Niederau Ski Resort
Surrounded by snowy meadows, tree-lined rolling hills and perfectly nestled in an unspoilt valley in the Tyrolean Alps, the quiet village of Neiderau sits completely enveloped from the outside world - though only less than 2 hours from Innsbruck. Together with Alpbach and Wildschönau, Niederau forms part of the Ski Juwel ski area, one of Austria’s largest linked ski areas. The wider ski area is accessible via Auffach, which is just a short shuttle bus away from Niederau. The local ski area includes the slopes in the Wildschönau valley including the Markbachjoch ( the ski centre and main ski area) north-facing Lanerköpfl mountain and the Schatzberg ski area in Auffach; all of which cover 69 runs and stretch just over 48 kilometres in total. Thanks to its connection to the Ski Juwel ski area an additional 109 kilometres of pistes are available. The resort sits at an altitude of 826 metres with runs peaking at 1,903 metres. The ski area in Niederau is preferred by beginners and intermediates although it does have a few challenging runs for advanced and experienced skiers. Quiet, unassuming and picture-perfect in appearance and nature, Niederau is the first and the largest ski village in the charming Wildschönau valley it shares with the other smaller resorts of Oberau, Mühltal, Auffach and Thierbach. Niederau ( and its neighbours in the Wildschönau valley) offers visitors the chance to experience an idyllic and authentic ski holiday escape in a charming Austrian village. Life here is taken at a relaxed pace and the resort is perfect for families with young children or groups of friends looking to learn and improve their skiing whilst also enjoying a slow-paced quiet getaway from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. The valley is a sight to behold, dotted with traditional Alpine-style buildings of wood and stone and overlooked by the mediaeval gothic church against a backdrop of the surrounding snow-covered valley. The Wildschönau Valley has also been the recipient of the ‘Best Family Ski Area’ award and the ‘Friendliest Staff’ award due to its exceptional family-focused approach and visitor feedback, reviews and satisfaction. Accommodation here is delivered at a high standard and is made up of mostly Alpine-style hotels, guest houses and apartments; some of which offer door to door skiing perfect for families. There are several non-ski activities for the family at Niederau which include fantastic walks, snowshoeing and a 6 kilometres toboggan run.
Quiet, unassuming and picture-perfect in appearance and nature, Niederau is the first and the largest ski village in the charming Wildschönau valley it shares with the other smaller resorts of Oberau, Mühltal, Auffach and Thierbach. Niederau ( and its neighbours in the Wildschönau valley) offers visitors the chance to experience an idyllic and authentic ski holiday escape in a charming Austrian village. Life here is taken at a relaxed pace and the resort is perfect for families with young children or groups of friends looking to learn and improve their skiing whilst also enjoying a slow-paced quiet getaway from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. The valley is a sight to behold, dotted with traditional Alpine-style buildings of wood and stone and overlooked by the mediaeval gothic church against a backdrop of the surrounding snow-covered valley. The Wildschönau Valley has also been the recipient of the ‘Best Family Ski Area’ award and the ‘Friendliest Staff’ award due to its exceptional family-focused approach and visitor feedback, reviews and satisfaction.
Accommodation here is delivered at a high standard and is made up of mostly Alpine-style hotels, guest houses and apartments; some of which offer door to door skiing perfect for families. There are several non-ski activities for the family at Niederau which include fantastic walks, snowshoeing and a 6 kilometres toboggan run.
The runs at Niederau are generally best suited to beginners and intermediates trying to improve on their newfound abilities. The resort is perfectly set up to teach and help improve new starters thanks to the fantastic nursery slopes and beginner area. The slopes at the resort are ideal for beginners as they are gentle and hardly ever crowded even in the peak seasons. Once the snow plough and turns have been mastered, beginners can begin to try their hand higher up the Markbachjoch. Fancy more challenges, catch the free shuttle to Auffach for access to the Ski Juwel ski area.
Although it’s famously suited for beginners, there are a host of off-piste opportunities at Niederau. The ski area also has 4 black runs decent enough to challenge advanced and seasoned skiers. There is a black run that leads all the way down to the village from Lanerköpfl at 1,621 metres.
After tackling the red runs on the Markbachjoch at Niederau, intermediates may not even need to access the Ski Juwel ski area as they will be spoiled for choice at Schatzberg. There are a number of easy reds, ideal for confidence building, most of which are on the south-facing slopes of the mountain.
