Alpbach is one of the truly classic Tyrolean ski resorts, only 45 minutes from Innsbruck. You'll find lots of charm, great scenery, friendly locals, pretty buildings and ambience by the bucketload. Accommodation is mostly hotel or guesthouse-based, most of which are family-run and very welcoming. Alpbach has continuously proven itself to be a real jewel in the crown of Austrian skiing.
Resort Altitude: 1,000m
Resort Skiing: 2,030m
Total Ski Area: 144km
Blue Runs: 32km
Red Runs: 77km
Black Runs: 35km
Cross Country: 20km
Alpbach is one of the truly classic Tyrolean ski resorts, only 45 minutes from Innsbruck. You'll find lots of charm, great scenery, friendly locals, pretty buildings and ambience by the bucketload. Accommodation is mostly hotel- or guesthouse-based, all of which are very welcoming.
Alpbach offers all the traditional off-snow activities, so skiing isn't the only attraction. There are lots of traditional eateries on the mountain and après-ski is subdued making it a great for families.
The slopes offer intermediates and beginners the best choice, making Alpbach an ideal family area. Ski school and childcare are of a high standard. There are 45km of pistes and you can invest in the 'Kitzbueheler Alpen' Pass for greater variety (700km of pistes). You might want to give cross-country a try, as there are plenty of trails to cover. Alpbach also features as a regular host for international events. Queues aren't a problem, so you can enjoy the real Tyrolean experience without the waiting.
Alpbach is a cool and friendly resort for snowboarders; a postcard resort with three sides of the mountain to explore. With the highest runs having wide plains of powder, off-piste between the slopes is aplenty. It is also perfect for those learning to snowboard with a few tracks that require skating, making moving around easy as can be. Alpbach is without a terrain park, but it is a great beginner to intermediate resort for snowboarders.
Alpbach has its own ski school with lessons for both children and adults in a variety of styles. Lessons can be given in Alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross country, monoski, as well as ski guiding.
Depending on your ability and preference you can choose to have either private or group lessons.
Hornboden has open log fires and a great atmosphere, located near the top of the Wiedersberhornbahn. You can find Boglalm restaurant below the Poglalm mid station and tuck into some of its famous dumpling soup or Tiroler Grosti. Dauerstoa Alm is situated next to the main gondola and serves good coffee and a sweet apple strudel. Jo Margreiters Hotel Post offers excellent Austrian cuisine and an impressive wine list. Gasthof Wiedersbergerhorn has generous portions and friendly service.
The Gondelalm at Inneralpbach is your first stop as skiing ends. Treat yourself to a cold glass of Austrian beer after a hard day on the slopes. Josef Margreiter's Hotel Post is not only a restaurant, it often has live music in the evenings. The Waschkuchl, found in the centre of Alpbach, doesn't open until 9pm and just gets livelier as the night goes on.
There is a range of activities for non-skiers: The Alpbachtal and Seenland is the perfect place to hike all year round, with approximately 24 trails around the resort, spanning 120 km. Paraglide down from the Wiedersberger Horn, for a duration of up to 20 minutes. There are a handful of hotels who offer massages, physio and other treatments around the resort. Alpbach also offers three different courses, a 4km, 5km and a more challenging 6km run.