Top 5 Austrian Ski Resorts for Families on a Budget

by Frank V. Persall

Families from North America visiting Europe for the first time have enough to worry about. How far are the lifts from the accommodation? How long does it take to get from the airport to the village? How are my children going to deal with a ski school group with kids using six different languages? (Answer to the last one: it is never a problem with the kids!)

Top 5 Austrian Ski Resorts for Families on a Budget

So the last thing a family wants to be concerned about is being hit with unexpectedly high costs for their ski vacation in Europe.


Austria Ski Resorts
Austria Ski Resorts

Austria is a great choice - with a generally good choice of accommodation from decently-sized apartments, to family-run guesthouses through to hotels with all mod cons. Here, though, are a few of the ski resorts you might look at if you are planning a ski vacation to Austria on a family budget:


1. Ellmau

The ski resort of Ellmau is part of the massive Ski Welt ski area, so families with expert and intermediate skiers will have a ball exploring the expanse of ski runs on offer. But beginners will also have a good time, with a good local ski school and nursery slopes down in the village. Costs are not high in this region and it is a quieter resort without the party nightlife of some of its neighbours.

Ellmau Austria Ski Resort
Ellmau Austria Ski Resort
Ellmau Austria Ski Resort

Photo: Ellmau Ski Resort

2. St Johann in Tirol

Tirol St Johann is not that far away from Ellmau but it has its own ski area which is great for beginners and intermediate skiers. Those who are more advanced can travel a short way down the valley to the historic resort of Kitzbühel and its extensive ski area. St Johann in Tirol is usually referred to in that manner as there is another St Johann over in the province of Salzburg: St Johann im Pongau.

St Johann In Tirol Ski Resort.jpg
St Johann In Tirol Ski Resort.jpg
St Johann In Tirol Ski Resort.jpg

Photo: St Johann In Tirol Ski Resorts

3. Seefeld

Seefeld ticks the boxes for families on a number of levels. It has a quick transfer from the nearest airport, it is at a relatively high altitude and there are plenty of things for families to do together. So if you are planning on spending a few days skiing but also trying out cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or winter walking (all much cheaper!) then this might be the place for you.

Hotels In Seefeld Ski Resort
Hotels In Seefeld Ski Resort
Hotels In Seefeld Ski Resort

Photo: Seedfeld Ski Resorts


4. Flachau

Over in the province of Salzburg, the ski resort of Flachau is a real favorite with school ski break organizers. The terrain is of an intermediate standard, the transfer from the local Salzburg airport is

via a motorway and accommodation and other costs are reasonable compared to some of the bigger names in Austrian ski resorts.

Flachau Ski Resort
Flachau Ski Resort
Flachau Ski Resort

Photo: Flachau Ski Resort


5. Lermoos

Lermoos is a small village near the German border and is ideal for those travelling down from Munich airport. It is another ski resort which is more suitable for beginner or intermediate levels but retains the kind of atmosphere that makes children remember that lovely village in Austria where they once learned to ski.

Lermoos Austria Ski Resort
Lermoos Austria Ski Resort
Lermoos Austria Ski Resort

Photo: Lermoos Ski Resorts


About Frank V. Persall

Originally from the UK, Frank has a passion for skiing and anything snow related. He is currently on a never ending mission to visit the best ski resorts across the USA and the the World. Frank is happiest when he is on ski slopes with his wife and three children.

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