Visitor reviews for Niederau - Wildschonau Ski Resort

Niederau - Wildschonau Ratings

Overall: 4.0. Based on 13 votes and 82 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 3.8

(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) Niederau - Wildschonau is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 3.8

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Niederau - Wildschonau has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 3.0

(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.

Scenery: 4.3

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 4.5

(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 Niederau - Wildschonau.

Public Transport: 4.2

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Niederau - Wildschonau, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 4.6

(1) No places to stay in/near Niederau - Wildschonau, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 4.1

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 3.9

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Niederau - Wildschonau.

Ski in/Ski out: 4.6

(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.

Childcare: 4.3

(1) There are no child care facilities at Niederau - Wildschonau, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 3.9

(1) Niederau - Wildschonau relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.8

(1) There are no snow groomers at Niederau - Wildschonau, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Niederau - Wildschonau are groomed daily.

Shelter: 4.5

(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) Niederau - Wildschonau is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 4.4

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Niederau - Wildschonau, 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) Niederau - Wildschonau 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: 4.5

(1) The staff at Niederau - Wildschonau are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Niederau - Wildschonau are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 3.9

(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: 4.9

(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.

Beginners: 4.8

(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.

Intermediates: 4.2

(1) No intermediate terrain at Niederau - Wildschonau, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 3.2

(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: 2.6

(1) Not even a kicker at Niederau - Wildschonau, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 3.9

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Niederau - Wildschonau, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 3.1

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Niederau - Wildschonau has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 4.0

(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.

Eating: 4.2

(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.

Apres-Ski: 4.2

(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: 3.2

(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.

Entertainment: 3.2

(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: 3.6

(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: 4.0

(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): 4.2

(1) Overall, Niederau - Wildschonau 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): 4.2

(1) Overall, Niederau - Wildschonau 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 29, 2008
julie & Tim Mc Donald london. from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just got back from staying at the hotel Sonja, brilliant. Excellent acommodation. Sorry to hear the ladies from the Vicky and their families had such a rough time. It's a lot of money to spend and of course it's hard earned. Would recommend the hotel Sonja ladies. There's many more hotels to choose from. Dudley, have a heart, these are families with great dissapointment who obviously enjoy meeting up and having a great time in Neiderau! Better luck next time !
February 29, 2008
Editor from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Hi, This note is to those who have written about their experiences at Niederau - Wildschonau and included personal correspondence to other reviewers. It will be necessary to edit the content of the messages so please do not send any further personal correspondance amongst your reviews. Please use the Guest Book for this type of message. Thank you for your support.
March 05, 2008
Michelle from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Hi Julie, I wouldn't read too much into the recent reviews as they are all very personal. Niederau is a great resort and everyone is very friendly. The Red ski school just down from the gondola is excellent. Can't give you the link on here but if you search for ski schule wildschoenau in yahoo it is either the fifth or sixth link that comes up. All the instructors there are very good. A lot of people go to the sports bar but I personally prefer Bobos. It's not as rowdy but still has a great atmosphere, it all depends what you are looking for. You will have a great time. They are getting a good fall of snow at the moment.
March 05, 2008
julie from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Thanks Michelle it did sound more like a war zone than a ski resort. You have put my mind at rest and I can't wait to go now. I'll make sure I go to Bobos, it sounds great and the snow sounds good too.
March 06, 2008
Nicki O'Donovan from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Have just returned from a week a the Hotel Vicky. I am quite shocked by all the bad reviews. This was our first time to Niederau but the hotel gives you exactly what is says in the brochure; British run family hotel. Rooms were basic but comfy. Only slept there so basic was fine. Our room was clean and we had no problem with towels. Staff were friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Maybe it depends on how you speak to them! Our son who is 5 loved it. He made so many friends and there were no problems with the kids taking over the bar (pool and bar football) whilst parents sat and chatted. I didn't hear any of the other families complain. I heard some people without children complain. All I can say is don't go to a family hotel! Whizz Clubs girls great. Big thanks to Hannah and Ruth, our son loved it. The ski school for him was great. Martin was great with the kids. We are intermediates and did find Niederau a bit limited but this was no problem as we took the bus to Auffach where skiing was great. Loads of red runs which were not too busy and even a great black run (black number 7 easier than red 5!) Have to say I did not find the food brilliant but I like my food highly spiced so this would not be feasible. Cannot always cater to everyones tastes. Could have been more variety for children. Spag bol is always a favourite and might be worth putting on the menu. Sorry to have gone on but I felt the hotel needed a bit of praise. Don't know about you but I was there to ski. Final point; O'Malleys Irish bar was great with good quality live music at apres-ski. [note from the editor on 18th March 2010 - a user of the site has informed us that the Hotel Vicky is now closed.]
March 06, 2008
bernadette page from Ski Austria Austria
The snow here is excellent at the moment. We had a reasonable fall a couple of days ago, also it has turned pretty cold, so the snow will last, and the snow cannons are on too. So all of you ditherers, find a cheap flight and get on over here!! See you in Bobos.
March 18, 2008
Amanda from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
First time skiing in Niederau and won't rush back. The village was smaller than expected, mainly hotels, 2 ski shops and 2 small supermarkets. The skiing is limited, and the lift system does not link well at the top with many uphill stretches between lifts. I found the resort to be a cross between Club 18-30 and Butlins and have stayed in many more traditional resorts.
March 24, 2008
Matt from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just back from Niederau & a stay at the Vicky. The snow right now is excellent, especially off-piste. Links between the runs are poor though. The resort itself is ok for a weekend break (probably the reason why it is the cheapest week available on the market), and would def. not recommend for advanced skiers. If I had to go back, I would stay at Obierau ( Hotel Shneerosen is excellent value, good food & the owners are just perfect ), 3 minutes from Niederau on the Navette bus: much nicer than Niederau... Sorry but cannot recommend Hotel Vicky: room was dirty, found various hair in our bed, food was poor...yes, we did go for the ski & excellent last minute offer, but that doesn't mean having to put up with that.
March 25, 2008
simon from Ski Palau Palau
Oh dear, what's happening to Niederau? I was there a few years ago and it was a lovely traditional Austrian village with really friendly people with great apres-ski. Got back a week ago and was so disappointed. It feels like its been taken over by us Brits buying up all the property and has lost a lot of its traditional feel and I agree with Amanda that it felt more like club 18-30. I really hope the locals wake up soon before us Brits change the beautiful Niederau forever. P. s. It was really good to see Gunther again in the sports cafe, some things never change.
December 04, 2008
Lucy from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We have been to Niederau - Wildschonau every year for the last 5 years and it is great. The Staffler is the place to stay. Basic but good value, very reasonable food and always a great atmosphere. Families are made very welcome by the Brooker family and their team of staff, and The Cave Bar is very handy for a late night drink or a boogie! Our children have been to both the red and the blue ski schools at Niederau - Wildschonau, both were very good. Much better to hire a car once you are past the stage of learning to ski and then you can drive 30 mins or less in any direction and you have more fantastic skiing than you would ever need (at half the price of a lot of flashy resorts!)