Family skiing in Austria
Family Skiing in Austria with Esprit Family Ski Holidays
Offering Esprit families the two most sought after elements for a family skiing in Austria; a range of slopes to suit all levels and a warm welcome to ski families.
Renowned for their high standard of guest care, up-to-date lift systems and good snow making facilities, our chosen resorts are hugely popular choices for family skiing in Austria.
The traditional appeal of Austria has not been lost in it’s development of modern ski resorts. The villages are attractive and picturesque and newly built ski chalets blend into the old with style and charm.
Tree-lined slopes are attractive to newcomers wishing to ski the plentiful open bowls of gently undulating terrain, a delight for the perfect family skiing in Austria.
Our two resorts of St Anton and Obergurgl offer the very best family skiing, both with fantastic traditional Austrian ski chalets:
Obergurgl: An attractive Tyrolean village at high altitude, 1,930m, with an enviable snow record stretching from November to May. With no through traffic in the resort centre and spectacular scenery, Obergurgl is a firm favourite with Esprit ski families.
St Anton: One of the world’s top ten resorts and biggest ski area, St Anton is a must for family skiing in Austria and for those seeking tradition and state-of-the-art lifts. Our family ski chalets are based in the Nasserein area where recent developments to children’s ski areas have made it an ideal choice for your family skiing holiday in Austria.
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Fully deserving its position in the ‘top ten’ of world ski areas, St Anton has also made successful efforts in recent years to make the resort child-friendly too.
The Nasserein area of St Anton is the perfect location for family skiing. Two of the main children’s ski areas are convenient to our chalets – one at the foot of the gondola and one at the top. The Pepi Gabl Chalet is just next to the gondola and the Markus and the Adler are a short stroll away to make life easy for our Esprit ski classes.
Meanwhile, it is the appeal of the biggest ski area in Austria which will make keen skiing parents’ eyes light up, with 260 kms of pistes and 180kms of unpisted ‘deep snow runs’ to choose from and a snow record to be proud of. The new 8-person gondola from the village centre to the Rendl area has further opened up skiers’ choice of superb pistes to enjoy. Not only St Anton and St Christoph, but also neighbouring Lech and Zürs and the generally quiet but fabulous Sonnenkopf area (all reached by ski-bus), are covered on the Arlberg lift-pass.
Work has already started on the new Auenfeldjet Gondola, due to open December 2013, connecting Lech/Zurs with Warth/Schrocken opening up an extra 66km of piste, 16 more lifts and numerous deep snow runs to the Arlberg ski area, all covered by the one lift pass!
As for the village itself, St Anton has retained all its traditional Austrian charm, and its part-pedestrianised centre makes an attractive and atmospheric heart to the resort, perfect for family skiing and a host of facilities to add to your holiday enjoyment. Our St Anton ski chalets are situated in the quieter Nasserein area, which has excellent access to the ski area with its own high-speed 8-person gondola up to Gampen, and a regular free shuttle-bus service for the short ride to the lively resort centre.
“Excellent holiday – ran like clockwork. The staff, chalet, and child care were all brilliant and both adults and children had a really enjoyable week. We will be rebooking”
Chalet Pepi Gabl, St Anton, March 2013
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Obergurgl is one of Austria’s most famous and most sought-after ski resorts, and deservedly so – especially for Esprit family ski holidays! Set high at the end of the picturesque Ötz Valley, the village centre benefits from having no through traffic at all, and the ski area boasts an enviable snow record stretching normally from November right through until May.
Obergurgl works wonderfully well for family skiing holidays. The children’s kindergarten ski area and ski-school meeting point are now both conveniently located on the slopes 80m from our Chalet Verwall. For children who have progressed beyond the beginners’ stage, the blue runs of the Gaisberg provide the ideal area to move on to, and wide open slopes and superb snow conditions make for relaxed, enjoyable skiing.
Obergurgl has an attractive Tyrolean village centre retaining its traditional relaxed charm and a cosy, intimate feel, yet is big enough to offer an ample range of facilities, and a family friendly après-ski atmosphere.
The Obergurgl ski area meanwhile affords fantastically spectacular scenery, beautifully groomed pistes, and a fast, modern lift system, recently and massively enhanced by three modern and comfortable gondolas, plus the ‘Top Express’ gondola, connecting the Obergurgl and Hochgurgl areas at the mid-station level, and the amazing glass ‘Top Mountain Star’ bar/restaurant, perched at 3,080m with sensational panoramic views.
Now well established in our programme, Obergurgl has quickly become a firm favourite with Esprit families.
“The chalet is in a fantastic location only 50m from the slopes and ski school;we were able to ski right back to the ski room. The staff were fantastic – nothing was too much trouble.”
Chalet Verwall, Obergurgl, January 2013