Austrians ski like they breathe, and don’t expect to pay hugely inflated prices to do what comes naturally. So for all the adorable prettiness of most resorts, incredible snow sure ski-areas, and fun activities for kids, a family ski holiday in Austria can be very good value.

It also packs a lot of interest into the adventure, lets you mix up cities and resorts; spa and ski, or simply glide through some of the most magnificent scenery in Europe. Not forgetting it’s also the land of adorable ‘Mountain Hut’ restaurants, and they’re as good a reason as any to go.

Here are five wonderful, family-friendly resorts to think about this winter.

1/5  Kitzbühel, Austrian Tyrol: Kitzbühel/Kirchberg area

Austria’s downhill racing legend is also a fantastic family resort, scores high with older kids and teens, and has great schools and childcare for young, first-time skiers too.

In spite of its international reputation, Kitzbühel’s atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. Naturally the skiing is excellent, the lift system’s one of the best in the region, and the area is snow-sure from December through to April.

Good for families

  • 463ha Kitzbühel/Kirchberg ski area with 215km of runs.
  • Dedicated family ski area.
  • Mini Club and Ski School from age five, multi-lingual instructors.
  • Half and full-day childcare for ages one to three.
  • Kids Go Free Days throughout season.
  • Savings of up to 65% on under 18s ski passes at the weekend.
  • Ministreif junior ski skills course.
  • Kitzbühel snow park
  • Kelchalm toboggan run.
  • Aquarena Adventure Pool.

Where to stay

Hotel Tiefenbrunner

How to get to Kitzbühel

Direct flights from UK to Innsbruck, two hours.

Kitzbuhel is one hour and 20 minutes drive from Innsbruck.