The small mountain villages where tradition and friends come together
Ah, the joys of a wintertime family getaway. Many happy hours of snowman building, first turns down a wide gentle slope, a glass of crisp white wine on a sunny mountain-top terrace. Holiday is your time and traditional Alpbach and environs are an ideal choice for family fun.
Sunglasses at the ready -- the wide beautiful valleys of Alpbach and Wildschönau are just 45 minutes from Innsbruck and 90 minutes from Munich. Known as Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau for good reason, these pretty Tirolean villages offer a glittering wealth of family activities in the snow – more than 100km of pistes served by 45 ski lifts -- and best of all, there’s tremendous value in its accommodation, lift passes and ski school.
Ski Juwel promises fabulous terrain for beginners and experts alike with 26km of beginner trails, 54km intermediate, and 13km for experts. Along with smooth rolling groomers, the two exciting snow parks on the Schatzberg and Wiedersbergerhorn are a magnet for high-flying kids. No fewer than six schools are at the ready waiting to turn newbies into poised skiers and snowboarders, and help intermediates break through the confidence barrier.
Among many accommodation options -- from cozy family-operated inns to friendly hotels with excellent pools and spa facilities -- this season sees a clutch of lovely new offers. Start and end your ski days close to the slopes in Niederau’s Hotel Wastlhof – a family-run lodge whose outdoor pool overlooks the Kitzbuehler Mountains. From this December, Alpbach welcomes Die Alpbacherin, a new four-star boutique hotel with modern rooms and suites, regional cuisine, plus private spa and infinity pool. The Alpin Lodge features 14 new generous suites right next to the slopes in Niederau.