Austria’s Top 3 Places for Snowboarding

The following is a guest post by Armin, the co-founder of Gloveler. You might have read about the 10 Top Ski Destinations on the Tripping blog not long ago. However, being a longtime snowboarder and skier, I know that a slope which fits well for skiers is not necessarily a snowboarder’s dream. Since nothing beats the Alps for winter sports, I will focus on Austria. In addition, Austrians are well known for their hospitality and for excellent bed and breakfasts and vacation rentals. Here (counting down in reverse order) are the top 3 places for snowboarding in Austria.

Sölden - Top Destination with Guaranteed Snow (#3) 

Sölden, the village in the Ötztal, where “Ötzi” the famous Iceman was found, offers great snow conditions even when other regions are still waiting for the first snow. Thanks to two glaciers, the Retenbach Glacier and Tiefenbach Glacier, you can be sure, that you have enough slopes for great carving fun. [caption id="attachment_9465" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Solden"][/caption]

Bad Gastein – Top Place to Board & Relax (#2) 

While Sölden is also famous for big après ski parties, you sometimes need just a place where you can relax and enjoy your holidays. For the more laid back boarders my recommendation would be Bad Gastein. Besides the beautiful landscape and not so crowded pistes the village of Bad Gastein as well as the neighboring village of Bad Hofgastein have two extraordinary spas where you can relax and warm up after a day in the cold snow.

Ischgl – Top Powder Place (#1) 

Ischgl offers endless runs through deep powder snow. What else could you hope for? Besides a policy for leaving enough powder on the side of the regular slopes Ischgl offers more miles of pistes than you can possibly explore in a few days. On top of this, its location directly on the border to Switzerland gives you the opportunity to cross the border to the Swiss village Samnaun on your board, buy some duty free Swiss chocolate and get back to Austria on the same day. Additionally, for all the freestyle fanatics Ischgl offers several fun parks with half pipes and jumps for every skill level. Ready to hit the slopes in Austria?  Find the perfect place to stay on your Austrian snowboarding adventure on Tripping! Author Bio This is a guest post by Armin, the co-founder of gloveler, one of the pioneers in the short term rental space. Gloveler offers a variety of affordable accommodation options with a special focus on the German speaking regions as well as an online software for hosts. Armin lived and worked in Germany, the US, China and the UK and has enjoyed traveling from the age of one.    
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Photo 1:  photo by Torsten Magner via Flickr; Solden: photo by ricodb via Flickr; photo by Prinothphotography via Flickr