Quality over Quantity – this is what skiing at Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschoenau is like. Quaint and rustic mountain huts and great views of the Inn Valley as well as the Zillertal and...
- The vertical drop from summit to base is 4511 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in Austria is 2359 ft. Most runs are therefore relatively long. The highest point of the track is 6644 ft above sea level.
- Season starts on Dec 4 and ends on Apr 11 (128 days). Average season duration in Austria is 188 days.
- Average snow depth during the season (Dec 4 to Apr 11) is 50 " at summit elevation and 23 " at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during February, offering an average snow depth of 60 " at summit elevation and 31 " at the base.
- Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau features 65 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in Austria is 69 sunny days. January is the sunniest month with an average of 16 sunny days. This makes the ski resort one of the 3 sunniest in Tyrol.
The Ski Resort
Two beautiful ski areas, Alpbachtal and Wildschönau, were combined into one big ski resort in the 2012/2013 season. Ski Juwel Alpbachtal-Schönau is now ranked among the ten biggest ski resorts in Tyrol. Thre resort offers its guests 100 kilometers (62 miles) of trails and is especially known for its family-friendliness.
Reither Kogel's slopes (1337 meters / 4386 feet) in the area of Alpbach are considered to be ideal for families and beginners. Here are two training lifts: 'Wiesenlift' and 'Brandachlift'. Check out the other blue and red trails that are all easy to master, even for beginners. The area is manageable in size for nobody to get lost. The children's areas in Inneralpbach near the 'Pöglbahn' are another good place for families.
At Gmahkopf (1900 meters) you will find many runs suitable for families as well. The long Familienabfahrt 46 (family slope 46) is great, give it a shot!
If you are looking for a real challenge, try the black slope, serviced by 'Hornlift 2000' or the slope off the chairlift 'Brandegg'.
Alpbachtal features a terrain park for freestylers that boasts creative elements and lines of all difficulty levels. Next to kickers, boxes and a wave track you will find a 150 meter (492 foot) long half-pipe.
Those who are still not satisfied can hop over to Wildschönau on the Schatzberg to get access to even more trails. The Schatzberg gondola lift was improved and modernized for the 2017/2018 season.
Beginners and unexercised snowsport fans will enjoy the slopes in the village of Oberau and at the Roggenboden. Directly at the Schatzberg they can also find a conveyor lift, as well as a practice lift at the Mittelstation Koglmoos.
There are also more difficult slopes at the Schatzberg. They offer advanced skiers the opportunity to perfect their skiing technique and style while enjoying the beautiful panoramic view. The best runs to do so are the Gipfelabfahrten 1+2, the Schatzbergabfahrt and the Gernalmabfahrt.
Freestylers will get their money's worth at the Wildschönau terrain park at the Thalerkogel as well as the Race'n'Boarder Arena in Niederau. The wave boxes, rails, half pipes and giant slalom training areas will get every freestyler more than excited.
Snow Safety & Snowmaking
On Mountain Dining
Eight mountain restaurants in Alpbachtal will pretty much leave you tempted to stop. Gmahkopf is home to the cozy restaurants 'Gasthof Hornboden' and 'Dauerstoa Alm'. They offer all kinds of mouth-watering treats and 'Gasthof Hornboden' also takes pride in its snow bar.
At Böglalm you have to try Käsespätzle, the famous local dish in 'the biggest pan of the mountain'. You'll find it close to Galtenberg t-bar. An other hot spot is the mountain hut 'Kolberhof' with its traditional local cooking, situated right at the slope that brings you back to the valley.
More delicacies can be found on Wildschönau's side of the resort. The Gipföhit at the mountain station of the Hahnenkofbahn offers guests Tyrolean specialties and a sun terrace. From the Wurmegg Hochleger hut, you can enjoy an especially beautiful view of Alpbach.
More Schmankerl, delicacies, can be found at the self-serving restaurants Schatzbergalm and Koglmoos. In Niederau, the Norderbergalm and the Rübezahlhütte are worth visiting.
- Expert skiers won't want to miss out on the FIS run no. 41a.
