5 top ski areas for families, freestylers and freeriders

The list of recommendable ski areas in the Alps is long. Each one speaks to a special target group with a perfectly tailored offer. SnowTrex shares five exquisite ski area tips for any type of skiing holiday.

For beginners: Seiser Alm

On the largest Alpine pasture in all of Europe, 60 km of piste are waiting for newcomers with an ideal beginners ski area. From long, flat pistes, to a children’s funpark, to direct access into the popular Sellaronda, the Seiser Alm is one of the most diverse regions you can choose from to learn how to ski. Additionally, along with the neighbouring Val Gardena, there are a total of 175 km of piste. Winter sports fans can also enjoy a great view from the pistes onto the Dolomite peaks of Langkofel and its surrounding companions. Thanks to the panoramic views and good snow conditions, adult beginners and those returning after a long break from skiing will have plenty of fun learning.

For families: Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis

The 196 km of piste surrounding a sun terrace along the upper half of the Inn Valley make for quite the family ski area. In hardly any other ski region will you be able to find so much diversity for children than here: the children’s domain includes a children’s snowy mountain plain and the Murmlipark in Serfaus, Bertas Kinderland in Fiss, and Berta’s Native American Land in Ladis. Also available to consider is the dinosaur forest, the zoo, the Fiss Cave World, children-friendly racing circuits, the Happy Toboggan, a children’s stage, a climbing tower, a carousel, an adventure obstacle course, a snowmobile obstacle course, the Murmli Trail,” and the Bear Piste. At the same time, adults will also find quite a demanding selection of runs such as the “Long Run or the “Lazid North Run” truly a ski area for the entire family!

For experts: St. Anton am Arlberg

Arlberg is known as the scale of Alpine Skiing – and since the 2016/2017 winter season, Austria’s largest ski area can also be found there. The runs of St. Anton, Lech-Zürs, Oberlech and Wath-Schröcken make up the Ski Arlberg” lift connection, of which comprises a total of 305 km of piste. Experts will find all sorts of tricky runs and deep snow slopes here.

The 122 km of piste all around St. Anton offers high snow-security and therefore plenty of popular freeride sports as well as difficult runs. Over half of all the pistes in the three areas of St. Anton am

Arlberg, St. Christoph and Stuben are of a difficult nature, with almost 20% being black pistes! Whats more is that the noble resort of St. Anton has an extensive après ski programme and a fittingly complex international audience.

For Freestylers: Ischgl

The freestyle highlight in the Paznaun Valley is the Snowpark, found on the Idalp in Ischgl. It counts as one of the longest snowparks in the Alps. With three areas, over 20 kickers and 30 jibb and slide elements, there’s something for every type of freestyler: In the Beginner Park, start off on low obstacles, then head to the Public Park for somewhat higher jumps, and finally, make your way to the Kingsize Park, where you’ll find the longest Pro Line in Europe with around different elements, numerous large kickers, a “Tubespine and a Bag Jump. You’ll also find a Funcross Line with wavy pistes and 14 steep curves. Give it up for this funpark!

For Freeriders: Großglockner-Heiligenblut

Although not one of the largest ski areas around with its 55 km of piste, the ski area facing the highest mountain in Austria, the Großglockner, makes up for that by being one of the most demanding as far as skiing goes. These diverse runs along the upper half of Heiligenblut are mostly red and sometimes tricky. Furthermore, Heiligenblut is known for having a dreamy freeride area. One of the four popular ski routes runs from Schareck down to Fleißalm. It’s there where the Fleißalm lift ends, the only lift system in the world that runs through a tunnel.

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