With its traditional character Alpbach ski resort has remained one of the most charming villages in the Austrian Tyrol for many years and is the perfect resort of a quiet luxury ski holiday with the family, or perhaps a romantic ski break for two. The strict building regulations which are still in place ensure that Alpbach continues to develop in the traditional, local building style using wide overhanging eaves and carved balconies. Luxury ski holidays in Alpbach will suit those looking for a quiet, relaxing ski holiday as life is unhurried in Alpbach, and après ski and nightlife equally low key. The sleigh ride to the Rossmoos Inn for a warming gluhwein is still as popular as it ever was. It may not be racy or wild but it’s still great fun.
There is a modern indoor swimming pool complex in the resort and over 30km of cleared winter walking trails so there is plenty for the non skier to do on a luxury ski holiday in Alpbach - it really is a winter wonderland of a resort. The hotels in Alpbach are located in the village centre which is a short, free bus ride away from ski area. This area which used to be a little limiting for adventurous skiers now links with the resort of Wildschonau giving nearly 150km of combined pistes (the Ski Juwel area). With good mountain restaurants and an unhurried style skiing in Alpbach is a real pleasure - no surprise then that it is hugely popular with 'well to do' families during the peak holiday weeks. Of the luxury ski hotels in Alpbach we recommend the 4 star Hotel Boglerhof which has a great new spa area and always delivers on customer service.
Alpbach is perfect for those looking for a charming, quiet winter ski holiday. The ski school has a good reputation and has a high proportion of English speaking instructors.
Pros & Cons
- Relaxed and totally charming traditional village
- Nursery slopes are central and convenient for beginners
- Lifts interlink with Auffach, offering a larger ski domain
- Varied terrain to suit beginner and intermediate skiers
- Nearby resorts are accessible and worth a visit for the day
- Short shuttle bus ride from the village to the main slopes
- Its North facing, however low altitude can mean poor snow cover at the season's end
There are a number of excellent restaurants to choose from in this small Austrian village. The Gasthof Wiedersbergerhorn is at the heart of the village and has a fantastic menu, serving various traditional and regional classics (the fondue is a favourite!). This place is perfect for families. The gasthof Jakober and the Postalm are fantastic restaurants found in downtown Alpbach, which turn into lively bars and often offer live music. If you're looking for a change from Austrian cuisine, Reblaus offers a varied and affordable menu with Mediterranean specialities and is guaranteed to have something for everyone.
If you're looking for a break on your way down the slopes, the Böglalm is a perfect spot where you can try their mug of mulled wine or Jagatee, and their speciality spit-roast chicken. The Wiedersbergerhorn Hutte is also a convenient meeting point at the top of the Horn lift to stop for a quick snack in the sun. If looking for something heartier, The Almhof is a cosy rustic mountain restaurant that serves classic Tirolean dishes, which is particularly perfect on a snowy afternoon.
Joe's Salett'l is perfect place to kick start apres ski. Located right on the piste at the Pöglbahn bottom station in Inneralpbach, Joe's is a great spot to quench your thirst and refuel. It has a large sun terrace to unwind after a day on the slopes and gets lively in the early afternoon. Umbrella Six is another ideal bar to head to for apres, which has top drink and food deals and can be reached easily by runs 5, 8 and 11. If you're looking for some good live music and DJ's, it is worth stopping by at The Farmers Pub and Jakober.
Alpbach is a quieter traditional resort. It is perfect for families or for a quiet romantic getaway, therefore it is not ideal for anyone looking for a heavy nightlife. However, the resort still offers a lively atmosphere.