This is a beautiful Tyrolean village where the Editor first had the pleasure of skiing more than 35 years ago. Oh, how things have changed in terms of modern gondolas and chairlifts but the picturesque wooden chalets and landscape remain the same. No modern buildings here to “blot” the landscape with the mainly farming community enjoying life as it has always been with the village church, dating back to the 17th century, the central point for the people.
If you are looking for excellent accommodation with romantic tyrolean-style then the Hotel Boglerhof which has parts dating back to the late 17th century is highly recommended by the Editor. The hotel is currently (March 2009) offering a package of eurro 730,- which includes half board and a 6-day ski pass. The hotel can be contacted on the internet: www.boeglerhof.com
Ski slopes are still best suited to beginners and intermediates although there are three black runs, enough to keep most British enthusiasts happy for a week but the nearby resort of Kitzbuhel is available for those who want to do some real “black run bashing” at least once during their holiday! It is also a great village for families where the friendliness of the Austrian people, the excellent ski school, sleigh rides, toboggan runs, an excellent indoor swimming pool with adventure area, choice of restaurants and shops coupled with the “off the beaten track” environment make this an enjoyable venue.
Alpbach today has three gondolas; 5 chairs and 12 drags with three blue, 11 red and 3 black pistes covering 45km of downhill runs but the Kitzbuhel Alpen Lift Pass opens up a total of 260 lifts throughout the area. The nursery slopes are right in the village of Alpbach whilst the main slopes are a five-minute FREE bus ride away on the Wiedersbergerhorn. The fairly new Poglbahn gondola has replaced two 18-year-old “fixed” chairs and whilst there are still drag lifts, the skiing here is far more modern than 35 years ago when the Editor first stumbled on the area.
Alpbach is just 665 miles from Calais – so a comfortable mainly motorway one-day drive – with the airports of Innsbruck (35 miles), Salzburg (91 miles) and Munich 81 miles giving it accessibility for reasonably quick airport transfers.
Do not be put off by the low altitude (1000m) of the village as the range extends to 2100m and there are 67 snow cannons to “top up” during poor snowfall. If you have your own transport the nearby slopes of Kitzbuhel can always be used but there is a local bus service available.
There are plenty of shopping opportunities with some supermarkets, bars and music for the “teenage brigade” and of course for real glamour – and expense – you could always “window shop” at Kitzbuhel!