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Visitor reviews for Alpbachtal Ski Resort
April 13, 2012
Mark Henry Lampe from United Kingdom
Another Christmas in Alpbach spent with my family, good snow and, as usual, fantastic hospitality, hotel Alphof.. thank you for great time,... slopes and food restaurants top draw!!
You got to see it to believe it!!!
Based on 5 votes. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Alpbachtal.
Public Transport: 4.6
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Alpbachtal, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Alpbachtal, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.6
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.0
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Alpbachtal.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.5
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Alpbachtal, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Alpbachtal is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Alpbachtal relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 5.0
(1) There are no snow groomers at Alpbachtal, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Alpbachtal are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Alpbachtal is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.3
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Alpbachtal, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.0
(1) Alpbachtal usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 5.0
(1) The staff at Alpbachtal are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Alpbachtal are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 5.0
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 5.0
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.5
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Alpbachtal has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Alpbachtal, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.0
(1) Not even a kicker at Alpbachtal, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Alpbachtal, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Alpbachtal has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.7
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 3.3
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.3
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.5
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.5
(1) Overall, Alpbachtal is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.5
(1) Overall, Alpbachtal is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
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February 11, 2012
Phil Yates from United Kingdom
Just returned from a five night trip to Alpbach and have to say it was the best skiing holiday we have ever had in 22 years of skiing.
We booked independently, flights via Easyjet, Gatwick/Innsbruck, Taxi and Alpbacherhof Hotel and saved a great deal on the Inghams price.
The Hotel is excellent, great food, superb Spa area and very friendly and helpful staff. Hotel staff organised the taxi, lift passes etc (who needs a rep?)
The ski area was just what we wanted as it was our daughters second skiing holiday and conditions were perfect and she was going down black runs on day 2.
Austria has always been our favourite choice but we wanted a change, we read the previous reviews and Alpbach did not disappoint.
We will be going back asap.
November 30, 2010
Richard Atkins from United Kingdom
We keep on coming back to the place we learned to ski at - Alpbach (Alpbachtal). We always stay at the Boglerhof and we love it. We have been all over the world skiing: Norway, Canada, USA, Italy, France and Switzerland but you can not beat Alpbach.
I don't know why I am telling you this as the less people there the better.
November 15, 2010
sebastian mellor from United Kingdom
Alpbach (Alpbachtal) is almost exactly as the brochures describe it. Having won Austria's prettiest village on many occasions, I can easily say it definitley deserves this accolade. It's situated almost at the head of the valley surrounded by towering snowy peaks. You can see the ski area from almost every angle in the village. Asside from the gorgeous views the skiing is a real treat. For anyone classed as an intermediate the Wiedersbergerhorn mountain should have enough runs to keep you happy for a week's stay. Those who are first timers needn't worry as the nursery slopes are in the centre of the village (a real bonus for anyone who hasn't got used to walking in ski boots yet). As for experts, black runs are few and far between but saying that the off-piste is the best I've experienced so far. The 2000 area offers you almost a whole ungroomed mountain begging to be carved up! It has the lot: high glade skiing, challenging coulouirs and superb tree skiing. Personally, I'd recommend having one of the excellent and friendly ski intsructors show you the best bits (and all the hidden powder!). As for the village, don't expect rowdy bars and a centre as such. It's situated along a very quiet single road. Most people tend to flock to the 'Post Alm' after a day on the pistes which is just a short walk from nearly every hotel and has some of the best pizza I've ever had. The service all over Alpbach is faultless and the people always grace you with a smile. As for hotels, we stayed at the Alpbacherhof which seemed to be the main and largest hotel. As for everywhere we've stayed in Austria, the hotel was always spotless and the food was never repeated and came well presented. As an introduction to skiing, Alpbach offers almost everything and for those with experience the ski area is large enough to keep you happy.
Inneralpbach is set at the head of the valley about a ten minute drive from Alpbach and is connected by the skiing area. Inneralpbach consists of mainly hotels, so a strole in the evening is not really an option.
January 04, 2010
Paul from Netherlands
Lovely area. We've been staying in Reith i. Alpbachtal for the past 3 years and will return this February. Not too big but good skiing for virtually any level and we've been to the huge areas (Portes du Soleil, Trois Vallees, etc as well). If only they would run a few more buses between Alpbach and Reith... probably heaven ;-)
A few busy areas (worst is the Kohlgruben lift) but queues are manageble. And if there's a good snow base... lots of mountain to explore! Anyway, don't go to Alpbachtal. You'll spoil it for us.
August 20, 2009
David S. Padmore from Liberia
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November 17, 2008
Mark Henry lampe from United Kingdom
Here we go again, back to Alpbach & Alphof hotel for Christmas & New Year, can hardly wait, I guess me and my family will never get bored seeing this lovely Tyrolean village and ski great slopes..........
October 08, 2008
Richard Atins from United Kingdom
We have been going to Alpbach for 9 years now and love the people and overall ambience. We stay at the Boglerhof, booking direct wt flights to Munich and then a train to Brixlegg.
Recommend this place for those that want Austrian Charm!!
See you all there in February this year.
April 06, 2008
Samantha Yerou from United Kingdom
Just came back from an amazing holiday. Alpbach is breathtakingly beautiful. Ski instructors were capable and professional and spoke good English. As beginners, the kids were skiing varied reds and blacks by the end of the week and us adults could manage the challenging blues. The skiing conditions were good in that there was loads of snow but it snowed so much in the last 3 days that, occasionally, visibility was poor. This did make it challenging as a beginner but very exciting! The people are incredibly friendly and food was good. We will be back!
March 13, 2006
Mark Henry Lampe from United Kingdom
Yet again me and my family are back in Alpbach, it becomes twice a year pleasure (Christmas New Year) and half term in February.
Each time is just getting better and better, always staying in Alpchof Hotel, great place to relax with very good service, very good food, very nice large rooms and friendly atmosphere (lovely swimming pool). Johann and his staff are doing a fantastic job.
Skiing in Alpbach is great, the slopes are fine and well groomed, this February I guess I had the best skiing up to date yet (8 times in last 4 years.)
The beauty of the mountains, (skiing on tree line level) makes it more beautiful, snow is always great, but the pistes were just perfect all day long.............wish I was there !!!
February 10, 2006
Stubbs from United Kingdom
28 of us have just returned from Alpbach where we had a fantastic week, blue skies, warm sunshine. Alpbach at its' best!!!!!!.
Stayed in the Boglerhof for the third time (8th visit to Alpbach) thanks to Michaela and staff for fantastic service as usual. Will be back next year as usual.
January 30, 2006
josh from United Kingdom
I have just got back from my holiday in Alpbach and the conditions for snowboarding were great.
I definately think that the hotel Boglerhof is the best. It has all the facilities.
January 30, 2004
louisa from United Kingdom
Alpbach is a beautiful village and boast many resteraunts and bars. It is a pefect place for families and couples. I have been going for the last 13 years and have visited many other ski resorts inbetween, but none compare to Alpbach for skiing, ski instruction and a generally good holiday.
November 26, 2003
Roger Dainty from United Kingdom
100% Austrian charm in resort thanks to planning regulations that require all building to be in traditional style.
Skiing may appear limited for advanced skiers but even the red runs pose a challenge - no motorways to cruise here.
If the snow is fresh then there is plenty of safe powder between the pistes or with a guide from Schi Schule Alpbach there is serious off piste to be tackled.