Innsbruck Skiing

Innsbruck Austria
The skiing at Kuhtai near Innsbruck is sensational.
Innsbruck Austria
Modern lifts at Stubai Glacier near Innsbruck.
Innsbruck is a tram, bus and train transport hub.
Nordkette ski resort has the most challenging terrain near Innsbruck.
Historic Innsbruck includes the iconic Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl).
Stubai Glacier has the best overall terrain near Innsbruck.
Innsbruck Austria
Ski powder from the summit of Patscherkofel above Innsbruck.
Get high at Stubai Glacier near Innsbruck.
Mountains soar 2000m above Innsbruck.
Stubai Glacier has some of the best facilities in Europe.
Enjoy a 10km sled run at Oberperfuss near Innsbruck.
Stunning views abound near Innsbruck, including from the top Axamer Lizum ski resort.
Bars, vinotheks (wine bars) and restaurants abound in Innsbruck.
Innbruck's central train & bus station - gateway to Europe's best ski resorts.
Innsbruck ski resorts have wonderful children, family and beginner facilities.
Three Innsbruck ski resorts are accessible by tram from the city centre.
Cosmopolitan Innsbruck. One of the world's best ski cities.

Innsbruck Skiing

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Innsbruck Ski Resorts

Axamer Lizum
Schlick 2000
Stubai Glacier

    Innsbruck (Olympia Ski World) Ski Resort Map
  • Innsbruck Ski Resorts Map
  • Vertical (m)
    800m – 3210m (2410m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    3 - 10m+
  • Lifts (86)
    19 Gondolas/cable cars
    29 Chairlifts
  • Ski Hours
    Oct to June
    8:45am - 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs – 164 (260km)
    Longest run – 10km+
    Advanced - 15%
    Intermediate - 35%
    Beginner - 50%
  • Lift Pass Prices (Day Ticket 18/19)
    Local ski resort tickets
    Adult - €30 - 48
    Child - €16 - 24
    Child u/ 6-10yrs - Free (varies)

    Olympia Ski World (min 3 days)
    Adult - €140
    Child - €84
    Child u/6yrs - Free
Innsbruck Austria is the capital city of the Tyrol (Tirol) & surrounded by world class skiing including the nine different ski areas collectively called Olympia Ski World. The city is in the narrow Inn valley hemmed in by rugged mountain peaks that soar dramatically 2000m above the city.

Innsbruck is a key city for anyone travelling to a vast number of ski resorts in the Austrian Tyrol, Salzburg & Vorarlberg states, plus it is close to a huge number of Italian South Tyrol and Dolomites ski resorts.

But skiing from Innsbruck is only part of the vacation. Innsbruck is a European cultural experience in a city that offers both beauty and old-world charm.

Innsbruck Skiing & Snowboarding - Olympia Ski World

Innsbruck has hosted the Olympics twice (in 1964 & 1976), so it’s a city with plenty of experience when it comes to winter sports. Innsbruck's Olympia Ski World includes 9 diverse ski resorts ranging in size, terrain & altitude. See the Innsbruck ski resorts map here.

There are small local ski resorts like Patscherkofel (Igls), Muttereralm, Oberperfuss (Rangger), Schlick 2000, Glungezer & Nordkette. Medium sized resorts like Axamer Lizum & Kuhtai (the highest resort base in Austria) plus the high-altitude ski resort Stubai Glacier.

The Innsbruck ski resorts, regardless of size, have excellent lifts, pistes & facilities. Nearly all the ski resorts have impressive 1000 & 1500m skiable verticals.

Most of the Innsbruck ski resorts are small enough to only warrant a single day visit, unless of course it is a powder day. The exception is Stubai Glacier. With its 26 lifts, 1515m vertical, superb terrain and facilities, Stubai warrants at least a couple of days visit. Having said that, even some of the smaller ski resorts have a huge skiable vertical. Nordkette has nearly 1400m vertical in good snow conditions.

The Innsbruck ski resorts of Patscherkofel, Muttereralm & Oberperfuss have long open trails & appeal to families, novices & intermediates. Axamer Lizum ski resort has the Olympic funicular lift which enables access to the women’s downhill course & a variety of other trails, some of which are for advanced skiers. Nordkette (funnily enough to the north of Innsbruck!) has some iconic steep, challenging runs for advanced & expert skiers & snowboarders. Kuhtai has superb piste & freeride terrain plus exceptional snow quality.

Lift Passes & Tickets

All the Innsbruck ski resorts have local lift passes offering excellent value. Most day passes are way less than €40 for an adult (18/19 prices), the exception being the larger Stubai Glacier. The Powderhounds recommend Kuehtai as the best value ski resort in the area.

An Olympia Ski World lift pass, which is for a minimum 3 days, allows access to all 9 ski resorts using the one lift pass.

Summer Skiing at Stubai Glacier

Stubai Glacier ski resort offers skiing all the way through to the start of summer, generally at least mid-June (may vary depending on snow conditions). Once closed for the remainder of summer, the lifts start turning for skiing again in early October at the latest.

Where is Innsbruck, Austria?

Innsbruck is in the heart of the Tyrol (Tirol) and is perfectly located to access some of the best ski resorts in Europe. The city is only 150km south of Munich but nearly 500km west of the Austrian capital Vienna, & 300km east of Zurich. Gateway airports are Innsbruck (for European & UK flight origins) or Munich (for everyone else).

