Stubai Glacier Lifts & Terrain

Stubai Glacier Lifts & Terrain

Our Terrain Ratings

Powderhound rating = advanced/expert terrain + powder + freshies + uncrowded

Our Terrain Ratings

Powderhound rating = advanced/expert terrain + powder + freshies + uncrowded
    Stubai Glacier Trail & Piste Map
  • Stubai Glacier Trail Map
  • 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 June
    8:00am - 4:15pm
    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 21/22
    Winter (Nov - early May)
    Adult - €53.50
    Child - €26.80
    Child u/10yr - Free
    Passes cheaper in Sep, Oct & June

    Ski + City Pass (min 2 days)
    Valid at 13 Innsbruck resorts
    Adult - €117
    Child - €59
    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 Skiing & Snowboarding

Austria’s largest glacier-based ski resort, Stubai Glacier deliveries a satisfying diversity of on and off-piste skiing & snowboarding options for everyone ranging from families to diehard experts. Stubai Glacier's modern lift system & facilities perfectly compliment the many glaciers that flow from the 3,333m peak of Schaufelspitze & provide the basis for an exceptional ski resort that has quality skiing and snowboarding for over 9 months every year.

Stubai Glacier has two superb base stations in the valley, 1,515m below the highest lifted point (Top of Tyrol). The stations provide access to gondolas that transport guests to the main upper mountain facilities at Gamsgarten and Eisgrat. The base stations also provide a pleasing introduction to the quality of facilities (and terrain) that can be expected at Stubai Glacier.

See the Stubai Glacier ski trail map here.

Stubai has the great advantage of enough snow and terrain to provide a separate freeride map, showing numerous marked routes and ‘Powder Department’ runs. Perfect for Powderhounds, the map takes the guesswork out of the off piste.

View the Stubai Freeride Map here.

Ski Lifts

Gamsgarten at 2620m is accessible by gondola allowing non-skiers and small children to access the high alpine safely and comfortably. Superb children’s’ facilities combine a range of ‘Big Family’ friendly monster themed sheltered conveyors, rope tows, a 6er chair (the Murmele) servicing short beginner terrain and an easy fun slope, ice sculptures and activities. A children’s restaurant and outdoor seating for parents complete the arrangement. Adjacent café restaurant and bars plus extra sun deck and on-snow outdoor seating will distract parents from worrying about their progeny.

The fabulous Eisgrat gondola runs from a new valley station at 1695m up to Eisgrat at 2900m. The gondola has a mid-station at Fernau where one can alight and board the Gamsgarten II gondola for Gamsgarten. The Eisgrat Valley Station has ticket sales windows, a rental/retail shop and terrific lockers and ski storage facilities. Overnight storage is possible. Your lift ticket is utilised to open and close the locker. Ask the extremely helpful shop assistants if unsure. Car parking is directly adjacent to the ticket windows and bus drop offs and pick-ups are at the opposite side near the shop and ski storage facilities.

Eisgrat itself has beautiful café, bar and restaurant facilities, comfortable outdoor seating and lounges (including a very cold observation deck), rental and retail shops plus lockers for storage. Exiting the Eisgrat facility, a busy looking north facing glacier landscape, largely in shade for much of the day, is cluttered with a T-bar, 6er chair and gondola. Access to the gondola, the Schaufeljoch, is from inside the building via a seamless connection. The 6er chair, the Eisjoch, cannot be boarded at Eisgrat, as it starts at the lower elevation Gamsgarten.

The Sachaufeljochbahn gondola takes passengers from Eisgrat to a high perch on a pinnacle above the resort called to Top of Tirol (3210m). As one exits you are greeted by indoor viewpoints showcasing endless mountains all the way to the Dolomites in Italy. Sadly, the upper outdoor viewpoints are closed in winter. Exit through a door to the left and the upper, south facing glacier terrain starts to become apparent. Glaciers extend from all directions around the central high point of Schaufelspitze (3333m).

Lifts are generally modern and efficient. The brilliant Eisgrat gondola installed for season 2016/17 allows a comfortable ride and breathtaking viewing all the way up to the high alpine. Two other gondolas, the base Gamsgarten I and II and the upper mountain Schaufeljoch complete the ‘skis off’ lifts. (This telemarking Powderhound breathes a sigh of relief – I dislike taking my skis off!)

