Austrian ski resorts deliver a attractive backdrop for skiing holidays as winter sports enthusiasts take to the slopes for some adrenaline-fuelled action, no matter if on skis or a snowboard.
Greatest known among the country's skiing regions is the Arlberg Ski Circus, comprising Lech, Zurs, St Anton and St Christoph.
St Anton am Alberg would be the most preferred of these destinations with 120km of pistes providing a challenging environment for intermediate and advanced skiers.
A very rated region for snowboarders, makes it a fine all-round option for groups keen to attempt one or both disciplines.
But if quiet and exclusive is more your factor when it comes to relaxing soon after a day on the slopes then this can be supplied by neighbouring St Christoph, that is 6km from St Anton.
St Christoph could be the region's highest village at 1,800 metres above sea level, and 1 from the highest in all the Alps.
Elsewhere, Lech rates strongly among Austrian ski resorts for beginners and in particular for intermediate together with advanced skiers.
Having 180 km of open slopes and 260 kilometers of tended pistes, Lech's slopes deliver plenty of variety.
An opening ceremony throughout November in Lech's Schlegelkopf Square signals the start out from the ski season within the resort.
And it is followed up by a series of events that run throughout the season that contains a spectacular musical firework show in nearby Zürs. A further notable date on the calendar could be the Bregenz Festival in the Snow which takes location in Lech in the finish of January.
Austria's Arlberg ski circus caters for plenty of unique tastes, from beginners to seasoned skiers, with routes for cross-country treks and snowboarding along with the standard downhill skiing stretches.
All in all Austria's appeal to experienced skiers and snowboarders is illustrated by it ranking second only to France in the popularity stakes.