Located in the Alps, the highest mountain area in Europe, Austria is appreciated mostly for the skiing resorts that can be found all over the country.
The largest mountains in Austria are Grossglockner with 3,797 m, from the Hohe Tauern range, Wildspitze with 3,768m and Weisskugel with 3,739m, both from the Oetztal Alps range. Soelden, Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Ischgl, Sankt Anton am Arlberg, and Obertauern are the most important wintersports resorts in the Austrian Alps.
The tourism plays a very important role in the Austrian economy, contributing with around 9% of the national gross domestic product. The winter season peak is in February, and the summer season’s peak is in July-August.
Thanks to the high mountains and the climate, most skiing resorts are opened from late October to late April or even May depending on the snow falls of each year. Yet there are few exceptions that allow skiing all around the year. These are the glaciers that have good skiing snow all the time.
Tyrol, Oetzta Alps, the Kaunertal Valley, Stubai Glacier, Kitzsteinhorn and nearby Kaprun are few of the best glacier zones that allow skiing all year round. From the easy beginner’s slopes to the most advanced slopes, Austrian ski resorts have it all.
Unfortunately, as a consequence of the global warming, the snow from the Austrian Alps is slowly melting, so the winter season is becoming shorter each year. The glaciers are also melting so the all year round skiing could become a beautiful memory in few years.
If the winter season gets shorter, the revenues from tourism will also drop. This could affect the national economy so the authorities took measures to attract more tourists in Vienna and Salzburg. These two cities are very attractive historical, cultural and architectural locations that now attract the major part of the tourists that visit Austria each year.