Alpbach Ski Resort

Alpbach has long been a favourite amongst British families, attracted by the pretty, tree-lined slopes of the Ski Juwel ski area and arguably one of Austria’s most beautiful resort towns.

Linked since 2012 to the slopes of Auffach by a two-stage gondola, Alpbach is now home to 109km of slopes and ski routes and sits at the heart of the Ski Juwel region. Most of these are rated blue and red, making this an intermediate’s paradise. However, there are also some great learning facilities and an excellent ski school with a longstanding reputation of teaching British skiers. An excellent ski bus service also links the resort to small areas of pistes at Reith (which are floodlit for night skiing) and Niederau.

The village of Alpbach is one of Austria’s prettiest, with its narrow streets and wooden chalets adding a lot of charm to the resort. It is however a short bus ride from the lifts so you may wish to stay a little up the valley at Inneralpbach.

Our Alpbach Resort Ratings

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  • Intermediate ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
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  • Snow Reliability ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Fast Lifts ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Après ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
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Pros

Beautiful village that is a great base for families

Good intermediate cruising and variety in the ski area

Strong lift system with many fast chairs and gondolas

Cons

Snow can suffer due to the low altitude

Most accommodation requires a bus ride to the lifts – or you can hire a car and drive

Little to entertain advanced and expert skiers and boarders

7 in 7 - Our guide to the Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau (Episode 4)

    

Alpbach Skiing and Snowboarding

Although Alpbach is home to a small beginner zone and a draglift, you’ll need to head to Inneralpbach or up to the Gmahkopf for the best beginner facilities. These are excellent however, and there are several funslopes and kids runs to keep younger ones entertained. The rest of the linked ski area – on both sides of the Alpbachtal – are then suited best to intermediates and in good snow conditions, vertical descents of over 1000m are possible.

The small ski area further down the valley at Reith is served only by a gondola and a couple of drags, but its night skiing is a great attraction and is worth doing during your stay. More advanced skiers and boarders should head across to Auffach and then catch the skibus to Niederau, where the best black runs and tree-skiing are located. If the snow is good, the steep descents down from the Lanerköpfel are a blast when freshly groomed or in powder conditions.

  • Total Pistes: 93km
  • Blue: 28%
  • Red: 57%
  • Black: 15%
  • Additional Ski Routes: 16km
  • Lifts: 45
  • Altitude: 830m – 2025m

Alpbach Piste Map

The local area map can be downloaded here.

Alpbach Resort

The historic centre, narrow streets, wooden chalets and beautiful tree-lined setting make Alpbach one of the prettiest resort towns in the Alps, let alone Austria. There are lots of family-run hotels and B&Bs offering traditional Austrian accommodation, but just be aware that you’ll need to catch a bus or drive to the lift base at Inneralpbach.

Off the slopes there is an excellent network of cross-country trails and winter walking routes through the valley. Up on the hill there are some very good mountain restaurants serving local specialities and considering it is a family friendly resort, some lively après ski spots at the foot of the lifts in Inneralpbach.

How to get to Alpbach

Getting here from Innsbruck is incredibly easy – the drive only takes an hour and you can also get the train to Brixlegg and then catch the bus up to the resort. Salzburg and Munich offer good alternatives – both are a two hour drive away from Alpbach.

  • Innsbruck airport: 1 hour (driving) or 2 hours (public transport)
  • Salzburg airport: 2 hours (driving)
  • Munich airport: 2 hours (driving)
  • Calais: approximately 13 hours driving (685 miles)

Alpbach Contact Details

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Ability
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Village Charm
On Slope
  • Fast Lifts
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