Get up, open the window and let the fresh mountain air into your room. Quickly go down the stairs and discover a table that has been set as if by magic. An energizing breakfast is essential for the full day ahead of you. Then, with your essentials packed together, out you head. Up into the mountains. Snow-white landscapes, purest alpine air and the occasional convivial interlude for refreshments. At the end of the day, return to the cozy confines of your accommodations, squeeze in one or two sauna sessions and allow yourself to be pampered thoroughly.
What, for the moment at least, sounds too good to be true, we will hopefully be able to experience again soon. We love nothing more than to follow the silent call of the Alps when the year is, for the most part, behind us. Whilst many of our establishments close in winter, others only now come into their own. There, you will find pistes right behind the house, extraordinary locations in the midst of the Alps, culinary extravagance and wellness oases, certain to make any ski holiday quite unforgettable.
Header photo: Österreich Werbung / Robert-Maybach
At the Bergschlössl in St. Anton am Arlberg, you will want for nothing. Right next to the valley station, yet a perfect retreat. Undoubtedly the most beautiful place in the valley to experience the fabulous ski area to the full. More than 300 kilometers of pistes and endless deep-snow slopes await you in a region with snows you can always count on. A custom-tailored package comprises 3 nights including ski pass for the entire Arlberg, a fabulous breakfast every morning and one teatime with your hosts. The Arlberg is calling!
Schloss Mittersill is enthroned high above the Pinzgau with scenery that is quite beyond compare. In order to get the most enjoyment out of the great ski areas nearby, a shuttle service brings avid ski fans out to the pistes. As the day draws to a close or if you simply want to enjoy an occasional timeout, wellness back at the castle is highly recommended. Discover complete rest in the SPA with panoramic view of the magical winter landscapes. In the outdoor pool, which is heated year-round, soak up the sight of the surrounding 3000ers. A historic wellness hotel close to Kitzbühel.
As of January, Schloss Lerchenhof in Hermagor will offer a special ski-holiday experience. The perfect winter getaway right next to the Nassfeld ski area. With the wellness area at the castle, all-natural dinner cuisine in the slow-food restaurant, ski pass and ski bus included.
Hallstatt is well worth a visit in every season. Located in the midst of the Salzkammergut, every day you can decide anew where you wish to spend the hours of sunshine. As part of its winter experience and the ideal complement to its accommodations, Heritage.Hotel Hallstatt also offers you your choice of ErlebnisTicket: either indulge in the complete peace and relaxation of Therme Bad Ischl or explore the beautiful pistes of the Dachstein ski area.
We can't and don't want to keep this to ourselves. For ski-touring fans, the Hirschen Schwarzenberg in Bregenzerwald is a true insider tip. In good snow conditions, you are able to embark on your skiing adventures from right behind the house. Hotelier Peter Fetz, himself an avid ski tourer, is always available to share his personal suggestions. And since we are on the topic of young hoteliers: Ansitz Felsenheim, where Benedikt Kössler conjures up incomparable breakfast dishes, lies at the foot of the new six-seater chairlift in the Grubigstein ski area. Definitely time to head to Leermoos!