Taking the family skiing in the Alps is the ultimate. 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. We have selected the top Austrian ski resorts for their family friendly hospitality, hotels, children’s learn to ski programs, terrain, lifts and snowmaking and finally – fun things to do for the family après ski. What we love about Austria is the alpine history and tradition, the on mountain huts for lunch, the long ski runs, and the incredible Alps scenery. Our favorite Austrian ski resorts for family skiing, Austria ski photos and Austria ski videos.
St. Anton Austria is located in the beautiful Arlberg region. An authentic alpine ski village sits at the base of this vast ski resort, you can ski on multiple peaks, village to village – Stuben to St Christoph, and off the 9,222′ Valluga summit to Lech Zurs. 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 birth place of alpine skiing, and offers many four star family friendly hotels like Hotel Valluga and Bergschlossl.
Stuben is the quieter more quiant side of the Arlberg, a delightful small alpine village with just enought hotels, ski shops, ski schools, apres 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.
Lech Zurs, near St Anton, is a bustling Austrian ski resort with loads of family-friendly terrain on both sides of the beautiful valley, eight peaks over 8,000′, extensive ski school and fine hotel lodging like Hotel der Berghof walking distance to the ski lifts. Oberlech is another family friendly ski village up on the slopes, car-free and accessible only by cable car, with posh lodging like Hotel Bergkristall. The Ski Arlberg ticket extends from St Anton to Stuben to Lech Zurs and Warth Schroken for a total of 88 lifts and 305 kilometers of prepared ski trails.
Kitzbuhel is the oldest and most authentic ski resort in Europe. A family ski holiday in Kitzbühel promises big mountain skiing, though not super high in elevation, charming hotel lodging, and a beautiful village to explore après ski. Kitzbühel’s three mountains provide plenty of prepared trails, classic chalet lunches, gorgeous scenery, plus some gently sloped off-piste, and excellent ski schools – including the original Red Devils. 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 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 in these Alps.
Ischgl is extensive ski resort in Austria’s Tyrol with modern lifts, high elevation, vast advanced ski terrain including skiing into Samnaun Switzerland, and big apres ski. Ischgl is in the Paznaun valley along with more family-friendly ski areas Galtür, See and Kappl – the entire region has 73 lifts and over 360 kilometers of skiing.
Kühtai is the best family ski resort near Innsbruck. Kühtai has Austria’s highest alpine base village at 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 kids 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. You could also ski Innsbruck’s other ski resorts – Nordkette, Stubaier Glacier, and Aximer Lizum on the Innsbruck Olympia Ski World pass.
Ski Juwel is not so famed and vast 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. SkiWelt is big, with 290 kilometers of groomed terrain, and kids rule here – starting skiing as young as one – kindergarten, even the daycare is located on the mountain – reached via gondola. SkiWelt has plenty of 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, very 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.