- 600 meters of altitude difference have to be overcome at the 'Inneralpbachtal' slope.
- The Horn and Baumgarten runs at the Gmahkopf offer wonderful panoramas.
- Carving fans will love the wide slopes of Gipfelabfahrt 1+2
- Passing by an old wooden hut, the Gernalm run is especially idyllic.
- The Tennladen run was once the venue for the World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup. It is a good challenge for experienced skiers.
Most Difficult Runs
Nightskiing is possible from December until early March on Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30 pm until 9:15 pm at the Reitherkogel. Tickets are sold seperately and cost €15 for adults and €7,50 for teenagers and children.
Alpbachtal-Wildschönau has plenty to offer beside ski and snowboard slopes. Opened in September 2017, the Alpine coaster "Lauser Sauser" at the Wiedersbergershorn is the resort's new highlight. The coaster lets guests race down into the valley all year round.
For more fun, you can find eight toboggan runs in the region. The 6.5 kilometer (4 mile) long panorama run at Reither Kogel is the longest among them, while Lanerköpfl in Niederau offers a great view. If you prefer night tobogganing use the runs Bischoferalm, Höllenstein and Brandenberg.
Further, there are some idyllic winter hiking trails. You have the choice, take a walk for 30 minutes around lake 'Reintalersee' or hike a complete 3 hour tour. There are countless possibilities! The beauty and majesty of the panorama hiking trail at Reither Kogel is something all fans of winter hiking should witness.
You could also just lean back and make yourself comfortable during a horse sleigh ride through the snow-covered countryside of Alpbachtal. The scenic train takes visitors from the idyllic village of Thierbach to the Museum of Wood in Auffach in Wildschönau.
Après-Ski and Nightlife
Enjoy your first drink of the day at 'Gasthof Hornboden' snow bar. Those who plan to continue partying will find their right place at 'Umbrella Six Bar' or 'Joe's Salettl' in Inneralpbach.
At the Schatzberg, you'll find the 'Koglmoos Skibar' at the Mittelstation Koglmoos and the 'Moosa Stadl' near the mountain station of the Schatzbergbahn. In the valley, après ski guests can relax at the 'Grutt'n Stadl' in Auffach or dance in their ski boots. With a bit of luck, you'll meet "Schilehrermusig" at the 'Cafe Martin'. The music group make for an entertaining night with their singing and playing.
The 'Fun Pub Dorfstub'n Dancing' in Oberau is known to throw parties that don't end until late at night. In Niederau, several umbrella bars provide you with your liquor desires.
Dining and Restaurants
A Mecca for foodies, the ski resort is also home to Sigwarts Tyrolean wine tavern. It is listed in the Gault Millau since 1985 and it's among the 200 best restaurants of Austria. Make a trip to 'Pirchner's Gourmetstube', where herbs have an enormous importance. 'Fischerstube' offers an unique location directly at lake Reintalersee.
Wildschönau has several great culinary destinations as well. The 'MM Marius' is famous for its burgers and vegans will love the 'Traditionsgasthof Weißbacher'. Regional specialties are served at 'Hotel Platzl', 'Auffacherhof' and 'Thalmühle'.
Oberau is home to the 'Gasthof Kellerwirt', which is known for its cuisine as much as for its international guests.
The Mühltal brewery makes excellent beer. You can taste the original 'Wildschönauer Krautinger' almost everywhere - it's definitely a shot of liquor you'll never forget!
Infrastructure & Rental
Affiliate Ski SchoolsOffered Skiing Lessons Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau
The Alpbachtal and Wildschönau are situated in Western Tyrol and are best reached via the highway 'Inntalautobahn' A12, exiting at Kramsach. Now just follow the signs for Alpbachtal. Alternatively take the way through Germany and pass the lakes Tegernsee/Achenseepass. You can actually save toll charges taking this way!
Travel by express train to Jenbach or Wörgl. There is a free shuttle service to the ski resort available.
The next airport is Innsbruck. There are several shuttle services that offer a comfortable transport to the ski resort.