Nauders Ski Resort

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Nauders ski resort Austria
Nauders ski resort Austria
Sledders mix with skiers at Nauders ski resort Austria
Sledders mix with skiers at Nauders ski resort Austria
A group contemplates the return trail into Nauders village from the ski lift base above town
A group contemplates the return trail into Nauders village from the ski lift base above town
The same view of Nauders as the previous photo but in finer weather!
The same view of Nauders as the previous photo but in finer weather!
It is possible to ski past & stay overnight in Naudersberg Castle in the resort village
It is possible to ski past & stay overnight in Naudersberg Castle in the resort village
Nauders ski resort, Zwei Laender, Austria
Nauders ski resort, Zwei Laender, Austria
Nauders is part of the Zwei Länder resorts including Solda-Sulden & its glaciers
Nauders is part of the Zwei Länder resorts including Solda-Sulden & its glaciers
Belpiano is another Zwei Länder resort lift pass linked to Nauders
Belpiano is another Zwei Länder resort lift pass linked to Nauders
Trafoi is one of 4 Italian Zwei Länder resorts lift pass linked to Nauders
Trafoi is one of 4 Italian Zwei Länder resorts lift pass linked to Nauders
Nauders has several ski-in ski-out mountain huettes for overnight stays
Nauders has several ski-in ski-out mountain huettes for overnight stays
Nauders-Bergkastel ski resort Austria
Nauders-Bergkastel ski resort Austria
Bergresort Das Jochelius provides wonderful overnight ski-in ski-out accommodations at Nauders ski resort
Bergresort Das Jochelius provides wonderful overnight ski-in ski-out accommodations at Nauders ski resort
The 14th century bell tower of Curon juts remarkably from the waters of Lago di Resia near Nauders
The 14th century bell tower of Curon juts remarkably from the waters of Lago di Resia near Nauders
16th century Glorenza (Glurns) is perfectly preserved living history near Nauders ski resort
16th century Glorenza (Glurns) is perfectly preserved living history near Nauders ski resort
Haidersee, just south of San Valentino near Nauders, is awesome for all ice sports
Haidersee, just south of San Valentino near Nauders, is awesome for all ice sports
Nauders village, Austria
Nauders village, Austria
Nauders ski resort Austria
Nauders ski resort Austria
Nauders village & hotels are regularly connected to the lifts by free ski bus
Nauders village & hotels are regularly connected to the lifts by free ski bus
Nauders hotels are typical of all Austrian ski resorts - exceptionally good!
Nauders hotels are typical of all Austrian ski resorts - exceptionally good!
Ski Die Zwei Länder Skiarena & Nauders
Ski Die Zwei Länder Skiarena & Nauders

Nauders Ski Resort

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Nearby Ski Resorts

Belpiano
Samnaun
Serfaus Fiss Ladis

     Nauders Ski Trail Map
  • Nauders Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,400m – 2,750m (1,350m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (12)
    1 Gondola
    5 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Mid December to Early April
    8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 73km (incl. routes)
    Longest run – 9km+
    Advanced - 20%
    Intermediate - 50%
    Beginner - 30%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 20/21
    Adult - €43.50 to 46.50
    Child - €26.50 to 28
    Child u/6yr – Free

    All multi-day tickets valid in Nauders, Schöneben-Haideralm (Belpiano), Watles, Trafoi, Sulden
     Two Country (Zwei Lander) Skiarena Map
  • Two Country Ski Arena Map
     Ortler Ski Trail Map
  • Ortler Ski Resorts Map

Nauders Ski Resort Austria

Nauders is another of those Austrian surprise packages that impresses with its snow quality, lift infrastructure, skiable vertical & local village. The resort is intrinsically linked to the nearby, & recently modernised, Italian resort of Schoeneben-Belpiano, as part of the cross-border ‘Zwei Lander Ski Arena’. To get a sense of what is on offer, one need not look past the Nauder's village return ski trail. It goes right past Naudersberg, a fantastic medieval castle; just one of the many treats in the Reschen Pass area.

