Ski holidays in Niederau

Classic Tyrolean charm, full of character and unspoilt scenery

Wild and beautiful – hence the name of one of the Tyrol’s loveliest and most unspoilt valleys. Even though Innsbruck is just under two hours away it could be a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Niederau, the first and biggest of its traditional and most charming villages, is ideal for beginner and intermediate skiers, although there are testing runs too. It’s linked with Oberau, just 3km away, by free ski bus service. Auffach, at the end of the valley, has some more challenging slopes and is now linked with Alpbach’s ski area to form, with Niederau and Auffach, the Ski Juwel Area. In recent seasons, the Wildschönau has won awards for ‘Best Family Ski Area’ and ‘Friendliest Staff’, as well as one for excellent piste preparation. All guests receive the FREE Wildschönau Card, which includes guided winter walks and snowshoeing, FREE entry to local museums as well as discounts for local attractions and activities.

Added value

Check out our great offers available

50% off ski/snowboard hire or carriage when you pre-book your lift pass (must be booked 6 weeks before departure)

Free child helmet when booking skis and boots

1 Free Child Ski School when 2 adults pre-book ski school for the same duration

  • from£789pp
  • 142 rooms
Hotel Sonnschein Niederau Austria

A warm welcome is provided at the Hotel Sonnschein. Ideal for families, with a variety of room types including spacious family rooms. The Sonnschein also has extensive leisure facilities including two swimming pools, wellness facilities and a children's playroom.


  • from£859pp
  • 47 rooms

A favourite with Inghams guests, the Hotel Austria is great for convenience with a central location in Niederau and opposite the Markbachjoch gondola. The hotel is welcoming with an attractive lounge with log fire, sun terrace and good leisure facilities.

  • from£769pp
  • 88 rooms
Hotel Harfenwirt Exterior (3)

A great favourite with Inghams guests, the traditional Harfenwirt is run by our good friend Herbert Thaler who entertains weekly with his unconvential harp-playing in the nearby Gasthof Bichlwirt.

Ski and Snowboard Information
Skiing levels
Cross country

Beginners skiing in Niederau

Niederau is excellent for beginners as the nursery slopes are directly in the centre of each village.


Intermediate skiing in Niederau

The main skiing takes place in Niederau via the Markbachjoch gondola or the Lanerköpfl chairlift. As the Wildschönau is now interlinked with Alpbach, it is ideal for intermediates with many blue and red runs to choose from.


Advanced skiing in Niederau

Along with four exciting black runs and a couple of mogul fields in the valley, most areas offer several off-piste routes for the adventurous skier.


Snowboarding in Niederau

The wide open, easy slopes are suitable for beginners and intermediates. More experienced boarders will enjoy the three funparks (whole area). The 'Race n Boarder' Arena in Niederau has a permenant race track and offers professional training.

Mountain facts
Area 109 km
Resort Altitude 828m
Ski Alt. From 830m
Ski Alt. To 2100m
Run Information

26km blue runs, 54km red runs, 13km black runs

Lifts Chairlifts 7, Cable car 9, Draglifts 29, Gondolas 9
Lift Ski LockersNo
Whole Area Pass Lifts45
Night Skiing IncludedYes
Mountain Restaurants23
Snow Cannon Coverage50%
Cross Country Trails

50km Wildschonau, 70km whole area. 

Night Skiing

In Reith & Oberau

Off-piste OptionsYes
Off-piste Restrictions


Slope DirectionN, E, S, W
Snowpark Info

3 (2 in Wildschonau, 1 in Alpbach)

Things To Do
  • Horse-drawn sleigh rides
  • A full programme of après–ski events
  • Day excursion to Salzburg
  • Snowshoeing
  • Ski kindergarten
  • Local museum and art gallery
  • The night bus (Nightliner) operates Thursday – Saturday from 8pm – 3am which is free with guest card and travels between Niederau and Oberau to Auffach.
  • The Catholic church in the centre of Niederau opening times vary week-week. The Christmas Carol Service held on 25th Dec is at 5pm.
  • Tobogganing is available in nearby Oberau every Wed and Thurs for €5.50-€8.50 per person.
  • The weekly Ski Show is held every Sunday in Niederau at 8:30pm (Free) starting on 27th Dec. 
  • The local museum is open every Wed from 12-7pm from the 23rd Dec. Cost: €3.80/€5.60 per person
  • Dorf 'n' Stub & The Cave Bar night club - both free
  • The Art Gallery in Niederau is open daily from 5-6.30pm.
  • Guided winter walking can be booked at the Tourist office every Tues, Wed & Fri at 10am (subject to Min/Max numbers)
  • The High Rope Course costs €40 for Adults, €35 for children 14 & under.
  • Resort bus free with guest card in Wildschönau Valley 
Ski Extras

Pre-bookable Lift Passes, Ski Hire & Tuition

Save up to £49 per person

Book your lift pass with us and we’ll give you 50% off equipment hire or carriage. See our Ski Bundle page for details.

Lift Passes W21/22 Days Season Adult - Born before 2002  Youth
Area Pass 6 L £265 £216 £144
H £291 £216 £144

Covers Alpach, Reith, Auffach, Niederau & Oberau. L (01 Dec - 17 Dec & 03 April - end of the season), H (All other dates). Free child lift pass for children born 2016 or later. Beginners should book in resort for reduced prices.

Please see here for a description of hire categories. 

Equipment (6 days) Description Blue Red Black
Adult Skis £62 £71 £88
Ski Boots £31 £31 £32
Skis & boots £93 £102 £120
Snowboard & boots £93 £102 £120
Child (6-12yrs) Skis & boots £44
Snowboard & Boots* £61
Child (3-5 yrs) Skis & Boots £29

*Child snowboard equipment from 7 years.

Tuition Days Times Adult Child (4-14yrs)
Ski 3 10am-12am
& 1pm-3pm
£152 £152
Ski 5 10am-12am
or 1pm-3pm
£179 £179

Ski school might be closed on Christmas Day & New Year’s Day. 

Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing but may vary up or down. Correct prices will be advised at the time of booking.

Useful Information
Information about Niederau
Resort Code ATNI
Languages spoken German/English
Time difference GMT+1
Currency EUR
Latitude 47.448811
Longitude 12.088520
Travel and Transportation

Flights depart Saturday

To Salzburg

From Gatwick
Bristol, Luton, 
Manchester, Liverpool,
Edinburgh, East Midlands, 

Transfer 2hrs 30mins by coach

Flights depart Saturday

To Innsbruck

From Gatwick

Transfer 1hr 15mins by coach

Flight supplements may apply.
Private transfers and Self-drive are available.

Car hire available: No

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: No

Resort Ski bus available: No

Good to know

  • Skiing up to 1,900m & excellent snow record
  • Interlinked with the Alpbach ski area
  • Short transfers from Innsbruck Airport
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