Patscherkofel Ski Resort

Patscherkofel ski resort (f.k.a. Igls) is high above Innsbruck.
Patscherkofel ski resort has a modern gondola lift.
Quality groomed piste at Patscherkofel ski resort.
Excellent off piste powder at Patscherkofel.
Patscherkofel is great for beginners and children.
Patscherkofel summit is accessible by snowshoe or skinning.
Great powder skiing off the Patscherkofel summit.
The Shutzhaus at Patsherkofel is a classic Austrian mountain hut.
Try the 'three types of strudel challenge' at Patscherkofel.
Patscherkofel ski resort is a short hop, skip and jump from Innsbruck.
Ski Patscherkofel.
Enjoy great Tyolean hospitality at Patscherkofel ski resort.
Patscherkofel has a small terrain park, easy enough even for older skiers!
The Gipfelstube on the Patscherkofel summit is a haven after a climb.
Patscherkofel skiing.
Olex base beginner area at Patscherkofel ski resort.
Ski the Olympic downhill course at Patscherkofel.
Patscherkofel's new gondola has revolutionised the ski resort.
Patscherkofel summit (2,248m) and ski resort.
Ski Patscherkofel, Innsbruck's home hill.

Patscherkofel Ski Resort

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Patscherkofel (Igls)

Patscherkofel (Igls)3/54
Patscherkofel (Igls)3 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
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Innsbruck Ski Resorts

Axamer Lizum
Schlick 2000
Stubai Glacier

    Patscherkofel Trail Map
  • Patscherkofel Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,000m – 1,960m (960m)
  • Average Snow Fall
  • Lifts (6)
    1 Gondola
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Early Dec to mid-April 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 18km
    Longest run – 4km
    Advanced - 15%
    Intermediate - 50%
    Beginner - 35%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Adult - €39
    Child - €24
    Child U/8yr - Free

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

Patscherkofel (f.k.a. Igls) Ski Resort Austria

Patscherkofel is a great fun little ski hill near Innsbruck. Little being a relative term as it has a skiable on piste vertical of around 960m - bigger than most ski resorts in North America & Japan!

Accessible from Innsbruck by car or bus to the ski resort plus the wonderful Line 6 tram to Igls, a day at Patscherkofel is memorable because you'll wish you had this little skiing gem in your own backyard.

Pros & Cons for Patscherkofel Ski Resort


  • Fun ‘local’ ski area close to Innsbruck, great for day trips morning leg warmers.
  • Long skiable vertical and piste trails.
  • Modern lifts and facilities.
  • Easy access freeride terrain and skin trail to summit.
  • Splendid views over Innsbruck.
  • Very quiet during the week.
  • One of Austria’s best on mountain strudel selections!


  • Snow quality down low can be questionable.
  • Limited on-piste terrain is good for only a day or two (or a morning or two!).
  • Busy on weekends.
  • Top stage of new gondola is too short.

Pro or Con (depending on your Perspective!)

  • Close to Innsbruck, so easy access but also big crowds on a good day.

Patscherkofel Skiing & Snowboarding

Patscherkofel underwent a total lift redevelopment which opened for season 2017/18. Completely re-inventing itself, a new 2-stage gondola replaced the old cable car & both chairlifts. Legacy surface tows were re-positioned & overall facilities have been totally upgraded turning Patscherkofel into a modern ski resort.

The resort’s Olympic heritage shines through with the top to bottom on-piste trails as good as anywhere in the world. But with a total of less than 20km of trails, it is limiting. Ski touring to the top of Patscherkofel adds another 300m vertical, for a total of 1260m skiable vertical. The skin up is a pleasant jaunt which ends at the Gipfelstube mountain hut providing a comfortable location to warm down & get ready for the decent. Some lovely, varied off-piste terrain awaits including trees & redefines what a day at the resort can look like.

See the Patscherkofel ski trail map here.

Interlinked Lift Ticket with Ski + City Pass

Whilst already having a great value ski lift pass, the resort is also part of Innsbruck’s Ski plus City Pass area which includes 13 ski resorts ranging from the small, like Nordkette & Oberperfuss the in between like Axamer Lizum, Bergeralm & Schlick 2000, up to the larger such as Stubai Glacier and Kuhtai (the highest resort base in Austria). A Ski +city pass is for a minimum 2 days and allows unlimited access to all 13 ski & sled resorts, plus a wide range of attractions in the city of Innsbruck. See the Ski+City Pass resorts map here.

Where is Patscherkofel, Austria?

The Patscherkofel ski resort is only 9km by road south of the world’s best ski city, Innsbruck. Access to the resort is easy by bus or car. Gateway airports are Innsbruck (INN) (for European & UK flight origins) or Munich (MUC) (for everyone else).

Getting to Innsbruck & hence Patscherkofel from anywhere in Europe can best be done by train. Trains from Munich or other locations are straight forward exercises. Search & book train tickets to Innsbruck here.

See our Travel to Innsbruck page for detailed information on getting around the area.

Patscherkofel Accommodation

Whilst Patscherkofel is close to Innsbruck, there is some great local accommodation near the ski resort in or near the town of Igls.

A well-priced traditional hotel is Hotel Gruberhof. The closest hotel to the Patscherkofel base area is Hotel Garni Romerhof. It provides modern lodgings & a spa in a lovely rural setting.

The Sporthotel Igls is in the centre of Igls village. This traditional Austrian hotel with bar and restaurant is close to all the services in town & only a short distance from the ski resort.

Search & book Patscherkofel ski accommodation here.

The world's best ski city of Innsbruck is clearly a wonderful cosmopolitan experience. It is the perfect central location to stay when skiing the region. Accommodation options are wide & availability is usually particularly good, even during the peak periods of the season.

Search & book all Innsbruck Accommodation here.


The Powderhounds have visited Patscherkofel twice over the past few season – pre & post ski lift renewal. The changes are incredible, turning a functional, but historic relic into a modern slick resort. Check our review via the link on the left column (or top of page if on a mobile).

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Tours in or near Patscherkofel

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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