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Thinking about Austria next season - any resort recommendations?

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JohnS4 wrote:
Like @munich irish said, I wouldn't ski anywhere but the Arlberg now. But the set of requirements by the OP sound better suited to the big French resorts. I've skied 3v in France and been disappointed compared to St Anton bur everyone has there own requirements and some places fit those better than others. I'm in St Anton now, had a fantastic day skiing, now in A lively bar in town. For me it doesn't get better than here.


Possibly you’re right and the French alps are more my taste; however, I’ve never been anywhere else so I’d like to find out Madeye-Smiley. Part of the reason for travelling anywhere abroad is to try new things and if I’m honest, a ski holiday is about more than just skiing - especially for my girlfriend who has only been once apart from a couple of trips to Hemel. She wants to sit in nice alpine cafes and drink hot chocolate, eat food we can’t pronounce, go coo over at sled dogs etc as much as she wants to ski.

Who knows? Maybe I’ll decide Austria isn’t for me and head back to France for my next trip but hey ho, you only get so many winters in your life and I’m sure Val Thorens, Tignes etc will survive without me for a year.
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ousekjarr wrote:


Don't get me wrong - I'm a regular and enthusiastic visitor to most of these places, but when someone asks for recommendations for ski-in/ski-out and says they've mostly visited the 3V, I don't think most of these cut it unless/until the OP says that they don't mind downloading or taking a bus back from the lift. Hence my recommendations of Saalbach-Hinterglemm, and the Arlberg (where I've never been, but it comes up regularly when people ask for ski-in/ski-out). By definition, ski out requires runs below the accommodation, and that's a rarity as a whole in my experience. I've stayed in some which are close - walk over the road, clip in and go - but nothing to match the very few where you can open the door, drop your skis, step into them, and ski off.


Fair enough, and don't get me wrong either: 1. no arguments about lack of ski out accom (think I mentioned that but may have been another thread) 2. yep Arlberg and Saalbach would both work well for OP and 3. everyone is entitled to their opinion...

...But I still disagree with some of yours haha wink

Westendorf for example. I've done 6 weeks of holidays there before I moved to AT, and last skied there for a day around 3 weeks ago. There's a red and a blue piste right to the village, with a ski depot right at the bottom, and pretty much all hotels within a few minutes walk (we used to stay at the Glockenstuhl which even at the other end of the village is a 5 minute walk tops). I really don't understand why you'd ever download from the mid-station (even my very nervous snowploughing Mum skis/skied down happily at the end of the day, even late season), no need for a bus 'cos the piste goes all the way, and personally I find those runs fun enough to ski multiple times a day, not just at the end (again, excepting the last 100m where you cut skiers right to the village/away from the Alpenrosenbahn bottom station).
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@PrinceJohn, as you'll have seen, even though we don't always agree about which bits of Austria are best, we're all pretty keen on the country. Hopefully you'll find out why when you visit!

It's not France and hopefully never will be anything like it, it's different - but also the same, as it's full of people looking for fun on snow
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@PrinceJohn, I would guess once you have been to Lech you will not want to go anywhere else again Very Happy There are good reasons that it has been a hideaway for the rich & famous for nearly a hundred years.
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first time visit this year (late January) to Zurs, Alberg Region - loved it (usually ski 3V, Paradiski)
Zurs is great if you are not too fussed about lively bars - although Lech is a very short easy bus ride away.
Our hotel was 1 minute at most from chair, you could ski back to hotel - or 5 mins walk to gondola to take you St. Anton direction.
None of the accommodation looked very far from any lifts.
Once we got the gist of the piste map (theres another story there) we soon were easily clocking up the miles.
Lifts were very fast and pistes were excellent.
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ousekjarr wrote:
@PrinceJohn, as you'll have seen, even though we don't always agree about which bits of Austria are best, we're all pretty keen on the country.


I’d noticed Laughing

It’s not looking like I’ll be able to get away from work again this season so roll on next winter when, if I can convince who I’ll be going with to try it out, hopefully I’ll break my Austrian duck.
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@PrinceJohn, have you decided yet where you're ski tripping?
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Dippy wrote:
first time visit this year (late January) to Zurs, Alberg Region - loved it (usually ski 3V, Paradiski)
Zurs is great if you are not too fussed about lively bars - although Lech is a very short easy bus ride away.
Our hotel was 1 minute at most from chair, you could ski back to hotel - or 5 mins walk to gondola to take you St. Anton direction.
None of the accommodation looked very far from any lifts.
Once we got the gist of the piste map (theres another story there) we soon were easily clocking up the miles.
Lifts were very fast and pistes were excellent.


if someone can afford the prices of Zürs, and he is not interested for Apres, i dont see why somebody has to go somewhere else..
except if he wants to see other places
Maybe an excemption for Dolomiten, because is also something extraordinary (for me), but otherwise....
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In reviewing the OP's criteria I'd suggest Serfaus. Ticks all the boxes except ski-in/out, but its subway saves a lot of walking in its own unique way. Not much English spoken there, which is fun and makes it more of a trip for me.
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All these pictures of Germ Knodels are making me feel quite full.
Dont forget the Kaiser Schmarme however its spelt.
Schwein Haxen would be nice too.
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Kaiserschmarrn

Germknödel

Schweinshaxe

though the spelling of all of them can be variable eg on touristy menus
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