Nauders is an excellent base for hiking in summer. You can start right in town, head off to each side of the valley. Nice mountain huts/inns are along the trails. The path on the picture was taken above the parish church, it leads to the inn Novelles at 1694 m and farther via inn Stables and to the top station of Bergkastel gondola. Or you hike up to one of the mountains, they are not too high and the trails are not too challenging. On the other side of the valley an old chair-lift goes up to Mutzkopf, from where more trails start to idyllic lakes, through the woods, to viewpoints ...
You're not limited to the Austrian area around Nauders. A must is a visit to the neighbouring areas of Switzerland (Lower Engadine) and Italy (Upper Venosta Valley). Please see my respective pages on Scuol and Lago di Resia!
Buses run in all directions. A car would be of advantage if you plan to venture out into side valleys in Italy, the bus service there is somewhat limited. Also, check when the last bus runs back to Nauders. For info on schedules see www.sbb.ch (Switzerland) and www.sii.bz.it (Italy).
I do cross-country skiing, too, even prefer it over Alpine skiing. Nauders has excellent offers for that kind of activity. Right outside the small town, near the castle, start groomed cross-country trails that lead toward Reschen pass and farther along lake Reschen to St. Valentin. All in all these are about 50 km of trails. They are quite snow reliable due to the elevation of 1400 - 1500 m, except for the very sunny part near Graun at lake Reschen. The scenery is very beautiful, a bonus. Please see the tip on my Lago di Resia page as well.
On the other side of the valley they groom two trails: One is the challenging (marked black) trail to Schwarzer See (Black Lake), start at Tiefhof, accessible by your own car or a 30 minutes walk from the castle via Gasthof Martha and Gasthof Riatschhof. This trail runs through the woods, has some steep ascents and descents, and is only groomed if snow conditions are perfect.
The other is the so called Moasloipe, a track that is regularly groomed and starts at Gasthof Norbertshöhe, accessible by bus or your own car, a 15 minutes walk outside Nauders toward Martina/Switzerland. This trail is 10 km long, goes mostly through woods and is for intermediate cross-country skiers. I did it when snow conditions were not good (icy) and it was quite challenging at that time. The picture was taken there.
My favourites, however, are the trail in Valle Lunga/Langtaufers valley, a side valley from Lake Reschen, for which they charge a couple of Euros now (not in 1994). It is at about 1800 m elevation, intermediate, very scenic, 9 km long and not very much frequented. You must drive there, no bus. The other is the (Lower) Engadin trail along the Inn river from Martina to Scuol (Switzerland) - 25 km long, very scenic and relatively flat. Half way is a bus stop, so you can always break up the trip there (excellent restaurant there, too - Sur En). The Swiss also charge for using the cross-country trails - 6 CHF per day, I think.
Equipment: Rent or bring your own. I prefer to bring my own for cross-country skiing, definitely.
My trip to Nauders mid March 1994 was for skiing mostly. I do both Alpine and cross-country skiing. Nauders is pretty good for both. It has its own Alpine skiing area about 2 km outside of the town toward Reschen pass. A ski bus runs pretty frequently from Nauders to the skilifts and back - free. Postal buses connect Nauders with the ski resorts across the border in Italy (Reschen/Schöneben and St. Valentin/Haider Alm). Please see the tip on my Lago di Resia as well.
The ski pass covers all these ski resorts. There are other (more expensive) ski pass options which cover more ski resorts in Austria (Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, Kaunertal, Ischgl) and Switzerland (Samnaun) as well. That's for the expert skier that cannot get enough of skiing, I'd say. For the intermediate and leisure skier like me, who just occasionally ski down a black piste, the ski resorts around Reschen pass are plenty.
(The picture is on my Lago di Resia page, too. Sorry, but I have no up-to-date pictures of skiing in that area. This one was taken at Reschen/Schöneben.)
Equipment: Bring your own or rent. No shortage of ski shops. I prefer to bring my own, at least the boots and ski clothes.
The Nursery Snowboard Slope is behind the orange nets , where you see the little house bearing the sign " Snowboard meeting point" in german. At the front where the yellow rainbow is ,you will meet your ski private teacher for your lessons. At the background is the Goldsee Valley.
Situated at 2200m is the top station of the Gondola of Nauders. You have there a big restaurant with self service,that gets packed during the winter holidays. A great view to the skiing area , you can enjoy through the winter garden that you see at the far right. Underneath is the kid's restaurant if you decide to let your small ones eating with their new friends from the ski group and their ski teacher.
This was my workplace for two winters in a row. What I love about this picture is that on that day, the sky was clear and there were snowflakes in the air sparkling with million lights
Equipment: Equipment for a snowboard lesson - A snowboard , with soft boots and strap bindings if possible, if not Step-ins will do the job for a start too.
What you might not have thought about, but very important are knee protectors and wrist protectors - The ones from inline skating will do the job. Even tho there are specially designed gloves with wrist protectors innside for snowboarding. A helmet is a plus too.
Here is a map of the skiing area of Nauders( I love maps ) . With the same pass you can go in the ski areas of in Schoneben / Italy and St.Valentin/ Italy. A Ski bus that will pick you at the bottom of the gondola in Nauders will take you there.
We have a beginners only terrain just by the snowboard hut and our own lift,to help you in your first steps.