Alpbach, a quaint Austrian ski town, sits underneath the conical peak of the mountain Wiedersberger Horn and is an essential place to experience Austria’s vibrant ski scene. The village itself is composed of dark, caramel-coloured chalets which surround a traditional church at its centre. The strict building regulations since the 1950s have kept Alpbach looking like a fairy-tale village, tucked into the northern Alps.
The village is located in the Austrian region of Tyrol and has won awards for being Austria’s most beautiful. There are no concrete monoliths in this village, just cosy wooden chalets with a picturesque backdrop and world-class skiing – the perfect refuge.
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Living in Alpbach and Things To Do
The Austrian resort of Alpbach has something for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. With 145km of pistes and 70 runs, by no means is it the biggest ski area, but there is still plenty for you to explore. The Alpbach area is lift-linked to Wildschonau, forming the Ski Juwel region. The altitude of 1000m to 2025m gives you a varying range of snow types.
The village itself isn’t on-piste, so if you are to reach the slopes, you’ll have a short bus trip up to either Inneralpbach or Liftsuberl. But once you’re there, there's a good mix of beginner and intermediate slopes; for those wanting more challenging terrain, there is plenty of off-piste routes to test your legs.
If you’re not a keen skier or snowboarder, but you’d like to enjoy the snow, then there are plenty of other activities you can choose from. Snowshoeing, tobogganing, winter walking and horse-sleigh rides are all possible in Alpbach. And when you’re done, you can relax in the spa or take a torch-lit walk to unwind.
But even when the white mountainside has become Alpine flower meadows, you won’t be wanting for things to do. Hike through the natural beauty of the Tyrol region with over 900km of marked trails, go high rope walking through the pine forests, or ride the fresh rapids while white water rafting – the choice is yours.
Alpbach Snow & Weather Report
Snow reports show that snow depth reaches about one metre in December with peak depth in late January to early February. Historic reports also suggest that snow is frequent throughout the ski season, giving you fresh powder to sink your skis into. The season typically runs between early December and mid-April, but like with all quality resorts, Alpbach is covered by almost 300 snow cannons to keep the snow fresh, even at lower altitudes.
The Austrian Alps are on the border of warm Mediterranean air, continental air, and Atlantic air, giving the area a dynamic range of weather throughout the year. However, this is particularly special because it means every season is unique – so no matter what season you’re living in Alpbach, you’ll be subject to some stunning scenery. For updated snow and weather reports, take a look at our Alpbach resort guide here.
Transport to Alpbach
Alpbach is a very easy resort to get to. There are four potential airports for you to fly into: Innsbruck, Salzburg, Munich Int., or Bolzano (Italy). The most convenient is Innsbruck, which is only a 50 minute drive from Alpbach. Salzburg is about 1hr 30 mins away while Munich and Bolzano are approximately a 2hr drive away.
As with most airports close to Alpine ski resorts, there are numerous options for airport transfer services. These come in a variety of forms with either cars or coaches and private or shared transfers.
If you’d prefer to arrive by train, the ICE, IC and EC Express trains stop at Jenbach (18km) and Worgi (27km), where you can get a taxi to Alpbach.