Innsbruck Ski Resorts

Axamer Lizum
Kuhtai
Nordkette
Oberperfuss
Patscherkofel
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
  • 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)

    Olympia Ski World (min 3 days)
    Adult - €140
    Child - €84
    Child u/6yrs - Free
    Axamer Lizum Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Axamer Lizum Ski Trail Map
    Glungezer Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Glungezer Ski Trail Map
    Kuhtai Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Kuhtai Ski Trail Map
    Muttereralm Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Muttereralm Ski Trail Map
    Nordkette Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Nordkette Ski Trail Map
    Patscherkofel Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Patscherkofel Ski Trail Map
    Oberperfuss (Rangger) Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Oberperfuss Ski Trail Map
    Schlick 2000 Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Schlick 2000 Ski Trail Map
    Stubai Glacier Ski Trail & Piste Map
  • Stubai Glacier Ski Trail Map

Innsbruck (Olympia Ski World) Lifts & Terrain

Innsbruck’s 9 ski resorts provide skiers and snowboarders with a total of 260km of piste and marked routes from about 86 ski lifts. The lift infrastructure is varied across and within the ski areas. Most resorts near Innsbruck have at least one gondola or cable car which provides comfortable access for skiers, walkers or sledders alike. Some have funicular railways like Axamer Lizum with the impressive Olympiabahn that services that women’s downhill run. The funicular and cable car journey to the top of Nordkette is sensational. Older lifts (of which there are many!) are progressively being replaced with modern facilities – see below.
Even with its Olympic heritage, Innsbruck ski and snowboard terrain is mainly for beginners and intermediates. The terrain is characterised by long descents up to 10km. Advanced skiers & snowboarders are best serviced at Nordkette, Stubai Glacier, Kuhtai and Axamer Lizum. Serious skiable vertical is available at the Innsbruck ski resorts. A classic descent of up to 15km and 1700m vertical is possible at Glungezer. None of the 9 ski resorts are lift interlinked and only two, Axamer Lizum and Muttereralm, are connected by a piste trail.

Ski Lift Improvements

All of the Innsbruck ski resorts have been undergoing major improvements to their lift infrastructure. After many years of resting on their laurels, old chairs, surface tows & cable cars are being replaced by modern high-speed versions. Case in point is the new Eisgrat gondola at Stubai, new 4 and 6 seater chairlifts at Schlick 2000, new gondolas at Oberperfuss and the new top to bottom 2 stage gondola at Patscherkofel.

Not all resorts are 'keeping up with Jones’s', but the transformation is happening. The changes tend to be in favour of foot passengers & beginners in particular by means of providing gondola lift access up to higher altitude learn-to-ski areas, mountain restaurants & sledding trails. All these new developments benefit skiers with increased speed & efficiency, plus less clutter on the slopes. Glungezer is the latest resort to replace old chairs with a gondola for the 18/19 season. We will check it out!

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.

Innsbruck Snow & Weather

The snowfall is not as substantial in the Innsbruck area as further west in the Arlberg. Annual winter cumulative snowfall is not formally reported, possibly because they don’t want to emphasize a lack of daily fresh powder, but it’s thought to be about 3-5 metres around the lower valley. Much higher totals fall in the higher elevation valleys & ridges of Schlick 2000, Stubai Glacier, Axamer Lizum & Kuhtai. Due to its high elevation & aspect, Stubai Glacier & Kuhtai have the best snow conditions of all the Innsbruck ski resorts.

All the ski resorts have excellent snowmaking facilities which are heavily relied upon, particularly at lower elevations near the bases of Patscherkofel, Muttereralm, Oberperfuss, Nordkette and Glungezer.

In winter, temperatures in the valley near Innsbruck can be colder than in the mountains. Sunny days on the peaks are the norm, with haze impacting the views more often than not.

Ski Resorts Near Innsbruck, Austria

The 9 ski resorts of the Innsbruck Olympia Ski World are summarised below.

