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Stubai Glacier is Austria's largest glacier ski resort.
Stubai Glacier is Austria's largest glacier ski resort.
Stubai Glacier ski resort has fast modern lifts like the Eisgrat gondolas.
Stubai Glacier ski resort has fast modern lifts like the Eisgrat gondolas.
High altitude assures wonderful snow quality at Stubai.
High altitude assures wonderful snow quality at Stubai.
Stubai has superb dining facilities at Eisgrat at 2900m.
Stubai has superb dining facilities at Eisgrat at 2900m.
The roast chicken at Gansgarten is delicious........ and funny all at once!
The roast chicken at Gansgarten is delicious........ and funny all at once!
The fun begins as you ski away from the Schaufeljoch gondola at 3210m.
The fun begins as you ski away from the Schaufeljoch gondola at 3210m.
Gamsgarten (2620m) is the centre for great dining and childrens facilities.
Gamsgarten (2620m) is the centre for great dining and childrens facilities.
The early bird catching the worm down the Schaufelschuss.
The early bird catching the worm down the Schaufelschuss.
Delicious lunch at the Goldene Gams restaurant at Stubai Glacier.
Delicious lunch at the Goldene Gams restaurant at Stubai Glacier.
Excellent piste sking at Stubai Glacier ski resort.
Excellent piste sking at Stubai Glacier ski resort.
The Eisjoch 6 seater chair base at Gamsgarten.
The Eisjoch 6 seater chair base at Gamsgarten.
Mountains, including the Dolomites, as far as the eye can see at Stubai.
Mountains, including the Dolomites, as far as the eye can see at Stubai.
Stubai Glacier off piste is many and varied.
Stubai Glacier off piste is many and varied.
Stubai's extensive terrain park.
Stubai's extensive terrain park.
Wind blown snow loading up Stubai piste and off piste.
Wind blown snow loading up Stubai piste and off piste.
Lifts and facilities at Eisgrat.
Lifts and facilities at Eisgrat.
Wide open piste at Stubai Glacier, Austria.
Wide open piste at Stubai Glacier, Austria.
Childrens facilities and programs at Gamsgarten are first class.
Childrens facilities and programs at Gamsgarten are first class.
Stubai is an easy day trip from historic Innsbruck.
Stubai is an easy day trip from historic Innsbruck.
A world of challenging possibilites in the off-piste at Stubai Gkacier.
A world of challenging possibilites in the off-piste at Stubai Gkacier.

Stubai Glacier

Stubai Glacier Ski Resort Austria

Stubai Glacier is the largest glacier ski area in Austria. Snow guaranteed for skiing and snowboarding between October and June, plus loads of off-piste options in winter combine with top class lifts and facilities to make Stubai a first rate ski resort. Stubai Glacier is located south of Innsbruck, from where day trips are possible to the mountain, but the ski resort's size is deserving of a multi day visit.

Stubai Glacier Skiing And Snowboarding Terrain

Austria's largest glacier ski resort, Stubai Glacier has terrain and variety for all levels of skier and snowboarder and is worthy of several days stay to fully explore it. A modern lift system and the brand new (for season 16/17) Eisgrat gondolas, move one to the top of the mountain at 3210m in style and comfort. The view out of the new gondola cars is extraordinary, allowing clear scoping of all the terrain possibilities.  At the 'Top of Tyrol', views extend across to the Dolomites in Italy.

Magnificent children's and beginner terrain and facilities are all over the resort but particularly noticeable at Gamsgarten. Long groomed pistes will delight all intermediate skiers. Due to the limited on piste advanced trails, advanced and expert riders will find the challenging terrain is in all of the off piste areas. Aside from marked routes (9 in total), any other off piste riding requires full avalanche gear and knowledge. Stubai Glacier's terrain is generally snowboarder friendly however some glacier T bars could present challenges to the uninitiated.

For more information and ratings see the Skiing & Snowboarding Stubai Glacier page.

Stubai Glacier Snow and Weather

Stubai Glacier ski resort has a number of advantages in the snow and weather stakes. Its many glaciers, location, high altitude and northerly aspect guarantee excellent snow depth and quality, especially above 2000m. Snow making ensures high traffic areas are well covered and mother nature sorts out the rest. Lower valley runs can become quite plocky (stoney!) in lean years. As with all high altitude alpine areas, the upper mountain can be very exposed in poor weather, but in sunshine it is absolutely glorious.

Where is Stubai Glacier, Austria?

Stubai Glacier is located at the end of the Stubaital (Stubai Valley) in the Tyrol region of Austria, approximately 42km south west of Innsbruck. By car it takes approximately 45min to reach Stubai Glacier from Innsbruck and significantly longer (almost double) by the public tram and bus. The closest main town is Neustift im Stubaital, about 18km north of the ski resort. Gateway airports for international travelers are Innsbruck and Munich.

For more detailed information see our Travel to Stubai Glacier page.

Summer Skiing at Stubai Glacier

Stubai Glacier offers skiing through to the start of summer - generally mid June, however this can vary depending on snow conditions. Once closed for the remainder of summer, the lifts start turning for skiing again from mid September to early October at the latest.

Interlinked Lift Pass with Elfer & Olympia Ski World

All Stubai Glacier lift tickets are valid at nearby Elfer (11) ski and sled resort near Neustift im Stubaital.

