Austria has more to offer than the Von Trapps

Although many of immediately think of the Von Trapps warbling away in the Sound of Music when Austria is mentioned, it is also one of the original, and still highly popular, destinations for skiing holidays.

This mainly mountainous country shares borders with Italy, Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Hungary, with 62% covered by the Alps and a further 12% by the Carpathian Mountains.

This frosty wonderland offers skiers of all abilities the opportunity to crawl or fly down miles of piste, and has all the ingredients to make a perfect winter holiday. The many mountain resorts dotted around Austria don’t just appeal to skiers, there is also ice skating, snowboarding, sleigh rides, snow shoeing to be enjoyed, and the day can be finished to perfection by indulging in one of the luxurious spas.

The Arlberg region is generally considered to be the birthplace of the modern alpine skiing that we know today, and is by far the most popular are within Austria for skiing holidays. Even Royal families from around Europe fly into to enjoy some winter fun here, and the best known resorts are Zurs, St Anton and Lech. With altitudes ranging from 4278-9223ft here and 161 miles of ski runs, it is the perfect setting for a winter break.

If you want to go somewhere less commercialised and embrace the true essence of the Tyrol, head for the Kitzbuhel-Reith-Aurach area. Here you can face the mighty challenge of the famous Hahnenkamm with its 99 miles of pure white, manicured trails, and have a great time in the amazing snowboarding park.

Travelling from Zurich is by far the easiest way of reaching Montafon, this area consists of Gaschurn, Gargellen and Schruns and sits in the province of Vorarlberg. Describes as the epitome of a true winter wonderland; you will have the time of your life with the resorts’ 122 miles of ski runs, as well as taking the unique ski tour of the glaciers, and the hills certainly will be alive as you glide over the pristine snow and visit the quaint villages.