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Austria for Christmas 2014

Sydney, Australia
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Austria for Christmas 2014

Hi,

My friends I want to go to Austria for Christmas. Our criteria is a town that will definitely have snow and possibly christmas decorations :)

We would love to have a full on white Christmas instead of a hot Aussie one. Plus, we wouldn't mind a bit of skiing if it was convenient.

Any suggestions for towns?

Vienna, Austria
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1. Re: Austria for Christmas 2014

As often explained here on the forum it is impossible to predict the snow availability for a specific area as well as certain time. In some years snowfall starts early and it is cold enough to prevent melting, in some years it snows but temperature goes up thereafter making the snow disappear, in some years snow comes very late (even after Christmas). The amount of snow also fluctuates from year to year. This year we couldn't see much snow yet, only in the West of Carinthia a lot of snow came down around Christmas.

Basically, higher located areas are "safer", so stick to Tyrol, Vorarlberg or higher located towns of Salzburg.

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2. Re: Austria for Christmas 2014

agree completely with previous poster. You can certainly maximise your chances by going to high altitude resorts, we were in Obertauern last christmas and had loads of snow, we are going there again this march and are currently looking into going to another resort, Obergurgl, which also has an excellent snow record.

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3. Re: Austria for Christmas 2014

Obergurgl is located at around 2.000m (above sea level) why it is safer than other places. When I spoke about Salzburg (state, not the city), then I also thought of Obertauern. In Tyrol you could consider St. Anton am Arlberg (expensive!), Sölden (http://www.oetztal.com/skigebiet-soelden), Ischgl, Galtür.

The problem in this regard is that many of these places are sole ski resorts in winter with less to do for non-skiers. Also bear in mind that many hotels and pension only accept reservations for a full week (Saturday to Saturday).

Bad Ischl, Austria
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4. Re: Austria for Christmas 2014

You need to go for height if you want snow, (As Mikey said)

Bad Ischl for example 468M had no snow over Christmas 2013. Along with most of the Salzkammergut.

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