Wildschonau Ski Resort

Part of the Ski Juwel ski area with neighbouring Alpbach, the Wildschonau valley's principle ski resorts are Auffach and Niederau, but there are also smaller, prettier, bus-connected villages like Oberau, Muhltal and Thierbach. It's best for intermediates, beginners and families.

Niederau, 77km east of Innsbruck airport is the best known ski resort in the Wildschonau, just 6km from the motorway exit at Worgl. Further along the valley road are the pretty, bus-connected villages of Oberau and Muhltal, with a tiny ski area serving local needs, then Auffach, further up the valley (9km from Niederau) which has the biggest ski area. The smallest and the highest village in the valley is Thierbach, with a "last run of the day" ski route leading down to the village but no ski lift back up.

Quality award winning ski schools in Auffach and Niederau, excellent nursery slopes and easy blue runs for beginners at Niederau, immaculate well-groomed and wide-open red runs for intermediates on the Schatzberg at Auffach, linked by a new high-speed gondola to more family-friendly skiing on the Wiedersberg Horn at Alpbach; with a single lift pass covering all 47 ski lifts in the "Ski Juwel Alpbachtal-Wilsdschonau" and accessing 109km of pistes, 17km of ski routes and some additional off-piste terrain above and below the treeline to be explored with a mountain guide.

Voted best resort in the "Small and Friendly" category by Germany's ADAC (Automobile Association) and the Gold award winner of the 'Friendliest Ski Resort" in 2010/11, the ski resorts in Wildschonau and neighbouring Alpbachtal are geared towards the needs of families with young children including five ski schools  in three villages and a range of other activities including cross-country skiing, tobogganing by day or night, snow shoeing, sleigh rides, winter-walking and paragliding

The Wildschonau villages offer a range of affordable accommodation, including a few luxury 4-star hotels as well as many more 3-star hotels, traditional bed & breakfast guesthouses and apartments. Apres ski and nightlife is liveliest in Niederau and get's quieter as you move further along the valley, but apres ski has never been the main draw as most guests come for winter sports, to chill out, relax and enjoy the Asutrian ambience and informal atmosphere.

Rich in tradition and history, the Wildschonau is also a valley of music with 15 choirs, 4 brass bands, traditional folk music and concerts, so expect traditional Austrian live music to play a part in the mix of apres ski on offer; there's even a musicians ski race. Possibly the main drawback for non-skiers is the lack of shops, apart from those selling and renting ski and sports equipment, presumably because it's only 6-15km from Wildschonau villages to the nearby town of Worgl.

The Wildschinau ski areas are comparatively low, but reasonably snow sure from mid-December until late March, backed up by adequate snow-making facilities, but typically not a destination for skiing very early in December or much beyond the end of March.

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Wildschonau Statistics

  • CountryAustria
  • StateTirol
  • RegionSki Juwel
  • Base828 m
  • Peak1,903 m
  • Vertical1,075 m
  • Ski Area145 km
  • Beginner32 km
  • Intermediate78 km
  • Advanced35 km
  • Longest run7 km
  • Number of ski lifts47 
  • Gondolas
  • Chairlifts
  • Surface Lifts32 
  • Riders per hour50,760 
  • Day Lift PassEuros 39
  • 6-Day Lift PassEuros 197

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