Ski Austria Now! World Cup Returns to Sölden

The ‘White Circus’, aka Skiing’s World Cup, returns to Sölden this weekend with bumper covid-safe crowds expected. If you’ve never watched a major ski race life in Austria think footy final on snow with bells.

Saturday is the Women’s GS, followed by the Men’s on Sunday.

It goes off, and you really should try and get to watch races somewhere on your snow travels.

Sölden World Cup 2021 course inspection
Course inspection this week: the snow is good to go © Sölden

But more importantly for us, Austria is open to the World.

Australia is too – well, at least NSW will be from November 1st, from when vaccinated travellers can leave the country with no quarantine requirement on return (Australian citizens and visa holders only until the Australian Government sorts it’s own policy out and decides to end the “Hermit Kingdom” status in force since March 2021.)

The airlines have responded quickly to the NSW Government’s proactive approach to resstarting international travel from Sydney. We did a quick check for some fares and found very reasonable and convenient flights to Zurich with Qantas (on code-share Emirates flights – and long haul economy doesn’t get much better then them).

Zurich, Munich and Vienna are all great options to get to Austria’s best ski areas including Sölden – we found the best deals on Qantas to Zurich.

Sölden's Rettenbach Glacier
For long seasons you can’t beat glaciers: Sölden’s Rettenbach Glacier looking the goods © Sölden

Austria is welcoming snow tourism back, currently under Stage 1 of their system – with proof of vaccination, past infection, or negative test required

These are the brief details:

Cable Cars

  • FFP2 masks required
  • During the winter season: proof of vaccination, past infection, or negative test required
  • no capacity restrictions

Christmas Markets

  • Stage 1 (currently in effect): proof of vaccination, past infection, or negative test required
  • Stage 2: antigen self-tests no longer accepted
  • Stage 3: only PCR tests accepted as “negative test”

Après-Ski

  • Stage 1 (currently in effect): proof of vaccination, past infection, or negative PCR test (!) required
  • Stages 2 and 3: proof of vaccination or past infection required (tests are no longer accepted)

For the full information and latest updates check the official Austria Info site here

Travellers from listed countries are now able to travel to Austria for holidays again.

All travellers need to show either a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination/past infection upon entry. Certain travellers will need to self-isolate.

The list of safe countries currently includes most of Europe and Worldwide

Australia

Canada

Hong Kong

Jordan

Macau

New Zealand

Qatar

Saudi Arabia

Singapore

South Korea

Taiwan

Uruguay

Vietnam

Full and latest details on the link here

For the best early and late season Austria options including Sölden check these