6. The Moosa Stadl
At the top of the Schatzbergbahn, before the first turns can be made, lies a little wooden hut – the Moosa Stadl. Generally speaking, Wildschönau does not boast the wildest après-ski, but this is the place to stop and enjoy a drink, soak in the last rays of sunshine, before tackling one final top to bottom descent.
7. Alpbach’s Hornbahn
Some of the most challenging lift-accessed terrain is accessed from Alpbach’s Hornbahn 2000, a four-seater chairlift that covers only 393m vertical, but features a clutch of rollercoaster reds, playful off piste terrain, and a couple of steeper blacks. Sure, there are no vertigo-inducing couloirs here, but the slightly higher altitude means that the snow conditions are reliable, and because it requires a longer traverse from the main Alpbach ski area it doesn’t get too crowded. Also, when the snow is good, there are marked ski routes extending below the bottom of the chair and leading all the way to Inneralpbach.
5km further up the valley from Auffach, Schönanger is the departure point for some of the best ski touring routes in the area, but it’s not necessary to break a sweat in order to enjoy this tucked-away corner of the Wildschönau. There are sleigh rides, snow-shoe trails, a cross-country loop – and capping it all off the cosy Schönangeralm with typical regional cuisine (and cheese produced on site).
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Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau is also covered by the Tirol Snow Card