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Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau Ski Resort

Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau Resort Guide

Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau, Austria

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length145km90 miles
Highest Lift2,030m6,660ft
Resort Height828m2,717ft
 Nearest AirportsInnsbruck Airport and Salzburg
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Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau at a glance

Wildschonau is made up of four villages, three with separate ski areas which are marketed together. Oberau is a tiny village close to the dense lift network of larger neighbours Auffach and Niederau, to which it is not lift-linked, A free local bus service links all three villages which also participate in the huge Kitzbüheler Alpen pass offering around 1000km of trails on one ticket. In 2012-13 the local ski area was connected by two gondolas and several miles of piste to that of neighbouring Alpbach creating the 'Ski Jewel' area with 145km of piste shared between the two resorts.

 When will it snow in Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau?

The next notable snow forecast for Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau is 1cm-, expected on 2 September.

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Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau Facts, Stats and Ratings

Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau Rated

Ratings for Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
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Apres-Ski

How High is Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau
Highest Lift2,030m6,660ft
Resort Altitude (Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau)828m2,717ft
Lowest Piste600m1,969ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

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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Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau Summary

The Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau Ski Area includes 7 Austrian Ski Resorts with a combined total of 145km90 miles of downhill skiing, with 83 marked pistes, served by a total of 47 ski lifts. The appropriate Lift Pass allows you to ski or snowboard in any of the ski areas of Alpbach, Auffach, Kramsach, Niederau, Oberau, Reith im Alpbachtal and Thierbach.

With ski lifts as high as 2,030m6,660ft, snow cover is generally reliable.

Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau Piste Map

Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau Piste Map
Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau

Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau Overview

The beautifully named Wildschönau region in the Hochtal area of the Tirol has four centres, three of them with 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 1000km (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 4200 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.

Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau - On the Mountain

The longest possible descent in Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau is 7km4 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'WM Run'.

Skiing in Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau

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 most varied terrain, whilst Auffach, with largely intermediate category skiers, has the biggest vertical and highest lifts. Oberau itself has five 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.

In 2012-13 the local ski area was connected by two gondolas and several miles of piste to that of neighbouring Alpbach creating the 'Ski Jewel' area with 145km of piste shared between the two resorts.

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

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding in Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau

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. There's also a Race 'n' Boarder Arena in Niederau.

When is Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau open?

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

 Closed : April 21, 2019.

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

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau.

Snow Making

Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau is able to make snow, on 27km17 miles of ski runs, with 25 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The 47 ski lifts of Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau are able to uplift 50,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau?

Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau is in the Austrian Alps in Eben am Achensee, Schwaz, Austria.

How can I get to Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau?

How To Get To Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau by air

The nearest airports to Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau are Innsbruck Airport, Munich and Salzburg. There are nine 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.

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Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau - Off the Mountain

Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau 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 organize music 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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