Kühtai Ski Resort
Quiet slopes, a reliable snow record and a short transfer from Innsbruck make Kühtai a great Austrian destination.
As Austria's highest ski village – in fact it is one of the Alps' highest resorts – the snow in Kühtai is as reliable as it can get. Runs fan out across both sides of the valley, giving you around 500m of ski vertical, most of which are rated red. That being said, there are some good long blacks off the Hohemutbahn and a decent beginner zone at the foot of the hill. For freestylers there are excellent facilities, with a big snowpark, a superpipe and skicross course dotted across the mountainside. Note too that your lift pass gives you access to the Hochoetz ski area a little further to the west.
The resort is a mere 35km from Innsbruck, so does attract weekend crowds if the snow is not so good lower down elsewhere, but there are few resorts as convenient or with shorter transfer times. In resort there's a collection of comfortable hotels many of which are ski-in, ski-out. Off the slopes there's cross country skiing on offer, with several marked and groomed loops – the most scenic being around the frozen lake just to the west of the resort centre.
Resort website: www.kuehtai.info