Alpbach Resort Info
Alpbach is one of the truly classic Tyrolean ski resorts, only 45 minutes from Innsbruck. You'll find lots of charm, great scenery, friendly locals, pretty buildings and ambience by the bucketload. Accommodation is mostly hotel- or guesthouse-based, most of which are family-run and very welcoming. The more expensive accommodation is near the slopes and cheaper stuff often means a bit of a trip to get to the lifts.
Alpbach offers all the traditional off-snow activities, so skiing isn't the only attraction for visitors. There are loads of old-fashioned eateries up the mountain, but a more limited choice in the resort. Après-ski is subdued and the resort is all ready for bed by 11pm. Only 23% of visitors are British and they come for the skiing as well as ambience.
The slopes offer intermediates and beginners the best choice, making Alpbach an ideal family venue. Ski school and childcare are of a high standard. There is some powder for experts, but this relies on decent snow, something that isn't guaranteed in Alpbach. There are only 45km of pistes and it might be better to invest in the 'Kitzbueheler Alpen' Pass for greater variety (700km of pistes). You might want to give cross-country a try, as there are plenty of trails to cover. Boarders have much to amuse them, with a fun park and two half-pipes. Alpbach also features as a regular host for international events. Queues aren't a problem, so you can really enjoy the real Tyrolean experience without the scrums.
Overall, Alpbach has proven itself to be a real jewel in the crown of Austrian skiing…
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Alpbach Snow & Weather
|Snow Report - 09 Dec 2013|
|Last snowed|| 07-Dec-2013|
|Fresh snow||10 cm|
|Lower slopes||15 cm|
|Upper slopes||65 cm|
|Runs to resort||Artificial|
|Off piste snow||Varied|
|Comments||Very good piste conditions, best at top|
Snow Overview - Austria (snow news updated 09-Dec-2013)
There was moderate snowfall at most of our featured Austrian resorts over the weekend to continue the excellent start to the season in the Alps.
St Anton (20/60cm), Lech (45/75cm) and Zurs (45/75cm) in the Arlberg ski area all enjoyed a good opening weekend after 10cm fell on Friday 6th December. The best conditions of the weekend could be found in Obertaurern (100/140cm) where 20cm of fresh snow fell on Saturday 7th December.
There are over 50 lifts in operation at Serfaus (10/55cm) and Fiss (10/50cm) and good on-piste conditions. All three resorts are now both open every day following the weekend and had a dusting of fresh snow on Friday.
There are still excellent conditions on our featured glacial resorts in Austria with fast skiing on hard-packed pistes. However, Kaunertal (0/272cm) received 20cm of fresh powder on Friday which made for a fantastic weekend of riding.
There was also decent snowfall on Saturday at Westendorf (10/55cm) Zauchensee (60/85cm) and Saalbach (35/75cm). Each resort benefited from 15cm of new snow and offered great on-piste conditions on Monday 9th December.
European Weather Outlook
The sunny weather looks set to continue in Europe with France, Switzerland and Austria all expecting clear skies and dry days throughout next week. Temperatures could also rise to above 5C in some places.
While very little snow is expected to fall anywhere in Europe this week Bulgaria could receive light snow during the middle of the week in preparation for opening day at Bansko next weekend. There is also some much-needed light snow forecast for Oppdal in Norway.