The best Austria ski holidays for families

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Austria ski holidays are renowned for their picturesque Alpine landscapes and world-class ski resorts. Families are well catered for with varied, lift-linked terrain, excellent ski schools and family-friendly accommodation.

Best Austria ski holidays for families

Here are five stand-out Austria ski holidays for families.


Saalbach-Hinterglemm offers a vast network of slopes and modern lift systems. The resort has dedicated beginner areas and gentle slopes ideal for families with young children or those new to skiing. It also has excellent ski schools and plenty of family-friendly hotels and chalets. Many accommodations are conveniently located near the slopes and offer amenities such as family rooms, play areas, and childcare services. In addition to skiing, Saalbach-Hinterglemm offers plenty of off-slope activities including tobogganing, ice skating, snowshoeing, and hiking trails. Many restaurants and cafes in the resort cater to families, serving kid-friendly menus and providing a relaxed atmosphere where parents and children can unwind after a day on the slopes.

Saalbach Hinterglemm. Credit Facebook
Saalbach Hinterglemm. Credit Facebook

Zell am See

Situated next to picturesque Lake Zell, the resort is surrounded by stunning scenery. Zell am See offers a diverse range of slopes suitable for skiers of all levels, including beginners, intermediates, and advanced. The Schmittenhöhe mountain provides gentle slopes for beginners and children, while more challenging runs are available for experienced skiers. The ski schools in Zell am See are well-equipped to teach children and beginners, ensuring a safe and enjoyable learning experience. The resort offers childcare services, kids’ clubs, and ski kindergartens where children can learn to ski in a fun and supervised environment. Many accommodations in Zell am See also provide family-friendly amenities such as family rooms, play areas, and children’s menus. Off the slopes, enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, an outdoor ice rink, indoor swimming pools, and a variety of shops and restaurants.

Zell am See-Kaprun. Credit Zell am see/Facebook


The resort is famous for its challenging slopes and annual Hahnenkamm downhill race, but did you know Kitzbühel is also a hit with families? While Kitzbühel is renowned for its difficult runs, it also offers plenty of terrain suitable for families and beginners. The Kitzbüheler Horn area, in particular, provides gentle slopes ideal for children and those learning to ski. The wide, well-groomed pistes and gentle gradients make it an excellent choice for family skiing. Ski schools and childcare services are available allowing parents to enjoy some time on the slopes worry-free. Fun off-slope activities include tobogganing and ice skating. The picturesque medieval town is ideal for an afternoon stroll and offers a mix of traditional and modern amenities. There is a range of family-friendly accommodations in Kitzbühel, including hotels, apartments, and chalets.

Kitzbuehel charm
The medieval town of Ktizbuehel. Credit: Kitzbuehel/Facebook


Situated at high altitude, Obergurgl-Hochgurgl guarantees excellent snow conditions throughout the season, from November to May. Good snow is particularly important for beginners who fall over a lot! The ski area offers a variety of wide, well-groomed slopes for skiers of all levels. There are dedicated beginner areas and gentle nursery slopes. Families will find high-quality ski schools and childcare services. Family-friendly accommodations offer family rooms and play areas. Some are conveniently located near the ski slopes, making it easy for families to access the ski area and other facilities. Non-skiing activities include tobogganing, horse-drawn sleigh rides and an indoor swimming pool and wellness center.

Obergurgl ski school
©Obergurgl ski school


Söll is part of the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser-Brixental, one of the largest interconnected ski areas in Austria. The wide, well-groomed pistes are suitable for all levels of skiers. From gentle nursery slopes for children and beginners to more challenging runs for experienced skiers. The ski schools offer group and private lessons tailored to different age groups and skill levels, ensuring that everyone in the family can learn and improve at their own pace. Additionally, childcare services are available for younger children. There is a range of family-friendly accommodations in Söll, including hotels, apartments, and chalets. Off the slopes, enjoy tobogganing, snowshoeing, winter hiking, and horse-drawn sleigh rides. The resort also has an indoor swimming pool and wellness center, providing additional options for family-friendly entertainment and relaxation.

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