Ski holidays in Oberau

Classic Tyrolean charm, full of character and unspoilt scenery

  • Resort altitude: 830 metres
  • 113 km of skiing
  • 30 km Blue, 54 km Red, 6 km Black runs
  • Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 15 mins Innsbruck and 2 hours 30 mins from Salzburg airport by coach

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.0

Skiing and snowboarding in Oberau

Oberau is the smaller, picturesque sister to Niederau, the first and biggest of the villages in the Ski Juwel area. These traditional and charming villages are ideal for beginner and intermediate skiers, although there are testing runs too.

Niederau is just 3km away and accessible 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 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.

Where to stay in Oberau

Oberau village is dominated by the view of the 250 year old church baroque church against the backdrop of the mountains. The church is often called the 'Cathedral' due to its size. This charming village is the ideal place for skiers just starting out on the slopes, or for improvers looking to hone their craft.

The accommodation here is budget friendly and you will find true Austrian charm in each of our properties. 

What's included in an Inghams holiday to Oberau

Flights, transfers and accommodation based on self catering, half board, chalet catering, full board or all inclusive. Optional add ons include equipment hire, lift pass and tuition, please see the 'Ski extras' tab below for more information on these.

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Added value

Save £100pp on your 2024/25 ski holiday when you pre-buy your lift pass and equipment hire/carriage (Book by 3 June 2024)

1 Free Child Ski & Boots when 1 adult pre-books ski & boots

Ski hotels in Oberau

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With excellent facilities and a popular après-ski bar, the Hotel Tirolerhof has an unbeatable location in Oberau. The traditional hotel is family-run and the Erharter family aim to make you feel like you are in a home from home.  

Ski & Snowboard
Skiing levels
Cross country

Beginners skiing in Oberau

Oberau is excellent for beginners as the nursery slopes are directly in the centre of the village. Ski school for Oberau is based in Niederau which is a 5 minute journey on the free ski bus. 

Intermediate skiing in Oberau

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 Oberau

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 Oberau

The wide open, easy slopes are suitable for beginners and intermediates. More experienced boarders will enjoy the three funparks (whole area).

Mountain facts
Area 113 km
Resort Altitude 830m
Ski Alt. From 830m
Ski Alt. To 2025m
Run Information

30 km blue runs, 54 km red runs, 6 km black runs

Lifts Chairlifts 7, Baby drags 1, Draglifts 26, Gondolas 9
Lift Ski LockersNo
Whole Area Pass Lifts46
Night Skiing IncludedYes
Mountain Restaurants23
Snow Cannon Coverage50%
Cross Country Trails

37km Wildschönau, 70km whole area

Night Skiing

In Reith & Oberau.

Off-piste OptionsYes
Slope DirectionN, E, S, W
Snowpark Info

3 (1 in the Wildschönau, 2 in Alpbach)

Things To Do

Dragon winter night

Taking place every Wednesday from 27/12/23 till 28/02/24 from 19:00 till 22:00 in Drachental Family Park in Oberau. Dragon winter night offers live music, musical performances, ice disco, night roller-coaster and ski demo (only 17/01 and 15/02).

There will be a shuttle bus between Auffach, Niederau and Oberau to help guests to get to the show.


Tobogganing is available in Oberau daily for €5.50-€8.50 per person. On Wednesday and Thursday guests can enjoy tobogganing in the evening.


The local museum in nearby Niederau is open every Wed from 12-7pm from the 23rd Dec. Cost approx: €3.80/€5.60 per person

The Art Gallery in Niederau is open daily from 5-6.30pm

Resort buses

The night bus (Nightliner) operates Friday and Saturday from 8pm – 3am which is free with guest card and travels between Niederau and Oberau to Auffach*

The resort bus is free with guest card in Wildschönau Valley*

*Buses have limited running times in low season

Other activities

  • Horse-drawn sleigh rides 
  • Snowshoeing
  • Ski kindergarten
  • The Catholic church in the centre of Niederau opening times vary week-week. The Christmas Carol Service held on 25th Dec is at 5pm.
  • The High Rope Course costs approx €40 for Adults and approx €35 for children 14 & under
Ski Extras Offer

Save £100pp on your lift pass & ski hire - Save £100pp on your 2024/2025 ski holiday when you pre-buy your lift pass and equipment hire/carriage (offer ends 3rd June 2024).

Valid on all departure dates between 1st December 2024 and 30th April 2025. Buy any lift pass (found within the 'Extras' tab on checkout) and add either ski/snowboard hire or ski/snowboard carriage at the same time, for the same person to receive the discount.

Lift Passes

Lift Passes

Lift Passes Days Season Adult - Born before 2004  Youth
Area Pass 6 Low £227 £183 £116
High £251 £202 £128

Covers Alpach, Reith, Auffach, Niederau & Oberau.

Low season 18 Mar - 30 Apr

High season 24 Dec - 17 Mar

Free child lift pass for children born 2017 or later. Beginners should book in resort for reduced prices.

Prices and supplements are correct at the time of publishing. Up to date prices will be confirmed at the time of booking.

Ski Equipment

Ski Equipment

(6 days)

Please see here for a description of hire categories.

Equipment Description Blue Red Black
Adult Skis £56


Skis & Boots £80 £99
Snowboard & Boots £94
Child (4-13yrs) Skis & boots £42
  Snowboard & Boots* £69

*Child snowboard equipment from 7 years.

Prices and supplements are correct at the time of publishing. Up to date prices will be confirmed at the time of booking.



Tuition Days Times Adult Child
Ski 3 10am-12am
& 1pm-3pm
£174 £174
Ski 5 10am-12am
or 1pm-3pm
£200 £200

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

*Ski School for Oberau is based in Niederau which is a 5 minute journey on the free ski bus*

Levels of tuition:

  • Beginner = never skied before
  • Level 1 = advanced beginner; can control speed, snowplough and change direction on gentle slopes 
  • Level 2 = low intermediate, snowplough turns and start to ski parallel
  • Level 3 = Good intermediate, Parallel turns 
  • Advanced = Fully confident on all slopes, looking to improve technique

Prices and supplements are correct at the time of publishing. Up to date prices will be confirmed at the time of booking.


Flights depart Saturdays

Transfer time

  • Innsbruck airport: approx. 1 hour 15 mins by coach
  • Salzburg airport: approx. 2 hour 30 mins by coach

Private transfers and self drive options are available

Good to know

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