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 Austria now represents better value for money than the most popular resorts of the French Alps.

Everything from basic holiday costs, lift pass, ski school, eating out and partying usually costs less in Austrian resorts compared to the French Alps. Moreover, the standard of service is higher, the welcome is warmer, and lift systems are no less sophisticated.

Best ski resorts for beginners in Austria is Alpbach

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Alpbach has a population of 2,600 and occupies a beautiful location on a sunny plateau at approx. 1,000m above sea level. Thanks to its homogenous architectural style and lovely floral decorations Alpbach was voted “Austria´s most beautiful village” and also “Europe´s most beautiful flower village”.

Alpbach offers everything you need for an unforgettable Winter holiday, including 145km of groomed runs set against a cobalt blue sky, 20km of immaculate cross-country skiing trails in scenic surroundings, untracked powder slopes for ski mountaineers and cleared Winter hiking trails. Other popular winter activities include walking, tobogganing, skating, curling, Paragliding, and more.


Information Alpbach
Dorf 175
A- 6236 Alpbach, Österreich
Tel.: +43 (5337) 21200 30
Fax: +43 (5337) 21200 100

Opening hours:

  • Summer: Mon-Fri 8.30am-12.30pm & 2pm-6pm & Sat 8.30am-12.30pm
  • Winter: Mon-Fri 8.30am-12.30pm & 2pm-5.30pm
  • OFF-PEAK SEASON (mid-April – mid-June) closed on Thu afternoons!
  • OFF-PEAK SEASON (October – mid-December) Closed on Thus ans Sats !


Best ski resorts for families is Obergurgl

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If you’re taking young children to the Alps you want guaranteed snow cover at village level throughout a long season. At 1,930m, very high for a resort at the eastern end of the Alps, Obergurgl happily obliges.

You also need a short transfer and a low-risk environment. The traditional village is set around a fine church, an easy one-hour drive from Innsbruck. There’s no through traffic and the ambience is essentially family-friendly.

The resort attracts a loyal band of regulars, who love its low-key atmosphere and well-run, traditional hotels and scattering of chalets.

Obergurgl sits at the head of the Otzal Valley, a mere 90 minutes from Innsbruck and just 20 minutes from the larger resort of Sloden. Over 110 km of immaculate pistes offer good intermediate skiing and beginners should also find enough to keep them occupied for a week. Advanced skiers may have to look for the off-post after a while or make the short journey to Solden after a few days to keep them happy. On the plus side, Obergurgl has an excellent snow record and there are, rarely any lift queues. The village, if you can call it that, is small and quiet. Not the liveliest of resorts, but if it is the snow you came from, then there is enough to feed and water you in the resort. If you get bored at Obergurgl, get a taxi to Solden which is much busier.GURGLERSTRASSE 118



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T: +43 (0) 5256 6396
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Best ski resorts for partying is Ischgl


Ischgl is Austria’s second most important resort.It ofers   full-throttle nightlife and high-quality intermediate pistes. If you like your après as much as your sking, and think you might be too old for St Anton, then put it on your hit-list.

It’s a paradoxical place. The accommodation is mostly upmarket and more expensive than in many resorts. The clientele tend to be at least 10 years older than the twentysomethings who pack into the Mooserwirt above St Anton. But that doesn’t stop the Ischgl crowd from climbing on the tables and partying as if it were their last day on Earth.

From 3.30pm, the atmosphere is electric. It’s also wonderfully ski resorts austria


Info: +43 / 5444 / 606

Tariff information: +43 / 5444 / 606 – 200

Piste rescue service: +43 / 5444 / 606 – 600

Fax: +43 / 5444 / 606 -118

Pamporovo ski resort is located in the heart of the Rhodopi mountain. It is the sunniest Bulgarian mountain resort. The ski slopes of Pamporovo are safe guarded and maintained in a very good condition.Pamporovo enjoys 120 sunny days in winter. The ski zone is marvelous offering ski slopes with overall length of 37km suitable for all ages and abilities, but being mostly famous as an excellent choice for beginners and intermediates. The resort boasts a new snowmaking system composed of 80 snow cannons covering 90% of the ski runs as well as a new 3740m long ski run serviced by unique 6-chair open lift.pamporovo bulgaria


Queuing is rare due to a new up-to-date system of rope-ways, a product of the famous Austrian company “Axess” with capacity of 11,600 persons per hour. For the snowboarders there is a new 100m long half-pipe run, which together with the LED-lighted night run complement the ski magic. The gentle profile of the mountain with its rounded slopes and summits makes Pamporovo suitable for beginners. But there are difficult ski runs like “The Wall” for the advanced skiers. Ski rentals are available near the ski runs and the lift stations, you can book ski equipment rental, ski school and lift pass with us, as well.pamporovo bulgaria ski holiday


New for ski season 2013/2014: 5 million Euro are invested in Pamporovo ski centre for the new ski season in Bulgaria. A new lift equipment (high speed quad) is 1 kilometer long and will connect the “Two bridges” site with Snezhanka peak. The company plans to install additional lighting system for the ski slopes in the resort, as well as improvement of the system for artificial snow.

Location: Pamporovo ski resort is located 85 km from Plovdiv and 240 km from Sofia. The resort is situated on 1650 m above the sea level in the Rhodopi mountain at the foot of Snejanka peak (1926 m).

Resort information: Pamporovo is the sunniest Bulgarian mountain resort. The winter here is soft with 120 sunny days. The ski pistes are covered with snow throughout the whole skiing season that lasts from December till April. The average air temperature is – 3 °C.

