Berwang – Skischaukel Berwangertal ski area

17/10/2018 - SnowTrex

A ski holiday in the Skischaukel Berwangertal ski area offers a perfect combination of sporty activities and a romantic atmosphere. The ski area is part of Tiroler Zugspitz Arena, which has a total of 200 km of piste. Perfectly groomed pistes, traditional mountain villages with cosy accommodations, and a wide range of après ski activities make this a superb ski area for skiers of all ages.

Berwangertal panorama.

1) General information about the Skischaukel Berwangertal ski area

  • Accommodations on the slopes
  • Its location at 1,067 – 1.743 metres above sea level provides good snow reliability
  • 36 km of piste of all difficulty levels
  • Berwang is a traditional mountain village, located at 1,342 metres above sea level at the German-Austrian border
  • Part of Tiroler Zugspitz Arena: one lift pass – 214 km of piste

Dashing down the pistes with family or friends in the morning, and enjoying a cup of coffee in the sun on the hotel terrace in the afternoon, while watching your children taking their first steps in the pistes. This scenario can be your reality in the Skischaukel Berwangertal ski area! The resorts optimal location at 1,342 metres above sea level in the middle of the beautiful mountain landscape makes pistes easily accessible. Another positive aspect of the ski area is that your car can take a holiday too! After breakfast, simply walk a few metres and you will be on the slopes. That is skiing at its finest!

Spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

A total of 36 km of piste is spread around the picturesque resorts of Berwang and Heiterwang. Its location at altitudes of between 1,067 and 1,743 metres above sea level makes the Skischauel Berwangertal ski area snow-reliable. 12 lifts transport skiers up the mountain. You might think that the ski area is rather small, but don’t forget that the “Top Snow Card” gives you access to Tiroler Zugspitz Arena with a total of 214 km of piste. Some of the ski areas included are Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Lermoos, Ehrwald and Mittenwald. Owing to the connection to Tiroler Zugspitz Arena, you get access to a virtually endless network of skiing fun.

Thanks to its snow-safe location at over 1,300 metres above sea level, and to being surrounded by mountains, Berwang has been given a 4-star snow-reliability rating by our experts. A good three star rating has been awarded to the top rating category of “Lifts & cable cars”.

2) Skischaukel Berwangertal piste map

3) Skiing in the Skischaukel Berwangertal ski area

The Skischaukel Berwangertal ski area is perhaps not very large, but it is still a very attractive ski area, thanks to its versatility and its sunny location at the mountain pass between Lechtal and Zugspitze. When weather conditions are good, the view over the Zugspitze peak is an unforgettable experience. The 36 km of piste located around Berwang and Heiterwang include pistes for all levels of difficulty, 24 of which are blue, 10 km red and 2 km black.

“Skischaukel” is German for “ski swing”, and the pistes are laid out so that you can easily “swing” from one side of the valley to the other, enabling seamless skiing on both mountainsides. The lifts closest to the resort, two of which are magic carpet lifts, and within viewing distance from the hotel terrace, help make Skischaukel Berwangertal a wonderful family ski area. That the ski area is suitable for skiers of all ages, young and old, is also true for the pistes at the top of the mountain. Several wide, and not too steep, pistes are located around the Sonnenalmbahn lift. Unsurprisingly, our experts have given a full five star rating to both of the categories “Families & children” and “Beginners”.

The Skischaukel Berwangertal ski area is popular among families.

Those who have already gathered some skiing experience, and feel a bit safer on their skis than the youngest children, should definitely make their way to the fun park at the Thanellerkar lift. There, snowboarders and freeriders can enjoy jumps and slides. A real treat for freeriding enthusiasts is the Betterpark snowpark at the Klämmli lift in Ehrwald, 15 km away. It offers optimal training conditions for beginners and professionals alike. Another highlight is the night skiing offered along the 700 metres long night piste at the Egghof Sun Jet lift. On one night per week, floodlights light up, welcoming skiers and toboggan riders.

Not all skiers prefer to dash down the mountainsides on alpine skis. For many skiing enthusiasts, narrower skis and winding tracks through beautiful winter landscapes is the way to go. According to our group of experts, fans of Nordic skiing can expect a four-star cross-country experience in Berwang. The resort offers great opportunities for cross-country skiers, with an approximate 20 km of well-groomed tracks– some of which are also suitable for skating. The Moosloipe track has a middle level of difficulty, and offers exciting challenges and wonderful panoramas of the snow-covered nature. Heiterwang has an excellent nighttime track with floodlights, for those not wanting to end the fun after sundown.

