Nauders am Reschenpass - Overview
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Skiing fun where three countries meet
Beautifully groomed pistes, traditional Alpine lodges, incredible views and a warm Tyrolean welcome – all this awaits you at Nauders on the Reschen Pass. It calls itself a family ski area – and with good reason, as it is a hit with young and old alike. Skiers have 75 kilometres of glorious pistes at their disposal on the Bergkastelspitze, Tscheyeck and Gueserkopf mountains. The resort also offers a choice of deep powder runs, along with state-of-the-art lifts, exciting fun parks and mogul fields. Located between 1,400 and 2,850 metres, Nauders is one of Austria’s higher resorts. This means it normally has plenty of snow and great conditions throughout the season. It is also well equipped with snow cannons, and the pistes are groomed daily to ensure they are in perfect condition all season long. With its ongoing investment in lifts and other activities, this resort close to Lake Reschen is one of Austria’s best-kept secrets. 23 kilometres of blue runs make it popular with families and beginners. More experienced skiers will love the 34 km of red pistes, while experts can test their skills over 12 kilometres of challenging black runs. For those who prefer to get off the beaten track, Nauders has 6 kilometres of ungroomed freeride slopes. As part of the Skiparadies Reschenpass ski area, Nauders links up with Haider Alm and Schöneben in Italy’s South Tyrol to provide 120 kilometres of pistes. The Nauders season usually runs from mid-December to the end of April, and on average enjoys 55 days of sunshine. The sunniest month is April.
The Nauders ski area has a total of 46 runs to suit different tastes and abilities. Here are one or two of its highlights:
• The ski racers of tomorrow can find their feet and play with the fairy-tale characters in the Nauderix Kinderland at the top of the Bergkastelbahn lift. The little ones are safely transported up the slopes thanks to magic carpets and kids’ lifts, and they can join children’s ski courses to learn how to carve their first turns in the snow. Once they’ve worked up an appetite, they can head for their very own children’s restaurant. Nauders also has a kids’ park where young snowboarders can try out their skills, and a ski kindergarten, where children from the age of two are looked after by trained staff.
• If you like to get off the beaten track, why not try one of the five off-piste runs? The route off the 2,740-metre Gueser Kopf can be accessed via the Tcheyeckbahn lift and starts at the ski area’s highest point. The resort’s highest lift, the Panorama lift, takes you right to the top. The descent provides guaranteed fun and spectacular views
• Snowboarders are also well catered for in Nauders, where they can practise their daring tricks on the boardercross track and half-pipe, and the boarders of the region’s “Senseless Crew” regularly delight audiences with their amazing skills.
• Nauders’ attractions also include an extra-wide carving slope. At up to 85 metres wide, it allows carvers to cruise the slopes without getting in the way of other skiers.
• If you’re looking for fun and action, head for the moguls near the Tscheyeckbahn. If you like things a little rough, you’ll love it!
• Strong skiers can test their fitness on the 9-kilometre run – if you get down in one go you can certainly boast about your stamina, but don’t let your sporting ambitions prevent you from enjoying the incredible views of the surrounding mountains.
Stop off at one of Nauders’ tempting huts and restaurants for some warm Tyrolean hospitality:
• At 2,200 metres, the Panoramarestaurant Bergkastel is right in the heart of the ski area and offers delicious local dishes. The deckchairs on the sun terrace invite you to linger and drink in the wonderful mountain views. There is also a special children’s area called Nauderix
• The Zirmstube, also at the Bergkastel, serves up traditional Tyrolean dishes in a cosy Alpine atmosphere.
• The Stieralm provides the perfect blend of tradition and modernity. This old mountain hut has been renovated to create a mountain restaurant that retains all of its original charm. Whether it’s a hearty lunch or a sweet Kaiserschmarrn – it always tastes good at the Stieralm
• The Lärchenalm is also a rustic mountain restaurant. And on valley runs 1 and 7, the Pisten-Alm serves up dumplings to die for! On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the Alm is also the meeting point for night tobogganers
• Right next to the cable car centre in Nauders, Billy’s Bar is a great spot to enjoy a few après-ski drinks and good music. A fun, lively atmosphere is guaranteed.
Despite its sunny location in the border triangle, Nauders sometimes has snowy days when no-one wants to go skiing. But there are plenty of other things to do. The Mariahilf church, Karl-Kapelle and Mühlenkapelle are all well worth a visit. The alter in the Mühlenkapelle boasts an imposing statue of the Madonna. The 14th-century Naudersberg Castle is also worth seeing. A stroll around the Reschensee is a fascinating experience, as there used to be three lakes here until the dam was built in 1950. The entire village of Graun and most of Reschen were drowned, and all that remains of them today is the church tower that stands in the heart of the lake – a great favourite with. photographers. If you’re still keen to get outdoors despite the weather, why not try cross-country skiing? The trails are located between 1,440 and 1,900 metres. Alternatively, more than 50 kilometres of winter hiking trails provide a great way of exploring the region. And the 8 kilometres of toboggan runs are great fun, even when it’s snowing. Italy is right on the doorstep, so it’s always worth taking a trip from Nauders. What better way to while away a day of bad weather than over delicious pizza or pasta? Innsbruck and Merano are also both easily accessible for a day trip.