Niederau has a good variety of runs for all skill level riders. Beginners in particular who are comfortable using T-Bars and Pomas will find it pleasant here. There is a good T-Bar run which starts at the top of the Markbachjoch with stunning views of the valley. There are a few short runs at the bottom of the mountain which are perfect for building confidence and can serve well as practice runs. Challenging reds lay further up the valley on Schatzberg.
Niederau does not have a snow park but snowboarders can access both the Family Snowpark in Wildschönau and the Alpbachtal Snowpark via the Ski Juwel pass. Both parks are very well equipped with obstacles and terrains for all ski levels including numerous kickers, rollers, boxes and half pipes.
Snow Conditions in Niederau
Not renowned for excess snowfall over the years, the resort still manages to ensure that the conditions on the piste are as excellent as can be. The natural snowfall has fallen short a number of times in recent years however, Niederau’s 17 snow cannons cover the entire mountain ensuring shortages are hardly noticed. The pistes are also groomed on a daily basis.
As imagined, the apres-ski in Niederau is a tad quieter and more relaxed than some of its Austrian counterparts as the resort has a general casual and family-friendly atmosphere. However, although set in a quiet valley, there are still a good number of spots to enjoy a nice lively evening with drinks and dancing into the early hours. There are also huts and stations on the slopes and at a few base stations which are perfect to get things started and kick off a fun apres-ski evening. There is a bit of something for everyone on the evening crawl at Niederau from casual and quiet spots to lively clubs. We have listed a number of places you may want to check out on your visit to Niederau.
One of the main bars at Niederau, the Schnapshütte serves coffee, snacks, lunch and dinner. It has a tasty menu and is also renowned for having the best pizza and burgers in town (self-proclaimed). It has child-friendly menus as well. Open from 11 am every day, it is a popular afternoon spot as it’s conveniently located at the bottom of the Markbachjoch Lift. Along with the snacks and meals, it has a good selection of drinks and as the day progresses, it slowly turns into a proper bar by night time with good music and a lively atmosphere. The Schnapshütte often has an unmatched party atmosphere thanks in no small part to its well known happy hour. It is also known for throwing large themed and fancy dress parties a few times every season from Flugel Parties to Ugly Christmas jumper parties, the Schnapshütte always has fun themes for every season.
Open every day until the early hours, the Dorfstub'n promises evenings of apres-ski fun consisting of lively pub music, a large selection of drinks and dancing till the a.m. The pub also has traditional pub games such as table football, billiards, darts and Austrian nails. To further intensify the atmosphere, the Dorfstub'n also has karaoke nights which are always fun to experience a few hours into the night’s session.
Nr. 327 Grillhaus & Bar
Located in the resort and not too far from the Markbachjoch gondola station, the 327 Grillhaus and Bar has a cosy and wholesome atmosphere to go along with its tasty menu. As is expected with a “grillhaus” they serve freshly made meals over breakfast, lunch and dinner times, the menu includes pub favourites such as burgers, pizzas, barbeque delicacies, vegetarian options, hot beverages and soft drinks. As for the bar, the menu features a good number of cocktails, gins and beers which can all be enjoyed on its outside terrace. It has great music and a friendly atmosphere. It is certainly worth a pit stop on your apres ski rally.
Located at the Stenzer lift at the foot of the Markbachjoch, Bobos Heustadl is another one of Niederaus well-known meet-up spots for a nice meal and lively drink afterwards. It is a nice and authentic Tyrolean bar with a fantastic food menu and a great selection of beers, wine, schnapps and cocktails. Able to seat up to 100 people at a time, the atmosphere here is always buzzing. It has a nice cosy tent with great music. It is also known to host events and parties as well.
A popular bar in Oberau that welcomes all ages, the Starchent Bar is an atmospheric Alpine pub that offers a good evening of entertainment. Open every day from 4 pm, Starchent Bar offers an evening of live music and pub games including darts and billiards. Classic pub meals are also available as well as live sports coverage of football matches across Europe and F1. There is a nice outside terrace to enjoy drinks. Frequented by locals and tourists alike.
Facilities in Niederau and the rest of the Wildschönau valley are great and to a high standard as you would find in most Austrian ski resorts. There are facilities available wherever required at Niederau from the accommodation, modern lifts, children’s entertainment and care to shops, efficient transportation throughout the valley resorts and much more. We have detailed a few below.
There are a couple of ski hire companies in Niederau and across the valley where you can walk in and hire ski equipment. If you are booking your ski holiday to Niederau with us at Erna Low, you can also very easily include a ski hire service with us. This gives you the advantage of securing your ski equipment ahead of your arrival at Niederau. It is a very simple and easy process that requires less than 5 minutes. Regardless of whether you are making your holiday booking over the phone or online, the service remains available. There is also no extra charge for arranging your ski equipment hire online with us. We partner with some of the most well known and reputable ski rental companies across the Alps, with decades of experience in delivering very quality products as well as services. Once your equipment is hired with us as part of your booking, all you need to do upon arrival is visit any branch of the store at the resort and collect your equipment which will be ready and waiting for you.
You can purchase your Ski Juwel or Niederau ski pass from any of the local ticket offices on the resort. However, you can also save precious time and book your ski pass directly with us. If you are in the process of arranging your ski holiday to Niederau through us, you can easily include your ski pass to the customised booking very easily and at no extra cost. Skip any potential queues at the ticket office or the lift machine by purchasing your ski pass early. It gives you one less thing to worry about upon arrival at the resort and free’s up your itinerary. You can save so much time by pre-arranging your ski pass with us.
One can never underestimate the effects of a refreshing spa and sauna session after an eventful day out on the slopes, whether you have been skiing, table dancing or both. There is no shortage of spas, saunas and wellness centres in Niederau, most of which are available in hotels and guest lodges. The public swimming complex located between Niederau and Oberau is only open between May and September each year, however, most of the hotels in the area have between 3 and 5-star spa and sauna facilities with indoor swimming pools. For example, the Hotel & Alpin Lodge Der Wastlhof, located right at the Markbachjoch Cable Car at the slopes has modern spa facilities including a number of saunas, a large indoor pool and a heated outdoor pool which stays open even in the winter months. The wellness area also features a number of massage and beauty treatments to indulge in. The Harmony Hotel Sonnschein offers another option in Niederau for a well-deserved spa day. A 4-star hotel located less than 500 metres from the Niederau Cable Car, this hotel offers not only a spa area but also 2 indoor heated swimming pools, 2 saunas, an infrared cabin, a hot tub and an aromatic steam bath. There are a few more hotels within the valley offering excellent spa and swimming facilities.
For its size, Niederau has a good variety of shops ranging across grocery shops, pharmacies, cafes, bakeries, electronics shops. It also has a farm open to visitors, a museum and an independent glass art studio that has been in practice since the early 1800s not far from Niederau in Rattenberg; one of Austria’s smallest towns on record.
There are only a handful of resorts and ski areas across the European Alps better equipped to cater to children and their needs. Nationally recognised in recent years with the ‘Best Family Ski Area’ award, Niederau and indeed the Wildschönau valley are very well facilitated to cater to children and visiting families. It also helps that a lot of its accommodation is located close to the lifts, some of which are ski-in ski-out accommodation, making it easy for families with kids to access all areas of the resort with ease and convenience.
There are many Niederau ski schools located at the Markbachjoch as well as independent ski instructors. If you are planning your visit to Niederau on an Erna Low holiday booking, why not allow us to help you book your children’s ski lessons. Securing your children’s ski lessons prior to arrival at the resort allows you to place your children at the head of the queue especially during peak season when there are limited spaces available. We partner with some of the best ski schools in the Alps with multi-lingual instructors who deliver lessons in English.
Niederau has no shortage of children’s entertainment from the slopes all the way down to the village. A children’s favourite outdoor activity at Niederau is the igloo building, where children can build their little igloos and hide in them. Little children between 3 and 4 years can get to meet Bobo the penguin mascot on the slopes. Children can also join the adults on a 6-kilometre toboggan ride complete with high-speed thrills. If that was not enough, just 3 kilometres next door to Oberau for the ultimate children’s entertainment in the Wildschönau valley- the Drachental Family Park. A family park that promises fun activities for the family with amazing activities including a recently installed large ice-skating rink and the Drachenflitzer Alpine Coaster; a spectacular 1,355-metre long slope, with three high loops as well as other curves and bridges, guaranteed to deliver some whirls and thrills to all members of the family.
There are a good amount of childcare options available at Niederau with both creches and independent nannies available. Most of the ski schools offer ski clubs and fun activities
The Markbachjoch and Lanerköpf mountains are the two main ski areas on Niederau. The pistes on both mountains are predominantly north-facing. Markbachjoch peaks at 1,500 metres with Lanerköpf peaking at 1,621 metres altitude. The easy and gentle slopes are on the ridges of Kropfrader and Mittermoos with the Stöck and Sixtwiese representing more difficult terrain.