Alpbach – Austria

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Alpbach  is the quintessential ski resort of the Austrian Tyrol. This medieval town boasts plenty of friendly inns and the people of Austria voted it the country’s most beautiful village in 1938. The passage of time hasn’t led to architectural monstrosities appearing in Alpbach (Alp-back), as has happened in so many other resorts, and it is still a firm favourite with the British market. The town even has its own British Ski Club.

 

A high percentage of repeat customers reflects the fact that many resorts struggle to beat what Alpbach has on offer: welcoming people, stunning scenery and good skiing at a variety of levels. If there is a weakness it may be the lack of long intermediate slopes that are needed to build confidence. A large development last year did however see the installation of a new water reservoir, ensuring that the snow-making system has sufficient water to sustain the pistes all the way down to the resort.

  1. If you've got the skills, go for a spin in Alpach's new Terrain Park
  2. A night at the Bischofer Alm is not to be missed. Expect good food, plenty of drink, good music and sledging!
  3. Try your hand at curling. An inexpensive introduction to the sport is bookable through the tourist office
  4. Take time for a drink at the Boglalm – a genuine Tyrolean Inn built by miners centuries ago
  5. Splash out on a spa treatment at the Romantik Hotel Boglerhof

 

At a glance

Resort altitude1000 m
Highest lift2200 m
Lowest lift670 m
km of piste145
Number of lifts47
Beginner pistes25%
Intermediate pistes78%
Advanced pistes14%
Snow parks3
GlacierNo
SnowmakingYes
Nearest airportInnsbruck
(64 km)
Lift pass price€205 / 6 days
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