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HEADING OFF THE BEATEN TRACK IN THE TIROL

Check out some of the smaller and less well-known resorts. You may be surprised by what is on offer…

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The Tirol in Austria has 80+ ski resorts and more than 3,000 kilometres of pistes.

While many skiers and snowboarders know about the popular resorts of Ischgl, St. Anton and Mayrhofen, not so many have heard of Kappl, St. Christoph and Eggalm.

Or Axamer Lizum, a favourite of ours here at PlanetSKI

Yet these small-but-mighty destinations tick plenty of boxes, are often good value and in many cases link to their bigger cousins.

Last season PlanetSKI did exactly that as we hit a few of the lesser-known resorts in the busy half-term week from our base in Innsbruck.

Avoiding the crowds and trying a different type of skiing:

And here are some other tips:

Kappl, See & Galtür instead of Ischgl

Although Ischgl often steals the limelight with its famous Top Of The Mountain Concerts, the three connecting villages in Paznaun are particularly suitable for those seeking peace and quiet, especially as the Silvretta High Alpine Road is closed over winter.

Together, Kappl, See and Galtür offer more than 100 km of slopes, speedy lifts, funparks and night skiing.

Every Tuesday, See puts on an entertainment programme comprising torchlit descents, firework displays and a DJ set. Plus, Silvapark Galtür offers the world’s first ski safari in a piste-grooming machine.

A six-day lift pass costs from €307.50 / £258 per adult and €174 / £146 per child.

PlanetSKI’s chief reporter Jane Peel visited Kappl last winter, see here for more details about the resort:

In Kappl, Austria

Enjoying the trees & the views in Kappl

For more information see here.

St. Christoph instead of St. Anton am Arlberg

Located at 1,800 metres above sea level, St. Christoph is one of the highest ski resorts in the Alps.

Although it is smaller than St. Anton am Arlberg, it still has a cosy, welcoming atmosphere, rustic lounges serving traditional cuisine and modern lifts to experience the 305 km of marked runs and 200 km of off piste.

Tuck into a hearty meal at Hospiz Alm in St. Christoph, not only is the food delicious but there’s also a slide to the bathroom…

A six-day lift pass costs from €300 / £252 per adult and €180 / £151 per child.

St Christoph, Austria

St Christoph, Austria

For more information see here.

Eggalm instead of Mayrhofen

Situated halfway up the mountain, between Mayrhofen and Hintertux, Eggalm offers skiers and snowboarders perfectly-groomed slopes and skiing to the front door.

During winter, Eggalm becomes part of the Ski & Glacier World Zillertal 3000, which, along with Hintertux Glacier, Rastkogel, Finkenberg, Penken and Mayrhofen, offers 202 km of pistes.

And those after a weissbier will always receive a friendly welcome at Berggasthaus Eggalm.

A six-day lift pass costs from €266.50 / £224 per adult and €120 / £101 per child.

Eggalm, the Tirol, Austria

Eggalm, the Tirol, Austria

For more information see here.

Axamer Lizum instead of Innsbruck
Only 19 km from Innsbruck, Axamer Lizum has 10 lifts and 40 km of pistes and ski routes.

Thanks to its high-altitude location (reaching 2,340 metres) it is referred to as the “white roof” of the Innsbruck Olympic region.

It might not be the biggest resort, but there is something for everything and freeride skiers can enjoy the Golden Roofpark.

Dine at the Hoadl Haus – at 2,340 metres altitude, guests can enjoy a delectable menu and fantastic views.

A six-day lift pass costs from €195 / £164 per adult and €117.50 / £99 per child.

For more information see here.

Axamer Lizum, the Tirol, Austria

Axamer Lizum, the Tirol, Austria

Immediately recognisable by its pointed church steeple, Niederau is the first village guests reach in Wildschönau.

Its easy-beginner slopes and demanding valley runs means the resort attracts a wide variety of skiers and snowboarders.

Take a break from the pistes and clip on a pair of snowshoes and trek across the fields or jump on a toboggan from the top of Lanerköpfl and whizz down the six kilometre track to the village.

A six-day lift pass costs from €221 / £185 per adult and €110.50 / £93 per child.

Niederau, the Tirol, Austria

Niederau, the Tirol, Austria

For more information see here.

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