As a ski holiday destination, Nauders truly stacks up. Close to the borders of Italy & Switzerland, this lively Austrian mountain village is the perfect base to make forays to other fantastic ski resorts, access incredible backcountry adventures & other winter sports, plus discover amazing historic & cultural sites.

Pros & Cons for Nauders Ski Resort

Pros

  • High elevation, north-aspect terrain mostly above 1,700m elevation, guaranteeing quality natural snow conditions.
  • Efficient lift system.
  • Nice balance of on-piste trails for all abilities.
  • Interesting variety of off-piste terrain.
  • Super-long 1,350m skiable vertical from the alpine peak.
  • Exceptional range of accommodation in a pretty, vibrant Tyrolean village.
  • Mountain dining is tasty & après ski is fun.
  • Good value lift pass price plus also valid in nearby Belpiano-Schönenben & other resorts.
  • Easy free public transport access by bus from the village & ample free car parking for day-trippers right near the lifts.
  • Central to ski resorts in three countries, plus amazing local non-ski activities including various ice sports on the lakes, historic villages & monuments.

Cons

  • Ski lifts are a bus or car ride from the village (seriously quibbling!).
  • Beginners have limited opportunities to ski the spectacular alpine terrain.
  • Accommodation can be expensive comparative to the nearby Italian mountain villages.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Popular village, can be difficult getting accommodation.
  • A car is needed to access most nearby ski resorts & attractions (except Belpiano).

Skiing & Snowboarding, Lifts & Terrain

The Nauders skiing & snowboarding terrain is generally north-aspect & above tree-line. It includes over 67km of piste trails & 6km of marked ski routes on a skiable vertical of 1,350m. The full vertical can skied from top to bottom (for advanced riders) all the way into the village over 9km. We assume the off-piste freeride potential in the high alpine is tremendous, but we haven’t been able to ski it for ourselves!

The ski lifts at Nauders are mix of modern high-capacity chairs, an aging access gondola & several surface tows. The highlight of the ski area is undoubtedly the Panoramalift - a gnarly t-bar that ascends to the resort’s highest point of 2,750m. Depending on snow conditions (i.e. how the wind has impacted it!), the lift opens up a world of steep ski possibilities & long vertical descents.

Until we ski the whole mountain & have a more definitive views on its offerings, check out the Nauders ski trail map.

Zwei Lander Lift Passes

A great benefit of skiing Nauders is the opportunity to visit nearby resorts with any multi-day lift pass. Passes of 2 days or greater are valid across the Zwei Lander (or Two Lands/Countries) ski region which includes Belpiano - Malga S.Valentino just over the Reschenpass, nearby Watles, Trafoi & the glacier resort of Solda-Sulden.

Nauders is linked with Belpiano via regular buses between the lift bases. The other resorts are best accessed by car.

See here for the Two Countries ski trail map.

Where is Nauders Austria?

The Nauders Bergkastel ski resort is near the charming village of the same name in the Austrian Tyrol only 7km north of the Reschen Pass into Italy. By road, Nauders is 43km south of the major transport hub of Landeck-Zams & only 113km from the best ski city in the world – Innsbruck. The best gateway airports are Innsbruck (INN) (for UK & European flight origins) & Munich (MUC) or Zurich (ZRH) (for everyone else).

We recommend using public transport to get to Nauders. Trains from Innsbruck or Zurich all stop at Landeck-Zams (home of the sneaky secret stash, Venet ski resort). From Landeck-Zams bus or train station, the route 210 bus runs regularly all the way to Nauders village & the Bergkastel ski lift base. Several services link up directly with the train services from Innsbruck. Journey time on the bus is around 1¼hr.

Search & book here for train tickets to Landeck-Zams. Purchase bus tickets to Nauders from the driver.

