Austria embodies true Alpine charm and atmosphere. Chalet-strewn villages and onion domed churches nestle among friendly, wooded mountains and valleys. It was in Austria where many would-be skiers from the UK first snapped on a pair of skis and took part in the ski holiday revolution of the 1970s. Since then, hundreds of thousands have followed in their tracks, resorts have grown apace and there has been significant investment in hi-tech infrastructure. Austria now offers world-class skiing while still retaining its picture-postcard looks, unique ambiance and friendly welcome.