I have two rules when planning a ski vacation. Rule #1: Try to go to the French Alps (Avoriaz, Val d’Isere, La Clusaz..) because the apres-ski is the best (can you smell the cheese fondue?!) and my children can practice their French while skiing. Rule #2: Do not go to the French Alps if the Parisians are on vacation at the same time. To put it mildly, the slopes might be too crowded …:) I’m French, so I am allowed to say so! With rule #2 in mind, we’ve discovered a few pretty resorts in Austria. I wrote about Bad Gastein here and Uebergoessene Alm here. This year, we went to Kitzbühel, in the über picturesque Austrian Tyrol (I am loving that ü!).