Skiing and Winter Holidays

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Haus Hislop in Inneralpbach, is situated in the epicentre of the Ski Jewel resort. Just down the down the hill, from Haus Hislop, a 3 minutes' walk, is where it all starts. The nearest lift; ski school office and the famous Umbrella 6 pub are there. The lift here, is a T bar lift and it connects with the two gondolas here in Inneralpbach, accessing the whole area, both the Alpbachtal and Wildschönau ski regions. It is a 2 minutes ski or a 8-10 minutes' walk from Haus Hislop to the bottom gondola stations. Connys - the ski rental place and ski passes can be obtained here.

To view detailed maps of the region including the piste map please click here. Haus Hislop is in Inneralpbach in the centre of the hamlet by the Gasthof (The wonderful Zirmalm).

With its breath-taking panoramas and sunny slopes, The Ski Jewel resort has 145 kms of ski runs and 47 lifts (all covered on one lift pass). The resort has a good mixture of runs which makes it a great area to suit all abilities. There is three adventure Snow Parks and lots of off pisting to be had. Beginners of all ages are well catered for by the 2 Ski Schools here. There are 24 traditional mountain huts/restaurants to entice you to take time out.  We have Cross Country trails here in Inneralpbach which lead you through a magical winter landscape. The nearest trail is 30 seconds walk from Haus Hislop. Another less taxing winter recreation is walking, with about 200km of cleared marked paths. For tobogganing fans the region offers exciting runs. Horse drawn sleigh rides are also available, the ultimate romantic experience.

More information: www.alpbachtal.at/ski & www.skijuwel.com

Ski Jewel Alpbachtal Wildschönau:

145 km of ski runs 32 km blues, 78 km reds, 18 km blacks, 17 km ski routes 145 km pristine pistes
47 Lifs 7 gondolas, 8 chairlifts, 31 drag lifts, 1 conveyer band 46 lifts
24 Ski huts the rustic huts make your ski day perfect 24 huts in the ski area
3 Snow parks 3 Terrain parks
Highest Mountains 2.128 m Wiedersbergerhorn, Alpbach
1.903 m Schatzberg, Wildschönau

The Wiedersbergerhorn

You can take the W14 T bar lift up and then connect to the middle station gondola W13 to take you to the top of the mountain. This is where the nursery slopes and blue runs are, as well as the the ski school meeting place and crèche. It is also the start to the red and black runs. Or from the bottom of the T bar lift, you can ski, on the flat to the gondolas. Gondola W12 takes you the top.

Red 47 is the ski route back down the mountain, to finish up up at the gondola stations. There is a great apres bar, Joes Salettel which serves snacks too. It's an excellent meeting/waiting place. If you're not up to a red runs then, you would start and finish your ski days by going up and coming down on the Pöglbahn gondola W12.

The quickest way back to Haus Hislop is Route 66 which finishes at the T bar, a 3 mintues walk. To get even closer to Haus Hislop you cut off and ski over the bridge and onto the cross country track. This will lead you to a 30 second walk back to Haus Hislop. Ask me (Claire) for details of route! (FYI ski route 66 is an intinery route and is not pisted. Better when there is lots of snow.)

You can also ski down red routes 47/47b and get in the gondola W12 and then travel up to the middle station and exit to then ski down 67 and 67a to finish at the T bar.

You can leave your skis, poles and boots in the lockers at the gondola station for a small fee. This saves you from carrying them back to Haus Hislop. I do though have a ski room with a boot drying system.

The Schatzberg

The gondola J1 J2 takes you to the top of the mountain. The ski region here has great long and wide red runs. My favourite run is the long number one that goes all the way down to the village of Auffach in the Wildschönau. Your ski pass also covers Niederau or Oberau. If you want to visit those resorts, you can take a short (free) bus rides to explore.

There is also a great a toboggan run on The Schatzberg.
 
Coming back to Inneralpbach from The Schatzberg, you can only ski only half way down - on the fantastic red 13. You then ski to the left of the middle station, sign posted for The Alpbachtal, and catch the gondola to come back down to the bottom. If you carry on skiing straight down you will be at the side to come back up the Schatzberg mountain. Take care too, at the end of the day not to miss the last gondola down. Times of lift closings are displayed at the stations and are also on the piste map.)

Night skiing in Reith

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 6.30 to 9.15 p.m.at the Reitherkogel.  Reith is the next village down from The Alpbachtal. About a 15 minutes' drive from Inneralpbach. The 8-person gondola the Reitherkogelbahn and the North and Brandach drag lifts will be running. The flood lit pistes are the no. 71 family run and the no. 72 a training run. There are various huts on the mountain to enjoy. You do have pay for night skiing. (Reitherkogel is only included in your lift pass during the day.)

