Freeriding, terrain parks and pistes
Although Niederau is not the biggest of resorts if you are prepared to cut across the pistes you can still find some nice powder even a few days after a dump. The best of these can be found by riding down from Red Run 17 and cutting across to Red Run 19 the section between the slope is easy to make out and you can get some practise in the powder at this point.
Also if the snow conditions are good there is a run directly under the Gondola where you can ride steep red run 25 which is good if there has been lots of snow. Marked as a ski route this run is pretty technical and best avoided if snow conditions are poor.
Those interested in going fast will be happy to know that Niederau has a Race and Board Arena that is located near the Hotel Harfernwirt, despite this Freestylers will not find much else on offer in Niederau so if you want to ride a kicker you best build it yourself. A much better option is to use your linked pass and head to Auffach or Alpbach which both have dedicated Freestyle parks.
In travel terms the bus from Niederau arrives in Auffach within 15 minutes so hitting the parks is very possible from all areas of the Wildschonau valley. If you want to ride pistes and have more to do on an evening with the odd trip to the park Niederau could work for you.
Niederau provides a good variety of pistes for riders of all levels. If you are a beginner and are comfortable using T-Bars and Pomas then the lower slopes of Niederau will help you to build your confidence on a number of wide, straight and mellow slopes.
After that you can head up to Markbachjoch where a slightly steeper slope allows beginners to ride another T-Bar run with great views down into the valley. It has to be said that some beginner looking to step up will probably struggle with the transition between the easy blues at the bottom and the higher reds at Niederau. Our advice here would be try out Auffach as it offers some more forgiving reds which are wider and accessed easily by chairlift. Intermediate riders however will love reds, 19, 23 and 24 that offer various routes down the mountain. From the top of the Markbachjoch Gondola you can turn left to access some of the pistes or go almost directly down to access these pistes.
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