Ski Juwel is a bit of a hidden gem for families. Two ski areas, Alpbachtal and Wildschőnau combined to create a four ski mountain region with 113 kilometers of prepared ski trails served by 45 lifts, many of them very modern. In the heart of the resort the 2 biggest areas connect across two valleys to create a vast interconnected trail network to keep everyone in the family entertained for a week. Plus there are 2 other smaller ski mountains to the the east and west of the large interconnected resort.
Ski Juwel is great for learning families, with pleasant skiing, just enough groomed ski slopes, excellent ski schools, plus some off-piste for freeride skiers. The vast majority of the terrain is not steep. The views as you ski for miles are lovely, from the lifts, the slopes and 25 on mountain huts/chalets.
Ski Juwel happens to be quite popular with the Dutch and Brits, so it’s a fun happy place, not particularly showy or competitive like you might find at larger Austrian ski resorts or Switzerland’s St Moritz and Davos.
Ski Juwel is not so fancy as nearby Kitzbuhel, but its fun and relaxed – with a beautiful alpine village nearby for lodging – Alpbach. Ski Juwel is becoming a popular destination for families, particularly since the connection, new lifts, and Ski Juwel rebrand, but there has been skiing here for over 50 years.
On mountain at Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau are 25 mountain huts and classic Austrian chalet restaurants. Our favorite was Boglalm, so cozy inside with a wood fire, hand hewn logs, antlers and bearskins. And the cuisine was excellent – the gluhwein too!
Alpbach is a charming Austrian village just a short bus ride from the lifts for lodging, shopping and dining.
Ski Juwel has a host of fun events throughout the season, to include night skiing and tobogganing certain evenings, fireworks and snow park contests. Two other smaller ski mountains Niederau to the east and Reith to west are part of the large resort.
Ski Juwel Stats:
Two Mountains – Alpbachtal and Wildschőnau
Base Elevation 830 M (2,723’)
Summit Elevation: 2,025 M (6,643’)
113 Kilometers of pistes, Night Skiing, Sledding, excellent children’s ski schools, daycare