Stubai Glacier is also part of Innsbruck's Olympia Ski World area which includes 9 ski resorts. The closest is the great ski hill Schlick 2000, near Fulpmes in the Stubaital. Other ski resorts range from the small, like Patscherkofel (Igls), to the larger like Axamer Lizum and Kuhtai (the highest resort base in Austria). An Olympia Ski World lift pass is for a minimum 3 days and allows access to all 9 ski resorts.

Nearby Ski Resorts

Stubai Glacier is intrinsically linked to Innsbruck, which 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 and Hintertux Glacier), and further to Kitzbuhel, SkiCircus Saalbach and Zell am See. Or perhaps west to St Anton and the huge Ski Arlberg area and south to Italy and the close Dolomites resorts like Plose, Gitschberg-Jochtal, Kronplatz and 3 Peaks - not to mention all of the other Dolomiti Superski resorts.

Stubai Glacier Accommodation

Stubai Glacier presents some interesting questions as to where to base oneself. As it worthy of several days exploration, staying closer to the resort base may be worthwhile. Equally, if chasing nice weather or snow conditions and want greater flexibility, Innsbruck may make more sense.

One hotel is at the base of Stubai Glacier between the valley lift stations of Gamsgarten and Eisgrat.  The locality is known Mutterbergalm. If you want first tracks and party hard, stay a few nights at the Hotel Alpensport.


Hotel Alpenresort
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The only hotel at the base of the Stubai Glacier ski resort. Located between the two lift bases, the hotel offers ski in convenience, has great après, rooms, food and a pool/spa area....

Neustift im Stubaital is the closest village to the Stubai Glacier ski resort and has several wonderful hotels, apartments and pensions, plus all services. Neustift is easily connected to Stubai Glacier by a regular free ski bus or hotel shuttles. The small ski and sled resort of Elfer is in Neustift and offers some great alternative activities and skiing options in poor weather.

Between Neustift and Stubai are a range of quieter lodging options, culminating in some excellent hotels, pensions and apartments at the hamlet of Volderau. Volderau is a 10min drive or free bus ride to the ski resort. Further down the Stubaital is the town of Fulpmes, which given its location at the terminus of the Stubaitalbahn tram from Innsbruck makes it an interesting option. Fulpmes is linked to Stubai Glacier via the free ski bus.

For detailed information on the best places to stay, see the Stubai Glacier Hotels, Apartments and Guesthouses page.

See all Stubai Glacier Accommodation Listings– options for lodging only.

See all Innsbruck Accommodation Listings – options for lodging only.

Facilities

The resort base area caters superbly for day visitors. Storage lockers, gear rentals, restaurants and toilets are all perfect at either of the two bottom stations (Eisgrat or Gamsgarten). The nearby hamlet of Neustift im Stubaital has a range of full service hotels and facilities that cover all other eventualities.

Other Activities

For anyone visiting Stubai Glacier, a range of interesting alternative activities is available. Aside from taking in the views at the 'Top of Tyrol' lookout, one can undertake a winter walk down the glacier to Gamsgarten via the 'winter wanderweg'. At Eisgrat there is an ice climbing tower to try and the Ice Grotto walk into the bowels of the glacier.

Whilst it may not make sense to many overseas visitors, sledding is a great European winter tradition and worth a try, particularly if with a family or large group. Often combined with lunch, dinner or drinks at a mountain hut, sled runs also run at night under illumination. In the Stubai valley, Elfer (11) mountain rises above the village of Neustift and has 3 long sled runs, 2 of which are over 8km long.

Other activities in the Stubai Valley include a number of winter walking trails to alpine huttes and paragliding.

Summary of Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Snow sure for skiing from October to June.
  • Superb snow quality, groomed terrain and challenging alpine off-piste.
  • Excellent restaurants and on mountain facilities.
  • Modern lift system.
  • Great family friendly centre at Gamsgarten top station.
  • Glorious scenery on a sunny day.
  • Access to superb sledding on Elfer at Neustift.

Cons

  • Exposed in poor weather (wind, extreme cold or poor visibility).
  • Snowboarders and small children may find the T bars challenging.
  • Limited accommodation at the lift base.
  • Limited snow making on the valley runs.

Pro or Con (depending on your point of view)

  • No major village at the base (only one hotel).
  • Limited après scene at the mountain base (but it does go off!).

Tours in or near Stubai Glacier

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Austria Tour Innsbruck Freeride City DETAILS
HOSTED & GUIDED SNOWBOARDING
9 Days | 8 Nights | 7 Days Snowboarding | 7 Ski Resorts
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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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    Stubai Glacier Trail & Piste Map
  • Stubai Glacier Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,695 – 3,210 (1,515)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown (glacier based resort)
  • Lifts (26)
    5 Gondolas/cable cars
    7 Chairlifts
  • Ski Hours
    Mid Sep to June
    8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs – 32 (62km)
    Longest run – 10km+
    Advanced - 38%
    Intermediate - 22%
    Beginner - 40%
  • Lift Prices (Day Ticket 17/18)
    Autumn (mid Sep - mid Oct)
    Adult - €39.10
    Child - €19.60
    Child under 10yrs - Free

    Winter (mid Oct - early May)
    Adult - €47
    Child - €23.50
    Child under 10yrs - Free

    Olympia Ski World (min 3 days)
    Adult - €132
    Child - €80
    Child under 10yrs - Free

    Innsbruck (Olympia Ski World) Ski Resort Map
  • Innsbruck Ski Resorts Map