Alpbach is a delightful, family-friendly ski resort just a 50-minute drive from Innsbruck airport. A popular tourist destination in summer as well as in winter and the winner of the “Most Beautiful Village in Austria” contest, Alpbach is famed for traditional style architecture, excellent hospitality and loyal clientele with many visitors returning year after year.
A favourite destination of well-informed British skiers long before the advent of mass market ski tourism, Alpbach's exquisite village and pine forested landscape deliver an idyllic picture postcard view all year round.
A pretty church with splendid interior marks the centre of the village, surrounded by impressive dark-brown wooden chalets that dominate the village thanks to a planning bylaw introduced in 1953 which imposes strict rules limiting the size and measurements of buildings and to ensure consistency with the traditional chalet style exterior for which Alpbach is now famous.
Alpbachtal itself has 63km of skiing including 55km on the Wiedersberger Horn at Alpbach and a small ski area nearby at Reith in Alpbachtal offering some of the best night skiing in Europe. A new gondola installed in 2012 provides the long awaited lift-connection to the Wildschonau and in winter the new Alpbachtal-Wildschonau "Ski Juwel" region has 128km of piste skiing and 17km of ski routes served by 47 ski lifts.
The main ski lifts, 5-10 minutes from Alpbach village, are easily reached by car or free ski bus and offer easy access to good skiing for beginners and intermediates on exceptionally well-groomed and wide, family-friendly slopes including good nursery slopes for young children and novices, both on mountain and close to the centre of the village.
Advanced skiers can have plenty of fun too. Admittedly, there are not many challenging black runs, but if you're a strong skier or boarder Alpbach has some excellent off-piste terrain and deep snow free-riding on relatively easy slopes which remain untracked for longer than in bigger, busier ski resorts.
While Alpbach is quiet in comparison to bigger and better known ski resorts, apres ski is not Alpbach's main draw and never will be. Alpbach has a few lively bars for those determined to burn the candle at both ends, but most guests come rest and relax, to enjoy the village ambience and the views as well as for skiing and boarding, cross-country skiing, tobogganing, snowshoeing and winter-walking, and for mountain biking and hiking in summer.
Alpbachtal has many guests returning year after year and is a place where you very quickly feel you belong, or would like to, so book early to get the pick of the best accommodation in the village and to avoid disappointment.
Getting there is easy; Alpbach is just a short 50-minute drive from Innsbruck and less than a two hour drive from Salzburg, Munich and Bolzano airports.