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Austria is a country full of postcard-pretty alpine scenery, with tree-lined forests, large and excellent mountain slopes and pretty lakes the norm. Backcountry skiing is a superb way to see all this and more!

Skiing down and amongst the gorgeous and beautiful alpine delights of the Austrian countryside is a truly special and amazing experience, and is why Austria is renowned as one of the best backcountry skiing destinations in Europe. Take advantage of the tranquil, idyllic and stunning conditions, whilst also making time to discover the ever-so complex, long, rich and fascinating history and culture of the country, meaning you will never run out of things to see and do. Take a pick from our selection of backcountry skiing trips in Austria. The hills are alive!

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FAQs: Backcountry Skiing in Austria

What should I know about Backcountry Skiing Austria?

Austria contains an impressive amount of raw natural beauty, and nestled within these beautiful spots are some of the best backcountry skiing spots one can imagine, with the epic views and wide open spaces providing a near-perfect setting.

Some of the backcountry skiing can be quite challenging, so being fit and in decent shape before arriving will maximise enjoyment of the activity.

The villages, towns and cities in Austria are full of fascinating and rich histories and culture which they are very proud of, providing endless hours of exploration and discovery, thus ensuring there is always something to see and do.

Why should I choose Austria for my Backcountry Skiing adventure?

The conditions

Austria experiences heavy snowfall and cold temperatures throughout most of Winter, and this combined with the abundance of excellent mountains and areas to backcountry ski make it the ideal destination for this activity. Austria is one of the epicentres of skiing in the Alps, the conditions are some of the best in Europe, and easy access to the backcountry areas make it a must-visit place for backcountry skiing enthusiasts.

The scenery

The archetypal alpine scenery of snow-capped forests and mountains, as well as peaceful, mesmerizing glacial lakes is Austria in a nutshell, and when backcountry skiing you will be able to take in sweeping panoramic views over them, with huge valleys stretching out beneath, the lights of the villages and towns being the only respite from the raw natural beauty.

The history and culture

Austria has a long, distinguished, rich, fascinating and controversial history, and there is much to explore and discover. The capital city of Vienna is a true cultural mecca, with a seemingly endless supply of museums, art galleries, parks and music halls to attend, and other cities such as Salzburg and Innsbruck are just as delightful. There are also numerous cosy and quaint alpine villages and towns in the countryside, with much more local cultures and histories to discover.

What can I expect from the weather in Austria?

Very cold in Winter, with temperatures often dropping below 0 degrees celsius, while some places get extremely hot in Summer.

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How can I get to Austria?

Flights from all major worldwide hubs to Vienna, with easy access overland by train or car from all across Europe.

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What’s the high season for Backcountry Skiing in Austria?

December-March, when snowfall is heaviest and the temperature is coldest.

What people are saying about Backcountry Skiing | Austria



Great guiding experience. We had a couple of touring newbies, and Andreas was very patient. Would book again.



Andi did a great job and the day was the highlight of our trip!



Great customer service and Renato (our guide) was fantastic. He really tailored the trip to our experience level while challenging us. I would recommend him highly!



My guide ended up being a local snowboard guide named Peter. It was excellent. Lovely guy, we got to ride some powder as well as practice searching with the avalanche rescue equipment. All round good day. Would highly recommend



Georg is an extremely knowledgable ski guide who is qualified as both a mountain guide and a top level ski instructor so perfect for getting you going in the off piste or taking the more experienced to a new level. He also speaks perfect English.

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