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Skiing in Innsbruck

01 January 0001

  • Access to 500km of piste across 9 different skiing regions – all from just one lift pass
  • Snow guaranteed until April due to its snowmaking facilities
  • Night skiing is available in the Kuhtai and Rangger Kopfl ski areas

Ski Area Overview

The Austrian Tyrol has some of the best and biggest ski resorts in the world. With access to over 500km of piste in the 9 surrounding ski resorts, skiers looking for varied terrain will definitely find it here. Innsbruck is a convenient place to ski as there is a free shuttle which will drop you at the resort of your choice.

Most skiers who head here tend to be at an intermediate level, but for adrenaline seekers there are still some options available for them too such as the runs off Hafelekar, Axamer Lizum and the Stubai Glacier.

If you are looking for a ski in/ski out resort, then unfortunately you are at a disadvantage here as there is limited on-mountain accommodation. Each ski resort around Innsbruck is also quite small and terrain will only keep you occupied for a day or two, with the exception to the Stubai Glacier that has 19 ski lifts and a vertical of 1450 metres. 

Take a look below at our breakdown to find out more information relevant to your ability:


Advanced skiers should head over to the Nordkette or for steep ski runs, take the routes that lead from the Hafelekar to the valley. For difficult slopes and mogul runs you will find some around the Seegrube double chairlift. Demanding ski routs can also be found on Birgitzkopfl and on the Hoadl and Pleisen.


Intermediates will soon discover that the majority of the runs are suitable for their ability with red and blues coming off nearly every ski lift. Generally, the pistes here are wide and long and the Stubai Glacier offers a great variety of terrain.  


For beginners and early intermediates there are plenty of wide, open blues which are great for confidence building. There are also some excellent nursery slopes and ski schools at Gamsgarten. Experienced beginners can even start to explore the heights of the Stubai Glacier as the majority of the terrain is marked as blue  


Innsbruck has plenty to offer for snowboarders. With many off-piste trails, wide terrain areas complete with half pipes and quarter pipes it’s a prime boarding venue. There are a few areas at Stubai Glacier which are set aside for boarders only so be careful not to ski in these designated areas. There are also fun parks to explore at Axamer Lizum and Rangger Kopfl. 


The best off-piste can be found at either Nordpark or Axamer Lizum. Nordpark is where the majority of local skiers and boarders head to as the area has very steep powder runs down from the top station. Access points are plastered with warming signs so don’t venture up unless a guide is with you.

Axamer Lizum on the other hand is more low-key comparatively. The majority of the powder skiing can be found either side of the mountain railway and on the other side of the womens downhill course. There is also huge powder opportunities in the tree areas, even days after the last snow dumping. 

* Ski Weekends strongly advise that off piste skiing should only be undertaken when in the company of a professional ski instructor or guide.

To find out about skiing in St Anton, feel free to contact one of our friendly Ski Experts on 023 8020 6971 or email [email protected]


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