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The atmosphere is cosy, comfortable, and friendly.

Austria’s rustic ski huts, you’ll feel like you’re among friends. After all, there’s a saying in this part of the Alps: Once you’re above the tree line, everyone’s on a first-name basis. As guests squeeze together around the huts’ wooden tables, conversation – and sometimes schnaps – start to flow freely.

The cuisine is traditional, tasty, and filling.

Ski huts are not just for partying, they’re also for dining. Try traditional dishes like Tiroler Gröstl (a fry-up made with potatoes and bacon) or Kärntner Kasnudeln (cheese-filled pasta from Carinthia) here.

You can also go stylish and extravagant.

However, there are places like the ice Q gourmet restaurant in Sölden, the Swarovski-encrusted Top Mountain Star in Obergurgl, or the Kristallhütte hotel offer stylish spots for dining and wining.

We have some unusual experiences in store.

In the midst of the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser – Brixental in Tirol , you’ll find a world made completely of ice. The ALPENIGLU® igloo village’s hotel, church, and bars consist of solid ice – and even your drinks will be served in ice glasses.

Ischgl in Tirol

Ischgl is located on the Austrian side of one of the world’s largest ski areas. Its 238 kilometres (148 mi) of groomed pistes are served by over 45 mechanical lifts including cable cars, gondolas, detachable chair lifts and some T-bars.

Sometimes called the “Ibiza of the Alps”, Ischgl in Tirol is your go-to place for proper après-ski. Dance the night away at legendary spots like Fire & Ice or Kuhstall, or take it a bit easier at the elegant Schlosslounge.

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Sölden in Tirol

Sölden is also a popular ski resort and regularly hosts the first World Cup races of the season; a giant slalom for both men and women is usually scheduled for late October on the Rettenbach glacier. The races in October 2016 started at 3,040 m (9,974 ft) and finished at 2,670 m (8,760 ft), a vertical drop of 370 m (1,214 ft).

Apart from the usual suspects, Sölden is also home to the Electric Mountain Festival, a party concert right on the pistes which features international star DJs.

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Kitzbühel in Tirol

Together with the pistes and ski lifts in neighboring Kirchberg in Tirol, Jochberg and by the Thurn Pass Kitzbühel is one of the largest ski regions in Austria. With around 10,000 hotel and guest house beds, Kitzbühel and its neighbors have an unusually high density of guest accommodation.

In summer there are 120 km (75 mi) of mountain bike paths and 500 km (311 mi) of hiking trails.

Other attractions include six tennis courts and four golf courses, the Kitzbühel swimming pool, Austria’s only curling hall and the bathing lake of Schwarzsee.

Located right by the area’s most famous slope, the Streifalm has played host to famous guests like Ed Sheeran or Boris Becker in the past. If you’re feeling 

homesick – or want to see what the Austrian version of an English pub looks like – visit The Londoner.

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Saalbach-Hinterglemm in SalzburgerLand

Saalbach is one of Austria’s premier ski resorts, offering a wide range of runs, extensive off piste, and an excellent snow record. Skiing can be found on both sides of the valley. The runs on the north side of the valley (south-facing side) tend to be preferred by visitors due to their sunny weather. The pistes on the south side of the valley (north-facing side) are normally in the shade, so have better snow cover, particularly in late season, as well as more trees. 

After enjoying the area’s 270 km (168 mi) of slopes, both its cosy huts and party bars are worth a visit – as are events such as the BERGFESTival pop & folk music festival and the White Pearl Mountain Days in spring.

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Mayrhofen in Tirol

With its sizable British community, Mayrhofen feels a bit like home in the middle of Austria. Party animals will love the Harakiri club.

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St. Anton am Arlberg in Tirol

The Mooserwirt in St. Anton is one of the most famous après-ski huts in the Alps and has even been named “the mother of all après-ski bars” by Playboy.

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Obertauern in SalzburgerLand

Austria’s snowiest town (scientifically proven!) Obertauern has 25 ski huts as well as a variety of pubs and bars very close to the pistes.

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Schladming-Dachstein in Styria

Schladming is not just known for its outstanding local cuisine, but also for Europe’s biggest après-ski hut, the Hohenhaus Tenne.

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