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Auffach Ski Resort

Auffach Resort Guide

Auffach, Austria

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Auffach Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski.
Total Piste Length145km90 miles
Highest Lift1,903m6,243ft
Resort Height875m2,871ft
 Nearest AirportsInnsbruck Airport and Munich
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Auffach at a glance

The Wildschönau Pass covers neighbouring bus-linked ski areas above the typical Tyrolean villages of Niederau, Oberau, Auffach and Thierbach. Wildschönau Pass resorts are now on the larger Kitzbüheler Alpen Pass offering 700km of trails across around 40 ski areas. Auffach is an ideal family/snowboarders choice with an excellent uplift to trail kilometres ratio.

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Auffach Facts, Stats and Ratings

Auffach Rated

Ratings for Auffach
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

How High is Auffach?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Auffach
Highest Lift1,903m6,243ft
Lowest Piste875m2,871ft
Resort Altitude (Auffach)875m2,871ft
Max Vertical1,028m3,373ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Auffach Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Auffach
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
1835km22 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
1377km48 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
3432km20 miles
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 1 1km1 miles
Downhill
Total Length
145km90 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
12km7 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
29

Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
1835km22 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
1377km48 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
3432km20 miles
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 1 
Downhill
Total Length
145km90 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
50km31 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
47
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Auffach Summary

The Austrian Ski Resort of Auffach is part of the Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau area with access to 145km90 miles of downhill skiing, with 83 marked pistes, served by a total of 47 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Auffach itself (145km90 miles of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau ski resorts of Alpbach, Kramsach, Niederau, Oberau, Reith im Alpbachtal and Thierbach.

Auffach Overview

The beautifully named Wildschönau region in the Hochtal area of the Tirol has four centres, each having small ski areas consisting largely of parallel ski lifts, the majority above Auffach and Niederau on either side of Oberau (the largest village). Mühltal has a couple of short drags up above it at Thierbach, the fourth village in thearea. Each village is about 3km (2 miles) apart, with Oberau in the centre of the triangle.

The Wildschönau attracts many international tour operators and has offered winter sports holidays since 1947 at Niederau. The area is famous for its picturesque resorts and beautiful mountain scenery, with much of the skiing on trails cut through forested slopes within the Kitzbüheler Alps. Visitors can indeed take advantage of the Kitzbüheler Alpen pass offering around 700km (440 miles) of trails on one ticket. However, the resorts are best known as beginner and family destinations, having successfully carved out a niche for themselves as archetypal Tyrolean villages offering good value and high standards of tuition.

All of the villages contain typical Tyrolean chalet style buildings, some of them centuries old. The church of St. Margaretha in Oberau is one of the Tyrol's most impressive historic buildings. Constructed in the 18th century the austere exterior hides the splendour inside where there are beautiful ceiling frescos from the Baroque era produced by the painter Jos. Adam Mölk from Munich as well as stations of the cross.

Altogether there are about 4000 people living in the area, around half in Oberau, which has the majority of the facilities, and a third in Niederau, marginally regarded as the liveliest village and with a few more guest beds than Oberau. The whole region is currently participating in a ten year plan to ensure that the region continues to successfully merge tradition and nature with the needs of modern living and tourism in the new millennium.

Auffach - On the Mountain

The longest possible descent in Auffach is 7km4 miles long.

Skiing in Auffach

The Wildschönau's skiing is a fragmented affair with the largest areas above Niederau and Auffach and half a dozen small separate beginner areas next to the villages themselves. A free ski bus links the various areas. Niederau has perhaps the largest area and most varied terrain, whilst Auffach, with largely intermediate category skiers, has the biggest vertical and highest lifts. Oberau itself has seven parallel drag lifts next to one another along a road that runs out above the village. They serve about a dozen short beginner runs on wide sunny meadows beneath the forest. There is also one longer drag serving an intermediate descent.

Niederau's skiing is the main attraction for advanced skiers with the three black runs all here, including an excellent mogul run beneath the new Markbachjoch gondola with a vertical drop of nearly 700 metres. Ski touring is another opportunity with a ski school guide. Auffach's two stage gondola accesses more than half a dozen reds and the most snowsure skiing in the area, including some above-treeline terrain where powder can build up that's pretty well absent elsewhere.

Cross country skiers will find 50km (31 miles) of trails along the valley floor.

Auffach offers good sking, particularly, for Expert and Intermediate skiers.

Snowboarding in Auffach

With a family feel, two thirds of the terrain graded easy and ninety per-cent of the terrain served by drag lifts, most of them T bars, Niederau and Oberau will not appeal to the hardcore 'boarder. There are plus points to the area however, including a fun park with half pipe at Auffach which, along with Niederau, has top to bottom gondola access. Niederau has some fun terrain with natural terrain features on the long fast black down from the gondola, so if you approach the place with an open mind, you can have a lot of fun. The Happy Ski and Snowboarding School offers tuition. There's also a Swatch Race 'n' Boarder Arena in Niederau.

When is Auffach open?

 Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau is reported Closed, but was expected to open : December 1, 2018*
*Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau.

 Closed : April 21, 2019*
*Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Early April.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Auffach.

Snow Making

Auffach is able to make snow, on 4km2 miles of ski runs, with 13 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The 29 ski lifts of Auffach are able to uplift 28,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Auffach?

Auffach is in the Austrian Alps in Wildschönau, Kufstein, Austria.

Map of Auffach

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How to get to Auffach

 By Air

The nearest airports to Auffach are Innsbruck Airport, Munich and Salzburg. There are seven airports within three hours drive. Innsbruck Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Auffach - Off the Mountain

Auffach Aprés Ski

Niederau is generally regarded as the liveliest choice of the three. The Dorfstub'n Fun-Pub there offers dancing and live entertainment every Sunday from 8:30 pm. The café at the Simmerlwirt is often lively as soon as the lifts closes and sometimes has live music.

All of the villages organise Tyrolean evenings several times weekly and the ski school in Niederau throws a snow party every week. Lively evening toboggan parties with glühwein and moonlit sleigh rides to fondue parties are the order of the day.

The local brew is a version of schnaps made from turnips!

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