Modern chairs in the form of 3 x 6er chairs and an 8er chair provide the bulk of transport grunt over the beginner and intermediate terrain.

An old triple chair, the Daunjoch, services Stubai Glacier’s best advanced piste run, the Daunhill, and some tasty off-piste. The lift is for advanced skiers only – no easy trails from here!

Two double chairs are used for return access from the southern side of the resort to the main north facing terrain. Glacier terrain necessitates the use of no less than 7 x T-bar surface lifts in the resort, some of which may challenge a few snowboarders!

Ski Lift Passes

Stubai Glacier offers excellent value lift passes through out the entirety of the long ski season. For families, children under the age of 10years ski for free with a paying adult.

All standard Stubai Glacier lift tickets are valid at the nearby Elfer(11) ski and sled resort located down the valley above the town of Neustift im Stubaital.

Stubai Glacier is also part of Innsbruck's Olympia Ski World area & the Ski+City Pass area which includes 13 regional ski & sled resorts. The closest is the great ski hill Schlick 2000, near Fulpmes in the Stubaital. An Ski+City lift pass is for a minimum 2 days and allows access to all 13 ski resorts plus 22 local Innsbruck city sites.

Terrain Parks at Stubai Glacier

On the sunny south facing side the resort, a huge snow park is constructed on the glacier and serviced by two surface lifts. Progression jumps and elements exist for all levels.

For Children & Beginners

Stubai has a wonderful ski area at Gamsgarten specifically for children and families. Whilst we question the ‘friendly monster’ theme, the lifts and general facilities are absolutely first rate.

Beginner terrain at Gamsgarten is serviced by a range of lifts to allow easy progression. A 6er chair, J-bar surface lift, rope tow and 4 x hooded surface conveyors provide for children and more mature learners. From Gamsgarten beginners can progress to numerous wide open, upper mountain glacier-based pistes, the best of which are trails 1, 7 and 10. To return to the valley, beginners will need to download on either the Gamsgarten or Eisgrat gondolas.

Intermediate Terrain

Intermediate skiers and snowboarders will enjoy the long wide-open piste trails at Stubai Glacier. Several of the ski routes are ok for upper intermediates in the right conditions, including the valley trail number 14. If not up to a long valley run, lower intermediates will need to download on either the Gamsgarten or Eisgrat gondolas.

Stubai Glacier for Advanced & Expert Skiers

One thing about Stubai; advanced and expert skiers or snowboarders have fantastic opportunities to ride a diversity of exceptionally long, long runs. Whilst on-piste options for advanced and expert riders are limited, in the off-piste terrain there are a huge range of routes and ‘Powder Department’ runs to challenge yourself.

The best advanced piste trail is the great 500m+ vert descent off the Daunkopf. Skiing the other piste trails will get boring rather quickly, although if you like speed, there are wide open options to let your skis or board absolutely fly at Stubai.

Summit to Valley Ski Runs

If you need only one reason to ski or snowboard Stubai Glacier, do it for the top to bottom skiing. The valley (trail 14) makes it possible to ski from the highest point at Stubai glacier (the top of the Wildspitz double chair at 3212m) all the way to the lowest part of the ski resort at 1695m (Eisgrat Valley Station). Total skiable vertical is 1517m over 10km. A real challenge to do it without stopping. Be warned that when screaming down the wide highway of trail 7 from Wildspitz, it is really easy to get sucked into Gamsgarten and miss the start of trail 14. When in doubt, turn left (at Albuquerque, right Bugs!).

Another full vertical valley run option, but unfortunately one the Powderhounds didn’t get to try, is to start at the top of the Eisjoch 6er (about 3160m) ski trails 1/1a into trail 2 (or go off piste via the Powder Departments number 5) to Fernau at 2300m. From Fernau a new valley route 26 (or the Powder Department’s number 7) heads down the valley to Gamsgarten and Eisgrat valley stations. Similar distance and vertical to ski route 14, but far more challenging overall. Sadly, a lack of snow on route 26 prevented a reconnaissance. A great alternative is a slightly shorter descent from the top of the Fernau chair via numerous piste, routes or Powder Department runs to Fernau and then as above to the base.

For the Powderhound

Scope the terrain from the gondolas on the way up and have a copy of the Stubai Freeride Map on hand. Go forth and explore!