Ski Hire

Conny's Sport - Inneralpbach Tel. 0043 (0)5336 5025 is open from 8.30am till 12pm and from 2pm till 6pm. It's an 8-10 minutes' walk from Haus Hislop and is situated at the Pöglbahn gondola station W12. Coonys hire all sizes of skis, boots. snowboards and various exciting new inventions to use, to slide down a mountain. They also have a shop that sells winter/mountain clothing and equipment. There is a small coffee bar in there too. They take most credit cards but not AMEX or Diners. Sport Connys

These are the current (2014) prices for 6 days Skis and Boots equipment hire:

  • Adult €81.60
  • Young person (14-17) €52.50
  • Up to 6 year old €42.80
  • Also for hire are towing skis; snowboards; snowblades; snow shoes and sledges.

Lift Passes

You can then go next door and get your lift passes. For a 6 day pass - €205 for adults. €164 for children (born '96-'98) and €102 for children (born '99 - '08.) They take only Master Card and Visa.

http://www.alpbachtal.at/en/winter/skiing-alpbachtal/skipass-prices

Special Note for Early Skiing Bookings:

  • The lifts are due to open the 05.12.14. If this happens (it depends on the snow fall), then the price is the Winter Low price.
  • If there is not enough snow and the lifts don't open: Feel free not to come - deposits not lost I would send it back. Or do come and just pay half price).
  • The ski season finishes 12.04.15. Not all lifts open towards the end. The Inneralpbach gondolas close on 12.04.15

 Lift and Piste Map information

Ski Schools

There are two main ski schools to choose from, here are their websites:

Skiing Videos in the local area

A great video of the resort! - Alpbachtal Seenland

For non-skiers

Winter Walking - A walk is an ideal way to discover the landscape and a torchlight walk is so romantic. You can go it alone or several times a week there are guided walks on the "weekly events programme"

  • Alpbach - approx. 70 km walking paths
  • Guided torchlight walks - in Alpbach andReith im Alpbachtal
  • Guided snow shoe walks - in Alpbach, Reith im Alpbachtal and Brandenberg.

Ice skating - in Kundl, a half an hour drive from Haus Hislop.

Tobogganing - There are eight toboggan runs locally lead through marvellous scenery. And part of the fun is a stop off in one of the mountain huts for rest and refreshments!  

Cross country skiing - Cross country skiing is an alternative healthy sport for winter. The nearest Cross country trail is just 30 seconds from Haus Hislop. You can hire skis and boots and the ski schools run lessons.

Horse-drawn sleigh rides - is the ultimate romantic experience. I can book it for you.

Spar facilities and beauty treatments - I have an arrangement with the Galtenberg Hotel, which is 2 mins walk from Haus Hislop. In the low season, if you book a treatment such as a massage, manicure etc. you will have access to the sauna, swimming pool and spar facilities in the hotel. There is also hotels in Alpbach that have Spar facilities for non- guests. The Alpbacherhof is highly recommended.

Shopping - You could also go shopping in Rattenberg and enjoy the café culture! You can get there (free on the bus.) It is a lovely little town. Or maybe you might like to go further a field to Innsbruck. They have a fabulous shopping centre or for more culture, Innsbruck Old Town is a great place to visit.

Eating and Drinking - There is also, not forgetting all the lovely restaurants', bars and Alm huts in the resort.

Other local events - Every week there are events going on in the region. I provide the programme to my guests.

Alpbach Seenland CardThe Alpbachtal Seenland card

Every guest gets one of these for free on arrival.

For those arriving by train simply show the bus driver your booking confirmation and bus to Inneralpbach is free, Haus Hislop is a 3 minute walk from the bus stop.

Daily services free of charge for winter 2014/2015:

  • In part of the low season, free ski passes for children under 15 years olds.
  • Free regional bus.
  • Free use of the beginners ski lifts in Kramsach for children under 15 years olds
  • Snow shoe hiking in Alpbach
  • Snow shoe hiking on the Reitherkogel
  • Snow shoe hiking in Brandenberg
  • Guided cross country tour for cross country beginners & advanced skiers in Breitenbach
  • Ice-skating & skate hire in Reith i. A.
  • Ice-skating & skate hire in Kramsach
  • Free toboggan hire in Münster
  • Torchlight walk in Alpbach
  • Torchlight walk in Reith i. A.
  • Torchlight walk to the Grünangerl in Münster
  • Juppi Kid's Club Reith i. A. (for 1 day)
  • Free Winter panorama map in your tourist information office
  • Reductions of 50% to 25% at various interesting excursion destinations

More information: www.alpbachtal.at/card