Bergeralm, Austria

A little-known gem (with a twist) 

Here at 2TA we love a slightly unusual resort especially if it can be reached by train, both of which apply to the little-known obscurity that is Bergeralm, located in the Austrian Alps about 20km south of Innsbruck.

Although there are several resorts closer to the city, Bergeralm is as easily reached thanks to a direct train service taking just over 20 minutes. The station to aim for is Steinach am Brenner, just 9km north of the Italian border. From the station it’s an enjoyable 12 to 15-minute walk to the slopes along a quiet road.

We normally hire equipment at the rental place by the ski lift – it’s super cheap and you never have to queue for long. With 7 lifts (including a ‘chondola’) and over 1100m of vertical drop there’s plenty of interest for a full day’s skiing – we’ve returned there several times. The top section accessed via the Hochsonnlift is particularly enjoyable – scenic, flattering blues through an unspoilt high-mountain landscape with views stretching across to the Dolomites. Unlike most runs back to the resort (usually avoided until the need to return at the end of the day), we recommend a few goes of the Familienabfahrt piste. A north-facing slope that holds the snow well, it’s an enjoyable tree-lined red with some challenging drops and a number of variants to choose from.

The highlight, however, is the section near the bottom where you find yourself skiing next to what appears to be a motorway - we know of nowhere else in the Alps quite like it! It’s the Brenner Pass, carried high on stilts above the valley floor with lorry drivers looking on enviously as you glide past on the snow. On the way back to the station, after a few minutes’ walk, the cosy roadside Ski-Café is well worth a visit for a well-earned apfelstrudel and coffee. The resort is included on our ‘The Alps – Skiing by Train’ map which we think looks particularly attractive as a shower curtain in our new range on Redbubble.


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