Two Austrian hotels for the perfect winter break
From a family escape to the slopes of Vorarlberg to a cool alpine getaway at the north end of lake Achensee in Tirol, these hotels are the perfect way to experience the authentic Austria this winter
Whether you're the sort of traveller who spends their whole holiday out on the slopes, or you just live for the après ski, a huge part of every getaway is where you stay. That's why we've rounded up two of the best boltholes for snowsports lovers looking to escape the UK for the slopes of Vorarlberg and Tirol in Austria this winter.
Get seven-nights for the whole family for £2,150
Fancy skiing, snowboarding and winter hiking your way around the largest German-Austrian ski area, with 125km of slopes, five mountain railways and snow-covered slopes from December to mid-April? On this trip – based on two adults and one child sharing – you'll experience the comfort of the Alphotel, right at the entrance of the family ski area Heuberg-Arena. For more information, click here
This four-star family hideaway set among 125km of runs in the German-Austrian Oberstdorf–Kleinwalsertal ski area is the perfect place for the kids to experience skiing for the first time, with a ski school, family ski area and training zone directly next to the hotel. And if you fancy hitting some of the region's tougher runs or even heading off-piste, there's friendly, English-speaking daily childcare for children from 0 years, meaning the kids can stay safe and warm while you ride the ski lift straight from the hotel to the slopes.
Beyond the region's runs, you'll be able to find peace in the heart of the mountains on 50km of winter hiking paths that are perfectly suitable for the kids, before heading back to pamper yourself in the hotel's spa, steam room and sauna after a long day in the snow.
Seven-night Snow White Family package, €4,270
Ski-in/Ski-out on the slopes of Christlum with a six-day lift ticket for you and the kids, plus three one-and-a-half-hour private ski lessons, six four-hour children's ski school sessions, access to the Fun Zone and entry into the children's ski race with a complimentary video to take home afterwards. From €4,270 for two adults and one child. For more information, click here
With 27km of pistes, ten ski lifts, a fun-park and weekly ski races for both adults and kids, the ski resort of Christlum in the Austrian region of Achensee in Tirol is the perfect destination for families looking for a taste of authentic Austrian hospitality and high-octane winter action – and that's before you even check into Das Kronthaler, one of the region's most comfortable, intimate and family-friendly places to stay.
Here, you'll be able to explore your elegant surroundings, including the dramatic Lake Achensee, before indulging in great food and treatments at the spa that'll have you'll returning from your time away energised and relaxed.
Add to this the outstanding Ski School Achensee, where you can learn the ropes on the easier slopes, or even book a private ski tour to depart right from the ski-in/ski-out hotel, and there's hardly a better place to set up camp in the whole of the Tirol region.