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The country’s southwestern corner boasts fabulous summer hiking and touring, and, of course, amazing winter skiing. The ski season is from around December through April; while the cities experience their high season from April to October.
St Anton am Arlberg is one of the most famous ski resorts in the world. It is most popular with expert skiers, who enjoy the powdery slopes, moguls and outstanding
With Zürich to the west and Innsbruck to the east, the resorts of Lech and Zürs are conveniently situated in the Arlberg ski area near to the German border. Together, they offer arguably the best skiing in the country. Zürs is an elegant ski resort filled with typical white stucco Vorarlberger buildings featuring carved wooden balconies, while Lech is a 14th century village spread over wide grassy slopes with sharp ravines, nestled in a lovely valley.
Other ski resorts in Austria include: High Montafon, Ischgl, Katschberg, Kirchberg in Tyrol, Kitzbühel, Schladming (Dachstein), Montafon Valley, Neustift im Stubaital, Obertauern, Saalbach/
You can reach Austria most easily by air, with Vienna as an important gateway. Alternatively, many destinations in western Austria, such as Innsbruck, Salzburg, Tyrol and Vorarlberg, are closer Munich. By road, the autobahn from Munich goes via Salzburg to Vienna. From Switzerland, the main arteries are via Feldkirch to Innsbruck, or from Basel via Karlsruhe to Munich and then on the autobahn to either Salzburg or Vienna. Vienna has rail links to all the major cities of Europe. From Munich, a train leaves daily at 09:24, arriving in Vienna at 14:18, and then again at 23:19, arriving in Vienna at 06:47 the next day.