As already mentioned, Innsbruck is surrounded by plenty of ridiculously good resorts – with this City Pass giving you access to the creme de la creme of them: Stubai glacier, Axamer Lizum, Skizentrum Schlick 2000, Kühtai, Hochoetz, Muttereralm, Bergeralm, Nordkette, Serlesbahnen, Elferbahnen, Patscherkofel, Rangger Köpfl and Glungezer – something for everyone, in other words. All resorts combined offer more than 300km of pistes, and 111 lifts and cable cars. There’s also a free ski bus service going to all of them from the city.
It’s not that we find some of these resorts better than others (we totally do), it’s just that we thought it’d be less of an information overload if we broke down a few of them for you – in case you were struggling to make a decision on where to go.
Stubai Glacier is beautiful. It’s also the biggest glacier ski area in Austria. Not only is it big, and stunning you can also almost always count on the slopes to be in top form too. Stubai is good for beginners, intermediates, and advanced riders – serving up plenty of slope to pick from as well as a sick snow park too. The Stubai Zoo, as it’s known, has got a variety of options for you to enjoy and something for riders of every level. If you visit in October, be sure to check out the pros in action at the Prime Sessions.
Nordkette is another must visit resort when staying in Innsbruck. It’s where the locals go (always a good sign) and is an ideal place to hit for a number of reasons. First things first, it only takes you half an hour to get up there from the city centre. Secondly, the view over the city itself is something that you’ll never forget. Thirdly, it’s just rad. Really rad.
“All resorts combined offer more than 300km of pistes, and 111 lifts and cable cars”
If you’ve come to Innsbruck with freeriding in mind, this is the spot you want to head to. Be careful though, this isn’t the place to be if you’ve only just learned to make your turns. If you go all the way to the very top, you’ll face a 70% declination slope – making getting down no joke. Nordkette also has one of the sickest parks for you to enjoy. Oh, and if snowboarding all day ain’t your thing… the restaurant up here makes a damn fine Aperol Spritz (get one, pull up a deckchair, and enjoy that view we were telling you about).
Sitting at 2,020 metres, Kühtai is the highest snowsports village in Austria. As well as being home to some of the region’s most spectacular views, there’s also ride in ride out hotels here and easy access to the nearby slopes of Hochoetz (a free bus takes you from one area to the other in five minutes).
If you like a quieter life, Glungezer is a real hidden gem. This family friendly resort isn’t far from Innsbruck, and is a favourite amongst the locals. Ideal for beginners, Glungezer has long mellow slopes and is the perfect place to bring the kids. If you’re looking for a backcountry session, head over to the other side of the valley or make your way into the woods. It’s by no means the steepest of resorts, but if mellow powder lines float your boat come sail that boat here.