Austria has enjoyed an excellent snow recently, and the immutable Austrian ski holiday formula is still synonymous with fun in the mountains: rolling, tree-lined slopes above charming villages, jolly inns, foaming tankards of beer, lively bars and discos, and liberal sound-bites of accordion music.
Austrian destinations continue to provide excellent skiing and snowboarding for beginners and intermediates in an enjoyable environment.
Skiers constantly express their surprise at finding spotless pensions as well as lavish hotels in the tiniest of villages, and as one commented: "all I want from a skiing holiday is plenty of easy piste-cruising and a first-class hotel that doesn't cost a fortune. That is why I return to Austria year after year".
The old town of Kitzbühel is a walled, medieval settlement of heavily buttressed buildings painted with delicate frescoes, which survives the relentless battering of a nine-month tourist season with aplomb.
Lech and neighbouring Zürs are the most exclusive resorts in Austria.
Just an hour's drive from Innsbruck (so why not add an extra day to sight-see and perhaps take in some opera?) The Stubai Valley is perched high between the picturesque Tyrolean capital and the Brenner Pass leading into Italy, and comprises the village ski areas of Neustift, Fulpmes, Telfes, Meiders and Schönberg.
Obergurgl, at 1930m (6,330ft), is reached by going as far as you can up the Ötz valley, a 20-minute drive past the area's other famous ski centre, Sölden.
Just 10 miles or so north-west of Innsbruck, Seefeld is one of the most picturesque of Austria's mountain towns.
Sölden is a big-ski, big-party town: you'll need lots of energy to get the best of it.
St Anton is to skiing what St Andrews is to golf.
Like Zürs, the small village of St Christoph is quiet and exclusive - the perfect place to stay if you want to get off the beaten track, but still have access to some of the finest skiing in Europe.
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