The rounded mountain slopes and summits are suitable for skiing and snowboarding for beginners.
For advanced skiers there are difficult ski runs like “the Wall”.ski holiday bulgaria pamporovo

Pamporovo mountain rescue service: (+359) 309 58336; (+359) 1475.

Medical & dental services: Ambulance, first aid on the ski slopes and clinic as well as 24 h a day emergency ski patrol service are available. Fully equipped hospitals, pharmacies and dentists are available in the town of Smolyan and in Chepelare resort.


Pamporovo is well known for its ski school, which offers brilliant ski instructors that are very enthusiastic and patient and who all speak exceptionally good English.

The purpose built, very snow sure resort of Avoriaz is the highest in the huge Portes du Soleil – the world’s largest international linked ski area, and, being traffic-free, appeals to families as well as to skiers and boarders of all holiday france

In 2012, it won the Best Family Resort in the Snow Awards, justifying its reputation as family-friendly, as well as appealing to skiers and boarders of all abilities.

The whole resort is traffic-free and easily accessible whether on skis or on foot. There is a wide choice of shops, restaurants and bars with a varied selection of nightlife.


The high altitude and north facing slopes have proven to be a great combination for an impressive snow record over the years. The resort is at the centre of the massive Portes du Soleil ski area, boasting a combined total of over 650kms of pisted  runs stretching across both France and holiday france


Beginners on ski holidays in Avoriaz are well catered for, with the area offering easily accessible runs, to help gradual progression. Ski holidays in Avoriaz are heaven for intermediates, to best explore the area remember to bring your passport with you! There are huge opportunities to criss-cross the French/Swiss border and many long cruising holiday france

The infamous “Wall” at the top of the Chavanette drag lift is one of the world’s toughest black runs, boasting waist high moguls across a vertical drop of over 300 metres, which is certainly the highlight for advanced skiers on ski holidays in Avoriaz. Alternatively, the World Cup downhill piste and the endless off piste opportunities make a great date for thrill-seekers. Avoriaz is renowned as a mecca for snowboarders, providing several superb snowboard parks, and has challenges for all levels of rider.


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The appeal of Avoriaz to a younger international crowd shows in its usually lively après ski scene. Along with the restaurants there are ten bars which include a pub and a piano bar; there’s also a live music bar and a night club. The Place and Wild Horse Saloon are good for live music, and for nightclubbing Le Yak. La Cabane and the Globetrotters Bar are also holiday france avoriaz

As you are in the centre of the Portes du Soleil you have a vast choice ahead of you every morning. This is in one respect the ‘largest lift linked area in the world’ with 650 km (407 miles) of trails. On the other hand this claim isn’t quite as solid as the other area that makes it – the Trois Vallées – which only claims 600 km  (375 miles) but does have it all totally linked, whereas at a few key points in the Portes du Soleil you may have to slip your skis off and hop on a bus to make a link. That’s all rather petty though really, because the terrain is vast by any means of measuring it and the snow record is good, helped by the proximity of Lake Léman which seems to pull in some of the best and most regular snow in the region. So the first choice of the day, if you want to bother deciding, is whether to stay local or perhaps take a tour.

This beautiful spot in the world is home to a fantastic range of ski accommodation.So If you are wondering where to go on your next ski holiday ,Avoriaz is really worth visiting.

Bansko ski resort is the best winter resort in Bulgaria with the longest ski runs and the rich cultural history. The town of Bansko is situated at the foot of the Pirin mountain in the southwestern Bulgaria, 160 km from Sofia. The resort offers excellent ski and snowboard conditions and infrastructure. A lot of hotels of various standards and prices are available for booking on-line. Regarding Apres ski – the resort offers hundreds of bars and traditional restaurants called ‘mehana’. The Bansko mountain resort is an excellent choice for your ski and snowboard holiday in Bulgaria.

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Welcome to Bansko!


Location: Bansko is a ski and mountain resort located in the southwestern part of Bulgaria. The town is situated 6 km from the town of Razlog and 160 km from the capital of Sofia. Bansko lies on the two banks of the Glazne river at the foot of the Pirin mountain, right bellow the highest part of it. The Pirin mountain is an Alpine type mountain with its highest peak – Vihren (2914 m). The town of Bansko is located 925 m above the sea level whereas its ski area – at an altitude of 2000 – 2600 m.where to go on a ski holiday bulgaria. bansko

Resort information: Bansko ski resort is attractive in all seasons. It provides excellent ski and snowboard facilities, as well as a unique history and architecture of an old and new part of the town. Thanks to these features Bansko is a favorite ski and snowboard destination.

Bansko is number one ski resort in Bulgaria. It features the best ski center and the longest ski season of all Bulgarian ski resorts. The ski season in Bansko lasts from 15 December to 15 May.

During the recent years a multimillion Euros investment in a brand new skiing area has been made by Yulen, the company that runs the skiing area of Bansko. Numerous new luxury hotels and facilities in the area of the Gondola lift station have been constructed.

Bansko mountain rescue service: (+359) 887 100 241, (+359) 88 1474, (+359) 749 8 8132.

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Medical & dental services: Ambulance, first aid on the ski slopes and clinic as well as 24 h a day emergency ski patrol service are available. Fully equipped hospitals, pharmacies and dentists are available in the town of Bansko.

All dental services and some medical services must be paid in cash to the doctors or clinics. They should provide the necessary receipts, bills and invoices describing the cost and the service, so that you can claim back the expense to your insurance company. In case of injury you should inform your insurance company and follow its instructions.