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 Ski + City Pass Resort Map
  • Innsbruck Ski Resorts Map
  • Vertical (m)
    800m – 3210m (2410m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    3 - 10m+
  • Lifts (86)
    19 Gondolas/cable cars
    29 Chairlifts
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Oct to June
    8:45am - 5:00pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs – 164 (260km)
    Longest run – 10km+
    Advanced - 15%
    Intermediate - 35%
    Beginner - 50%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Local ski resort tickets
    Adult - €30 - 48
    Child - €16 - 24
    Child u/ 6-10yrs - Free (varies)

    Ski + City Pass (min 2 days)
    Adult - €111
    Child - €55
    Child u/8yr - Free


Innsbruck Austria is the capital city of the Tyrol (Tirol) & surrounded by world class skiing including the 13 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

Innsbruck has hosted the Olympics twice (in 1964 & 1976), so it’s a city with plenty of experience when it comes to winter sports. The area around Innsbruck includes 13 diverse ski resorts ranging in size, terrain & altitude. All are included in the Ski + City Pass. There are small local ski resorts like Patscherkofel (Igls), Muttereralm, Oberperfuss (Rangger), Schlick 2000, Glungezer & Nordkette. Medium sized resorts like Axamer LizumHochoetz & Kuehtai (the highest resort base in Austria) plus the high-altitude ski resort Stubai Glacier.

See the Innsbruck ski resorts map here.

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

Most of the local ski areas are small enough to only warrant a single day visit, unless of course it is a powder day. The exceptions are Stubai Glacier, Schlick, Kuhtai & Axamer Lizum. With 26 lifts, 1515m vertical, superb terrain and facilities, Stubai warrants at least several days visit. Having said that, even some of the smaller ski resorts have a huge skiable vertical & & can fill in a few days quite easily if conditions are good. Even tiny 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 cracking trails & off-piste areas, some of which are for advanced skiers. Nordkette (funnily enough to the north of Innsbruck!) has the regions 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 around €40 for an adult (19/20 prices), the exception being the larger Stubai Glacier. The Powderhounds recommend Kuehtai as the best value ski resort in the area.

A Ski+City Pass, which is for a minimum 2 days, allows access to all 13 ski resorts in the region using the one lift pass. The big advantage of this pass is that multiple small ski resorts can be skied or sledded  in the one day. i.e Patscherkofel in the morning, Nordkette in the afternoon, then sledding on Oberperfuss at night. The pass is also valid for entry into 22 local sites including the castles, museums & the Alpenzoo.

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 (INN) (for European & UK flight origins) or Munich (MUC) (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 & 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 within the atmospheric old town walls, the surrounding city & mountainside villages.

Search & book all Innsbruck accommodation here.

Innsbruck's 'old town' is sensational. With views up into the mountains & loads of nooks & crannies to explore, staying overnight here is a must. For the full old town experience one cannot go past the gorgeously ancient Gasthof Weisses Rössl. This fabulous hotel guesthouse has around 600 years of history within its walls. Also 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, particularly handy for those with a rental car. The Powderhounds have previously stayed in a chalet up towards Nordkette which provided one of our best European ski accommodation experiences ever. If you have a car try the 2 Chalets Innsbruck - rustic, quiet, perfect.

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

Travelling Around Innsbruck & Local Ski Resorts

Innsbruck has an excellent bus, tram & 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 Ski + City Pass 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 includes having to travel each day.

Depending on your circumstances, travelling by bus each day may not 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 & 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. Other with major sledding trails include Elfer & Serles in the Stubaital.

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

More Reasons to Ski Innsbruck

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

Nearby Ski Resorts

Innsbruck is centre stage for a huge range of Austrian and even Italian ski resorts, making it a perfect starting point for awesome multi resort ski safaris by train or even more efficiently by car. It is a train transport hub that allows easy travel east to the Zillertal (with Mayrhofen, HochzillertalHintertux 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 & the monstrosity that is Soelden in the Oetztal. Also in the Ötztal is the fabulously named Obergurgl Hochgurgl – well worth the journey to the upper end of the valley, but only if you have a car.

A short(ish) 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 & its lovely ski resort of Rosskopf (Monte Cavallo)  is just on the other side of the Brenner Pass south of Innsbruck.

Everything is so close. That is why Powderhounds loves skiing Austria & visiting Innsbruck.

Ski Tours based in or near Innsbruck

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

St Anton & Ischgl Austria Ski Tour
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski multiple Austrian ski resorts based in the legendary St Anton & Ischgl. This tour is Austrian Alps skiing at its finest with abundant snowfalls, endless ski terrain for all levels, vibrant villages & après ski that must be experienced to be believed.
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AUD 5,355
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Austria Tour Innsbruck Freeride City
7 Days | 6 Nights | 5 Days Snowboarding | 7 Ski Resorts
Ability: 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 & meet new friends.
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AUD 2,450
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