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Backcountry Skiing in Austria

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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What people are saying about these trips

Rafal Warmbier

5.00

March, 2022

Guided Freeride skiing in Gasteiner

Perfect experience, full Professional and informative, great atmosphere and unforgettable time. It was our first but definitely not the last time

Grant Morrison

5.00

March, 2022

Group off-piste skiing for intermediates in Arlberg, St. Anton

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George Apps

5.00

January, 2022

Arlberg guided freeride skiing

Andy was a fantastic guide - had a great time trekking and seeing parts of the resort inaccessible by chairlift only

Jere Rantala

4.00

March, 2020

Guided ski tours in the Gastein Valley

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Noll Uloth

5.00

March, 2020

Kitzbühel Backcountry ski with a guide

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.

Klara Birikh

5.00

February, 2020

Guided off piste skiing in Arlberg (St Anton, Lech, Zurs, Stuben)

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Claire Khalife

5.00

February, 2020

Saalbach-Hinterglemm guided freeride skiing

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

Daniel Kim

5.00

February, 2020

Saalbach-Hinterglemm guided freeride skiing

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

Barney

4.00

February, 2020

4-day traverse in the Silvretta Alps

Renato is a fantastic, knowledgable, entertaining guide. He navigated through the worst white out I have ever experienced with bat-like senses, managed the differing levels of fitness in our group with humour and a deft touch, and was a great companion at dinner. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending him for any tour or guided skiing experience.

Esther van Meerten

4.00

February, 2020

Zugspitze 1-day guided freeride ski tour

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Anna Holmberg

5.00

February, 2020

Saalbach, Fieberbrunn Guided Freeride Skiing

George was an excellent guide and all of us were very happy about his skills and consistency! We have recommended him to other friends! Thank you we will be back!

Pierre Wolmsten

3.00

January, 2020

1+day off-piste skiing around Arlberg, St. Anton

Good Guide. Did what he could and could be expected because of a lack of snow Attentive to our knowledge

Oisin Collins

4.00

January, 2020

Saalbach-Hinterglemm guided ski touring

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Anonymous

5.00

January, 2020

Kitzbühel Backcountry ski with a guide

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Sean Hardy

5.00

December, 2019

Kitzbuhel Guided Avalanche Safety Course

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

Anonymous

5.00

April, 2019

High Tyrol 6-day guided ski tour

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andy cobb

5.00

April, 2019

4-day traverse in the Silvretta Alps

Etienne is a great guide with plenty of mountain knowledge and experience. He expertly guided the 4 of us across the Silvretta Alps, through conditions both white-out and blue sky, starting at Ischgl and staying in mountain huts in Austria and Switzerland. His passion for the mountains is evident and we felt very safe in his risk adverse hands. Etienne speaks perfect English and has a good sense of humour, which made for good company at the card table in the evenings. I would recommend him to anyone and look forward to touring again with him next year. Andy

Mat Daussan

5.00

March, 2019

4-day traverse in the Silvretta Alps

Renato was a fantastic guide and very professional. He was well prepared and very experienced. We got unlucky and got stuck in some very bad weather one day and he did an amazing job of leading our group out of a bad situation. The Silvretta traverse was a great trip - beautiful mountains and very nice huts to spend the nights. I would definitely recommend both Renato and this tour!

Henrik Arnekull

4.00

February, 2019

Saalbach, Fieberbrunn Guided Freeride Skiing

We had a wonderful day skiing down to Fiberbrunn with our guide Mathias Leo. He found deep light powder snow. The snow was unexpectedly good considering it had not snowed for many weeks! It is only guides with the best knowledge that can find good conditions long after the last snow fall. The smiles remained on our faces the whole day :) Henrik

Jonny Chambers

5.00

February, 2019

4-day traverse in the Silvretta Alps

Our group of six have just returned from a magical four day tour of the Silvretta Traverse. The sun shone, the snow was superb and all the while Renato led us with a mixture humour, patient consideration and under-stated authority. He taught us the key skills of ski touring, including vital avalanche training and other mountaineering craft. Renato was excellent company throughout and I could not recommend him more highly. A true gent of the mountains.

James Campbell

5.00

January, 2019

Kitzbühel Backcountry ski with a guide

Really enjoyed a day of off piste with Mathias. We were lift-serviced with some short hikes and traverses and found plenty of fresh powder! If you are honest about what you want, and your group's abilities, then Mathias will create an experience that works!

Esther van Meerten

5.00

January, 2019

Zugspitze 1-day guided freeride ski tour

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Nicola Zaino

5.00

March, 2018

Kitzbühel Backcountry ski with a guide

Great experience! My only suggestion would be to specify better the equipment needed (e.g. when booking on the website it was mentioned "the guide has all needed safety equipment", but after booking the guide then specified you needed to provide your own skins for the crosscountry walking etc., which was news to us). The rest was perfect!

Christian Bouvier

5.00

March, 2018

Kitzbühel Backcountry ski with a guide

The traveller did not leave a comment.

Magnus Huus-Hansen

4.00

February, 2018

Saalbach-Hinterglemm guided ski touring

The traveller did not leave a comment.

Thomas

4.00

February, 2018

Saalbach-Hinterglemm guided ski touring

Our guide was Andreas Mitterer from Saalbach

Tristan Rodgers

5.00

February, 2018

6-day Julian Alps guided ski safari

Absolutely incredible trip. Rok knows exactly where the best snow is and will go out of his way to ensure you push yourself whilst staying safe. I couldn't recommend it enough.

Kjetil Grue

5.00

February, 2018

Saalbach, Fieberbrunn Guided Freeride Skiing

Super day! we skied untracked snow all day. Mathias managed to plan the trip just up to our skill level. And that’s is what you get from a good guide, he have to quickly find the right level for the group. Made the day wery exiting but safe. We did a lot of steep skiing and some steep booting but felt safe all day. We used skins to get the best areas, and some booting with ski on backpack. Recommended to get to the best areas! Our best reviews for Mathias!

Tony Moss

5.00

February, 2018

Kitzsteinhorn into Muhlbach Valley ski touring day

What a fantastic guide who was good company, attentive, had a great knowledge and passion for the area and helped me have a wonderful day.

Stefan Lindhoff

5.00

January, 2018

Saalbach, Fieberbrunn Guided Freeride Skiing

We had a great day skiing with Mathias Leo and his collegue in Fieberbrunn. I can strongly recommend them!

Martin Alexander Hinsby

5.00

December, 2017

Ski touring in the Kitzbuhel Alps

Extremely exciting trip with good learning all the way from the experienced guide. First time on the top of a mountain. Certainly not the last time with explore-share, and the guide Mathias Leo. Thanks!


 

There are many reasons for choosing Backcountry Skiing in Austria

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.

 

Good to know:

Country Code

+43

Currency

Euro

Language

German

Best time to visit

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

How to get there

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

Weather

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

More info about Backcountry Skiing in 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

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