Ski Juwel: a gem of a ski destination
Ski resort:
Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau
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Ski Juwel in brief

 

Visit Ski Juwel for a dual ski area, lively nightlife in Niederau, Christmas market in Rattenburg, and family-friendly facilities.

Resort name:

Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau

Location:

Tyrol, Austria

Nearest airport:

Innsbruck

Transfer time:

Alpbach - 1 hr, Wildschönau - 1 hr 15 (by car)

Altitude:

Alpbach - 2,128 m, Wildschönau - 1,903 m (highest point)

Total ski runs:

145 km

Beginner runs:

32 km

Intermediate runs:

78 km

Advanced runs:

18 km

Activities:

Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, snowboarding, paragliding, tobogganing, ski tours

Did you know?

Alpbach still has just as many working farms as it did a century ago - about 105 - despite its growth from a resort accommodating 110 visitors in 1938 to 3,300 today.

 

Skiing in Ski Juwel

 

Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau - to give it its full name - has been nine years in the making. An agreement was originally formed in 2004 to link the resorts of Alpbach and Wildschönau by an eight-person gondola, and the newly enlarged ski area officially opened to the public at the end of 2012.

Now one of the top ten ski resorts in Tyrol, Ski Juwel has plenty to offer both novice skiers and those with a bit more experience. The link between Alpbach and Wildschönau means both types of skier can access more slopes suitable to their own particular skillset, adding variety to a typical ski holiday.

This also opens up opportunities for sightseeing, apres-ski and other non-ski activities, making for a truly exciting ski break. The ski area boasts 47 lifts in total, including 8 gondolas, 7 chairlifts and 32 draglifts.

Picturesque Alpbach has around 52 km of well-groomed pistes, including two areas suitable for complete beginners. These nursery slopes may not seem quite enough for a single ski holiday, which is why the resort’s link-up with Wildschönau is so welcome! Wildschönau has around 70 km of runs, including a good proportion of intermediate and expert slopes.

There are also more than 100 km of cross-country trails across Ski Juwel, ranging from easy runs to more challenging paths and incorporating a good mix of classic and skating runs.

 

Other activities in Ski Juwel

 

As you might expect, snowboarding fans are well catered for in Ski Juwel. Alpbach’s terrain park offers a 150 m half-pipe, hip slide, kicker and 15 m rollercoaster track, while the Schatzberg family park in Wildschönau features a 130 m half-pipe and plenty of kickers and boxes for all skill levels.

You can also take advantage of facilities for other winter pursuits including hiking - Alpbach has 70 km of paths and Wildschönau 40 km - as well as tobogganing. Both families and experts can enjoy tobogganing runs suited to their skills across each resort.

For something a little bit different, Wildschönau offers paragliding through its flight school, which prepares brave participants for journeys starting from the Markbachjoch mountain.

 

Entertainment in Ski Jewel

 

The apres-ski differs depending on where you go in the Ski Juwel area. Niederau in Wildschönau is known for its lively nightlife, but things tend to be quieter in most other places, so Ski Juwel is definitely the destination for you if you’re not too bothered about bar-hopping and clubbing every night.

Other things to do in Ski Juwel include sightseeing - there are many pretty churches to see around the region - and shopping, with the medieval town of Rattenberg playing host to an excellent Christmas market each year.

 

 

 

Photo credit ©Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau

 

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