Stubai Glacier Ski Resort

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

Stubai Glacier Ski Resort

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Stubai Glacier

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  • Vertical (m)
    1,695m – 3,210m (1,515m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    10m+ (on the glacier)
  • Lifts (26)
    5 Gondolas/cable cars
    7 Chairlifts

    Elfer – 3 lifts
    1 Gondola
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Mid Sep to early June
    8:30am - 4:30pm
    Elfer - start Dec to end Mar
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs – 62km (incl. routes)
    Longest run – 10km+
    Advanced - 38%
    Intermediate - 22%
    Beginner - 40%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Autumn & late Spring
    Adult - €40.80
    Child - €20.40
    Child u/10yr - Free

    Winter (Nov - early May)
    Adult - €50
    Child - €25
    Child u/10yr - Free

    Ski + City Pass (min 2 days)
    Valid at 13 Innsbruck ski resorts
    Adult - €111
    Child - €55
    Child u/8yr - Free
    Stubai Glacier Freeride Trail Map
  • Stubai Glacier Freeride Map
    Elfer Ski  & Sled Trail Map
  • Elfer Ski & Sled Trail Map
    Innsbruck (Olympia Ski World) Ski Resort Map
  • Ski+City Pass Resorts Map

Stubai Glacier Ski Resort Austria

Stubai Glacier is the largest glacier ski area in Austria. Known locally as the Stubaier Gletscher, the resort is snow guaranteed for skiing & snowboarding from September to June. Loads of off-piste freeride options in winter combine with top class lifts & 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.

Pros & Cons for Stubai Glacier Ski Resort

Pros

  • Snow sure for skiing from October to June;
  • Superb snow quality, groomed terrain & challenging alpine off-piste;
  • World class restaurants and on-mountain facilities;
  • Modern lift system;
  • Fabulous value lift pass price;
  • Great family friendly centre at Gamsgarten top station;
  • Glorious scenery on a sunny day;
  • Can be done as a day trip from Innsbruck on public transport;
  • 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 long glacier 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!).

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

Austria's largest glacier ski resort, Stubaier Gletscher has terrain and variety for all levels of skier and snowboarder making it worthy of several days’ exploration. A modern lift system including the new Eisgrat gondolas, move one to the top of the mountain in style & comfort. The view out of the new gondola cars is extraordinary, allowing clear scoping of all the terrain possibilities. At the 'Top of Tyrol'(elevation 3210m), views extend across to the Dolomites in Italy.

See the Stubai Glacier ski trail map here.

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 & expert riders will find the challenging terrain is in all 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.

See the Stubai Glacier Skiing & Snowboarding page for more information.

Snow & Weather

There are numerous advantages at Stubai Glacier ski resort in the snow & weather stakes. Its many glaciers, location, high altitude & northerly aspect guarantee excellent snow depth & 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 (stony!) 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 Stubaier Gletscher, Austria?

The 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 are Innsbruck & Munich. Whilst it is possible to get to Stubai by public transport, having your own car or using a private transfer is the most efficient modes of travel. Search & book all private transfers to Stubai Glacier here.

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

Stubai Glacier Accommodation

The Stubaier Gletscher location 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 & Eisgrat. The locality is known as Mutterberg. If you want first tracks & party hard, stay a few nights at the Alpensport Hotel.

Neustift im Stubaital is the closest village to the Stubai Glacier ski resort and has several wonderful hotels, apartments & pensions, plus all services. Neustift is easily connected to Stubaier Gletscher 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 & skiing options in poor weather.

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Between Neustift and Stubai are a range of quieter lodging options, culminating in several excellent hotels, pensions & 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 base of Schlick 2000 ski resort & the terminus of the Stubaitalbahn tram from Innsbruck, makes it an interesting proposition. Fulpmes is linked to Stubai Glacier via the free ski bus.

Search & book all Innsbruck Accommodation here.

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

Ski Rentals, Services & 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. Beyond the ski resort, the villages of Neustift, Fulpmes have all services that are lacking at the ski resort base.

Ski rentals are available from our partners in the village of Neustift im Stubaital. Search & book ski or snowboard rentals Stubai Glacier ski or snowboard rentals here.

Autumn, Spring & Summer Skiing at Stubaier Gletscher

Stubai Glacier offers skiing through Spring 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 Innsbruck's Ski+City Pass & Elfer

Stubai Glacier is part of Innsbruck's Ski+City Pass area which includes 13 ski & sled resorts. The closest are the great ski hill Schlick 2000, near Fulpmes, plus the sledding resorts of Elfer & Serles in the Stubaital. Other ski resorts range from the small, like NordketteOberperfuss & Patscherkofel (Igls), to the larger like Axamer Lizum, Hochoetz & Kuhtai (the highest resort base in Austria). A Ski + City Pass is for a minimum 2 days & allows access to all 13 ski resorts plus 22 local Innsbruck city sites.

All Stubai Glacier lift tickets of 2 days or more are valid at nearby Elfer (11) ski and sled resort near Neustift im Stubaital.

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 few winter walking trails to alpine hüttes, plus paragliding.

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, HochzillertalHintertux Glacier), and further to Kitzbuhel, SkiCircus Saalbach & Zell am See. Or perhaps west to Pitztal Glacier, Soelden or St Anton and the huge Ski Arlberg area. South to Italy are Monte Cavallo (Rosskopf) near lovely Vipiteno, and Dolomites resorts like Plose, Gitschberg-Jochtal, Kronplatz and 3 Peaks - not to mention all of the other Dolomiti Superski resorts.

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Tours in or near Stubai Glacier

Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Austria Tour Innsbruck Freeride City
HOSTED & GUIDED SNOWBOARDING
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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USD 1,642
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