You don’t need to be ‘doing a season’ for a season pass to be worth the investment – here are the top passes covering major resorts in the Austrian Alps
Living in Munich, on a good day there’s only an hour’s drive separating my front door and the nearest major Austrian resort, so a season pass is a no-brainer.
But for those UK-based skiers or riders looking at two or more weeks on snow each winter, season passes can also be a worthwhile option to explore.
Beyond the potential cost savings, the real selling point of a season pass – or multi-day pass covering multiple resorts – is freedom. Freedom to ski for only a couple of hours – for example on arrival and departure days. Freedom to book a cheeky last-minute ski weekend based on flight or accommodation deals – the ski pass already paid up front. Freedom to head up the valley or around the corner to explore a little-known gem that’s covered by your pass but usually overlooked.
The popularity of such multi-area or regional passes has grown in recent years, as resorts and tourism boards have clicked that making their area part of a larger and more comprehensive ski offering can be crucial in attracting and retaining visitors. As a result, prices are more competitive than ever – though it’s still wise to crunch the numbers, look at the various types of passes available before jumping in boots first.
While similar passes do exist across the Alps (Mont Blanc Unlimited, Dolomiti Superski, etc.) the trend seems particularly pronounced in Austria and its high density of resorts. Here’s a quick round-up of what’s on offer: