Wildschönau – a “place of wild beauty” is located in a quiet corner of the Tirol, on the edge of the Kitzbüheler Alps. The local tourist office once claimed that "the ski schools turn beginners into back-run ski freaks and shy guests into party tigers." Certainly many British families learned to ski in Alpbach and Niederau, and years later they keep coming back – especially now that since the winter of 2012-13, the Wildschönau area (Niederau, Oberau and Auffach) and Alpbach are linked in what’s known as the Ski Juwel area - full name: the Skigebiet Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschönau! This get together provides a total of 145km of skiing. The two-stage, eight-person gondola link is between Alpbach and Auffach; Auffach itself is at the head of the 15-mile-long Wildschönau valley, and is linked with Oberau and Niederau (the largest ski area and the gateway to the valley) by a short free bus journey. Although Oberau, less than two miles from Niederau, is the larger village and the valley’s regional centre, it has little in the way of major slopes, but some good nursery slopes. Tiny Thierbach is an old silver-mining village with just two small lifts. Although Wildschönau isn’t far from the bright lights of Kitzbühel, this delightful, unspoilt valley could be a million miles away. Forget the crowds and the packed slopes – here you can enjoy a gentle holiday, whether with young children or by yourselves. That doesn’t mean to say the après-ski isn’t lively! Alpbach, with its traditional wooden farmhouses, green spired church and narrow streets, is one of the prettiest villages in the Tirol, and – like Niederau – has always attracted British skiers. And don’t let anyone tell you the slopes are tame. For many years the British Army held their ski championships here.
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