“ A family resort situated in a popular area of the Kitzbuheler Alps known as the Wildschonau valley. Slopes for beginners to advanced, as well as snowboarding. „
Niederau Ski Resort (Austria)
We visited Niederau ski resort in February of this year (through crystal ski) and I find it hard to put in to words what a brilliant and amazing fun packed time we both had.
First off the day we arrived there was record snowfall this continued for the whole week only really clearing up on the last day, this of course made conditions for snowboarding amazing.
The Town its self ~
Niederau is a small town made up of a group of hotels, chalets, resident's homes and a handful of restaurants, cafes and pubs.
It has a bank with cash point, pharmacy, small/ to medium general shops, one large supermarket about 20 mins walk out of town and a few ski hire outlets.
The shops in the village are quite pricey ( 4 Euros for a red bull!!!!) so a short walk to the supermarket is well worth it for supplies if you don't wish to eat in the après ski everyday.
Generally the restaurants and après ski we ate at where brilliant, at base level we were paying around 15 Euros for two mains and a drink ( burgers, chips drink) but at the top of the mountain the restaurants' can be a bit more expensive also be aware you need to go for lunch before the rest of the population of the ski resort or you will be queuing for a long time.
Every ware we ate the food was fresh well cooked and very tasty.
We only went to a few pubs in the evening, after 7 hours boarding you just want your bed.
One pub we had a good time in was O'Malley's the Irish themed pub ,the singer was very entertaining and the drinks were not to expensive it was packed to capacity but every one had a really good night.
We stayed at the 3 star Harfenwirt Hotel. This hotel is directly opposite the blue run and has fantastic faculties for the price.
We stayed in the older part with its wooden walls and quirky pictures on the wall. Our room was very clean , the balcony had chairs (and a view of the mountains) the bathroom had a bath and shower and was also very clean and up to date.
The hotel was always VERY warm.
There is a pool ,sauna , light box room , needle showers, Jacuzzi and steam room.
All free to residents and all again very clean and nice.
The best bit about the hotel was its food, buffet style breakfast consisted of cereals , toast ,Rolls , meats , chesse , yogurts, hardboiled eggs and teas coffees and a mix of fruit juices which gave you are great start to the day.
Note if your going for a long down up the runs use your baggy that you got at the airport for declaring liquids and fill it with rolls stuffed with meat yum!!) note again (against hotel rules opps)
Evening meals consisted of a 4 course menu you choose the night before , a traditional soup for starters , a choice of salads from the buffet (huge selection) main and pudding,
The mains tend to be what you would get at your grandmas house meat potatoes and 3 veg but beautifully cooked and tasted amazing, they always have 2 options for mains a few of which I can rember was spaghetti and meat balls and fish.
We found that Niederau slopes are very maintained and have a nice selection from black to blue runs.
The bottom runs (blue) tend to be drag lifts with the condoler taking you up to the top runs. At the top there are a few lifts but mostly slopes tend to connect to each other.
We found that on the blue runs at the bottom is were a lot of the schools are teaching so if you don't want to become part of the schools activities best stay away at least in the mornings.
Overall this resort is a great place we loved it ,although I think if you're the seasoned snow basher then party animal in the evening it probley not the place for you, Niederau is a family resort and there are a lot of children around.
The food is good the slopes are excellent and we had the most perfect holiday.
It doesn't matter if its your first time on snow, or a seasoned skier / boarder. Niederau is perfect for all.
I have been skiing and snowboarding for over 30ears now ( and not just for 1 week each year!). I have been to almost every resort in Europe and have a good understanding of what makes a resort 'tick'.
Niederau is a small Austrian village with a about 6 hotels. one of which is a 4* and highly recommended ( Hotel Sonneschein). There are also plenty of B&B's (pensions) and a few self catering chalets have now been built.
There are a few very nice restaurants and cafes that cater to all tastes. However, the night life is limited. All the hotels have their own bars which anyone (guest or not) are welcome in. there are a few apres ski bars dotted around that remain open all until about midnight and there are also 2 night clubs, both are good. If you fancy more, the town of Kitzbuhel is only a 20 minute drive away and taxis are reasonably priced.
The main reason for going though is the skiing.
There are 2 ski schools...The Red Ski School, and The Blue Ski School! Both are excellently run with dedicated and well trained instructors who speak English and German ( I know...I used to be one!!). There is also a creche type school for if mum and dad want time on their own!
The Ski runs in Niederau are mainly designed around beginner to intermediate skiers. There is some excellent off piest for those who know what they are doing but all will result in a long walk / hitch along a road back to the village!
There is a free bus service that runs every 30 mins between Niederau, Oberau and Alfrach. Yes, it does have space for your skis! Alfrach has a much larger ski route than Niederau, so more advanced skiers may wish to check it out.
Austrian resorts are always cheaper than any in France or Italy, and Neiderau is no exception. A large beer or glass of wine is about 3euros. a bottle of red or white wine from the supermarket will set you back a staggering 3euros also!!! An average meal for two (starter, main, desert and wine) in a nice restaurant will set you back between 30-40 euros. With good and friendly service.
All that's left now is a lift pass..these are around 130euros for the week. probably the most expensive part, but still cheaper than any other alpine country!
If you do decide to go, have fun and enjoy the mountains....Take only pictures and leave only footprints!!