Niederau Ski Resort
The small, traditional village of Niederau has its own local slopes and easy access to the linked Ski Juwel ski area.
Niederau is the first village in the Wildschönau Region and is home to a fantastic beginner zone on the edge of the valley, plus a decent network of groomed slopes accessed via a gondola and a chairlift. Several of these are nice and steep, offering up a stern challenge to all but the most expert skiers and boarders. Snow reliability is the only issue here, but snowmaking and the northerly exposition helps. A short bus ride (included in the lift pass) takes you round to Auffach and the access gondola to the wider Ski Juwel region, shared with Alpbach and Wildschönau. This linked network of blues and reds is great for beginners to advanced intermediates, plus on a powder day there's good off piste options.
The village itself is compact, with a number of family-run hotels located right at the foot of the beginner slopes. Many of these are ski-in-ski-out and family friendly, making this a great destination if you're looking to bring along the little ones – the ski school also has an excellent reputation. The Schirm Bar at the foot of the slopes is a popular spot for an après drink and tobogganing from the top of the gondola back down to the valley is a popular option.
Resort website: www.wildschoenau.com