Cross-country skiers have many possibilities in Berwangertal.

4) Expert rating

We can warmly recommend the Skischaukel Bergwangertal ski area for families and groups, and the family-friendliness is also reflected in the expert rating. The two categories “Families & children” and “Beginners” have both been given a full five-star rating, confirming how suitable the area is for families and ski school students of all ages. It is also worth mentioning that the ski area has earned a four-star rating in the “Cross-country facilities & trails” category, which is good news for cross-country fans and those wanting a break from Alpine skiing. The infrastructure of the ski area, listed as “Orientation (piste maps, info boards & sign posting)” has been awarded a four-star rating.

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5) Activities outside the slopes

The Skischaukel Berwangertal ski area has a wide range of sport and pastime activities to indulge in, mostly of the peaceful kind. Except for skiing, tobogganing is very popular, an activity that attracts both young and old enthusiasts. Some prefer to make a small trip to Lermoos, where you can slide down a 4 km long toboggan run. Nighttime tobogganing is possible at the toboggan run at the Egghof Sun Jet lift, where you can also enjoy nighttime skiing. Further sporty activities include ice-skating or ice curling on the natural ice skating rink in Berwang.

Neither skates nor skis are needed to enjoy the practically endless network of winter hiking trails. The well-groomed trails, with a total length of 60 km, are located around the winter sport resorts, and are suitable for full-day hikes or shorter walks. Thanks to the wide network of huts and guesthouses, you will not have to walk far to find a cosy place to have lunch. Our expert team has given the region’s gastronomy a three-star rating.

Other ski areas in Tiroler Zugspitz Arena are located closely.

In the evenings, several après ski locations in the Skischaukel Berwangertal ski area are well worth a visit. The atmosphere is a bit calmer and more relaxed than what you might be used to in other ski areas. Traditional huts in good locations offer perfect stops for snacks and breaks during both day and night. The meals offered are typical for the country, and are popular among both young and old guests. After a good meal, we recommend a stop at the small après ski area in Berwang, where, for example, “Balu’s” offers live music every night.

6) Resorts in the ski area

Skischaukel Berwangertal is ideal for spending a winter holiday with both children and grandparents. With its location at 1,342 metres above sea level, the ski resort of Berwang offers great piste access, and also wonderful winter panoramas. You can easily let your car rest during your holiday – everything you need, including grocery shopping, is within walking distance. The wide range of various accommodations includes suitable options for all budgets – regardless of if you prefer a hotel or a holiday apartment. No wonder that the small mountain resort, with only 600 permanent inhabitants, is a popular holiday destination, all year round. Adding to the family-friendliness of Berwang are the good piste and lift connections to neighbouring resorts such as Heiterwang and Biblbach in the winter, and hiking and mountain bike trails to further villages in the summer.

The mountain resort of Heiterwang is located at an altitude of 994 metres above sea level, on the outskirts of the Skischaukel Berwangertal ski area. The small resort itself has only one lift and a 2 km long piste, which is a popular training piste. Thanks to buses, Heiterwang is well-integrated into Skischaukel Berwangertal. Bichlbach is also easily accessible.

7) Getting to the Skischaukel Berwangertal ski area

A big plus for Skischaukel Berwangertal is its location close to the German-Austrian border, providing easy access by car. From the Reutte mountain pass, you are only a few minutes away from Heiterwang, Bichlbach and Berwang. The distance to Innsbruck is 85 km, to Friedrichshafen 145 km and to Munich 160 km, which translates to a few hours by car. If you are based in or near these cities, Skischaukel Berwangertal is a great destination for day trips, and an interesting alternative to more famous resorts in Tiroler Zugspitz Arena.

Winter visitors arriving by train can go all the way to Bichlbach, and from there, continue by bus or taxi. Travelling by plane is possible over Munich or Innsbruck, where you can hire a car for the last few kilometres to Berwang.

8) Berwangertal weather, snow depths and webcams

Do you want to keep up-to-date with current weather conditions in the ski area? Visit SnowTrex for information about weather, current snow depths and webcams.

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