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Catskiing and Heliskiing in Austria: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You


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FAQs: Heliskiing and Catskiing in Austria

What should I know about Heliskiing and Catskiing Austria?

Heliskiing is an exclusive activity in Austria, which is one of the snowiest places in the Alps. While it is currently restricted to Arlberg, there are a number of ways to enjoy a helicopter experience along with epic skiing. Salzburg and East Tyrol are notably scenic and DO provide tours via choppers without directly placing you into the snow. Ski touring to objectives viewed from the air is a welcome challenge to intrepid skiers who still want to feel the thrill of the chopper.

Schneetal and Mehlsack are the most popular options for Arlberg heliskiing programs, the former more fit for newbies to the adrenaline-pumping sport and Mehlsack for the most daring. Most trips will depart from Lech, which is in the heart of the region (Vorarlberg), accessible from Switzerland, Germany, and the rest of Austria.

Why should I choose Austria for my Heliskiing and Catskiing adventure?


Currently the only location where heliskiing is offered, Arlberg is a one-stop shop for some of the best skiing in the Alps. These mountains between Vorarlberg and Tyrol offer affordable and exciting drop-ins, plopping you down on long and scenic runs that include Lake Spullersee (Mehlsack) or the more modest Schneetal descents. Located just out of reach to the west of Lech and Zurs, this is a delightful option for powder hounds that want to see the best of the best in Austrian ski spots.

Generous Snowfall!

The country as a whole is one of the snowiest areas of Europe, with many resort areas and locations averaging over 10 meters of snowfall annually. Predominantly in the west, precisely where Arlberg and the heliskiing programs are allowed and flourishing, it is match in its abundance by its quality, providing crisp and dry powder to fall into - and in love with. The best drops are between Damuls and Lech, where guaranteed snow pack isn't even a question.

Landscape and Scenery!

This landlocked country is defined by the Alps, so its no wonder that the Alpine sports borne of this territory are some of the most prestigious and exhilarating. As winter and its wonderland descend upon the valleys and peaks of Austria, the region is transformed into the ultimate ski paradise. It is a way of life, accommodated by the surrounding communities and the awe-inspiring views. Take in high mountains with peaceful meadows of white, Alpine lakes beside steep ridges. There is nothing more iconic to the Alps than the Austrian backcountry.

What can I expect from the weather in Austria?

The Alpine climate is indicative of Austria's weather, with cold and snowy winters that spell great ski conditions. Snow can begin in late autumn and last well into spring.

Which language is predominantly spoken in Austria?


What currency is accepted in Austria?

Euro (EUR)

How to Get There

Flying into Vienna is an easy way to reach Austria, which connects directly to most major European cities as well as New York, Chicago, and Toronto. Trips to Tyrol, Salzburg, and Vorarlberg can also include flights to nearby Munich (Germany) and Zurich (Switzerland). If you do not then take connecting regional flights to Innsbruck or Salzburg, you can catch a number of trains that connect Austrian cities both domestically and internationally.

What’s the country code of Austria?


What’s the high season for Heliskiing and Catskiing in Austria?

The prime season to ski is in winter from December through March.

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