitzbühel
Kitzbühel is a fashionable, prestigious, but at the same time sporty and traditional resort in the Austrian Alps. The world famous town miraculously combines ancient traditions and urban lifestyles.
Located between the Kitzbüheler Horn and Hahnenkamm mountain ranges, the Kitzbühl resort offers its guests perfectly groomed slopes of all difficulty levels – for beginners as well as experienced skiers. Free-drivers and ski-climbers will appreciate the fact that snow lasts all winter in Kitzbühel – in this sense, in particular, Kitzbüheler-Horn is considered a cherished place for freeriders and ski-climbers.
It offers guests 170 km of ski slopes, a breathtaking snowboard park, 120 km of cross-country ski runs, almost 200 km of hiking trails, ski schools, and a Mercedes-Benz sports park with a curling center, a skating rink and a climbing wall. Comfortably in Kitzbühel and newcomers: the Rasmusleiten, Mocking, Heisleiten, Pass Thurn, Wright and Aschau free training lifts work in all ski resorts in the valley.
The most striking event of the winter season is the spectacular race Hahnenkamm-Rennen, during which the best riders of the planet compete in the most difficult ski slope of the world – “Straight”.