Skiing is something I’ve really missed while living in London. Growing up in Oregon I eagerly anticipated our annual family ski trips to Mt. Bachelor and Lake Tahoe. With all the good memories I associate with skiing it seems like a trip to the Alps would have been a no-brainer, but honestly, I was overwhelmed by the thought of planning it. After all, the Alps span eight countries as I learned this summer in the Dolomites, so the options are limitless.
Enter the lovely Sarah of The Wanderblogger. After spending an entire Sunday looking online at ski holidays to the popular spots like Zermatt and Chamonix, I stumbled upon her glowing review of Alpbach, Austria to resolve my Alps angst.
Alpbach has been voted the most beautiful town in Austria and is easy to reach from Innsbruck by train and bus. Best of all, it was one of the quietest towns I’ve seen in Europe. I don’t notice how exhausting the hustle and bustle of London is until I escape it. A few days of the slow life and fresh mountain air was just what the doctor ordered.
Tim was my partner in crime for this trip while visiting from Seattle and we both became enamored with Alpbach as soon as the bus dropped us off.
We spent three days in Alpbach and skiied for two of them. Alpbachtal is the ski resort with over 40 lifts, plenty of intermediate and advanced terrain, and no shortage of lodges scattered throughout for meals and snacks. Let me just pause here to say I’m a big fan of Alps-style skiing. First of all, gondolas. Second of all, hot chocolate with rum. Big fan.
bar lodge was built of blue containers at the top of the mountain and offered unbelievable views while I sipped on my hot chocolate (with rum) and Tim enjoyed a beer.
I am so grateful Tim visited me and we shared this trip together. Bonus – now we can be those annoying people who are like, “Remember that time we were skiing in the Alps? So fun, right?!”
The Alps are photogenic. One more for the road.
Know Before You Go:
- To get to Alpbach, fly into Innsbruck, bus to the main train station (€3) train to Brixlegg (€9), then bus to Alpbach (free if you show your hotel reservation). Total travel time was ~ 1.5 hours.
- We used Iggys for ski rental in Alpbach (~30-40 euros a person).
- Dinner spots we liked included Post Alm and Jakober Haus in town.
- Haus Sonnwend was a wonderful retreat in the center of town. Two thumbs up from me.
- The ski bus is free and leaves from Alpbach every 15-20 minutes.
- Albachtal is the closest ski resort. In 2015 the 2-day pass ran us €80 each.