Good news for British holidaymakers: From 24 January, the UK is no longer classified as a virus variant region in Austria. Double-jabbed or recovered travellers can enter the country with a PCR test (valid 72 hours) OR proof of a booster jab (received at least 120 days after the second shot). Proof of recovery (within the past 180 days) also counts as a booster. Please find more info on the new entry rules here.
Austria shortens validity of vaccination on 1 February
When in Austria, gaining “2-G” status is essential to enter hotels, restaurants, ski lifts etc. From 1 February, two-dose vaccinations are only valid for 180 days in Austria, after that a booster is needed. The third jab remains valid for 270 days from day one. Proof of recovery is also valid for 180 days. BioNtech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca (except Covishield), Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Novavax – including mix and match vaccines – are currently recognised in Austria.Travellers can show their vaccination status using the NHS app, the EU Digital Covid Certificate (Green Pass) or a printed equivalent in English or German.
• Children under the age of 12 do not need proof of vaccination/recovery or a PCR test (exception: in Vienna mandatory testing applies from the age of 6)
• Teenagers (12 or over and born on or after 1 September 2006) who are not yet fully jabbed can use the Holiday Ninja Pass both to enter Austria and to maintain “2-G” status
• For teenagers born before 1 September 2006, the same rules as for adults apply.
PCR tests are available for both locals and visitors free of charge in Austria.
You can search for your own accommodation in the snow for your next ski holiday through our Accommodation Search tab. Or if looking to stay in the heart of the Mont Blanc Valley in the Aosta Valley, check Il Coure della Valdigne review here. This is our own family home in the mountains, that I am renting out when not using, you can always write me a private message if interested to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can book directly through Airbnb through this link
If you want to take your family skiing and you don’t know where to start, read here. And search for your ski transfers from all airports to the Mountains here. And for those that are like me, that are lazy to cook, you can get your food, even gourmet mountain food delivered to your home with Huski.
If renting equipment (skis or snowboards) check our agreement with Skiset– you can get up to 50% off ski or snowboard rental rates. I have been using them for years every year when I go to America and Europe and they are great!
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Ski World Cup in Saalbach – now in the Starting Gates!
Information on tickets, press accreditation and program
On 20th of December the world elite of giant slalom will be competing at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in Saalbach Hinterglemm. Information about tickets, press accreditations and the program can be found here. Tip: True ski fans will have race action for three days, as on 21st and 22nd of December the FIS European Cup Speed races will also be held at the Zwölferkogel in Hinterglemm!
Tickets are available from € 12,00 online via oeticket.com. The tickets of the canceled Ski World Cup in Sölden are also valid in Saalbach.
Secure your “pole position” for the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in Saalbach with your personal VIP ticket. Enjoy culinary delights, fine wines and a wide selection of other beverages throughout the day in the VIP tent in the finish area. First class caterers will provide regional food in a stylish setting. Feel the emotions of the world’s elite of ski sports up close on the VIP grandstand in the finish area and enjoy a clear view of the finish slope of the race track. Price € 360,00 (including all taxes). VIP tickets are available online at saalbach.com/skiweltcup.
Swissinfo.ch published a very good table with all the ski resorts’ lift ticket rates – which is good to see when planning a ski holiday – even though the price of the lift ticket is not all, and it accounts to only a 6% of the ski holiday, but, every little helps!
This is not an exhaustive list, but you have something to compare. I am assuming that the prices within the Dolomiti Superski area, are showing all the same rates, as they must be selling the Dolomiti Superski lift.
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