Most Austrians (and maybe Germans too) know Schoppernau because of the song ‘Vo Mello bis ge Schoppornou’. Sadly, it’s less known for it’s great ski resort, lovely landscape and broad range of summer sport activities. I’m super thankful that a good friend of mine invited me to Schoppernau to experience those great ski slopes, romantic view spots at night and super friendly people.
But let’s start with some geographical information: The ski resort Diedamskopf Au-Schoppernau is located in Vorarlberg (which is in the very West of Austria, at the border to Switzerland) and consists of two small villages: Au and Schoppernau. Schoppernau has around 900 inhabitants and depends greatly on tourism.
At first sight the ski resort Diedamskopf seems to be rather small with only 2 cable cars, 2 chair lifts and 4 ski tows. However, it has various different slopes and difficulties. To be more precise it has:
|13 km||blue (easy) slopes|
|11 km||red (intermediate) slopes|
|7 km||black (difficult) slopes|
If you’re confused by the different slope colors you can find a good description on Wikipedia.
I was skiing for four days and I never got bored of the slopes. Especially the ‘fun slopes’ add some variety to the ski experience. If you prefer to have a bigger selection of slopes and lifts you can also drive 15 minutes by car to the more crowded ski resort Damüls-Mellau which has 29 lifts and over 100 km slopes.
A great advantage of Diedamskopf is that it’s not crowded and most of the time you don’t need to queue.
Also, there are a lot of good spots to enjoy the beautiful landscape. On sunny days I highly recommend to sit in a chair at a sunny place with a cold Weizen.
One of the things that I like most when I'm skiing is eating traditional Austrian dishes or/and drinking good coffee at cozy restaurants on the mountain.
Sadly the selection of restaurants in the ski resort Diedamskopf Au-Schoppernau is considerable small. There are only 3 restaurants on the mountain where two of them are self-serviced. I enjoyed the restaurant 'Wedelstube' (located at the cable-car mid-station) most.
Schoppernau is not only a great location for skiing but also all other kinds of winter sports like
- cross-country skiing
- snowshoe hiking
Additionally, it’s a top spot for paragliding (I definitely have to try it out one day).
What made our vacation in Schoppernau really special was the stay at Apartment Heimböck.
The marvelous apartment is located somewhat higher than the other accommodations in the valley. This let you enjoy the sun even longer! It offers a great view over the whole village which is especially at night super romantic. What I liked most was the terrace which was covered by fresh snow (look at the picture and get jealous! 🤩).
Another huge advantage is that you can start skiing right from the apartment!
Facts about Diedamskopf Au-Schoppernau
|total length of slopes:||40 km|
|total sum of lifts:||9 lifts|
|# of restaurants:||3 restaurants|
|Price class||Comparatively cheap
(€ 44,50 for 1 day in 2019)
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Since this ski resort is very close to my hometown I can offer up to two sleeping berths at my home.
Other recommendable resorts
I’ve heard a lot of good things about those resorts but haven’t been there by myself.
- Lech Zürs