Resort Opening & Key Winter Dates W17/18

The first snows of Autumn have already arrived on the higher slopes and the Glacier ski areas are gearing up for a busy pre-season. If you are planning on skiing before December then you’ll need to head to one of the Austrian Glaciers (Solden, Stubai or Kaprun). From early December, most resorts will be open with extensive snow-making in place across all resorts to make up for any shortfall from Mother Nature. At the very least, you can expect excellent piste conditions this side of Christmas and the quiet slopes are a real treat.

Here are the planned opening dates for our featured resorts:

Solden  - Skiing on the glaciers starts in early October with the FIS World Cup Ski Opening taking place 27-29th October. The main ski area opens from 19th November onwards.

Stubai – Proposed ski opening looks set to take place later this month (September) with more lifts and runs open from October.

Kaprun – The main glacier area is open for skiing from the middle of October onwards. Main season from 1st December.

Kitzbuhel – Remarkably, and thanks to some clever storage of last Winter’s snow, Kitzbuhel is set to open some of its lifts (Resterkogel) from 14th October. More lifts open end October and for weekends in November before the main ski area opens 8th December.

Ski Circus Saalbach-Hinterglemm / Fieberbrunn – Opening from 1st December to 22nd December with low-season prices, main season from 23rd December.

Zell am See – Low season opening from 1st December, main season from 23rd December.

St Anton – Resort opens 1st December

Christmas & New Year

Christmas and New Year arrivals are Saturday 23rd and 30th December respectively and we have a few hotels where we can offer 26th December. Almost exclusively 7 night stays at this time of year.

Half Term Skiing

Half term 2018 falls in the two weeks 10-17.2.18 and 17-24.2.18 depending on where you are in the country. European School holiday dates are from the 3rd February to 3rd March. Demand for Hotels and prices are higher with less flexible stay options at this time.


Easter is early in 2018 with Easter Sunday falling on April 1st. Schools break up this week or the week before and the snow will still be good across most of our Resorts. Keener family skiing prices than half term!