Destination: Alpbach, Austria

Alpbach is a ski resort village that neighbors the Wildschönau Valley. Alpbach has been voted Austria’s most beautiful village, and offers picturesque views with a kind of storybook charm. Guests will be delighted with Alpbach’s perfect balance of fanciful older buildings outfitted with totally modern facilities. 

Alpbach’s ski range is connected to the Auffach ski range. In 2012, the entire region was dubbed the Alpbachtal-Wildschönau “Ski Juwel,” and it boasts 145 km of pistes for a singular lift pass. This pass also includes the resorts of Niederau and Oberau in the Wildschönau region, and Reith im Alpbachtal. 

This resort is a solid choice for beginner skiers and snowboarders, and it offers a range of challenges for more intermediate skiers and snowboarders. However, all the village-level slopes at Alpbach are for beginners, which can be frustrating for more experienced skiers and snowboarders who like to end with an exhilarating run. Expert skiers can hire a guide for off-piste and backcountry exploration. Alpbach might not be the first choice for expert skiers with a proclivity for off-piste runs, but that means the available backcountry terrain is largely untouched. This Austrian village really offers something for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. 

The resort’s ice rink and indoor swimming pool offer off-mountain fun. Guests can also partake in low-intensity hikes and walks with jaw-dropping scenery. Alpbach offers horse-drawn sleigh rides for those who want to take in the stunning views while completely relaxed. Après ski can begin as early as mid-afternoon and usually ends in the early evening in this region. Guests can ski right up to Joe’s Salettl and the Umbrella Six Pub after their last run, and begin the après ski debauchery. Alpbach does not have a strong nightlife focus, but a few establishments will have live music.