If you want to POW (Protect Our Winters), travelling to Innsbruck from anywhere in Europe is recommended by train. Search & book train or bus tickets to Innsbruck by clicking the banner below. Search & book train & bus tickets to Innsbruck here.

See the Travel to Innsbruck page for more information.

Innsbruck Accommodation

Innsbruck is a large cosmopolitan city with a full range of hotel, apartment & guesthouse accommodation options. Delightful hotels in the 'old town' make for a pleasing all round visitor experience. Try the Hotel Maximilian & Hotel Grauer Bar

If having a short stay or transiting through Innsbruck, there are excellent hotel options located opposite the central train, bus & tram station. Try the Grand Hotel Europa or Hotel Ibis.

Budget room options that still provide quality are available at several hotels located across the river from the Old Town. Many great hotels are located out of town near the ski resorts.

For more information on the best places to stay in Innsbruck, see the Innsbruck Accommodation page.

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Nearby Ski Resorts

Innsbruck is centre stage for a huge range of Austrian and even Italian ski resorts. It is a train transport hub that allows easy travel east to the Zillertal (with Mayrhofen & Hintertux Glacier) and further to Kitzbuhel, Skicircus Saalbach, Kaprun & Zell am See. Perhaps head west to St Anton & the huge Ski Arlberg area, or the brilliant Pitztal Glacier via Imst & the monstrosity that is Soelden in the Oetztal.

A short drive or train trip south are the Dolomites & PloseGitschberg-JochtalKronplatz & 3 Peaks - not to mention all of the other Dolomiti Superski resorts. The beautiful town of Vipiteno and its lovely ski resort of Rosskopf (Monte Cavallo) plus the intriguing Bergeralm are either side of the Brenner Pass south of Innsbruck.

Travelling Around Innsbruck and the Olympia Ski World Resorts

Innsbruck has an excellent bus, tram and train network so a car is generally unnecessary if just staying in the city and/or skiing nearby resorts like Mutters, Nordkette & Patscherkofel.

All the Olympia Ski World resorts are connected by a free ski bus network from major hotels (with a 'Welcome Card') plus some public bus & tram network services. Therefore, staying in Innsbruck has the distinct advantage of offering a variety in ski experiences if you plan on visiting all the resorts. However, the associated disadvantage of not staying on-mountain include having to travel each day. Depending on your circumstances, travelling by bus each day may be the most attractive option. There is on-mountain (or nearby) accommodation in each village associated with a ski area, but this then restricts accessibility to other resorts unless you hire a car. Having your own vehicle can make travel decisions easier & more efficient when based in Innsbruck. Car hire & rental is available at several locations in the Innsbruck city centre & airport.

Innsbruck Activities

The city of Innsbruck has plenty to offer with a history of over 800 years, and many attractions including the castle, palaces, theatres, opera houses, museums and the iconic Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) dating from 1500.

In addition to the inner-city attractions, there are other things to do such as a ride on the Olympic bobsled run at Patscherkofel or visit the Olympic ski jump and the viewing platforms that afford fabulous views of the city and the spectacular natural beauty surrounding it.

An unmissable journey is the tram, funicular and cable car journey from the Innsbruck city centre (560m) up to the top of Nordkette at Hafelekar (2256m). Stupendous views, great dining and if you are up for it, some serious ski and snowboard off piste terrain await. Another enjoyable journey is the Line 6 tram to Igls. It meanders through the forest past a castle, small villages, sculpture gardens and other points of interest. Winter walking from one tram stop to the next makes an enjoyable non ski day out. Other winter walking opportunities to restaurants high above Innsbruck include to the top of Patscherkofel and Glungezer.

The Oberperfuss (Rangger) ski resort west of Innsbruck has a 10km rodelbehn (sled run) that is accessible by gondola and illuminated at night for some exhilarating family fun.

The Innsbruck old town has beautiful architecture, and many cosy bars, vinotheks and restaurants. The après ski is centred in Innsbruck rather than slope-slid. Exceptions are the rollicking Hotel Alpensport below Stubai Glacier) and anywhere in vibrant Kuhtai.

More Reasons to Ski Innsbruck

Innsbruck is a great place for a ski holiday because it offers so much more than just an enjoyable and diverse skiing or boarding experience. It provides the opportunity to lap up the Austrian culture.

To experience more Austrian culture there are excursions to Vienna & Salzburg plus you can discover more of Europe with a day trip over the Brenner Pass into Italy to visit Venice or the Dolomites.
Ski Tours based in or near Innsbruck

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Ski Safari Tyrol & Bavaria
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5 Skiing Days
Ability: Beginner to Expert
Explore 7 ski resorts in the Tyrol & Bavaria on this fully hosted & guided ski & snowboard safari based at Innsbruck. Discover awesome Austrian ski resorts like Kuhtai & the best of Bavaria at Garmisch & Zugspitze. Fully customise your own tour with dates & duration that suit you.
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USD 1,735
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Austria Tour Innsbruck Freeride City
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Snowboarding | 7 Ski Resorts
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Based in Innsbruck, this trip is for intermediate to advanced (or better) snowboarders taking in some of the best ski resorts in the Austrian Alps. Join the "fixed date" tour with your own group or come alone and meet new friends.
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USD 1,865
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St Anton Ski Safari
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing | 7 Resorts
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Get the most out of a ski trip to St Anton with a knowledgeable guide and visit nearby ski areas such as Zurs, Zug, Lech, Oberlech, Stuben, St Christof & Sonnenkopf. Custom tours only. Get your own group of 4+ together for a custom tour.
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USD 2,034
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