Get on the Slopes Quick – Ski Resorts Near Munich Airport

Munich is conveniently located near some of the most visited ski resorts in the Alps. While there are many to choose from, some stand out among the crowd. When choosing a resort factors such as quality, price, transfer time and skill level should be taken into consideration. Skiing and snowboarding in the Swiss Alps are now easier than ever, with constant, reliable transfers from Munich Airport

Söll, SkiWelt Area, Austria 

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Söll has one of the shortest transfer times of all nearby resorts, just 89 minutes from Munich Airport. The skiing facility is ideal for beginner and lower intermediate level skiers. It is also suitable for snowboarding. The resort features 250 kilometers with access to 618 individual pistes in the SkiWelt area. Söll is home to many local hotels including the affordable Eggerwirt and historic Postwirt. Some of the common visitor activities include hang gliding, ice skating, bowling and visiting the sauna. Everything from Italian to American to fast food is served in one of the 19 local restaurants. The evenings can be lively for those who prefer traditional music and the night club scene. Night skiing is also available on some days as are sleigh rides.

Kitzbühel, Austria 

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Kitzbühel is one of the more familiar facilities due to its famous Hahnenkamm downhill slope. This run hosts the “Streif” event during which racers can reach speeds of 140 kilometers per hour. Around 50,000 spectators come to witness the competition. Kitzbühel has its own 158 kilometers of runs, and access to 700 when including ‘Kitzbuheler Alpen’ resorts. It is located 108 minutes from Munich Airport and is ideal for intermediate skiers. For snowboarders Kitzbühel Horn Mountain features two half pipes, a quarter-pipe and a table jump. Hotels near the facility include the high-class and modern Schwarzer Adler and the more historic accommodations of Strasshofer and Tiefenbrunner. Schweizerhof is known for its cuisine and spa. Après ski in Kitzbühel revolves around its dozens of restaurants and bars. It also features a casino and cinema.

Lech, Arlberg Area, Austria 

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Lech is best designed for advanced to expert level skiers. Its transfer time of 130 minutes from Munich Airport is worthwhile for those skiers bored by less challenging slopes. For the non-expert crowd there is also a top-rated ski school for beginners and a nursery slope for children. This area is home to one of the first ski villages in the Alpine region, having existed since the 19th century. Since then Lech has become one of the most established resorts, repeatedly hosting guests of royal origin. The resort has produced four Olympic gold medalists but is still owned by centuries-old families. Because of its prestige, Lech is surrounded by luxury hotels such as Berghof. The après ski thus favors the refined, older crowds.

When deciding upon a resort it is imperative to consider the après ski. This phrase is French for “after skiing.” Make sure the chosen resort is within close distance to exciting nightlife and activities once the slopes are closed for the day. A ski resort can’t be chosen on one factor alone, so aim to find a balance between all features.

Charles Holland is a travel writer specialising in snow sports feel free to contact him @FirespinTravel

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