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View of the Kitzbüheler Horn mountain | © Austrian Tourist Board
View of the Kitzbüheler Horn mountain | © Austrian Tourist Board
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All the Winter Sports You Have to Do in Austria

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Updated: 28 August 2017
Alongside France and Switzerland, Austria is world-renowned for being a top destination for winter sports. In 1964, Innsbruck hosted the Winter Olympics, leaving behind a magnificent stadium that is still used today. Here are a few of the most popular sports to try in the Austrian snow.

Skiing

Epic Alpine slopes make Austria a favorite European skiing destination, whether you are an amateur or a seasoned skier. There are countless resorts dotted around the mountainous regions of Austria and you can find some of the best with our handy guide.

Skiing in Austria
Skiing in Austria | © Austrian Tourist Board

Sledging

Evoke childhood nostalgia by digging out your bobsleigh. Knee-deep, fluffy snow and rolling hills around Austria in the wintertime make for excellent sledging conditions. The Gloriette Hill in Schoenbrunn Park in Vienna is the perfect slope for amateur sledgers.

Go old-school and take a sledge up to the snowy mountains
Go old-school and take a sledge up to the snowy mountains | © Austrian tourist board

Snowboarding

St. Anton, Ischgl, and Soelden are often cited as the best resorts for snowboarding fanatics. All of them are great for free riding and are kitted out with lifts that take you up to the snowy peaks.

Snowboarding is one of the most popular winter sports
Snowboarding is one of the most popular winter sports | © Austrian Tourist Board

Ski jumping

The adrenaline-inducing experience of ski jumping isn’t for the faint at heart. It is, however, undoubtedly one of the most exhilarating winter sports out there.

Ski jumping: ideal for adrenaline junkies
Ski jumping: ideal for adrenaline junkies | © Austrian Tourist Board

Snowshoeing

Contrary to ski jumping, this is a far more relaxed experience. Tyrol is one of the most popular locations for snowshoeing, with tons of fantastic resorts and national parks to explore.

Snowshoeing in Austria
Snowshoeing in Austria | © Austrian Tourist Board
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Ice skating

Aside for the artificial rinks that pop up during the winter months in Vienna, there are also many natural ice rinks that are created when lakes freeze over, such as Lake Weissensee in Carinthia. When temperatures drop in the city, occasionally the River Danube will freeze over and become the perfect setting for ice skaters.

Ice skating on a natural rink | © Austrian Tourist Board

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Cross-country skiing

Ausseerland Salzkammergut is considered to be a paradise for cross-country skiers, with long stretches of perfect blankets of snow and beautiful mountainous surroundings.

Family cross country skiing | © Austrian Tourist Board

Swimming

Austria’s outdoor spas are most alluring in the wintertime, when the warm, steaming waters contrast wonderfully with the fresh outdoor air and snow-tipped mountains in the distance. Check out our guide to some of the best spa resorts around the country.

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Dive into a healthy routine | © Austrian Tourist Board