Skiing is the most popular sport, among tourists and many times a reason for making their Austria travel. Austria is a destination, which is flocked by visitors all the year round, but the winters abound with number of opportunities for winter sports, of which skiing is the most popular. One look at the map of Austria and its clear that a major part of this country is a part of Alp mountain ranges, blessing it with stunning beauty, striking mountain ranges resulting in ample opportunities for carrying out skiing, hiking, and snowboarding. The country's stunning beauty, glaciers, lakes and fresh air have a big say in making Austria an inviting destination for tourists.
Today, Skiing has become such a big draw for visitors in Austria but skiing popularity dates back in the Austrian history too. It goes even further; an Austrian citizen cannot be regarded as a true Austrian if he has no love and ambition for Skiing. Among the many skiing regions dotted on Austria map, the Arlberg region with St. Anton or Upper Austria with Radstadt provide with some of the best skiing resorts in Austria. Austria travel can turn out to be a complete fairytale with snow all around but the time of visiting can make all the difference. The ski season starts from early December lasting up to late March. Mid- January is the best time for skiing, which is also the coldest time of the year. The peak season is from December 25th to 2nd January but not the best times for professional advanced skiers as it gets quite crowded and congested.
Austria travel endows the visitors with a magical experience, with the snow-capped mountains, its slopes, the Apres-Ski and the Austrian "Gemuetlichkeit". Of the Austrian tourist industry, the winter sports tourism is now a billion euro industry, with many of the cities becoming flourishing tourist spots. Skiing of the many winter sports is the most popular and Austria has a very high number of ski resorts catering to the needs of the tourists. One will come across a number of small medium sized ski resorts, though not as impressive as in France and Switzerland. Still the Austrian resorts are very popular because they are more affordable, but very comfortable, cozy, and importantly less prone to mass tourism. There are many well known different skiing resorts attract tourists from almost everywhere.
The Austrian villages have modified themselves into skiing resorts thus no need arose to create new artificial skiing resorts. Today the tourists get to enjoy skiing in the local atmosphere of the villages along with the modern high tech lifts and tracks, putting up with the growing tourist rush. The standard of skiing facilities in the country is very high, very well organized, and well catered with all kinds of transportation available. Even the valleys are connected to one another and do not be surprised if you start in one valley and end up at another. With so many tracks and lifts on offer, most of the times, one feels short of days to see everything.
Austria even plays host to number of big international skiing and snowboarding competitions. Moreover, the skiing holidays now are no longer limited to just skiing. Today, more and more skiing resorts provide with exciting nightlife options, parties and other fun activities too. It is not only the beautiful ski resorts but also reputed ski-schools and instructors of the country are well known. There are excellent ski instructors and the best part the lessons are in English. Austria is perfect for not only the professional skiers but for the beginners as the ski runs are created for all levels of difficulty.