The Reither Kogel is another centre of the activity; with the 2.5km circular mountain walk being a popular route. From the top of the cable car you can chose to hike in either direction, with the lift routes leading you back to the village of Reith im Alpbachtal. There’s also a permanent Giant Slalom racetrack here on the upper slopes of Reither Kogel to test your skills against time, or take the chance to get back to the ski differently… by floodlight or via a ski mountaineering tour.
The Lanerköpfl chair lift in Niederau leads to a 6km toboggan run back to the base, or you can head back up and continue with the speed thrills at the ‘Race ‘n’ Boarder Arena’ which also as a timer system installed for the carving zone and a slalom lane.
For the pristine snow seekers, you can get a special pass to hit some the virgin slopes in the area at 8am every Sunday, or ride in a piste basher and be a snow plough pilot. Since 85% of all slopes here have snowmaking facilities, you really can have the chance to cut it first.
Away from the snow, the villages are filled with the bustle of après ski and the long-standing traditions of local life. Culinary enthusiasts can choose dishes made with produce sourced from one of the 100 farms still operating in the area – look for the green Tiroler Wiktshaus stamp in the menu. Coffee enthusiasts can head to some of the cosy shabby chic cafes like Café Genuss at Weiherhof or Flachländer in Alpbach, and craft beer lovers can head to the one-man brewery in Inneralpbach and try the unique beers brewed by local, Jos Moser. For the artistic at heart, end your time in this region in Austria by getting involved with the local glass blowing craft in the small medieval village of Rattenberg.
Whether you follow the ski trails of champions or play on the paths that lead to Austria’s awarded alpine village, Ski Juwel has certainly carved itself out as one of Tirol’s glittering winter highlights to visit.