Top Austrian Family Ski Resorts

Austria is the birthplace of alpine skiing, and a great winter ski destination with most ski resorts in close proximity. Austria has 86 major ski areas within a few hours of each other, over 400 ski areas all tolled! These top Austrian ski resorts are recommended for their ski terrain, scenery, family-friendly hospitality, mountain hotels, lifts and snowmaking and finally – fun things to do après ski.

What we love about skiing in Austria is the alpine history and tradition, the on-mountain huts for lunch, the long ski runs with big vertical, and the incredible Alps scenery. See our Austria ski videos.

St. Anton Austria is located in the beautiful Arlberg region. This authentic alpine ski village sits at the base of this vast ski resort, you can ski village to village, 12 ski towns from Stuben to St Christoph, and off the 9,222′ Valluga summit to Lech, Zurs, Oberlech, and Warth. St Anton skiing has a big 4,944′ vertical, 41 modern lifts, and excellent ski school for kids, plus great mountain chalets and après ski for parents. St Anton is considered the birthplace of alpine skiing, and offers many 4-star family friendly hotels like Hotel Valluga and Bergschlossl.

Stuben is the quieter, quainter side of the Arlberg, a delightful small alpine village with just enough hotels, ski shops, ski schools, après ski bars and restaurants, plus the requisite church steeple and towering Alps views. Stuben is where you go for a relaxing family ski holiday, with easy lift access to the rest of the vast Arlberg ski terrain and the Run of Fame that tours the entire region on skis. You can also lodge in Lech Zurs, with fine lodging like Hotel der Berghof walking distance to the ski lifts. Oberlech is another special ski village up on the slopes, car-free and accessible only by cable car, with posh mountain lodging like Hotel Bergkristall

Kitzbuhel is the oldest and one of most authentic ski resort villages in Europe. A family ski holiday in Kitzbühel promises big mountain skiing, though its not super high in elevation, charming hotel lodging, and a beautiful village to explore après ski. Kitzbühel’s vast mountain terrain offers plenty of prepared trails, classic chalet lunches, gorgeous scenery, plus some gently sloped off-piste, and excellent ski schools – including the original Red Devils. Daring kids will love skiing the Hahnenkamm downhill course – the Strief, like a pro ski racer.

Serfaus Fiss Ladis is like Disney on snow in Austria – a very family-fun ski resort with extensive childrens ski programs. With 68 lifts connecting the three alpine villages, and high elevation of 2800 meters, summit 9,278’, there’s plenty of skiing for a week’s ski holiday and typically good snow.

Ischgl is a mega ski resort in Austria’s Tirol with modern lifts, high elevation, vast advanced ski terrain including skiing into Samnaun Switzerland, and big après ski, so its best saved for when your kids are grown and experienced skiers. Ischgl is in the Paznaun valley near more family-friendly ski areas Galtür, See and Kappl – the entire region has 73 lifts and over 360 kilometers of skiing.

Kühtai is a great little family ski resort near Innsbruck. Kühtai has Austria’s highest alpine base village in Austriaat 2,020 meters or 6,627, so you can imagine the views of Alps are lofty and lovely. Kühtai is super family friendly with modern lifts, gentle terrain, and good snow. Kühtai has a handful of ski in ski out hotels at the base, and ski schools, snow parks for the teens, and few après ski spots for Mom and Dad. A week skiing Kühtai Austria with young kids would be relaxing and super scenic, plus you can ski Hochotz on the same lift ticket down valley. You can also ski Innsbruck’s other nearby ski resorts – Nordkette, Stubaier Glacier, and Aximer Lizum if you want to explore.

Ski Juwel is not so famed as other Alps ski resorts, but that’s what makes it a gem. With two mountains interconnected, Alpbachtal and Wildschőnau, there’s 145 kilometers of prepared ski trails served by 47 lifts across two valleys. Ski Juwel is great for learning families, with pleasant skiing, just enough groomed ski slopes, excellent ski schools, plus some off-piste for backcountry skiers. Lodging in the beautiful alpine village of Alpbach is perfect for a traditional Austrian chalet ski holiday, with breakfast and dinner included, spa and outdoor pool, and a delightful town to explore après ski.

SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental is super family friendly – kids often ski free with parents. SkiWelt is Austria’s largest interconnected ski resort – with nine villages, 90 ski lifts and 22 ski schools, but its not high elevation. Kids rule here – starting skiing as young as one – kindergarten. SkiWelt has fun snow parks (terrain parks), on mountain playgrounds and an Igloo village. SkiWelt is near Kitzbuhel, in fact they are connected on a ski safari.

Obergurgl Hochgurgl in Austria, just up the valley from Solden, offers skiing on two interconnected mountains, family friendly terrain, ski lessons, and lovely ski in ski out lodging at Hotel Crystal. While smaller than other Alps ski resorts, Obergurgl offers high elevation skiing with good snow, and less skiers, making it ideal for families – popular with the Brits.

Nauders is a great smaller family ski resort in Austria’s Tyrol, its super family-friendly, not as big and busy as The Arlberg, Ischgl or Solden, but incredibly scenic, with a charming alpine village a mile from the ski lifts, and plenty of ski terrain, fun snow parks and ski camps for kids.