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Ski Juwel - Skiing Austria's Best Family Ski Resort

Kitzbuhel l Innsbruck l St Anton l Lech Zurs l Solden l SkiWelt l Ski Juwel l Obergurgl Hochgurgl l Mayrhofen l Hochzillertal-Hochfugen l Hintertux Glacier

Ski Juwel is quieter than most Alps ski regions, but still a quaint ski resort in Austria. Alpbachtal and Wildschőnau have recently combined as two ski mountains for 145 kilometers of prepared ski trails served by 47 lifts across two valleys. Ski Juwel is great for learning families, with pleasant skiing, just enough groomed ski slopes, excellent ski schools, plus some off-piste for backcountry skiers. Ski Juwel is not so fancy as Kitzbuhel or St Anton, but its fun and relaxed – with a beautiful alpine village nearby for lodging – Alpbach. Ski Juwel is becoming a popular destination for families, particularly Brits, since the new connection, new lifts, and glittery new name, but there has been skiing here for over 50 years. Ski Juwel is open for night skiing certain evenings, and has a host of fun events throughout the season, to include fireworks and snow park contests.

Ski Juwel reaches 2,025 meters, 6,643’, in elevation at its highest, the largest peaks are Gmahkopf and Schatzberg, with Inneralpbach as the valley between the two. With gondolas and well placed chairlifts, Ski Juwel offers plenty of skiing for all levels - blue, red and black, and often good powder snow given its protected valley location and grassy farm slopes that don’t require tons of snow to be covered. None of the runs are particularly long here.

Ski Juwel is located in the valley of Alpbachtal which is quintessential Tyrol – with authentic Austrian chalets and farms along the snowy hillsides. Its as pretty as alpine famed ski resorts Kitzbuhel, Wengen, Saas Fee and Lech, and far less busy or pricey than Zermatt or Cortina. The name Ski Juwel honors the copper and silver mining history of Alpbachtal long before skiing, if it implies glitz and glamour, don’t be disappointed by the casual cozy nature of this ski valley.

The best hotel for your family at Ski Juwel is Der Alpbacherhof – a four star hotel in the heart of Alpbach village, just five-minutes to the slopes. The Alpbacherhof is family owned, a traditional hotel with old carved wood chalet exterior, elegant common rooms, but modern appointed suites. For après ski, there is a superb spa downstairs at Alpbacherhof featuring indoor outdoor pool with an infinity edge that frames the view of the ski slopes of Ski Juwel. Adults will love the Sauna chalet, tucked away in a wooden hut by the pool. Half board at the Alpbacherhof includes a bountiful buffet breakfast, and a four-course dinner nightly. Its just kid-friendly enough, while still being sophisticated with old world hospitality and charm. From the Alpbacherhof Hotel you can walk to town, après ski bars, Connie’s ski shop and the old church and graveyard. Non skiers can enjoy winter walking and sledding.

A ski holiday in Alpbach, and Ski Juwel, could be combined with visits to other ski areas in Austria’s Tyrol, SkiWelt, Kitzbuhel and the Ziller valley. Austria is home to over 85 ski areas, extremely concentrated within a few hours in the Tyrol, and there are inclusive ski passes like the Tirol card valid at most. Ski Juwel is just an hour to Innsbruck, under two to Munich.

Ski Juwel ski stats:
Summit Elevation 2,025 meters, 6,643’, Vertical Drop 3,966'
Two Mountains - Alpbachtal and Wildschőnau
47 Lifts, 140 Kilometers of pistes, 71 trails
Night skiing, 3 terrain parks
Close to SkiWelt and Kitzbuhel ski resorts in the Kitzbühel Valley
Ski Juwel Photos l Ski Juwel Video

Austrian Ski Reviews Kitzbuhel l Innsbruck l St Anton l Lech Zurs l Solden l SkiWelt l Ski Juwel l Obergurgl Hochgurgl l Mayrhofen l Hochzillertal-Hochfugen l Hintertux Glacier

Austria Ski Photos Galleries: Kitzbühel l Innsbruck l St Anton l Lech Zurs l Solden l Obergurgl Hochgurgl l Mayrhofen l Hochzillertal-Hochfügen-Spieljoch l SkiWelt l Ski Juwel l Stubaier Glacier l Kühtai l Nordkette

All Stories by Heather Burke
All Photography by Greg Burke
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