Skiing in Alpbach

Country: Austria

In a nutshell: Relaxed and gentle skiing in Austria’s prettiest village.

We like:

  • The village really is something of a fairytale; all stone church and wooden farm chalet buildings
  • It’s wonderfully relaxed and friendly
  • As part if the Ski Juwel area, it has a decent sized ski area – best suited to beginners and intermediates
  • Some great restaurants in town and on the mountain

We don’t like:

  • Limited skiing for advanced skiers
  • If you’re staying in Alpbach itself, each day starts and finishes with a ride on the free ski bus to the lifts at Inneralpbach
  • Relatively low altitude means snow quality can suffer in early and late season


  • Resort altitude: 1,000m
  • Highest lift: 2,050m
  • Lowest piste: 820m
  • Transfer time from most convenient airport:
    • Innsbruck: 1h
    • Salzburg: 1h45m
    • Munich: 2h
  • Number of lifts: 47
  • Number of runs:  
    • Blue: 35
    • Red: 13
    • Black: 18
  • Ski area size: Moderate – 145k of piste


  • Family friendly
  • Traditional charm
  • Great for beginners
  • Great for intermediates
  • Great for non-skiers


Alpach is consistently voted “the prettiest village in Austria”, and it’s easy to see why. Perched on a sunny plateau, the wooden chalet and farm building clustered around the baroque church, with snow on their roofs as the mountains rise up at the side of the valley. It is absolutely gorgeous. What makes it special is that it is not just a holiday resort, but a real alpine village with over 100 working farms.

Alpach has been a popular ski holiday destination for Brits for a long time now, and has some of the most loyal customers. They are drawn not only by the pretty village, but also the decidedly friendly and low-key, atmosphere, warm hospitality, fantastic (and cheap!) food, and of course the skiing.

The skiing in Alpbach was fairly limited until 2012 when the resort built a lift link to the neighbouring Wildschonau valley, to connect the Alpbach, Aufach and Niederau ski resorts. Together they now make up the Ski Juwel ski area which has 145km of mainly beginner and intermediate friendly runs.

The piste skiing here is underrated and there are some excellent runs, and enough to keep all but the most active skiers happy for a week. There’s a great variety of gentle blue runs, and beginners will have the opportunity to get around the mountain. Intermediates will find lots of reds and some easier blacks to progress on to. Advanced skiers aren't as well served, but will find enough to keep them occupied for a couple of days.

Regardless of the skiing, Alpach is a wonderful place for a winter holiday, and anyone looking for a relaxing and laid-back time in the mountains will enjoy spending time in Alpbach.