Axamer Lizum Ski Resort

Axamer Lizum is a medium size ski resort with 38km of north facing terrain of 760m of vertical. Its high base at 1580m ensures great snow conditions. Axamer’s 10 ski lifts include a long funicular & 6 chairlifts – some painfully slow. Terrain is mostly intermediate, but there is plenty for beginners plus some ski routes and difficult piste for advanced skiers and snowboarders. It is possible to ski to Muttereralm resort from Axamer.

Glungezer Ski Resort

Above the village of Tulfes 15km east of Innsbruck by road, Glungezer has potentially the highest skiable vertical of any of the Innsbruck ski resorts - one just needs to walk or skin up to the summit to gain it. Total vertical is potentially over 1700m but lifted vertical is closer to 1400m. A high summit area at 2677m & the Glungezer Hütte provide descents close to 15km long, one of the longest in the Tyrol. The 23km of piste runs are mainly for beginner & intermediate, whilst the off piste is for advanced riders. New gondolas replace old slow chairs from season 18/19.

Kühtai Ski Resort

Kuhtai ski resort is the highest resort base village in Austria at 2020m. It is awesome on a powder day & is rated the equal best ski resort in Europe for Powderhounds. The second largest of the Innsbruck ski resorts, Kuhtai is worthy of a couple of days exploration and some overnights in the village, particularly after some fresh snow. Located 40km west of Innsbruck, Kuhtai has 42km of piste trails, a modern lift system and quality snow. Interestingly Kuhtai has the shortest skiable vertical of any of the Olympia Ski World resorts at around 500m – just enough to be good enough!

Muttereralm Ski Resort

Muttereralm (or Mutters for short) is close to Innsbruck and accessible by tram from the centre of town. A 1000m of vertical is serviced by comfortable gondolas and a chairlift. The 20km of ski runs include a 6km long intermediate piste. Muttereralm is also rodelbahn (toboggan/sled) central and has multitudes of descents up to 5km long. Great ski resort for all the family.

Nordkette Ski Resort

The closest ski resort to Innsbruck, the huge Nordkette south facing slopes are unmistakable. Ski routes from the top at Hafelkar to Seegrubbe are extremely challenging to many skiers, and lots of people test their skills here on a powder day. Mainly intermediate and advanced terrain at Nordkette ski resort, with very little for beginners and families except an exceptional funicular & cable car ride to the top where the views & food are first rate. In good snow the skiable vertical is a hefty 1400m.

Patscherkofel (Igls) Ski Resort

Patscherkofel (a.k.a. Igls) is another of the ski resorts very close to Innsbruck. A longest run of 7.5km and the original Olympic downhill course of 5.4km over its 1400m vertical give it some real oomph! The winter ski touring & walking trail to the summit of Patscherkofel is also an excellent freeride powder ski opportunity. The new 2 stage 10 seat gondola replaced the old cable car and 2 chairlifts in season 17/18..

Rangger (Oberperfuss) Ski Resort

The Oberperfuss ski resort (sometimes referred to as Rangger), along with Nordkette, is Innsbruck’s smallest. That said, it has an 8km long beginner trail on its 17km of piste & 1200m of skiable vertical. The runs are accessed by two new gondolas and a surface lift at the top. The resort has a 10km rodelbahn (toboggan/sled) trail that is illuminated at night – cold but fun!

Schlick 2000 Ski Resort

Schlick 2000 ski resort is 17km south of Innsbruck, about halfway to Stubai Glacier. Schlick makes for an interesting day out with its broad range of trails & facilities. Modern lifts include 2 gondolas, a 6er & 2 quad chairs, plus children specific learning areas. Skiable vertical is 1240m, the highest lifted point is 2240m elevation.

Stubai Glacier Ski Resort

Stubai Glacier has some of the best facilities & services of any ski resort in Europe. The lifts, restaurants, bars, amenities, sun decks, children’s slopes are all first class. Stubai has a long season from Oct to June which guarantees skiing & snowboarding for most of the year. The top of the Stubai Glacier ski resort is 3210m elevation, with runs up to 10km long & 23 modern lifts including 12 gondolas & chairs. Views from top go all the way to the Dolomites in Italy. An Innsbruck ‘must do’!

Ski and snowboard Innsbruck - you will not regret it.