Zillertal Arena, Alpbach
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Zillertal Arena, Alpbach

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Alpbach Slopes

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On the slopes

The skiing available around Alpbach expanded dramatically ahead of the 2012/13 ski season, when a new eight-passenger gondola was built to the neighbouring Wildschönau Valley. This link nearly tripled the 52km (32 miles) of runs available, providing 145km (91 miles) of pistes in the newly named Ski Juwel area.

Alpbach's own ski area had been seen as rather small and too gently sloping for advanced skiers to find enough challenging options, but the new combined area has a quarter of its terrain suited to advanced skiers, with black runs and off-piste routes. There are still long runs near the village, including off-piste blacks down from the Gmahkopf, while powder skiing can be good between the trees when the snow is fresh.

Alpbach’s core market of beginners and recreational intermediates now have even more options, with 35km (22 miles) of blue runs and 78km (48 miles) of reds available in the Ski Juwel.

There are three nursery slopes right by the village, but the main ski area is a four-minute bus ride away beneath the Wiederbergerhorn. This area is dominated by long red and blue runs, most of them carved down through the woodland, with a small summit area above the treeline.

The season typically lasts from mid-December to mid-April. And with more than two thirds of the ski runs covered by snowmakers, good conditions are guaranteed as long as it's cold enough.

The resort also participates in the giant Kitzbüheler Alpen ski pass, which covers more than 1,000km (625 miles) of pistes at dozens of resorts in the area – but private transport is required to make full use of its possibilities.