A free ski bus (the Zwei Länder Skiarena Skibus) connects Nauders & the Bergkastel ski lifts to the Schöneben-Belpiano ski lift base regularly throughout the day. Within Nauders itself, free ski buses rotate through the town connecting the short distance to the local ski lifts at Bergkastelseilbahn from 8.10am to 18.40pm.

An alternative access route to Nauders is from Italy via the Val Venosta from Bolzano via Merano.

Nauders Accommodation

Nauders is one of those wonderful Tyrolean alpine villages with the perfect balance of location, tradition, services, amenity & modernity. Schloss Naudersberg (Naudersberg Castle) dominates the town & in addition to simply providing a stunning backdrop, even offers apartment style accommodation within it walls. The village itself is loaded with exceptional hotels, apartments, pensions & guesthouses. At least two ski-in ski-out lodgings are located within the ski area - Bergresort Das Jochelius & the Berggasthof Parditsch.

Search & book here for all Nauders ski accommodation.

The town of Pfunds is only 15min drive away from Nauders, providing another (more affordable) accommodation option. It is connected by ski bus to the resort, with several services in the morning & return services after lunchtime.

Search & book here for all Pfunds ski accommodation.

For something completely different, the sensational medieval walled village of Glurns-Glorenza, just over the border in Italy, is a fabulous place to stay, but requires one to have a rental car to comfortably ski Nauders & the other Zwei Lander resorts.

Search & book here for all Glurns ski accommodation.

Nearby Ski Resorts & Attractions

The Val Venosta (or Vinschgau) is a South Tyrolean, predominantly German speaking part of Italy, which begins just south of Nauders beyond the Reschen Pass. Val Venosta’s stunning combination of stunning glacier draped mountains, ice bound lakes, drowned bell towers, gorgeous ancient walled villages, castles, monasteries & ski resorts make it an all-round European ski safari location to be reckoned with.

Nearby ski resorts are all part of the Ortler Ski Arena, only a short drive away via the easy Passo di Resia (Reschen Pass). Beyond the family-friendly Belpiano, include smaller local ski hills like Watles & Trafoi, plus the glaciers of Val Senales (Schnalstal) & Solda-Sulden to name a few.

See here for the Ortler Ski Arena resorts map.

Some cracking Austrian ski resorts are close, including the huge Serfaus Fiss Ladis & powder hounds guarantee of Kaunertal Glacier. Closer though is the Swiss connection to popular Ischgl, Samnaun ski resort, only 30min drive from Nauders. Gotta love Europe & the Alps!

The gob-smacking town of Glorenza (a.k.a. Glurns) in the centre of the Venosta valley is like a window into the past. Only 30min drive from the centre of Nauders, wandering its perfectly preserved 16th century cobbled streets & walls is wonderful. Throw in the amazing 12th century Marienburg Kloster in Burgusio (on the way to the nearby Watles ski area) & the 1,200 years of human history at the St John’s Abbey in Müstair (just over the border in Switzerland) and Glurns starts to seems like a European ski & culture holiday hotspot.

A symbol of the upper Val Venosta is the 14th century bell tower of Curon that juts remarkably from the frozen waters of Lago di Resia. Only 10min drive south of Nauders, in winter it is possible to walk (or skate) across the ice to see it firsthand. The lakes in the upper valley, particularly the Lago della Muta (Haidersee) just south of San Valentino, are well set up for ice skating, kite skating/skiing/boarding, ice-sailing & ice hockey.

Review

The Powderhounds checked out Nauders in 2020. We had a few false starts due several extreme weather days resulting in major lift closures across not only the resort, but most ski areas across Austria & northeast Italy. We left the day before it finally fully opened up! Oh well. We will endeavour to revisit & actually ski it in its entirety in future seasons – hopefully soon. Interestingly, across the Reschen Pass in Italy the modern & family friendly Belpiano ski area was open most days during the same storm! All its lifts area is on a different aspect. Wind direction is everything in the Alps. We will add new photos & insights after we ski the whole mountain.

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