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Skiing in Niederau Austria

niederau ski resort

Niederau is probably the best known village in the Wildschönau, a picturesque settlement in a side valley above the major Inn valley town of Wörgl in the Austrian Tyrol.

Niederau is just one the ski areas in the valley and, although it is the more popular, the villages of Auffach and Oberau also offer a good alternative for a winter holiday, with their own specific attractions.

Elevation: 828 metres

what is the wildschönau?

The fertile mountain meadows in the Wildschönau were settled many centuries ago by farmers who cleared the forests from the valley floor and tamed the swamps beside the mountain streams. Silver was mined in the mountains towards the more remote part of the valley and wood, as in many parts of the Tyrol, was also an important resource.

These days farming is still an important part of the valley's economy alongside winter and summer tourism. Summer visitors normally come for the traditional nature of the valley and for the mountain walking and some of the winter visitors are also there to take advantage of the unspoilt nature of the scenery - winter walking and snowshow walking are growing in popularity.

But most winter guests will be attracted by the ski areas outside the three villages of Niederau, Oberau and Auffach. Niederau especially has made a name for itself in the niche of school party skiing.

As the first settlement in the valley, Niederau is the main centre for hotel accommodation, although there is a smaller selection of hotels and guesthouses available in the other settlements.
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Skiing in Auffach Austria

Previously Niederau was considered the main ski resort in the valley - it is the most accessible and was certainly the best-known. However the link between Auffach and Alpbach over the Schatzberg for the 2012/2013 winter season means that this ski area has suddenly become a lot more attractive. It always was the most extensive - now it has expanded. Oberau is a great choice for beginners.
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Niederau and the other villages are relatively easy to reach from most parts of Europe as Wörgl, the nearest town in the Inn valley, has very good road and rail connections.
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wildschönau photos

  • Markbachjoch
    Niederau: Looking up the Markbachjoch
  • Markbachjoch
    Niederau: Markbachjoch with Hohe Salve in background
  • Markbachjoch gondola
    Niederau: Markbachjoch gondola
  • Ski path
    Niederau: Route over to draglifts on left on Markbachjoch
  • Mittermoosjoch draglift
    Niederau: Red run on the Mittermoosjoch draglift
  • Markbachjoch
    Niederau: View to Markbachjoch gondola top station
  • Hahnkopf chairlift
    Auffach: View down to Hahnkopf chairlift
  • Schatzberg
    Auffach: View to top of Schatzberg gondola
  • Hahnkopf chairlift
    Auffach: View to top of Hahnkopf chairlift
  • Bumps
    Auffach: Bumps on the red run under the Gipfel chairlift
  • Thalerkogel draglift
    Auffach: Huts on the red run at the Thalerkogel draglift
  • Oberau
    Oberau: View down the "black" run to the beginners' area


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