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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January 14, 2004
Andy from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Excellent resort for beginners, intermediates and children. Ski school instructors are patient and experienced and soon give first timers confidence. Although a small resort there is plenty of nightlife with many bars in the hotels and 2 nightclubs which just don't seem to have a closing time.A variety of hotels mainly run by the owners who will do all they can to ensure your needs are met. The perfect venue for a family skiing holiday.
January 25, 2004
raith black from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
For beginners, Niederau has two excellent nursery slopes in the village centre. But once accomplished, there is nothing else. The runs on the upper slopes are too difficult for those who have just learned, and, apart from one good, long red with a not too difficult black attached, enjoyable runs are limited. Auffach, which is nearby, is a far better bet if you can board or ski to a reasonable standard. The number of drags at Niederau is annoying. Boarders will soon get fed up. The only way round all the runs (apart from one gondola) is by drag!! Tho having said all that, I had a good time. Snow was great for boarding and enjoyed fantastic powder. The red under the gondola harder than the black!! The hotel was friendly and the night life okay. But as I can board, will choose somewhere else next time. Definitily not a resort for Intermediate to advanced.
January 30, 2004
anthony & adele from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
What a fantastic holiday we have just had in niederau,we were a party of twelve,three familys with six kids between us.All the kids went in ski school and loved every minute,the ski school staff were excellent.I would recommend niederau to anyone with a family,the local people are very friendly and the resort pretty.Thankyou to justin and his staff at the hotel vicky for a pleasant stay.PS the food was fantastic.
January 04, 2005
Graham Poyntz from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
What a great Xmas holiday we have just spent in Niederau. Skiing was great plenty of fresh snow fell Boxing day evening and during the rest of the week. Ski School is excellent and nursery slopes are great although lifts do get a bit crowded. Unfortunately during our stay there seemed to be some virus going around affecting many of the hotels and some of the local people. Seems to last around 24 hours so it would be wise to take some precautions for upset stomachs. Locals are very friendly, try the hotel staffler Cave bar for live music.
January 20, 2005
claire qayum from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Ready to go to Neiderau 29th January 2005 this will be our 4th time there. Staying at the Hotel vicky fantastic hotel for familys, Neiderau is one of the most beautiful places Ive been. Very friendly, excellent ski schools well catered for the kids. Just come back from Chamonix in france it hasnt got the atmosphere like Austria, would recommend this resort to all families, dont forget if the kids arent happy neither will you be, try Neiderau first.
September 11, 2005
Gill Dale from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Niederau is a very attractive village with 2 supermarkets (one has a cafe), gift shop, bars, few restaurants, internet cafe, couple of discos (quiet when we were there Feb.05). 2 ski schools. We were lucky to have perfect snow, blue skies and sunshine. Would recommend Hotel Simmerlwirt - one of best positions in village for ski school meeting place, nursery slopes, gondola, ski hire shop and village centre. Fantastic views of slopes from bedrooms (tho' sometimes churchbells ring at night!). Useful basement heated ski storage area. Mix of British, Dutch and Germans. Enjoyed horse-drawn sleigh ride, especially homemade gluhwein at pension we stopped at! Good nursery slopes for beginners but red run under gondola too difficult for some.
November 03, 2005
claire Qayum from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Well we're off to Neiderau again in January for the 7th time brilliant for families, excellent for beginners, well we are'nt beginners anymore but the atmosphereand the ski school is brilliant. We are staying at the Hotel Vicky great family hotel we are meeting up with people that we met last year, all determined this time to beat each other at the end of the week ski race. Last year they had the most snow for 10 years we went off piste and it was right up to my waist pure powder, it was fantastic, we have a very soft spot for Neiderau. All getting excited for Jan theres 8 of us going this year cant wait, another brill place to go is Kaprun in Austria alot more challenging loadfs more runs, unfortunatley not ski to door, but only 10 mins on the ski bus, we love it there to been there 8 times, yes we are creatures of habit. Never ever had a bad holiday at Neiderau the scenery is breath taking and the food at the Vicky is top class, we are going on the 28th Jan or the 25th cant remember but its one of them dates, Ps fly to innsbruck not salzbury, the journey from slazburg is a nightmare too many drop offs took us nearly 4 hours, Innsbruck only 1 hour away, just ask travel agent to try that airport for you first, see you there!
December 13, 2005
Gary Snow from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Visited Niederau in March 2005, snow was just starting to dissapear but we had a great time on the red slope under the gondola, Auffach was excellent with a run that seemed to last for several fun minutes. Watched in terror as our son Thomas came down the mountain like a speed DEMON. Stopped at the Marrianne and had a memorable time. Cisiting again for Christmas.
January 03, 2006
lisa poole from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We have just returned from our Christmas holiday in Niederau. We stayed at the Almdorf Cabins which were delightful, very traditional and almost rustic, the staff were really friendly and always made us feel welcome. The cabin itself was warm and cozy. The only small negative point to make about the accommodation is that the brochure review stated it was about 10 min's walk from the slopes when in fact it was more like 35 min's walk, which was hard work with 3 small rugrats in tow! The ski school was wonderful my 3 kids loved it. The instructors were kind, gentle and spoke great English. It was wonderful watching the kids progress each day and at times scary??! My husband is a great snowboarder, but this was my first time, although I managed quite well I found the drag lifts an absolute nightmare!!!In my opinion the resort doesn't cater well for snowboarding especially beginner snowboarders?The resort would benefit from more chair lifts rather than drag lifts and the gondola doesn't have stop points it only goes straight to mountain piste. Having mentioned the small minor negative points about the resort I can honestly say we had a fantastic time, EVERYONE was sooo friendly. The ski school race at the end of the week was the absolute highlight of the holiday. The perfect family ski resort 4*** HAPPY NEW YEAR X
January 07, 2006
Maree from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
We have just had a fantastic holiday in Niederau, staying at the Hotel Austria. My two children were in ski school as was myself and my husband. Excellent tuition by all the staff. I would certainly recommend Niederau for beginners and intermediates. Austria is a beautifull country and we hope to return again next Christmas.