Width slopes with easy to moderate difficulty and beautiful views over the snow-covered mountains – who looks for a quiet ski area should give the Austrian Alpbachtal a visit. There you will still find the cozy mountain villages with historical wooden architecture and cozy huts with real flair without the frantic self-service restaurants.
The ski area Alpbachtal-Wildschönau is one of the ten biggest ski areas in Tyrol – since the connection of the two valleys by a new 8-seater gondola. The region attracts especially families with its 145 kilometers of slopes and 47 modern lifts.
Alpbachtal is a family friendly ski area
Besides easy beginner’s slopes there are also difficult “black” slopes for experts, and for lunch more than 25 ski lodges serve Tyrolean specialties.
If the children stand for the first time on skis, they are particularly well looked after in “Frosty’s Snow World” at the mountain station of the cable railway called Wiedersbergerhornbahn. After the first ski days they can go with their parents from the practice slope up to the new connection lift from Inneralpbach to the Schatzberg. The area is flatter than the slopes in Alpbach and perfect for beginners.
Austria’s most beautiful village
In the evening, the winter athletes are accommodated in one of the ten villages in the region Alpbachtal Seenland. We have booked a nice room in the cozy Böglerhof in Alpbach, Austria’s “most beautiful village”. “My husband’s grandfather has introduced a regulation for uniform buildings in the,” says hotel director Michaela Duftner proudly.
Alfons Moser was a wine merchant, but then he heard that the Böglerhof in Alpbach should be auctioned. He bought the farm, renovated it, but first he had no guests. “But after he attracted a group of Britons to Alpbach, the village was known internationally and even today we have many English guests”, says Michaela Duftner.
Instead of huge hotels timber houses dominate the townscape; in the interior you will find a lot of original rustic furniture from the historic village. “Today we are happy, that the road to Alpbach was build very lately,” explains Michael Mairhofer from tourism office of Alpbachtal Seenland. “The strict building code of Mayor Alfons Moser did the rest.” And so we can walk through a lively village with traditional wooden houses and peek through the lattice windows in the cozy parlors of the inns.
You will find further information at www.alpbachtal.at.
Note: This trip was supported by the tourism office of Alpbachtal. The report is intended solely as our own opinion.