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Want to know what Osttirol is really like? British journalist and filmer Chris Moran and editor James Fage visited the lesser-visited East Tyrol ski areas and spoke to visitors and locals on the chairlifts, in the bars and on the slopes to get their take on it.
Osttirol is home to 7 ski areas: Grossglocker Resort Kals Matrei, St Jakob, Hochpustertal, Lienz Zettersfied, Lienz-Hochstein, Obertilliach and Kartitsch.
It’s a part of the world that regularly sees record snowfall. Far higher than the Eastern Alps, home to the majority of the range’s ski areas.
One ski pass (the Ski Hit) covers the entire area, and also includes two further resorts in the Carinthian province.
Perhaps the most family friendly part of the alps, with most resorts offering free lift passes for kids up to the age of 7.
Whilst the region is famous for it’s slow-paced, anti-apres ski feel, there are outposts of total modernity, with the 4-star Gradonna Mountain Resort being perhaps the coolest ski-in-ski-out hotel in the Alps.
With so much snow, the area is super popular with off-piste fans, especially ski tourers.
Area is also home to the highest mountain in Austria: the Großglocker (3798-metres)
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And here are a few opinions and impressions from people in the ski resorts: